February 2004

Italian | Missouri | St. Louis18 Feb 2004 07:31 am

“The Hill” district in St. Louis is about a 10 square mile area which has maintained its Italian ethnic flavor, as evidenced by the numerous restaurants in such a concentrated area – my first Cunetto visit was a happy occasion for the hungry tiger. Although it bills itself as a house of pasta, the menu is very extensive and includes many meat, chicken and seafood entrees – all served with a glass of their house wine if you choose. The pasta selections are extensive, including a dish given an Alba name which has a beef sauce base. My chicken with prosciutto and mushroom cheese sauce was very good, though the side of broccoli was overcooked (I had it as an upgrade instead of the side of pasta which is offered with a red or white cream and pea sauce – next time will try the latter). The house salad is of the chopped variety – also very good. Wine list is short but adequate with a nice selection of California (including Gundlach Bunchu Merlot and Cabernet) and Italian wines.


5453 Magnolia (at Southwest)
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 781-1135


Ontario, Canada | Toronto10 Feb 2004 06:38 pm

My lucky day – with the Coppi closed for a private party for McD’s high achievers, I was directed to North 44 which is just south of Coppi.
What a wonderful surprise – though I only had the Parma ham with fresh fig appetizer (with New Zealand Pinot Noir) followed by a 4-cheese selection which included fresh fruits (including yet more fresh figs) with a German Gerwurztraminer which worked well (instead of a red).
This place is elegant (and expensive) but visually a treat to behold.
Also very pleasant service, great breads with hummus spread.


reviewed Feb 2004

2537 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

(a few blocks north of Eglinton on east side of Yonge)
(416) 487-4897

German | Minnesota | New Ulm06 Feb 2004 04:06 pm

American translations/versions of German food – belt busting portions when you’re ready for some fats and carbs; but for a lover of sausage and red cabbage and kraut (not too sour), it’s the place in town. I did try their BBQ pork ribs with their special sauce – give them a try.


221 N. Minnesota St.,
New Ulm, MN
(507) 359-2071

on the main commercial strip
(so well-known in town that their address or phone number isn’t even printed on their take out menu)

Belle Plaine | Minnesota06 Feb 2004 03:53 pm

Honest food for real people – and great pies to boot. The Star of Apple Country – though their blueberry pie is also a star.


US Highway 169
501 East South Street
Belle Plaine, MN 56011
(952) 873-4334

Just south of the Twin Cities.