The easiest way to tell if pasta is al dente is to throw a noodle at the wall; if it breaks, then it's time to not build walls out of Jenga blocks. Defer to professional pasta handlers with this Groupon.
12 for $25 Worth of Italian Fare and Drinks for Dinner
Pastas start at $8.50, chicken entrees start at $16.50, and seafood entrees start at $24.95. Drinks include wine ($8.50+), cocktails ($4.25+), and beer ($3.75+). Dinner is served daily after 4:30 p.m.
J.F. Sanfilippo's Italian Restaurant
Joe Sanfilippo got his start in the food industry at age 11 when his Uncle Agostino recruited him to bus tables at his St. Louis restaurant on a particularly busy New Year’s night, according to St. Louis Magazine. Two years later, he returned to his hometown of Palermo to study and to attend culinary school at night, which ignited his passion for cooking and spurred him to open his own eatery at the tender age of 24. Today, the owner and executive chef of J.F. Sanfilippo’s Restaurant mingles his southern-Italian training with northern-Italian influences in a menu of pastas with tomato- or cream-based sauces, sautéed chicken and veal, and broiled steaks. In a recent KSDK 5 interview centering on the opening of his second location in Chesterfield, Joe confided that his 80-year-old mother still bakes the restaurant’s bread each day and divulged plans to bottle and sell J.F.’s popular vodka sauce, then ship it to Neptune.