When he arrived in St. Louis from Italy 50 years ago, Giovanni Gabriele had one dime left in his pocket. He saved that dime, just in case he needed it for a pay phone. As it turns out, he never really needed it in the first place.
There’s no question LN readers are in-the-know, so who better to ask about the things that make St. Louis stand out and stand proud? Here, we present the very best, as selected by our readers, in the 2014 Ladue News Platinum List!
Fine-dining stalwart Tony’s restaurant will have a fresh look come 2014. In January, the restaurant will undergo 10,000-square-feet of renovations, including new flooring and lighting, as well as expanding the bar and rearranging artwork and furniture. The Wine and the Cherry rooms also will be updated. SPACE Architecture + Design has signed on to do the renovations.
Tony Bommarito, Joan Sheehan, David Scobee
Tony Bommarito, Dr. Matthew Broom
Peter von Gontard, Ginny Orthwein, Tony Bommarito Chairman of the Wine Auction, Sarah Chiodini
Maria and Molly Sansone, Tony Bommarito, Ava Sansone
St. Louis restaurants were well represented on the Opinionated About Dining's Top 25 Midwest Restaurants list that was recently released. Niche took the No. 2 slot; Sidney Street Cafe was No. 8; Stone Soup Cottage was No. 11; Brasserie by Niche came in at No. 12; Farmhaus garnered No. 13; and Tony's landed at No. 20; and Harvest rounded out the list at 22. Well done!
The Gatesworth is getting ready to break out the silver, as it celebrates its 25th anniversary this fall. That kind of longevity doesn’t come easily, and it has been earned with a commitment to providing the highest possible level of service, says director of operations Bob Leonard. “We do quality, not quantity,” he says. “We’re not trying to run 30 senior living facilities—we have one at each level of care. We decided to do one thing, and do it right.”
You voted, we listened! Ladue News readers know what they like; and with this year's Platinum List, you've made your voices heard. This list compiles the best of St. Louis.
Back for its third year, Junior League of St. Louis’ annual Kitchen Tour is going to be bigger and better than ever, if event co-chair Ann Beck has anything to say about it. Along with Julie Kearbey and their committee, she is working to build on the successes of years past. “It’s one of the League’s largest fundraisers, and it has a lot of public support,” she says.
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Tony and Vicky Bommarito
Some of the city’s exclusive restaurant wine cellars have been opened to reveal their most prized bottles of wine. Take a look at these cellar highlights, as well as their dining accompaniment recommendations.
Tony Bommarito, Mayor of the City of Ladue
For many, the Fourth of July means grilling out with family and friends, watermelon and fireworks. But before the fireworks go off this year, catch a glimpse as to how other St. Louisans celebrate the birth of our nation.
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Anthony ‘Tony’ Bommarito had a front-row seat during one of the most storied eras for downtown St. Louis. He and his brother, Vince, ran the fabled Tony’s Restaurant at a time when the city’s movers and shakers dropped in daily to be pampered at mealtime. The restaurant that his father, Tony, opened in 1946 was (and still is) among the town’s finest and most highly acclaimed dining establishments.
Have you heard the buzz about indulging in great food at The Ritz-Carlton, completely guilt-free? It’s not a food fantasy, but it is a fantastic evening! Sample the best recipes from some of St. Louis’ best chefs—and feel good knowing you’re helping to save babies—when the St. Louis Signature Chefs auction returns for the 19th year on Oct. 20. The evening begins with cocktails and a silent auction, followed by a tasting and live auction.
Though he was just recently sworn in as mayor of Ladue, Anthony Bommarito is indubitably no stranger to the city. He is a 45-year Ladue resident, and has been on the city council for 10 years. He also has a long history in business, partnering with his brother Vince Bommarito for 25 years at Tony’s and Anthony’s restaurants before starting A. Bommarito Wines, an importer and distributor. LN sat down with him to get his take on the city and his plans moving forward.
What are you having? We put that question to some of St. Louis’ top chefs and asked them about their favorite menu item.
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> The Del Pietros are a busy bunch! Last week we told you about Marc Del Pietro’s new restaurant The Block, coming soon to Webster Groves. This week we learned that MICHAEL DEL PIETRO will be debuting another addition to his group of restaurants come springtime. Trattoria Spezie will be occupying the former home of Original Cast Lighting at 6118 Delmar Blvd. in the U. City Loop. Del Pietro says there will be roughly 140 seats inside, with another 50 on the patio. Look for lots of vegetarian offerings and locally procured items.