For centuries, pizza and pasta battled for the title of Italy’s most beloved dish, an honor that was ultimately bestowed upon Sophia Loren. Cast your vote for the Boot’s best culinary creation with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get an Italian meal for two at Onesto Pizza and Trattoria (up to a $46.90 value). The meal includes the following:
- Two entrees (up to a $15.95 value each), or one large pizza to share (up to a $27.95 value)
- Half a carafe of wine to share (a $15 value)<p>
Each diner may also apply $15.95 toward a more expensive daily special and pay the difference.
The seasoned saucers at Onesto Pizza and Trattoria enlist the services of locally grown, organic ingredients to assemble a family-style menu of classic Italian eats. Dining duos who opt for individual entrees are free to corral one of five sizzling pastas, including hearty lasagna stacked high with homemade noodles, coated in creamy béchamel sauce, and held together by melted cheese and the chef’s unrelenting mindpower. Large pizzas, meanwhile, volunteer to fill mittens with warm, freshly decorated slices. Escort The Animal pie’s meaty travelers of italian sausage, pepperoni, and bacon to cushy mouth hotels, or provide stage-diving teeth with a safe landing on the warm plum tomatoes and oregano of the neapolitan. To offset savory bites, pairs can share wine from a carafe before turning it into a home for displaced dandelions.
Onesto Pizza & Trattoria
Onesto is Italian for "honest," so it's no surprise the owners of Onesto Pizza & Trattoria strive for transparency when it comes to their food. They proudly showcase the list of more than 10 local farms from which they gather their menu's organic and seasonal fruit and antibiotic- and hormone-free meat. They even reveal the secrets behind their wild-mushroom- and Gulf-shrimp-topped pizzas by letting diners watch as each pie is hand-tossed. Pasta, from the housemade fettuccine to the macaroni and cheese served with lobster in a cast-iron skillet, joins elaborate seasonal entrees such as pan-seared wild striped bass, accompanied by a pumpernickel-crusted saffron risotto cake and sautéed spinach and apples in a lemongrass-butter broth. In addition to sourcing its ingredients locally, Onesto strives to reduce its carbon footprint by recycling, serving to-go orders in compostable containers, and asking diners to take off their carbon shoes at the door so as not to leave a footprint.
The gourmet ingredients and eco-friendly attitude seem to overshadow the restaurant's decor, which the Riverfront Times describes as "unassuming … with no obvious flash or flair." But subdued is sometimes best, as the paper named Onesto's "simple" patio as Best Outdoor Dining of 2010, hailing it as "an escape from the hustle and bustle of other St. Louis restaurant patios."