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Soup at The Pitted Olive/St. Louis

tonifi | May 10, 200604:31 PM

A friend and I just had lunch at The Pitted Olive on Hampton. This was the second time I've been there, I stopped by and picked up some lunch a few weeks ago when I was working on a house in the neighborhood. Last time I was there I opted for a pulled-pork sandwich with a side of asparagus bisque. The sandwich was good (when was the last time you had barbequed pig that WASN'T good, c'mon...) but the bisque was amazing. I've found that most asparagus soups fall into two categories...the 'cream of soup' that take a basic cream soup base and floats a few asparagus pieces in it, and the greeny-gray pureed asparagus soup. I like both of them well enough, but this soup was just amazing. A medium-bodied soup, full of asparagus flavor, faintly lemony, with big pieces of crisp asparagus. And the portion was huge. I abandoned my sandwich and sat on the floor of the apartment with my face in the styrofoam soup container...most undignified.
Today I had the muffalata sandwich, and asked for the mushroom bisque on the side. The sandwich was very good, absolutely stuffed with meats & cheese, on an interesting (olive?) bread. But the soup! Wow! Our mushroom bisque was dark brown, full-bodied, loaded with mushroom bits, and drizzled with truffle oil. The smell alone was dizzying. Absolutely, positively, the best soup I have ever eaten. Both my companion and I ended up taking home three-quarters of our sandwiches...the soup comes in a huge portion with a hunk of fresh-baked bread (an oddly-shaped but delicious portion, it looks like a yeast bread baked in a cake pan, and results in a high crust-to-innards ratio that I heartily approve of.)
If these two visits are any indication, I would go to The Pitted Olive every day if only for the soups..and the sandwiches are awfully good as well.
The parking is kind of awkward, they only have a few spaces out front and the street parking is limited, but it is worth the trouble. The say they hope to expand soon and I certainly hope they do.

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