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       Inside Tavolo V, another del Pietro restaurant. | Jennifer Silverberg

The Salted Pig

The man behind Tavolo V, Sugo's Spaghetteria, Babbo's Spaghetteria and Via Vino -- Michael del Pietro -- is gearing up to open the Salted Pig in Frontenac at the former site of Frontenac Grill. Del Pietro took over the space in July. Back then he had yet to name the new restaurant, but he knew that it would wouldn't be Italian, like his other eateries. He says Salted Pig will focus on Southern food like barbecue and fried chicken, dressed up a bit for the Frontenac crowd.

He's partnering with Ken Dennison, who is currently executive chef at DC's Smokin BBQ, a small catering company and barbecue competition team. The menu wasn't completely finished when we last spoke to them, but Dennison said that bringing Southern comfort food and farm-to-table freshness together with barbecue is really a new concept.

"If you go to a barbecue restaurant, that's all you're gonna get, and your sides may be canned or come premade. We're doing everything we can to prepare it each day, to keep it very fresh and at a good price," he told us.

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Bryan Worth
Bryan Worth

We're really looking forward to Main and Mill getting here.

Don Lennon
Don Lennon

Los Punk on Cherokee Street, 2700 Block is goona big, they are just getting started.

Touré Turner
Touré Turner

Well I better hurry up and try Local Harvest Cafe before they change!

Maria Sparks
Maria Sparks

Layla in The Grove (4317 Manchester) is amaze-balls! www.laylastl.com

Dennis French
Dennis French

Can't wait for Main and Mill to open. Those of us from Festus are very happy to see them going into that building.

Luke Arens
Luke Arens

Spare No Rib on Gravois is amazing! Freshly opened, as well.

Rj Hub
Rj Hub

ADDRESSESS?? u only gave the address to one . . . ??

Debby Green Kwiecien
Debby Green Kwiecien

Everyone should come out to Pacific, MO, and try Cafe Palermo, owned by Nick & Julie Nicoletti, the Pacific Brewhaus, Down South Cafe and/or Junk n Java, true small businesses that have terrific food, flair and unique atmospheres....read more about them at www.thecommunitypulse.com on their local eateries page.

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