At Parm Pasta & Sandwich Co. (2619 Cherokee Street, 314-833-3034), the newest restaurant to open on Cherokee Street, the prices are cheap, the portions are big and the food is old-school St. Louis Italian. There's Provel on your salad, mostaccioli for a pasta and even a sandwich baked on cheesy garlic bread. You'll have to pinch yourself to ensure you're not just dreaming of the Hill.
The shop, which opened two weeks ago, is a longtime dream of Diane Maijala and a return to the business for her father, Salvatore D'Ippolito. D'Ippolito's uncles founded Cunetto House of Pasta, and he worked there in the 1970s before opening a place of his own in Lafayette Square. The restaurant comes by its influences honestly.Maijala and D'Ippolito are offering a small menu of favorites — a half-dozen sandwiches, a salad in either size large or small, a pasta in either large or small. They had soup on the menu, but, Maijala says, it just wasn't working — they've taken it off. They're now test-driving a new Italian beef sandwich. "If it does well, it will be a staple on the menu," she promises.
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