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First Look: Del Pietro’s in Richmond Heights

Monday, February 5th, 2018



Del Pietro’s, the latest from restaurateur Michael Del Pietro, opened on Wed., Jan. 31, at 1059 S. Big Bend Blvd., in Richmond Heights.

The restaurant is an homage to the original Del Pietro’s House of Pasta, opened by Michael Del Pietro’s parents, Michael Sr. and Mary Rose, in 1976 in South City. The new Del Pietro’s menu has plenty of original dishes and a generous selection of favorites from the original restaurant, like Spaghetti Alla Angela, Vitello Marsala and Carciofo (stuffed artichokes), plus a wine list heavy on Italian reds and whites.

Those who remember the building when it was home to Harvest, and later Riverbend, may have a hard time recognizing it now. The original entrance and the bar were moved; the bar is now located in what once was the ivy-covered dining area at the front of the restaurant.

The former multilevel dining room is now on one floor. The only remnant of the former residents is the large fireplace in the center of the dining room, but even that has been stripped down to bare bricks for a new look. The new space seats 90, including the bar area.

The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 5 to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. Here’s a First Look at what to expect from the next generation of Del Pietro’s:


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Captions and photos by Caitlin Lally 

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



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: The Pig closes doors in Frontenac, The Shack to open second location in its spot

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015


{Fried chicken at The Pig}


Michael Del Pietro’s latest concept, the Southern-inspired The Pig (formerly The Salted Pig), served up its last plate of ‘cue last Saturday, Feb. 21. As reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe, The Pig struggled to stand out during its 10-month run at 731 S. Lindbergh Road amid the recent surge of area barbecue eateries.

Del Pietro confirmed the closure, saying the concept just didn’t work out. The Pig was a step outside of his restaurant wheelhouse; his other concepts are a lineup of well-known Italian spots, including Sugo’s, Babbo’s, Tavolo V and Via Vino Enoteca. Del Pietro said he does not have immediate plans for another restaurant and will focus on his other eateries. Sauce reviewed the barbecue spot in October 2014.



{Breakfast fare at The Shack}


The Frontenac space won’t sit idle for long though. Brant Baldanza, co-owner of OG Hospitality Group (Cucina Pazzo, The Tavern and both locations of The Corner Pub & Grill), swept in to nab the space for a second location of The Shack, his breakfast, lunch and “sometimes” dinner concept in Valley Park.

“We were looking for a new location of The Shack for the last nine or 10 months,” Baldanza said. “We really like the concept with breakfast, boozy shakes and the fun atmosphere.” He expects to have the doors open by mid-April or early May.

“What a great area to be in, and we’re just super excited,” said Baldanza, who was quick to note that the new location near his home takes the cake for cutting down his commute.

The Shack first flew as a pub grub concept at 3818 Laclede Ave., in Midtown before making the jump to 13645 Big Bend Road in Valley Park in May 2014, where they zeroed in on morning and mid-afternoon menus. “We feel there’s an absence in the breakfast market that The Shack is trying to fill,” Baldanza said.

Jessie Gilroy, chef de cuisine at Cucina Pazzo and member of this year’s Sauce Ones to Watch class, and Steven Caravelli, executive chef of OG Hospitality, will develop the menu. Breakfast will not deviate much from The Shack’s current list of skillets, omelets and riffs on classics, like the Shack de Madam – two slices of Texas toast loaded with honey-glazed ham, thick-cut bacon, white cheddar cheese plus The Shack’s cheese sauce and a sunny-side up egg. A few changes will be made to the lunch and dinner menus, including wraps and house-smoked specials like chicken wings and prime rib.

Baldanza aims to replicate the bright, fun atmosphere of the Valley Park location. Expect to see repurposed wood door tables, a white tiled backsplash behind the bar and walls covered with guests’ graffiti. The Frontenac space will seat about 130, and Baldanza said developing outdoor seating is possible.

The Scoop: Former Frontenac Grill space to reopen as Salted Pig

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013



When Frontenac Grill closed this summer, restaurateur Michael Del Pietro (Tavolo V, Sugo’s Spaghetteria, Babbo’s Spaghetteria, Via Vino Enoteca) took over the space at 731 S. Lindbergh Road. According to Ryan French, a partner with the Del Pietro restaurant group, this location will reopen as a restaurant named Salted Pig. Salted Pig will feature down-home food such as fried chicken and smoked meats.

Although the restaurant will not feature any Italian food like the other Del Pietro eateries, French said that like the other places, cuisine at the Salted Pig, “will be offered at a reasonable price without sacrificing quality. This is one of our biggest sticking points – one of the things we are most proud of at the other restaurants.” He also reiterated that everything at Salted Pig will be made fresh daily. The Del Pietros hope to open Salted Pig by mid-December, in time for the holidays.



