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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.
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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