Bellacino's expert dough-tossers dish out a menu teeming with specialty pizzas, oven-baked grinders, and a bounty of other authentic Italian fare. Settle in for dinner with hand-tossed pizzas such as the Bellacino's Pride, strewn with pepperoni, ham, sausage, mushrooms, green peppers, onions and mozzarella ($13.99/12-in.) or blend cultures with the cheeseburger pizza ($13.59/12-inch). Diners can also customize their own pie-ride with 19 different toppings, including sausage, bacon, black olives, and 12-inch rims ($12.19/12" with two toppings). Bellacino’s also sports an enormous lineup of hearty grinders built with bread baked freshly from scratch daily. Try a sub with a saucy side such as the chicken bacon ranch ($5.99/9") or test meal-mates' duck-and-cover techniques with the A1 Bomber, a belt busting grinder made with rib-eye steak and A1 sauce ($5.99/9"). Bellacino's light menu is packed with healthy alternatives such as sandwiches made with nine grams of fat or fewer.
Though they all begin with similar hunks of dough, the pizzas at Manhattan Express rarely wind up resembling one another. To start, chefs prepare thin crusts, whole-wheat crusts, or New York-style crusts to serve as the foundation for any of their 9-, 12-, or 16-inch pies. On top of that, they pile your choice of 25 toppings, from jalapeno peppers and shrimp to low-fat mozzarella cut in the shape of mushrooms. Pizzeria staples such as sandwiches, salads, and pastas round out Manhattan Express' savories and dessert options include eight flavors of snow cones, such as cherry and orange.
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.
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]]
Mazara's executive chef Todd Bale uses fresh ingredients to whip up a menu of authentic Italian tastes and feelings, such as abbondanza, mamma mia, and operatic heartbreak. In the process, he puts creative twists on traditional dishes throughout the dinner menu, including vitello alla Marsala (breaded veal cutlets with Marsala mushrooms over roasted-garlic and herb risotto, topped with truffle oil, $24), tutto mare (spaghettini pasta, scallops, shrimp, mussels, clams, and lump crab tossed in white wine, tomatoes, and crushed red pepper $25), and involtini spaghettini (eggplant involtini rolls served over spaghettini pasta with mixed, grilled vegetables and marinara, $18). In addition to à la carte entrees, Mazara offers a three-course dinner menu for $25 and features daily lunch and dinner specials to keep your mouth on the edge of its booster chin.
An 8,500-pound wood-fired oven is the key to twinOak Wood-Fired Fare's signature pizzas, coalescing fresh sauces and inventive toppings into singular pies that bake at temperatures of more than 900 degrees. The classic pizza is simple—it bears a coat of basil, mozzarella, and tomato sauce—whereas more adventurous pies, such as the Loco Taco, with seasoned ground beef and housemade salsa, show off pizza's versatility and flair for the dramatic. Other savory eats include baby back ribs, wraps filled with wood-fired chicken, and five leafy salads, all of which pair with a St. Louis–centric beer list.