Modesto Tapas Turns Pizzeria, Vicia Hosts Pop-Up Lunches

A new pizza joint is arriving on The Hill next month. As first reported by St. Louis Magazine, owner Brendan Marsden—also of Clayton’s Whitebox Eatery—closed his long-time dining spot, Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant, last month and will revamp the space into Mona’s, an American-Italian joint. The pizza will be Roman-style, a thin and crispy crust that will have a specialty pizza menu made sauceless with toppings or using a house fresh tomato. 5257 Shaw Ave., The Hill

Sept. 12-17: Head to Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria this week for a unique collaboration with Katie Lee Collier’s brother, Tommy Lee, owner and operator of Slide Piece Food Truck. The takeover event will feature a fried green tomato pizza with stracciatella, calabrese, pepperoncini, basil, balsamic and arugula. 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill

Photo courtesy of Katie's Pizza & Pasta Osteria

Photo courtesy of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria

Sept. 14: The first-ever Harvest Dinner in the garden of Tower Grove Park happens this week. Take in the sights of the historic park and enjoy a five-course meal made with fresh ingredients from the park’s garden by Taste chef Heather Stone. You’ll also get a special walkthrough of the vegetable garden with the park’s horticulture supervisor, Steve Hogenmiller. 4256 Magnolia Ave., Tower Grove, 314.771.4484

Sept. 14 & 20: After catching up with Michael and Tara Gallina last month, we got a sneak peek into what’s to come for Vicia—one of the most anticipated restaurants in the nation—coming to the Cortex Innovation Community in Central West End. They are inviting you try them out before their fall opening at CIC this Wednesday and next Tuesday at Venture Cafe @4220 for lunch eats. Follow them on Twitter for menus and more info.

Sept. 15: Join Atomicdust for the 5th annual Midtown Alley BBQ this Thursday. There will be plenty of barbecue from Sugarfire Smoke House and cold beer from 4 Hands Brewing Co. and Urban Chestnut Brewing Co., along with great tunes, washers, cornhole and the Bubble Bus. Tickets are $20 and include a wristband for four beverages and one plate of food. Proceeds from the event will benefit Food Outreach and its efforts to fight hunger in St. Louis. 3021 Locust St., Midtown

Sept. 16: Keep the summer going and enjoy the ’80s POP Happy Hour with Porano Pasta at Start Bar. Pastry chef Mathew Rice has partnered with the arcade bar for a POP happy hour from 5-7pm. Enjoy a “Stranger Things”-inspired Eggo Waffle and Chocolate Pudding pop, the “Good Humor” Strawberry Shortcake pop and a Tang and Pop Rocks pop as well as a take on the classic Fudgesicle. 1000 Spruce St. 1W Front, Downtown

Sept. 16-Oct. 2: It’s already time to start the Oktoberfest celebrations. The Anheuser-Busch Biergarten will be transformed into a traditional German Oktoberfest experience, where you can enjoy traditional German beer, eats and music. Beer-lovers can get tastes of the world’s first Oktoberfest beer: Spaten Oktoberfest,·Spaten Optimator, Spaten Lager and Franziskaner. Join in on some fun games like barrel rolling contests and you can even bring your pets along for the fun from Friday-Sunday. 1200 Lynch St., Soulard

Sept. 23: Mark your calendars for Urban Chestnut Brewing Company’s sixth annual Oktoberfest. The weekend-long festival will feature traditional German fare and the classic German bier staples like Oachkatzlschwoaf (Annual Oktober-Festbier), Zwickel (Bavarian Lager), Schnickelfritz (Weissbier) and more. You’ll also want to try the newest brew to the bunch this year, Radlers. You’ll also get to tray even more locally brewed German-styled beers from Perennial Artisan Ales, The Civil Life, 2nd Shift Brewing Co., and Schlafly. 3229 Washington Ave., Midtown

Vicia photo by Katlyn Moncada

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