In this episode of the Find Dining Podcast, Laura Bentele of The Moscow Circus offers up another great restaurant recommendation: Pastariain St. Louis, where Chef Gerard Craft serves up Italian dishes like Bucatini All'Amatriciana and Pappardelle. We discuss the local craft brewery scene, the appeal of toasted ravioli and how to eat concrete.

Laura recommends:

  • Crispy Risotto Balls

  • Shaved Kale Salad

  • Bucatini All'Amatriciana

  • Pappardelle

  • Half salted caramel, half pistachio gelato

St. Louis Dining Districts to Explore:

  • Soulard/Benton Park

  • Clayton

  • The Hill

St. Louis Food Events:

  • Any Schlafly festival: Cod & Cask in February, Oyster & Stout in March, Belgian Beer & Mussels in July, Hop in the City in September.

  • St. Nicholas Greek Festival (Labor Day Weekend)

Food for Thought:

  • Q: Name three foods that debuted at the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis.

  • A: Hot dogs, iced tea and the waffle ice cream cone.

Out of the Frying Pan Picks: