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5 bottles of budget booze to buy now

Friday, September 8th, 2017

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Looking for quality spirits at swill prices? From third party-manufactured house brands to underpriced hidden gems, here are some first-rate options that won’t break the bank.

1. Great King Street Glasgow Blend
Scotch is expensive. This smoky, peaty, blended bottle from Compass Box is a tasty and economical intro to the heavier flavors of Islay.
$35. Lukas Wine & Spirits, 15678 Manchester Road, Ellisville, 636.227.4543, lukasliquorstl.com

2. El Dorado 5-Year Rum
Made in wood stills in Guyana, this rum is way cheaper than it should be. Five years in used bourbon barrels produces a panoply of flavor notes from dried fruit to caramel.
$20. Randall’s Wine & Spirits, various locations, shoprandalls.com

3. Trader Joe’s The Art of The Still Organic Gin
Not as juniper-forward as a London dry, TJ’s martini-worthy New Western-style gin is clean, crisp and citrusy.
$14. Trader Joe’s, various locations, traderjoes.com

4. Trader Joe’s Single Malt Irish Whiskey
Sweet and floral with just a touch of smoke and leather, this whiskey is aged in oak for eight years.
$25. Trader Joe’s, various locations, traderjoes.com

5. Schnucks Private Stock Bourbon
A 100-proof high-rye bourbon sourced from a well-regarded distillery on Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail, this house brand unicorn strikes a delicious balance between boozy, spicy and smooth.
$13. Schnucks, various locations, schnucks.com

 Photo by Jonathan Gayman

Matt Sorrell is staff writer at Sauce Magazine.

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The Scoop: Michael Del Pietro to open family’s namesake eatery

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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Michael Del Pietro, owner of Sugo’s Spaghetteria, Babbo’s Spaghetteria, Tavolo V and Via Vino Enoteca, will soon add another eatery to his stable of restaurants. As reported by St. Louis Magazine, he will open Del Pietro’s at 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., the former home of Riverbend Restaurant & Bar and Harvest, this fall.

The new restaurant will be an homage to Del Pietro’s parents’ iconic restaurant, Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, which opened at 5625 Hampton Ave., in 1976 and closed in 2011.

“When I opened Sugo’s in 2008, my mom was still operating Del Pietro’s House of Pasta,” he said. “I didn’t want to call Sugo’s or any of my other restaurants Del Pietro’s while she was still operating. But since she’s retired, I felt that going forward I could use the name in the right location, and I feel this works out well.”

Del Pietro said the space is currently being gutted, and when finished, it will have 120 to 130 seats. He estimated an opening in late September or early October.

Del Pietro said he will revive some of the iconic dishes from the original restaurant, including the Spaghetti a la Angela, Beef Sotto and Chicken Burko, as well as adding some new items.

“I might blend in some things I’ve been fond of over the last couple of years,” Del Pietro said. “I might do something with an antipasti board, or maybe a prosciutto and melon, seasonal things. Del Pietro’s on Hampton didn’t do much of that. They kept to more classic dishes. They weren’t as nouveau as far as dishes were concerned.”

Photo by Ashley Gieseking

Matt Sorrell is staff writer for Sauce Magazine. 

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The Scoop: Russell’s to open third location in Chesterfield

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

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Restaurateur Russell Ping will soon open a third bakery and restaurant to complement his other two locations, Russell’s on Macklind and Russell’s Cafe & Bakery in Fenton. The new spot, which will also be named Russell’s Cafe & Bakery, is slated to open later this fall (hopefully September) at 14888 Clayton Road in Chesterfield.

“We’ve been looking for a while at opening a third store, and weighing our options on whether another city location would be good, or something else out in the county,” Ping said. “And it really came down to the space being a good fit.”

The 4,000-square-foot space, formerly a St. Louis Bread Co. location, will receive a complete gut rehab, including a full kitchen and a bakery production area. Construction is slated to begin in the next few weeks.

Ping said initially the cafe will be open for breakfast and lunch, and there will be items from both the Fenton and Macklind menus available. He said there are items, like biscuits and cinnamon rolls, which are available only on Sundays at Russell’s on Macklind that may make regular appearances on the Chesterfield menu as well.

“Having the bigger kitchen will allow us to expand,” Ping said. “So we’ll start out with the things everyone loves, and then add to the menu as we grow and expand.” He said the beverage program would be ramped up as well.

“We’ve worked with Kaldi’s for a very long time, but we’re looking to add to our coffee program,” Ping said, adding that Kaldi’s is in the process of refurbishing an antique espresso machine for the new location. Beer and wine will also be available.

Photo by Dustin Bryson 

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