After making a failed attempt to visit Sweetie Pie's on the worst day possible; the premiere date for thier new show, we began wandering around. Eventually we ended up on the Hill, saw adecent crowd outside of Guido's, and thought that pizza was in order. Boy were we ever wrong.
Now do not take that the wrong way. We were wrong about wanting pizza.
Upon walking in, we were promptly shown to our table. The inside was a bit dark, and the lights were doing some strange flickering thing the entire time we were there. But then we started reading the menu. Pizza was deffinately not going to be ordered tonight. We ordered up some toasted ravioli to start with, I ordered the manicotti with meat sauce, and the other half ordered the cannelloni with marinara.
The toasted ravioli came out fairly quick. They were toasted perfectly (I personally hate when places cook them too much), and the sauce was to die for. Our entrees took some time to come out, our server did come over and let us know, and offered up some drinks and bread while we waited.
Finally, the main course arrived. We were in no way disappointed with how long it took for things to come out. I do not know about you, but I would rather the kitchen take some time and make things right, than have them rush things and be disappointed by the final product. Taking the first bite, you could tell that the dishes were out of the oven for maybe only 30 seconds before landing on our table. The meat sauce on manicotti, I felt, was even better than the marinara we had with the ravioli. You could tell that the cheese was of a better quality than you get at most places as well (there was no oil coming out of it).
The cannelloni were packed tight with their beef and pork mixture, as was the manicotti with it's cheese blend. The portion size was about as perfect could be as well. When we were both too stuffed to take a single bite more, we had maybe one to two bits left on our plates.
The biggest pitfall of the night (aside from the wait for the entrees), was our server. It was not that he was bad, it was that he acted as if he were not a server for very long. He exhibited a bad habit of having to drag everything acrossed the table. This may be something with him being new, and hopefully it will get worked out. If he is not new, it's a habit that really should be worked on and broken. Lifting is not a hard concept.
All in all it was a good experience. We loved the food, and have already planned a return trip.
We are just about there. The entire site is about to launch, and we could not be any more excited. We have put alot of time and effort to bring you the most comprehensive review site for restaurants in and around St. Louis, and we would like to think that we did a great job.
There are a few very minor things to flesh out, to round out the whole experience. Namely, setting up our Tumblr page. Then we can get to working on patching up the things that are just bugging me.
Currently, we are planning on doing our big launch Saturday, most likely early evening.
It has been a long day, and it is time to call it a night. Tomorrow, we are out on the town to celebrate, and we shall be here Saturday.
We are in the process of getting our blog ready for the big launch. Things may break every once in a while during this process. If they do, it means we are working on things. Expect to see many exciting things filling up this space over the coming days.