Sugo's Spaghetteria - Frontenac, MO
Happy birthday to me
Introduced to Sugo's Spaghetteria by my co-workers, we visited as a group to celebrate my birthday this month.
With a location in Frontenac, Missouri and one in Edwardsville, Illinois, Sugo's is part of the upscale Michael Del Pietro Restaurant Group, which includes Babbo's Spaghetteria, Tavolo V and Via Vino Noteca.
Being born into the restaurant business made Michael Del Pietro a natural at his craft. Having grown up in a restaurant family that has owned and operated restaurants in the St. Louis area for nearly 60 years, Michael eventually ran the family business after the passing of his father. He later attended The Culinary Institute of America in New York.
With a number of stores in this strip, including a bank, jewelry store and more, parking is at a premium during the lunch rush. A few of the stores have a couple of designated parking spots, but we went around the small lot twice, then sent in a member of our party to see if they had seating availability before we kept circling.
We ended up at the neighboring strip of stores for a parking spot and took a small hike up a little hill on well-worn path between the two.
The interior and ambiance
Sugo's is a lovely space. It's rustic, with wood and glass. When it's busy, it can be a bit loud, but it's a cozy place.
Happy birthday to me
Each of us ordered a lunch special, which consisted of two half orders of a combination of salad, pasta or a half pizza. I opted for the Caesar salad and the Pollo pizza: olive oil, roasted chicken, caramelized onions, roasted garlic and rosemary.
On many subsequent visits since this birthday lunch, I've ordered the Margherita pizza, along with the half Caesar salad. It's always delicious, though if I were being nit picky (which I am most of the time; sorry not sorry), I'd love to have a more balanced distribution of toppings on my pie.
I guess it's a bit tricky when they're building a half of a pie, but a lot of the toppings usually end up clustered together toward the two middle pieces and the two outer pieces are, you know, super jealous.
I'd also love to see these two things go away:
- The empty wine bottles turned community water bottles on the table; it just feels a bit unsanitary
- The soiled curtain separating the dining room from the restrooms; or maybe just wash it on a regular basis?
Up next on my list of pies to try is the Funghi: olive oil, mushrooms, roasted garlic and truffle oil. I'll let you know how it is.
TIP: Join the Sugo's eClub and you'll be registered to win a $100 gift card. Then, once a month they'll send you the dish on their newest menu items and special offers and information just for their club members.