Last night our friends Audrey and Larry joined us at Acero, which is a charming Italian restaurant in Maplewood.
I really like this place. There's sort of a golden glow that reminds me of Italy whenever we go there.
The dining room is under the direction of Sam Foley, who is not only extremely nice, but a super manager.
The wine list is devoted to Italian wines and Sam can direct you to the perfect one. I had a Liveli 2008 "Passamante". It was not expensive and it was delicious.
The chef, Adam Gnau, is really gifted. He is also extremely personable. You will enjoy his food and his company.
Three of us ordered the four course tasting menu. Here are my choices:
Bruschetta with Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onions, and Honey
Ravioli with Roasted Cauliflower,Pancettta, and Parmesan
Pan Seared Day Boat Halibut on a Bed of Wilted Mizuna, with Black Trumpet and Oyster Mushrooms and Topped with Black Truffle Butter
Stuffed Figs ( Almond, Hazelnut,Lemon, GorgonzolaDolce, and Local Honey.
Yum. It was a treat from start to finish.
Chuck started with Mixed Field Greens Grana Padana Cheese, Pine Nuts with a White Balsamic and Citrus Dressing that he really liked. He wanted to know if I could duplicate it!
He followed that with Spaghetti Alla Chitarra, Amatriciana which was a tomato based sauce. He had the same entree as I had and then Chocolate Panna Cotta for dessert.
Audrey had the Acero Salad-Romaine,Egg, Tomato, Genoa Salumi, and Herb Vinagrette. For her main course she chose Tagliatelle with Wild Mushrooms, Brown Butter, Shallots and Parmesan. Her dessert choice was Banana and Caramel Bread Pudding.
Larry started with the special soup of the day which was Carrot, then had the special pasta of the day which was an Egg Ravioli that had Three Cheeses, Spinach and a Farm Fresh Egg Wrapped in a Delicate Pasta. He raved about that. His entree was Rainbow Trout with Roasted Cauliflower, Spring Onion, Lemon and Capers.
As you can see, the menu is interesting and the kitchen delivers. We were all very pleased with our choices.
Acero is a wonderful, relaxing, informal place. It is another of Jim Fiala's restaurants that offers a warm atmosphere and delicious food. Make plans soon to go there.
7266 Manchester Road
St Louis, MO 63143