Stellina's Saratoga Rib-Eye Steak with Morels: What to Eat This Weekend and Where to Eat It



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Jamey Tochtrop, owner and chef of Stellina in Lindenwood Park | Emily Wasserman
  • Jamey Tochtrop, owner and chef of Stellina in Lindenwood Park | Emily Wasserman

When I first visited Stellina (3342 Watson Road; 314-256-1600) several years ago, it was known as Stellina Pasta Cafe, and the restaurant's fresh pasta was the main attraction.

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The pasta is still a draw, of course, but as the Lindenwood Park spot's shortened name suggests, chef Jamey Tochtrop has broadened his focus and now changes his menu frequently -- daily, even -- with the latest seasonal produce.

I caught up with Tochtrop this morning to see what he's excited about this weekend.

"We have first morels of the season locally," Tochtrop says. "They're going to be [served] with a grilled Saratoga rib eye."

As a seafood option, Stellina will offer Hawaiian mong chong (or pomfret).

And, of course, there will be a pasta special.

"Our agnolotti is something we do maybe once or twice a year," he says, "Fresh english peas with mint and mascarpone as the filling, in an orange-dill butter."

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