Review + Slideshow: Racanelli's Cucina

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Jennifer Silverberg
My review of Racanelli's Cucina is now available online. Racanelli's Cucina is located at 6655 Delmar Boulevard (the former Market in the Loop building). You can check out the restaurant's menu and more at its website.

In this week's Back of the House slideshow, Jennifer Silverberg takes you inside Racanelli's Cucina and watches as owner John Racanelli makes a pizza.
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Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
John Racanelli, owner of the Racanelli Empire, says one of the secrets to his pizza is working it on the board. The more you work it, the more air you get out of the dough, creating fewer air bubbles when cooking. View more photos from inside Racanelli's Cucina.
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Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
John, a native New Yorker (the Bronx specifically), has been in St. Louis for just over 20 years. He's been making pizza since he was 12 years old in his parents' pizzeria in the Bronx. He named his restaurant Cucina as a sort of homage to his mother, whose recipes have made their way into John's kitchen, and many of which are used at the restaurant today. View more photos from inside Racanelli's Cucina.
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Photo: Jennifer Silverberg
John Racanelli, while busy running this restaurant and his six pizzerias, still manages to put in about 30 hours in this cucina. He says this is why everything is so consistent. View more photos from inside Racanelli's Cucina.


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