The original Pi on Delmar Boulevard.
Got a call from Chris Sommers of Pi
) this morning letting me know that the popular pizza restaurant is bringing talented chef Marc Baltes aboard. Baltes, as regular Gut Check readers might remember, last month prepared a stunning Dorm Room dinner
at 33 Wine Shop & Tasting Bar
Sommers told me that Baltes will help out at all three locations of Pi -- the original at 6144 Delmar Boulevard
and the soon-to-open branches at 10935 Manchester Road
in Kirkwood and 4753 McPherson Avenue
in the Central West End -- but will be based primarily at the Central
West End restaurant. Sommers said Baltes, whose past experience
includes a stint at the acclaimed Oakland pizza restaurant Pizzaiolo
, will work to round out Pi's selection of
appetizers, desserts and other non-pizza fare and, in general, further
"raise the bar" in Pi's kitchens.