First Look: Cini Serves Molto Bene Italian Food
|"Original" cini filled with sausage, peas, parmigiano and pecorino cheese.|
"This is one of the only Italian places in St. Louis that doesn't have toasted ravioli or pizza on the menu," says a smiling cook as a point of pride behind the hot line's impossibly spotless glass. The crystal clear barrier provides a brightly lit view into the open kitchen, backlined by a fridge full of plump green zucchinis, bell peppers and the like.
If you manage to get past the first part of your meal without second-degree burns (fresh-fried cheese waits for no one, folks), proceed to enjoy the bulk of the menu's offerings. Like other modern fast-casual concepts, the ordering process is slightly overwhelming at first, in a build-your-own-meal kind of way. Yes, that was a mouthful, but the many options can, indeed, pile pretty high in that bowl.