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I Fratellini - St. Louis

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I Fratellini - St. Louis

Ryan | Mar 27, 2003 04:40 PM

On Monday night my wife and I went to I Fratellini for dinner. We have been there before, but it has been awhile. It was nice and quiet as compared with every other time we have gone (with the exception of a Saturday lunch, which I no longer think that they do). The restaurant is long and narrow with a bar at the back and floor to ceiling windows that open in the front. Perfect for an early spring night.

The wine list is all Italian, but red heavy (2 pages of red, only 1 of white) and the white is heavy on Italian chardonnay and Pinot Grigio. I think the cheapest bottle was around $23. I ended up ordering a glass of Verdicchio and my wife ordered something from the Veneto (I've forgotten the name). Each glass was about $8 and came in a water glass that was filled amply.

To start I had the calamari, which was sautéed with olive oil, wine, red chili flakes and garlic and served over some arugala, radicchio and a few fennel fronds. The squid was nice and young (small tubes), cooked quickly so that they were still tender, and thankfully heavy on the tentacles. A wonderful start.

My wife’s comments on her salad, “I had the wilted spinach salad with caramelized onions, pancetta, and gorgonzola. It was a bit salty, but very nice. If you like spinach it is the way to go. Keep in mind this is a very filing salad, too. This theme is repeated with the tenderloin medallions, and it works beautifully as an entree.”

For my main course I had the mushroom ravioli served in chive butter sauce. The ravioli I believe were house made. The pasta could have been rolled a little thinner but the filling was good. Much to my surprise the chive butter sauce also contained zucchini and cherry tomatoes, which overpowered the delicate chive flavor. They were also a little too heavy handed with the butter, as my ravioli were swimming as opposed to dressed.

My wife’s comments on her main course, “The balsamic glazed salmon was nice, if just a tad bit dry. This is probably because of the way the fish was cooked to get the nice pan glaze. After my filling salad, it seemed like a huge piece of fish. The potato croquettes served on the side were the best part of the entree. The string beans were a bit tough. I noticed that the entrees on the menu did not mention the sides, so I don't know if the same sides are served all the time.”

Service was attentive and informed.

Overall a good experience, but when I go back it will either be for lunch, or I will avoid the pastas.

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