ST. LOUIS — Two St. Louis restaurants made the Food Network’s list of ‘Best Pastas in the country.’
The list names 98 pastas across the country. Pastaria’s pistachio ravioli and fettuccine with duck confit at Tony’s made the list.
At Pastaria, guests can watch the chefs create the pasta and hand roll ravioli in the kitchen through a glass window.
‘James Beard Award winner Gerard Craft really knows how to showcase pasta at his casual Italian concept, Pastaria,’ Food Network said. ‘The dishes exceed the show.’
Food Network touts Pastaria’s pistachio ravioli as one of the best things on the menu. It also turns out the ravioli was a ‘happy accident.’ Food Network said Craft was working on a dish for his former fine dining concept and he made a pistachio filing that didn’t work out… He kept it in mind when Pastaria opened and combined the creamy and nutty mix with mint, lemon brown butter and Grana Padano.
You can find Pastaria in Clayton at 7734 Forsyth Boulevard.
Tony’s has been an iconic restaurant in St. Louis for more than 70 years.
‘Not your average red-sauce joint, this elegant restaurant is the grand dame of the city’s fine-dining scene, renowned for its white tablecloths, impeccable service and perfectly balanced dishes,’ Food Network said.
You can find Tony’s in St. Louis at 410 Market Street. The restaurant is run by third-generation-owner Jim Bommarito. Their fettuccine with duck confit is a newer dish. It is earthy and rich with wild mushrooms along with decadent poultry served in a hearty duck stock sauce and topped with salty parmesan, Food Network said.
A restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri also made the list for their scampi alla Livornese.
Jasper’s Restaurant has been a staple in Kansas City’s Waldo neighborhood in 1954.
‘One of the highlights, Scampi alla Livornese, has been on the menu since the beginning. Inspired by a pasta dish Jasper Sr. had four nights in a row at a restaurant in Italy, the dish — angel hair pasta with shrimp and a touch of garlic in a white wine-cream sauce — has been a closely guarded family secret — not to mention local favorite — since day one.’ Food Network said.