Geez. I leave town for a few days, and everything at Gut Check International Headquarters goes bonkers. Specifically, Gut Check might have given you a malware warning when you visited late last week. If so, 1) our sincere apologies; 2) you missed some good stories, including the news that Piccione Pastry (6197 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-1355), from the folks behind the catering and restaurant firm Butler's Pantry, is now open on the eastern half of the Delmar Loop.
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"What we try to do is recreate an Old World pastry shop in a modern way," Butler's Pantry president Richard L. Nix Jr. told my colleague Mabel Suen as part of Gut Check's First Look at Piccione Pastry.
Piccione is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday. View the menu at the Piccione website.
Also now open is Prasino (1520 South Fifth Street, St. Charles; 636-277-0202), the first St. Louis-area location of a small, upscale Chicago-based chain. Prasino describes itself on its Facebook page (and elsewhere) as a "sophisticated, sustainably-minded, eco-friendly restaurant." The menu of the Chicago location (link PDF) reveals a selection of contemporary American bistro dishes, sandwiches and flatbreads as well as sushi.
Gut Check will have a more in-depth First Look at Prasino later this week. In the meantime, the restaurant is open 11 a.m.-midnight Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m.-1:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday.