by Nancy Stiles
Peaches are ripe and ready for the picking, and Bixby's (Lindell Boulevard and DeBaliviere Avenue; 314-361-7313) at the Missouri History Museum and Piccione Pastry (6197 Delmar Boulevard; 314-932-1355) are taking full advantage of the in-season fruit. They're both offering a special menu of peach treats through the month of August.
Bixby's, which is on the second floor of the museum, uses local and seasonal produce, so it's the perfect time for peaches. Executive sous chef Callaghan Carter created items for every course featuring the fuzzy fruit. Start with a peach, tarragon, basil, goat cheese and raddicho salad with peach buttermilk dressing, or try the almond and peach chicken salad. For the main course, there's braised pork with peach barbecue sauce, pickled onions and green beans, or beef tenderloin with chive and peach crème fraîche. Of course, peaches lend themselves quite tastily to desserts, so Carter came up with peach bread pudding and peach crème brûlée. Call 314-361-7313 for reservations, or visit Bixby's online.
Piccione has only been open for a few months, but already it's making a name for itself in the Loop with Italian desserts, coffees, gelato and sorbet. Executive pastry chef Martin Lopez created several peach-infused pastries. There's peaches and cream cannolis with peaches and toasted hazelnuts, and peach and almond tarts, made with almond frangipane and local peaches with toasted candied almonds. You can also get roasted peach and raspberry melbas, with layers of raspberry coulis, vanilla bean gelato and peaches with almond biscotti. If you're looking to cool off, get the peach sorbet from Gusto Gourmet Creamery. Plus, if you live in the area, Piccione delivers!