The sandwich shop planning to open on Cherokee next week, Parm Pasta & Sandwich Co. (2619 1/2 Cherokee Street, 314-833-3034), will be a father-and-daughter operation. Diane Maijala has spent her career in the medical field, but she's counting on her father, a seasoned restaurant hand, to steer the ship.
Indeed, Salvatore D'Ippolito comes from a storied St. Louis restaurant family. His uncles founded Cunetto House of Pasta, which is still going strong after 45 years on the Hill. D'Ippolito himself worked there for six years in the 1970s before opening a place of his own in Lafayette Square, Salvatore's Casa di Pasta. He ran it from 1982 to 1990. "The neighborhood was quite colorful then," D'Ippolito says, laughing. "That's all I'll say."Now the two have secured a lease for the tiny storefront in the heart of the Cherokee District that previously held Teatopia (owner Reginald Quarles moved to a bigger space late last year). Their plans will be something of a homecoming for the 300-square-foot spot — before Teatopia, it housed the Little Dipper sandwich shop, which had an almost two-year run before moving into Fortune Teller Bar (it closed for good last year).
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