The Scoop: A trio of restaurants opening in Edwardsville

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

Dining options continue to grow in the city of Edwardsville, Ill. A new restaurant opened yesterday; doors at another will be unlocked next week; and a third location for Michael Del Pietro’s Sugo Spaghetteria debuts early next month.

Tropical Escape Tiki Bar & Grill launched yesterday at 4 Club Centre. The island-themed eatery makes its home in the space previously occupied by Neruda, followed by the short-lived Coyotes Ranch Grill & Saloon. Owner Debbie DeLassus and her business partner, Bob Middleton, hope that diners will be attracted to lunch and dinner options of fresh seafood and fish, house-made condiments such as a fruit-and-tomato salsa, and unique appetizers like coconut bread with cinnamon-honey butter. Tropical Escape has a full bar but specializes in tropical drinks, including numerous frozen alcoholic beverages (pictured). The website for the seven-days-a-week bar and grill is under construction, but more information is available on the Tropical Escape Facebook page.

Craft Chophouse located at 210 S. Buchanan St. (next door to wine and spirits store Bin No. 51), will specialize in steaks, chops and seafood. The restaurant is a project by Adam Washburn and Megan Pashea, as first reported by Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch. Washburn, executive chef for the new restaurant, is a graduate of The New England Culinary Institute and has worked as chef de cuisine at Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville, Ill., and most recently as sous chef at Whitmoor Country Club in St. Charles. Pashea will manage the front of the house at Craft Chophouse. Her eight years of experience in the restaurant industry include working at Sunset Hills Country Club (where she met Washburn, to whom she is now engaged), a brief stint at chef Amy Zupanci’s now defunct Fond, and most recently at Sunset Country Club in South County as a dining manager and director of the club’s wine cellar program. Pashea told The Scoop that Craft Chophouse, the 100-seat restaurant and bar (plus patio), has been in the works for the last year.

When Craft Chophouse opens next week – the exact date is still to be determined – the hours of operation will be Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch, and 5 p.m. to 12 a.m., for dinner. The restaurant will also be open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Finally, Michael Del Pietro informed The Scoop that the target opening for Sugo Spaghetteria, located at 243 Harvard Drive, is for the first week of October. The other locations for Del Pietro’s casual Italian restaurant are Frontenac, Mo., and Overland Park, Kan.

The Scoop: A roundup of recent restaurant action

Thursday, March 29th, 2012

There has been quite a bit of locking and unlocking of restaurant doors lately. Among the eateries recently opened is BlackFinn American Grille, now open at the Saint Louis Galleria. The space formerly occupied by department store Mark Shale received a complete renovation by Pernikoff Construction, which turned the 10,000 square-foot-space into a multi-room bar and restaurant with seating for more than 400. BlackFinn serves classic American fare for lunch, dinner, happy hour and late night. The independently owned restaurant also has locations in Houston and Jacksonville, Fla., with a location slated to open this summer in northern Virginia.

Also recently opened is O’Kelley’s at the Ballpark, a casual, Irish-themed sports bar located at 756-758 S. Fourth St., just south of Busch Stadium.

Tavolo V, Michael Del Pietro’s newest project, is set to open this Saturday at 5 p.m. The Italian restaurant, located in The Loop at 6118 Delmar Blvd., was originally slated to open last summer (under the name Trattoria Spezie) but experienced delays in construction.

And now on the other side of the swinging door, two restaurants have recently closed. Park West Grille, located at 2917 S. Jefferson Ave., shuttered its doors, as did American Craft Brewing & Distilling, the latter of which was noted earlier this month by STL Hops and reported by Evan Benn of the Post-Dispatch. The restaurant, formerly known as The Stable, saw a name change after a change in ownership last fall.


The Scoop: “Nothing is decided” for Del Pietro restaurants in Clayton

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

A report yesterday by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe indicated that Michael and Marc Del Pietro (pictured) would be shuttering two of the family’s restaurants: Luciano’s Trattoria and Kilkenny’s Irish Pub, both located in Clayton.

Today, The Scoop spoke with Lea Doherty, sister and business partner of the Del Pietro brothers. According to Doherty, “nothing is decided” regarding the fate of either establishment. Luciano’s, located at 172 Carondelet Plaza, suffered water damage in January and has yet to reopen. Doherty told The Scoop that the lease is up for renegotiation but that it “may be too much money to reopen.”

As for Kilkenny’s, located at 20 N. Central Ave., Doherty confirmed that buyers have sought out the family and that the space has been shown to prospective tenants. “We are too old to be in the bar business,” she said, adding that Kilkenny’s will remain open until further notice. “We own the building and are there until someone says ‘yes.’ There is nothing inked on anything.”

