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.
Since the first store opened in 2010, YoMyGoodness has brought its low-fat yogurt and unlimited toppings bar to five locations throughout the state. With active probiotic cultures and about 100 calories per serving, Yo My’s yogurt makes for a healthy dessert treat. The offerings can vary between locations and change from day to day, but there are always 12 flavors of yogurt—each made locally—and over 25 self-serve toppings.
In the kitchens of La Cantina, sister restaurant to Amigos Cantina in Kirkwood, chef Robert Trevino whips up edible masterpieces. The menu includes authentic Mexican empanadas, fajitas, and tortas, inspired by culinary skills inherited from his mother and deep roots in Monte Morelos, Mexico and San Antonio, Texas. Guests dine under a canopy of Mexican tricolor flags, surrounded by dark-varnished wood on the ground floor, or climb the stairs to the balcony for meals of carnitas and pollo monterrey sided with frosty hand-shaken margaritas on their Margarita Monday.
Fizzy's Soda Fountain & Grill invokes waves of nostalgia with its charming, old-timey decor, friendly staff behind the counter, and a menu of burgers, floats, hot dogs, and fries. Guests chow down on reuben sandwiches, cheeseburgers, and fresh salads, pairing meals with frosty glasses of chocolate soda, malts, milkshakes, and ice cream in a variety of flavors.
When he was 11 years old, Jim Parrott began working as a busboy at a restaurant owned by his sister and brother-in-law, Betty and Lou Farotto. That was in 1960. At the time, Farotto?s was a small operation, a 4-year-old Italian joint that served a few pastas, had limited seating, and offered carhop service. In the early 1980s, Lou stepped down and Jim stepped up to become the restaurant?s sole proprietor.
Since taking the reins more than three decades ago, Jim has helped Farotto?s grow further into its mold as a St. Louis institution. He?s overseen expansions throughout the venue, including the addition of an outdoor patio and larger dining rooms, which can comfortably pack in large crowds and the occasional herd of wild spaghetti noodles. The menu has changed a bit over the years, too, and today features customizable St. Louis?style pizzas as well as authentic pastas and sandwiches.