Cielo Is Cooking Thanksgiving Dinner at the Four Seasons — and It Looks Amazing


  • photo courtesy of Cielo

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.

Highlights include:
  • 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 

  • photo courtesy of Cielo
  • Sara Graham
  • Sara Graham

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 

  • Sara Graham

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.

  • photo courtesy of Cielo

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