Cini is now open in Ladue’s Colonial Marketplace. The ‘fast-casual’ Italian restaurant concept was created by DAVID JONES and DOUG TIEBER (developers of Buffalo Wild Wings in the St. Louis area), along with FRANK and CARMELO GABRIELE of Il Bel Lago. Short for ‘arancinis,’ the name comes from a traditional fried Italian street food staple made with rice and vegetables, which will be handmade daily at Cini. Also open at Colonial Marketplace is The Original Pancake House, known for its mouth-watering breakfast treats like the Dutch Baby and Apple Pancakes. 

You'll now find Gringo, the latest venture from the folks who brought us Pi Pizzeria, at 398 N. Euclid in the CWE. The "modern Mexican food with a twist" available includes handmade tacos; and on the beverage side of things, there's a line of custom beers created by Schalfly and other libations.

The Libertine will officially debut on Tuesday, May 14, at 7927 Forsyth Blvd. in Clayton. The project is described by the owners as a "re-imagined neighborhood eatery," and will feature food from popular local chef JOSH GALLIANO. The project will mark Galliano's return to helming a restaurant kitchen. Hours will be Tuesday through Thursday, and Sundays from 5 to 10 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays from 5 p.m. to midnight. We're told lunch service should begin a little later this year. For details, visit

Balaban's Wine Cellar & Tapas Bar in Chesterfield has announced it's bringing back Sunday brunch service from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., starting with Mother's Day, Sunday, May 12. Look for buffet selections, as well as a special weekly brunch menu. Price for the buffet is $24 per person for adults ($10 for children 12 and younger).

Prasino has opened at 1520 S. Fifth Street in St. Charles. The eco-friendly eatery (prasino is Greek for ‘green’) features sustainable fare from local and responsible regional and national purveyors, and a beverage program full of quality beers, wines and seasonal cocktails. It's the first Prasino location in Missouri (there are two others in the Chicago area).

The second annual St. Louis Food Media Forum has been slated for Saturday, August 10, and Sunday, August 11, at the Culinary Institute of St. Louis. There also will be a keynote address on Friday, August 9, at the Schlaffly Tap Room by AKI KAMOZAWA and H. ALEXANDER TALBOT, authors of Ideas In Food: Great Recipes And Why They Work. There will be a variety of sessions over the course of the weekend, including the craft of food-writing, recipe development and food-plating and styling, among others. More info and ticket costs can be found online at

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