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The Scoop: Crostini Restaurant and Lounge to open Sept. 6

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

051911_crostiniBack in May, we told you about a new Italian eatery by chef Eric Winbigler, Crostini Restaurant and Lounge, that will be located at 4501 Manchester Ave., in The Grove in the space formerly occupied by Mia Rosa. Originally, the restaurant was slated to open by August 1. Today, Winbigler told The Scoop that opening day for Crostini is now scheduled for Tuesday, September 6. The restaurant’s hours of operation will be Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m to 10 p.m., and until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Scoop: Crostini to bring “little toasts,” paninis and other Italian eats to The Grove

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

051911_crostiniChef Eric Winbigler is opening an Italian eatery in The Grove, as Ian Froeb of The Riverfront Times first reported. Winbigler’s new project, Crostini Restaurant and Lounge, will be located at 4501 Manchester Ave., in the space formerly occupied by Phil Noe’s Mia Rosa, which closed last August.

Winbigler told The Scoop that, as the restaurant’s name implies, crostini – Italian for “little toast” – will star on the appetizer section of the menu. Among the crostini Winbigler has in mind are goat cheese and pesto; prosciutto, mozzarella and kiwi; and a sweet version filled with cheesecake and topped with blueberry.

The restaurant will serve both lunch and dinner. The former will primarily include an offering of paninis, with Winbigler citing combinations such as sausage, pepper and onion or roast beef, cheddar and horseradish. “A quick, easy and cheap lunch,” summed Winbigler, who estimates a lunch price point between $6 and $9. Expect dinner entrées to run between $14 and $18 and to include classic Italian pasta dishes as well as a few “uncommon” items, a list of which Winbigler is still finalizing. Winbigler is also hoping to attract families to the restaurant since, he noted, that few restaurants in the neighborhood currently serve that demographic.

Apart from refinishing the wood floors and other touch ups, the space needs little work. Thus, Winbigler expects to open doors in mid-July for a few trial runs before a grand opening on August 1. Once open, Crostini will operate Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

The Scoop: Former Mia Rosa chef de cuisine ventures into chicken wings

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

120610_stlwingsWhen Mia Rosa shuttered in August, Bobby Tessler, the chef de cuisine at the Italian eatery in The Grove, decided it was time to open his own place. Although Tessler has accumulated 15 years of cheffing experience, including time in the kitchens at the now defunct Once Upon a Vine, The Wild Flower in the Central West End and Remy’s Kitchen and Wine Bar in Clayton, he didn’t want to operate a full-service, upscale restaurant. Rather, he decided to focus on one of his favorite comfort foods: chicken wings. Thus, St. Louis Wing Co. was born.

When the chicken wing joint opens at 9816 Manchester Road in Rock Hill, diners will get a taste of wings with creative flavors like coconut curry, kalamata olive and feta, spicy jalapeño and sesame ginger teriyaki. In addition to the dozen sauce varieties for those bone-in and boneless wings, Tessler will serve up such sides as sweet potato fries with Caribbean jerk chili mayo, fried macaroni wedges, cole slaw, baked beans and other wing accompaniments.

Tessler hopes to kick off action at his 40-seat lunch and dinner locale by Super Bowl Sunday, scheduled for Feb. 6.

The Scoop: Mia Rosa Moves Out

Monday, August 9th, 2010

080910_miarosaMia Rosa, the Italian eatery located at 4501 Manchester Road, has closed its doors. Owner Phil Noe, who opened the restaurant in the fall of 2008, cited slow business as the reason for the closure. This past winter, Noe transformed Mia Rosa into a late-night noshery called Satellite, hoping to attract more foot traffic. Unfortunately, though, the extra hours still weren’t enough to enable The Grove establishment to endure. “It’s a tough economy,” Noe said. “The diner was never really doing well.”

When asked about his next steps, Noe stated that he plans to stay in the restaurant industry but that his exact plans are yet to be mapped out. “I’m not going to give up on the restaurant bussines,” he said. “I’ve been doing it for the last 30 years.”

See Michael Renner’s review of Mia Rosa from the November 2008 issue of Sauce, or check out April Seager’s feature on classic Italian cuisine with a modern flare, which included some of Mia Rosa’s menu items.

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