Onesto Pizza and Trattoria Celebrates Its Birthday With a Party Saturday

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Happy Birthday to Onesto Pizza and Trattoria: It turns five on Saturday!

To celebrate, Onesto (5401 Finkman Street; 314-802-8883) is hosting a free party complete with games, sangria and a roasted pig on a spit on Saturday, April 6, beginning at 1 p.m. The party rages on until the pig is gone.

Gut Check chatted with the effervescent catering and events coordinator Marianne Rogers about the shindig, the sangria and, of course, that pig.

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"The party will be outside in the back yard of Onesto and on the patio, of course," Rogers says. "We'll have washers, bocce and a fun little game called 'Stump the Bartender.'"

Stump the Bartender involves audience participation and some wild ingredients. Onesto's bartender, Todd Brutcher, invites birthday-party guests to bring three unusual ingredients for him to use in a drink. He then has twenty minutes to come up with something drinkable (and dare we say tasty) with those ingredients. If he can't do it, the person who provided them gets a free pitcher of sangria.

"Todd thinks he's so smart he can make a drink out of anything," Rogers says. "We ask our guests to bring three ingredients like snake, pepperjack cheese and...I don't know...sugar!"

If snake-and-cheese cocktails are not for you, there's always the pig.

Onesto will be roasting a 180-pound pig on a spit in its back yard. But wait, there's more!

The pig will be stuffed with a turkey, a chicken and a cornish hen. All this meat will be served up (free!) with sides like slaw, mac & cheese, beans and bread, so Rogers encourages guests to come hungry.

As for the pig, Rogers is thinking of having a contest at the party to name the fella, unless his name becomes apparent upon meeting him, like it does from time to time with a newborn baby.

"It's just going to be a really great time," Rogers says. "There will be lots of sangria and balloons. And, I don't know, I think Obama's coming."

Now that's a party.

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