Since its initial announcement in August, St. Louis has been awaiting the arrival of Casa Don Alfonso, and we're finally getting a glimpse into the restaurant's Southern Italian cuisine. The upcoming restaurant at the Ritz Carlton St. Louis comes from Mario Iaccarino, and it will be the first American project for the Michelin-star decorated restaurateur. Chef de cuisine Sergio Chierego, a native of Cagliari, Italy, will helm the kitchen when Casa Don Alfonso opens this spring.
According to a press release, the menu at Casa Don Alfonso, slated to open in March, will specifically celebrate Italy's Sorrento Coast with culinary traditions of the Campania region. Chosen ingredients will be meant to reflect the same produce grown on Iaccarino's family farm.
The lunch and dinner menus will offer a variety of elegant and approachable options, including starters such as a fritto misto, a tomato-basil soup and Castellucio lentil soup. Eight different Neapolitan pizzas with sourdough crusts will be available to guests, overseen by the restaurant's very own pizzaolio, or pizza-maker; toppings will include options like cherry tomatoes and burrata or Calabrian 'nduja.
Handmade pastas will be the central component of the menu, finding their way into all sorts of dishes, including Grandmother's Ziti, Sorento Coast-style baked tiny gnocchi, Lasagna Napoletana and more. As for non-pasta entrées, Casa Don Alfonso will offer a rack of Colorado lamb, traditional pork braciola and a "catch of the day" served acqua-pazza style, poached in a lightly herbed broth.
The restaurant will also be open for breakfast and brunch, serving everything from brioche French toast to smoked salmon on a bagel to tramezzino, classic Italian tea sandwiches. Guests will also be able to stop by any time of day to grab a boost from Casa Don Alfonso's espresso bar, which will offer boozy twists on caffeinated beverages among typical coffee options.
Casa Don Alfonso, 100 Carondelet Plaza, Clayton, Missouri, 314.863.6300, casadonalfonsostlouis.com