Through an elegant menu and an extensive wine list, founders J. Kim Tucci and Joseph Fresta make it easy and delicious for Missouri locals to celebrate the regional traditions of Italy. With each week punctuated by a special Sunday-brunch menu, Tucci & Fresta’s regular offerings range from its trademark pork chops milanese to Italian-style grilled cheeses at lunch. Traditional drinks and desserts, including lemoncello and pistachio gelato, lend meals a sweet finish.:m]]
With its striking architectural ceiling, focal finishes of bamboo and recycled butcher block bar, Vino Nadoz is the ideal retreat for indulging in savory small plates, salads, oven fired focaccia pizzas, crepes, decadent desserts, and American Fusion entrees that are perfect for sharing and pairing with wine.
The classic American sports-bar vibe effused by Market Pub House’s memorabilia-covered walls and overhead TVs belies the eatery’s diverse spread of multinational pub fare. Like a cozy bathrobe woven from dark matter, the menu combines the comfortable and familiar with the exotic, dishing out traditional deli staples and hot wings along with tangy greek salads, crusty banh mis, and Latin- and Asian-infused appetizers. Eighteen frosty beers on tap lubricate game-day viewing across multiple flat-screen TVs as well as weekly karaoke and trivia, and an ample outdoor patio hosts guests at more than a dozen wrought-iron tables.
Initially conceived as a one-off event in 2010, The Smoker's Club has since expanded, presenting fans with tours that unite skilled rappers and expert beat makers. One of the original members of the Wu-Tang Clan, Grammy-winning wordsmith Method Man spouts off dexterous rhymes in a gravely voice obtained by chugging asphalt smoothies every day for breakfast. Curren$y gently cradles ears with laid-back flow, and frequent Smoker's Club collaborators such as Big K.R.I.T., Smoke DZA and Fiend buoy the evening with additional verbal fireworks. Rattling bass shakes The Pageant’s designated dance floor as fans bob and weave through the crowds to try to snag an autographed poster, CD, or security guard.
Right on the corner of Clayton and Tamm, in St. Louis' Dogtown neighborhood, the smell of delicious New York–style pizza and the sound of laughter draw passersby into Felix's Pizza Pub. Owners Tom Galbraith and Steven Kolb share a friendship that goes back to first grade, as well as a deep respect for the New York–style pizza: crispy on the bottom, chewy on top, and never too thick or too thin. Chef Andy Roesch whips up these tasty pies from handmade dough, crowning them with fresh toppings such as Italian-style sausage, basil, sundried tomato, and caramelized onion. Diners can also sink their teeth into slow-cooked baby back ribs, wrap their hands around shredded-beef sandwiches and shredded-pork sandwiches, or dip some of Felix's trashed wings tossed in jalapeno ranch.
Guests pair these feasts with cold beers and cocktails. Monday night they sing karaoke, and each March, people rise early and head to Felix’s to stake out prime viewing spots along the Dogtown St. Patrick's Day–parade route, which runs right past the pizza pub.
At The Crow’s Nest, visitors relax with glasses of frosty craft beers as they tuck into comforting dishes of peach cobbler, fish po’ boys, and juicy burgers. Like a blank-verse love poem carved into a slice of bologna, the menu blends familiar cuisine with touches of elegance, dressing up tasty dishes of meatloaf with a green peppercorn and black cherry crust, or serving barbecue pulled pork shoulder on fluffy loaves of brioche. Vintage band posters line the walls of the tavern-like confines, with diners perched upon blacktopped barstools. The youthful rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere further shines during hearty Heavy Metal Sunday brunches of burgers and omelets, weekly Taco Tuesday celebrations, and Thursday night trivia competitions.