Prolific young gastromind Larry Fuse Jr. opened Lorenzo's in 1999 to offer an alternative approach to Italian cuisine in the area, one that adds a touch of contemporary flavor to North Italian fare using house-made gnocchi, succulently sauced meats, and pasta shaped like happy-face emoticons. The dinner menu is heavy on these finely crafted flavors. Starters of steamed mussels ($8.50), creamy polenta with mushrooms and Italian sausage ($8.50), and house-made goat-cheese ravioli ($8.50) prime raging appetites for a taste parade of pasta dishes, including fettuccine Alfredo ($13.95), seafood-centric linguine ($14.95), and risotto with veal and chantrelle mushrooms ($14.95). Heartier hungers can sate themselves with fish and meat entrees like the celebrated chicken Spedini stuffed with spinach and pancetta ($17.95) or the restaurant's signature dish: braised osso bucco with saffron risotto and orange gremolata ($23.95). Polish off a plate of traditional tiramisu ($6.95) or cinnamon-amaretto bread pudding ($7.50) for dessert, before bolstering spirits in true Italian fashion with a bracing shot of Ribolla Nonino Grappa.
Named best gelato by the Riverfront Times Restaurant Guide 2010, Gelato Di Riso tempts St. Louis-area denizens with a massive menu of frozen flavors, plus espresso, smoothies, baked goodies, and more. Eighteen flavors of gelato ($2.75 for 2.5 oz., $4.25 for 5.5 oz.) out of a total of 70 that rotate in and out make even the most decisive of diners pause in consideration, giving each order the suspense-fueled drama of a feline paternity test. Try the fruity felicity of blackberry, strawberry, or lemon, or overwhelm pleasure receptors with the decadence of chocolate hazelnut, dulce de leche, or classic chocolate. Sufferers of spoon blindness can beat the heat with the sippable satisfaction of a shake or smoothie ($4.95), and those who've already had their bones chilled by horror movies and college tuition estimates can warm up with a latte ($4.25 for a medium) or espresso ($1.75 for one shot).
John Viviano Sr. knew an opportunity when he saw one. His humble factory income could barely support one person, let alone his growing family, so the young Italian immigrant was inspired to open his own business. What began as a bleach-selling outfit headquartered in his bathtub quickly expanded to include a small storefront populated with gourmet Italian foods. By 1949 John needed even more elbowroom, so he moved his enterprise to its current location on the Hill and began wearing shirts with giant sleeves.
Retro album covers and movie posters overlook shelf after shelf of specialty sauces, olive oils, and pastas. The aroma of fresh cheeses, deli meats, and prepared foods flits through the air, further adding to the store?s old-world feel. In addition to providing stellar ingredients to local customers and buyers throughout the country, the family also shares and sells some of their own favorite recipes, including Mama?s tomato sauces, italian meatballs, and fool-proof risotto.
The chipper crew at Sabu’s Coffee whips up menus replete with hearty all-day breakfast fare, tasty paninis, and hot and cold beverages. The beanery brews up a plenitude of ambrosial coffee and espresso quaffs made with organic Goshen coffee beans roasted in St. Louis ($1.95–$4.65). Breakfast, hailed by diners as the supreme emperor of the meal world, includes old-fashioned oatmeal with assorted toppings ($2.95) and customizable omelettes with an array of savory fillings ($5.95). Wrap hands around a toothsome smoked turkey panini accessorized with spinach, fig, and brie, a portable lunch alternative to packing your own whole poultry ($5.95+ for a whole panini). Toasted walnuts, mandarin oranges, goat cheese, and seasonal fruit unite to battle vicious stomach growls in the fresh organic spinach salad ($5.95), while a lineup of homemade sugary noshes treats sweet teeth to baklava ($2), gelato ($1.99 per 3-oz. scoop), gooey butter cookies ($1.50–$3) and envious glances from passing Cookie Monsters.
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.
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