Since 1981, the pizza specialists at Elicia's Pizza have zipped through St. Louis's tangled roads delivering piping-hot pies to households in 30 minutes or less. At the shop, marinara masters stretch house-made dough into the shape of a mad professor's monocle and lavish each thin-crust disk with fresh sauce and the house's three-cheese blend. Additionally, the pizzeria's menu celebrates casual eats, such as wings, baked pastas, sandwiches, and crisp salads.
Beneath a bright orange awning at the canine-friendly Bici Cafe, friends can dine alfresco and enjoy the fresh air while a dog lounges at their feet, dreaming of growing opposable thumbs and finally eating salad gracefully. Inside, forks travel to mouths freighted with ravioli, portobello mushrooms, and mascarpone cream sauce, a dish that earned chef-owner Steve Werner a mention on stltoday.com.
Amid a contemporary, home-style atmosphere, Lewy Nine’s Café offers breakfast and lunch and dinner menus consisting of American comfort food classics. Feast on favorites like fish n' chips ($10.95) or the Kansas city strip ($17.95), a 14-ounce bone-in strip steak served with plank-cut Idaho potatoes and sautéed mushrooms. 1904 Beerhouse features a dinner menu full of pub fare and a drink menu with more than 100 beers from around the world. Savor a classic like the bistro sirloin ($19.95), a 12-ounce sirloin served with brussels and herb roasted baby reds with smoked shallot garlic butter, paired with a house-brewed 1904 brewhouse ale. Though this Groupon is only good at Lewy Nine's and 1904 Beerhouse, River City Casino also houses a full gaming area, entertainment options, and nightlife.
The days of exporting your tomato seeds and basil plants to grow in authentic Italian soil are coming to an end. With today's Groupon and the forces of globalization, $15 gets you $35 worth of homemade, mouth-enticing Southern Italian cuisine at Gian-Tony's Ristorante, which is open for dinner seven nights a week. The dedicated hands of executive chef Tony Catarinicchia will save you time, energy, and international postage on your next authentic Italian meal.
At Bono's Pizzeria, the kitchen staff rolls its pizza cutters through pies sized up to 16 inches and dressed with a variety of meats and veggies. The eatery outputs eight specialty pizzas plus the ever-savory temptation of 10-inch Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas. Other savory bites include orders of toasted ravioli, penne and meatballs, and cannoli.
Oprah Winfrey. Frank Sinatra. Bill Clinton. Besides being household names, these American icons all have something else in common––they've all had the honor of dining on Chef Giovanni Gabriele's authentic, award-winning cuisine. While his passion for cooking was born in his native Sicily, it was Giovanni's other great love––his wife, Fina––that eventually led him to St. Louis, where he opened his restaurant in 1973. Just six years later, he found himself cooking for President Reagan at Reagan’s inaugural dinner, and the dish he made––a creamy bow-tie pasta topped with salmon and parmigiano––was renamed farfalline del Presidente Reagan in the commander in chief's honor. Today, it remains one of the most popular items on Giovanni's menu, alongside a host of other Italian pastas named for the celebrities who supped upon them.
But you don't have to be a celebrity or a politician to get the star treatment at Giovanni's. The restaurant has earned an AAA Four Diamond Award for 22 years running, in part due to the careful attention lavished upon each and every guest. Today, nearly 40 years after its inception, Giovanni's son Frank runs the kitchen, blending its iconic sauces and forming the housemade crepes, but Giovanni still commands the show, supervising in the kitchen, greeting patrons tableside, and mining the pepper and salt from nearby mountains himself.