— Photo by Ashley Gieseking

The Scoop: La Cantina headed to Webster Groves instead of The Loop

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

092211_amigosIn September, Amigos Cantina owner Robert Trevino informed The Scoop that he would be opening a Mexican restaurant in The Loop called La Cantina. Yesterday, however, Ian Froeb of the Riverfront Times reported signage at 35 North Gore Ave., in Webster Groves announcing the address as the future home of the Mexican eatery. The Scoop spoke today with Trevino, who confirmed the change in plans.

According to Trevino, he had been negotiating the terms of the lease for three and a half months with the owner of The Loop property (which will also, upon completion of construction, house Michael Del Pietro’s Italian eatery Tavolo V). “He would not budge on anything,” said Trevino, calling certain terms that the landlord wanted on the lease “not reasonable.” “We are lucky we found this building,” said Trevino of the space in Old Webster Groves. “The owner purchased it a couple weeks ago. He called me and I jumped at it.”

Trevino’s move puts La Cantina within eyesight of another Mexican restaurant, Milagro Modern Mexican. When asked whether he thought this would be good for both restaurants, Trevino responded in the affirmative. “I have a totally different concept. He is very modern Mexican; mine is the total opposite.” Trevino declined to elaborate but offered to discuss details regarding the La Cantina menu when the eatery neared its opening in mid-April. In a previous conversation with The Scoop, Trevino described the La Cantina concept as one that would highlight rural Mexican culinary traditions.

The Scoop: Del Pietro’s House of Pasta to close after 35-year run

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

072111_DelPietrosMary Rose Del Pietro and her late husband, Michael Del Pietro Sr., opened the doors to Del Pietro’s House of Pasta on Sept. 13, 1976. During the course of the ensuing 35 years, the original eight-table restaurant saw three expansions and served as a gathering place for many a graduation, wedding, anniversary and other celebrations, not to mention training ground for the couple’s four children – Angela, Michael, Marc and Lea, all of whom have made careers in the restaurant biz.

Since the passing of her husband some 25 years ago, the Del Pietro matriarch has run the restaurant at 5625 Hampton Ave., by herself. (She sold her other restaurant, Michael’s, some 17 years ago.) Now she’s ready to retire, and with her retirement comes the end of Del Pietro’s, which will close permanently after dinner service on Saturday, August 27.

Doors won’t stay locked for long, however. Mathew Ungar, executive chef at the Missouri Athletic Club West in Town and Country, has leased the space, with plans to open his own restaurant. Mathew’s Kitchen will open October 1 with a menu focused on “comfort food with a twist.”

In the meantime, The Scoop spoke with Mary Rose Del Pietro, who shared memories of the Italian eatery as well as her plans for the future.

Why are you retiring?
I’ve been working in restaurants since I was 11 years old and started working at Rossino’s. I will be 68 years old the day after I retire. It’s my 68th birthday present to myself. And I have 10 grandchildren. I want to be with them.

What is your fondest memory of Del Pietro’s?
There are so many! People who came in on day one still come in. They even invite me to their kids’ weddings. I’ve made so many friendships.

What will you miss most once the restaurant closes?
I will miss all of my customers. It’s like being at a party every night.

What has been the most popular dish of all time on the menu?
There are actually eight entrées that have been on the menu for 35 years, including the chicken “burko”, linguini tutto mare and the lasagna. My lasagna is fabulous; it’s filled with a lot of pork and beef, ricotta and three other cheeses – and it’s a good-sized portion.

What are your plans for retirement?
I think that I will go schmooze at my kids’ restaurants.

The Scoop: Michael Del Pietro reveals opening dates of two new restaurants

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

071911_michaeldelpietroMichael Del Pietro, the owner of Sugo’s Spaghetteria and adjacent wine bar Via Vino in Frontenac, as well as Babbo’s Spaghetteria in Chesterfield and Columbia, is revealing opening dates for his two new restaurants here in town along with his plans for westward expansion – across the state, that is.

The restaurateur marked September 15 as the day when doors will open at his pizza-centric Pazzo, located at 140 S. Kirkwood Road in the space formerly occupied by La Salsa. Also, November 20 is now the target opening for Tavolo V, his Italian eatery under construction in The Loop. Initially the restaurant was to be named Trattoria Spezie, but Del Pietro opted to change it because “Tavolo Five should be easier to remember and pronounce,” explained Del Pietro, who noted his enthusiasm for this soon-to-open restaurant. “I think that the menu with the big push on vegetarian [dishes] will be very exciting,” he said. For more on the highly vegetarian menu, click here.

Del Pietro will also be opening a total of five restaurants in Kansas City in the next three years, the first one being a Sugo’s in Overland Park, Kan., as reported by St. Louis Magazine’s George Mahe. Don’t expect a chain of Sugo’s in KC, however. Instead, each of Del Pietro’s Kansas City restaurants will have a different name, menu and other marks of distinction.

— Photo by Ashley Gieseking

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