When Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine opened its doors nine years ago, it was a wine and specialty foods shop with a small kitchen. In July, Veritas relocated to new digs in Ellisville as a fine dining restaurant also offering a full bar area and a well-curated wine shop.

Chef Mathis Stitt, co-owner of Veritas with parents David and Stephanie Stitt, says the restaurant side of the business simply outgrew the former space and the family wanted to create a place where fine dining, casual dining and retail could more efficiently comingle. Stitt describes his menus at Veritas as American, produce-focused and Southern-influenced, with the dining room menu changing each week based on seasonality. On a visit in early September, we dined on an appetizer of Gold Bar and Striata d’Italia squash with squash blossoms, crispy pork, corn, pesto and Ricotta cheese, followed by an entrée of fresh red grouper with roasted radishes, white carrot purée, potatoes, corn, edamame and crowder peas. Wine pairings also change each week to complement the menu. 

Veritas Gateway to Food and Wine, 15860 Fountain Plaza, Ellisville, 636.227.6800, veritasgateway.com

Liz Miller is the senior editor of Feast Magazine and Ladue News.

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