Don’t feel like cooking for Thanksgiving this year, but still want to present a feast your family and friends will rave about? Cielo
(999 N 2nd St, 314-881-5759)
, the Italian fine dining restaurant at the Four Seasons downtown, has got you covered this year with two irresistible options.
Twenty lucky media guests were invited to a Thanksgiving preview earlier this week to sample Chef Gian Nicola Colucci’s exceptional menu. By the end, we did feel a bit like family after sharing the amazing meal together.
Here’s the scoop:
For those wanting to get out of the house, Cielo is hosting Thanksgiving with a bountiful buffet of traditional holiday favorites and new twists on familiar dishes, all in view of St. Louis’ grand Gateway Arch. The expansive menu includes a charcuterie station, soups and salads, pasta, pizza, several variations on the main feature – the turkey – plus prime rib, pork and red snapper.
- Lobster ravioli with lobster cognac sauce
- Pumpkin and roasted apple risotto with spiced pumpkin seeds
- Turkey and burrata ravioli with cherry tomatoes and broccoli
- Braised bacon and pear stuffing
- Sweet potato gratin with charred marshmallow and spiced pecans
- Braised rabbit stew
- Smoked gouda and while mushroom soup
The dessert selection begs a menu all its own, with 14 scrumptious ways to satisfy your sweet tooth, including:
- Brown sugar apple tortino with brandied cherries
- Cranberry tart with hazelnut crust
- Caramel pecan pie
- Pumpkin crumble cake
- Espresso marscapone cheesecake
- Italian house-made gelato
There’s even a buffet just for kids with pizza, chicken nuggets, mini burgers, fruit skewers and plenty of sweets. Seating is from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Reservations are $90 per adult and include complimentary bottomless Bloody Marys and bottomless mimosas. Children 12 and under are $37 and children four and under dine for free.
For those hosting Thanksgiving at home, Cielo offers “Thanksgiving To Go.” The order includes a feast for ten people and includes a whole-roasted free range turkey with bourbon bacon and pear stuffing, orange-cranberry sauce, roasted sweet potato puree, roasted Brussels sprout, giblet-sage gravy, whipped potatoes, green bean casserole, dinner rolls and a choice of two pies. That'll set you back $325, which isn't cheap — but hey, it's definitely cheaper than dining in.
Ordering deadline is November 17 and orders may be picked up on Thanksgiving Day between 6 a.m. and noon.