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The Scoop: Café Piazza to open in Benton Park

Friday, March 31st, 2017



Vito La Fata III, owner of Vito’s Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante in Midtown, is opening a new concept in Benton Park. Café Piazza will debut in the former Benton Park Cafe space at 1900 Arsenal St., early this summer.

La Fata described the cafe as a hybrid between a fast-casual pizza concept and a more traditional dine-in restaurant with approximately 50 seats and possibly outdoor seating.

Café Piazza will be open for breakfast with frittatas, breakfast pizzas and pastries on the menu, and additional morning offerings on the weekend. Lunch and dinner will feature pizzas, salads, soups, panini and a gelato case.

“There won’t be any pastas or entrees,” La Fata said. “The main focus is on pizzas, but we’ll have some fun appetizers, and we’ll bring our arancini recipe over to the cafe.” Beer, wine and cocktails will also be available.

La Fata said the inspiration for the project is the Italian piazza, a gathering place where anyone can take some time out of their day and relax a bit. “We want to make it a neighborhood pit stop, where people can stop their hectic day, sit down and have a conversation,” he said.

Courtesy of Cafe Piazza 

The Scoop: Vito’s to bring its Italian fare to Chesterfield Valley

Friday, August 9th, 2013



Longtime Midtown Italian restaurant and pizzeria Vito’s will open a second location, Vito’s in the Valley, at 138 Chesterfield Towne Centre in Chesterfield, as reported by the Riverfront Times’ Nancy Stiles.

Giovanni La Fata, who has managed the Midtown restaurant with his brother Vito La Fata for nearly 20 years, said they always planned to open another location. Since many Vito’s customers are frequent theatergoers from St. Louis County, a restaurant out west made good business sense. “Chesterfield Valley is blowing up with outlet malls and is doing so well,” he said. “We went as far west as you could go, and Vito’s in the Valley has such a nice ring to it.”

Giovanni will oversee day-to-day operations at the 150-seat space that once housed Trattoria Branica, while Vito and brother Marco will manage the original location. The Chesterfield menu will include many of Vito’s classic Sicilian-style dishes and pizzas, but the brothers are discussing new entrees and appetizers that will make appearances on both menus. Giovanni is currently on the hunt for an executive chef.

With construction underway, Vito’s in the Valley is slated to open in late September. “I can’t wait,” Giovanni said. “I can’t even sleep past 4 a.m. anymore; I’m up doing stuff on the computer. I’m scheduling myself in the morning and going crazy for the entire day. I love it.”



Please your palate at Taste of St. Louis this weekend

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

092011_tasteWith an ever-growing, forward-moving food scene, St. Louis has sautéed, flambéed and puréed its way into the proverbial culinary spotlight … and it’s not even breaking a sweat. But it is something to celebrate. And what better way to savor the flavors that our local chefs are concocting than by taking a stroll down Sauce Magazine’s Restaurant Row?

This year’s Taste of St. Louis, held this weekend in Soldiers’ Memorial, is set to keep you eating well all weekend long as 45 restaurants line up in the heart of Market Street to serve up a mere sampling of the culinary creations they have to offer. Some of the restaurants lined up include Oceano Bistro, Molly’s In Soulard, Mojo Tapas, The Cup, Vito’s, Pappy’s Smokehouse, Onesto Pizza & Trattoria and Hank’s Cheesecakes.

As if that isn’t enough to please your palate, the Chef Battle Royale is sure to be a showstopper. Eights chefs have been hand-selected to have their skills put to the test in 45-minute head-to-head battles that will leave one chef with bragging rights and send the rest home to sharpen their knives. Emceed by Sauce publisher Allyson Mace and Vito Racanelli of Mad Tomato, the chefs competing include Jack W. MacMurray III, returning 2010 champ and the man behind Jack Mac’s Distinctive Taste; Nicholas Miller of Harvest; Jim Voss of Duff’s; Carl Haze of The Scottish Arms; Chris Lee of Sanctuaria; Grace Dinsmoor of Modesto; and John Griffiths of Truffles. The last spot will be decided by an on-air battle between two “mystery chefs,” one representing KTVI and one KPLR. Judges will include Marc Bynum, a Food Network Chopped champion, and Mark DeCarlo, host of MSN’s Road Raves and author of A Fork in the Road: 400 Cities, 1 Stomach.

Taste of St. Louis will kick off this Friday, September 23, with events running through Sunday, September 25 at Soldiers’ Memorial. Admission is free.

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