When founders J. Kim Tucci, Joseph A. Fresta, and John P. Ferrara first opened The Pasta House Co. in 1974, they wanted to elevate pasta to an art form. ?Some artists sculpt, some paint, and some sketch,? they write on the restaurant?s website. ?But, at The Pasta House Co., we create authentic Italian culinary delights.? A few of the locations even have giant, exhibition kitchens so you can watch as pizzas, pastas, and entrees come to life.
Naturally, The Pasta House Co.?s menu revolves around the Italian staple from which it gets its name. There are more than 25 varieties of pasta to choose from, including linguine with chicken livers and the signature lasagna, plus weekday specials such as stuffed manicotti. Meanwhile, the mangia bene menu?which translates to ?eat well? in Italian?showcases the more wholesome side of Italian eating, with dishes low in fat and calories that won?t peer pressure you to break curfew.
In case you couldn't tell by the name or the motto, at Saucy's Pizzeria hangs its reputation on its homemade sauce. Of course, that doesn't mean they skimp on the other ingredients?quite the opposite. They blend the cheese themselves as well, sprinkling it on their hand-tossed or thin crusts along with a host of quality toppings ranging from salami to spinach. Specialty pizzas include delicious combinations such as the Big Boy, which gets piled with four different meats, cheddar cheese, and veggies or the Carnivore, topped with bacon, ham, sausage, beef, and pepperoni.
EAT Saint Louis Food Tours treats guests to picturesque strolls through the historic St. Louis neighborhoods, interesting nuggets of local cultural information, and delicious samples of handmade food from mom-and-pop restaurants. During the Taste of the Hill tour, visitors experience the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of the city's most important Italian neighborhood, nibbling on samples of ravioli, salami, and thin-crust pizza.
When dining at Evangeline's Bistro and Music House, it's easy to imagine yourself along the Louisiana coastline. That's because the eatery—which boasts a St. Louis address—whips up culinary offerings that are distinctly Cajun. Menu items range from crawfish Carolyn, which features Louisiana crawfish tails swimming in brandy cream sauce, to blue crab etouffee, chicken and sausage jambalaya, and championship gumbo served with an edible gold medal.
And it's not just the food that pays homage to Louisiana. Musical events include a Sunday Swing Jazz Brunch that pairs classic brunch fare with a live swing band.