Thursday, April 17, 2014

the good pie 2.0 - st. louis, mo

6665 delmar boulevard
st. louis, mo  63130

at its new location in the delmar loop, the good pie is operating at a level far exceeding its first iteration. while the original midtown restaurant was my favorite place in st. louis for pizza, it offered little else aside from solid beer choices. that is no longer the case as the good pie now boasts a cocktail list rivaling the city's best along with rotating pasta and seafood specials to go with the stellar neapolitan pizza. the night of my visit featured a toothsome duck egg pici for pasta and meaty razor clams, both of which were outstanding. as expected, the two pizzas sampled were very good, with the crust being pretty much perfect. only gelato is offered for dessert, but the marzipan option blew me away.

a step in the right direction - muddled strawberry, ransom old tom gin, campari, house-made strawberry shrub, lemon, luxardo fernet
pine and pepper - st. george terrior gin, luxardo abano, dimmi, lemon, gomme syrup, shampagne

duck egg pici - rabbit, kale, pear, pistachio, red bud blossom

razor clam special

#37 3/4 - buffalo trace bourbon, cappelletti aperitivo, raw beet syrup, the big o ginger liqueur, house-made bbq bitters, winter tincture, applewood smoke
pompeii - espolon reposado tequila, pierda almas mezcal, canton ginger liqueur, luxardo abano, habanero shrub

brussels sprouts and pancetta special

 margherita d.o.p. - tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil

marzipan gelato

Thursday, April 10, 2014

elaia (3) - st. louis
1634 tower grove avenue
st. louis, mo 63110

food/pairings/service were all excellent as expected...elaia is executing at a michelin starred level in my opinion...will be back as often as i can justify/afford to.
fried sweetbreads
1939. "corpse reviver #2", boodles gin, lillet blanc, cointreau, lemon, savoy hotel, london, uk

bread service - parfait of foie gras, pomegranate, lapsang-souchong
off menu jura red

roasted beets - goat cheese mousse, speck, hazelnuts, maple, caraway
2012. henri marionnet, "premieres vendages", gamay, touraine, fra

burrata - iranian cucumbers, pickled onions, fried capers, thasos olives, fennel
2012. gentilini, robola of cephalonia, cephalonia, gre  

spring salad - blood orange, satsuma mandarin, haricots, sugar snap peas, yuzu, pea puree
2010. edi simeie, "reserve", rebula, goriska brda, slo

sunchoke soup - sunflower seeds, sunchoke chips, ras al hanout
2011. pheasant's tears, chinuri, kartli, geo

casonsei - roasted beets-goat cheese filling, citrus-poppy seed sauce
2012. terra sancta, "mysterious diggings", pinot noir, central otago, nz

bonus risotto course

sea scallop - spring ragout of artichokes, favas, and fresh garbanzos, potato chips
2011. kiralyudvar, "sec", furmint, tokaji, hun

filet of beef - lasagne of celery root and black garlic duxelles, bordelaise
2009. chateau musar, "hochar", cabernet sauvignon blend, bekaa valley, leb

grand marnier choquette

olive oil cake - gin-spiked cremeux, vermouth gelee, campari-glazed blood orange
2004. mer soleil, "late", viognier, santa lucia highlands, usa