We have more national recognition for our local culinary scene to report:
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The past year has been a busy one for the St. Louis culinary scene. Here are a few of the highlights from 2012:
Mia Sorella, the new restaurant from brothers Jamie and Steve Komorek, who own the popular Trattoria Marcella in South City, aims to take fresh, traditional Italian fare out to West County.
St. Vincent Home for Children is sponsoring a benefit wine tasting on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 facility at 2319 Choteau Ave.There will be a wide variety of wines available, courtesy of Show Me Vino, in conjunction with Missouri Beverage Company. Also on tap: live music from Jazz St. Louis All Stars, hors d'oeuvres from Russo's Catering and a silent auction. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the door, and can be purchased at saintvincenthome.org.
As the economy continues to reveal signs of recovery, some local entrepreneurs have decided that now is the time to grow and expand their businesses. We’ve spoken to three business owners whose hard work and determination are paying off.
ANDREW JANSEN/ JOURNAL Steve Komorek, of Trattoria Marcella, is opening a second location at 14426 Clayton Road in Ballwin.
Brothers Steve and Jamie Komorek opened Trattoria Marcella in 1995, and since then, the Italian eatery has won a slew of awards, as well as legions of local fans.
The Agnolotti Del Plin, ravioli filled with braised beef, spinach and risotto, is sauced in truffle butter at Trattoria Marcella
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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Steve Komorek of Trattoria Marcella
Diners who have a hard time deciding from among two or three entrees, all of which sound delicious, now have better options. Many of St. Louis’ most creative restaurants are embracing the ‘small-plates’ trend by featuring items that are larger than an appetizer but not as big as an entrée.
Steve Komorek of Trattoria Marcella
Whether you consider yourself an oenophile or you just enjoy discovering a new vintage now and then, you’ll want to ‘save the date’ this fall when In The Vineyard showcases more than 100 wines from around the world, with cuisine prepared by chefs from St. Louis’ top restaurants. The Nov. 13 event, which also includes a silent auction, benefits Edgewood Children’s Center in Webster Groves.
Dining out isn’t all about food. Sure, the food has to please your palate, but diners also want to feel welcome and appreciated, and they expect efficient service. We asked three St. Louis foodies about the places they frequent and why.
It’s much more common to see ‘hot’ restaurants crash and burn than to watch them enjoy a long, steady success. But Trattoria Marcella is one of the rare few that offers the complete package, and has from its beginnings.
• Herbie’s Restaurant opens Oct. 17 after a whirlwind two months of interior redesign and menu development. As you may recall, this is the re-christened Balaban’s, a beloved CWE fixture for decades. Co-owner JEFF ORBIN has buttoned it all together with new flooring and pendant lights over the bar, which has a new tufted look. The vintage ambience is enhanced by founder Herb Balaban’s French poster art, which diners will, no doubt, recognize from the original restaurant. Co-owner and executive chef AARON TEITELBAUM has created a French-American bistro menu.