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Tratottia Marcella, St.Louis

CliffA | Nov 15, 200107:04 AM

I've had a couple of very good meals there. Actually, the best i've had in St.Louis, so far. Everyone is accommodating and friendly--especially the owner who invited me to participate in an impromptu tasting of Missouri (!) wines as i sat at the bar the other night. His pizzas are actually my thin-crust dream fulfilled. Best of all, they're in my new neighborhood.

This all also made me think of the debate on the Chicago board about "authentic" Italian food. My recollection is that the fare at LaScarola (Chicago) is pretty authentic. At least i've had many of their simple kinds of dishes (like the signature escarole with beans) in Italy. Much of the menu (like chicken Vesuvio) is, agreed, kind of a Chicago invention with Italian roots, but very well-made and tasty. Similarly, some of the items at Marcella may not be "authentic" (i've never seen a spedini in Italy, but that's just me), but they sure are good. Importantly, the ambiance is very European, all of whic contributes to a very good dining experience.

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