The Del Pietro empire expands again. Tomorrow, Thu., Oct. 18, St. Louis restaurateur Michael Del Pietro will open the doors to its third location of Sugo's Spaghetteria in Edwardsville, Ill. This will also be his third restaurant opening this year (Tavolo V in March and Sugo's in Overland Park, Kan. in April).

Del Pietro continues his signature homestyle yet refined Northern Italian fare, crediting his food-centric family for the passing down of recipes and general kitchen "know how" as his inspiration behind his fresh and straightforward menu. Along with salads, antipasti, rustic pastas and Neopolitan pizzas, the Illinois location will also be adopting the newly launched Sugo's Sunday Suppers, featuring family-style dishes for a casual, end-of-week meal. An all-Italian wine list complements the cuisine, with both classic and contemporary options. The new space is larger and has a more modern feel.

“Simply put, it's beautiful,” says manager Micah Hopkin.

The choosing of Edwardsville was quite effortless for the third generation restaurant owner. Recognizing the area's tremendous growth on the culinary front, Del Pietro seeks to offer a locale apt for both special occasion dining as well as comfortable, no fuss mid-week meals.

"I knew I wanted to expand outside of St. Louis but still be in the metropolitan area. There are a lot of people that work in St. Louis but live in Illinois," Del Pietro says. "And Edwardsville is just such a neat town. It was a great fit."

From the success and acclaim of existing Cleveland-Heath and Peel Pizza, and now the expansion of St. Louis staples Sugo's and soon-to-open Mike Shannon's Grille, this quaint yet vibrant town is on the cutting edge for neighborhood dining and fast tracking its way to becoming a foodie hotspot.

Sugo's Spaghetteria, 243 Harvard Drive, Edwardsville, Ill., 618.659.4640, sugoscucina.com, twitter.com/SugosCucina


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