Many popular Italian restaurants in St. Louis have predominantly cooked using recipes by Italian immigrants from their home kitchens. Italian restaurant food in St. Louis is associated with heavy creams, cheese-filled pastas and thick sauces, mainly because of the abundance and low cost of ingredients. Some new Italian restaurants have arrived on the seen that have made not only some of the most fashionable food in St. Louis, but also one of the healthiest.
This past week I was at the Grand Opening of River City Casino’s newest restaurant “Cibare Italian Kitchen”. The restaurant has the luxury of the purchasing power of the casino and the ability to have access to some of the best and freshest ingredients. Many of the chefs have worked in Las Vegas casinos over the years. I have spoken with each of them in detail over the past week. They all have displayed a real love of cooking and each wanting to share a personal story with me.
What I liked most about Cibare was the great tasting high quality food in an open and friendly atmosphere, along with the beautiful Italian decor and ambiance. The pricing is very affordable, and with the money you save you can enjoy a visit to the casino. The restaurant is a nice place to take a break and have a conversation while watching the pizza chefs make Neapolitan-style pizza. After dinner enjoy some of the wonderful Lavazza Italian coffee drinks they have to offer.
Everything is made fresh at the location, including the pasta, ricotta cheese, breads, gelato, pastries and more. While you will find your traditional Spaghetti and Meatballs, there are also many signature dishes that you will only find at Cibare.
Some Signature Pasta Dishes Highly Recommended, half orders are available but full order is great for sharing.
BUCATINI ALL’ AMATRICIANA GUANCIALE, SAN MARZANO TOMATOES, ONIONS, GARLIC, CHILI
STROZZAPRETI BRAISED BEEF, PANCETTA, CARAMELIZED ONIONS, ROASTED TOMATO, OLIVES, GREMOLATA
CANESTRI ALLA FUNGHI FOREST MUSHROOMS, GARLIC, MARSALA, CREAM, CHILI BREAD CRUMBS, PECORINO
SPAGHETTI ALLE VONGOLE LITTLE NECK CLAMS, GARLIC, CHILI, WHITE WINE, LEMON, PARSLEY
Some Desserts Highly Recommended
Torta Della Nonna
Here are some picture from the Grand Opening