Updated: This Week's Dish: Melo's Pizzeria Opens in Benton Park, Nami Ramen Joins Clayton

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food
Photo courtesy of Melo's Pizzeria

Photo courtesy of Melo’s Pizzeria

Fans of Vince Valenza’s popular Blues City Deli are now invited to join him in his newest venture, Melo’s Pizzeria, opening in a historic brick garage located on the same property as the deli. The Benton Park spot offers up 12-inch, wood-fired pizzas—with a Blues City Deli touch—made in a super hot oven imported from Naples. There are no seats available in the small space, just a walk-up counter for ordering and stand-up bar. There will, however, be a patio space opening between the two restaurants that can be shared during the warmer months of the year. Starting Jan. 7, Melo’s will be open every Thursday-Friday from 4:30-8pm. Days will be added from there with hopes for a full schedule by March. 2438 McNair Ave., Benton Park, 314.773.8225

As the ramen scene continues to grow in STL this year, Nami Ramen will be opening its doors this Wednesday, Jan. 6 at 11am. The menu boasts 10 ramen options to choose from, including the Nami Signature Tonkotsu and Roasted Black Garlic Tonkotsu, along with a selection of appetizers, salads and rice bowls. There are also great vegetarian and kid-friendly “Little Ninja” options. 46 N. Central Ave., Clayton, 314.833.6264

As of New Year’s Eve, Stellina Pasta officially closed after nine years in service. The restaurant space will not go unused, though, as chef Ben Grupe will host a pop-up dinner series Jan. 29-30 in collaboration with local artisans, chefs and farmers featuring regional and sustainable ingredients. All tickets are inclusive of food, beverage, tax and gratuity. 3342 Watson Road, Lindenwood Park

Updated: Chef Grupe will also be involved in another pop-up dinner with Hammer & Hand. Originally scheduled to take place on Jan. 16 at 7:30pm, The Silk Rodeo Lucky #7 has been indefinitely postponed due to a death in the family of Amy & Chris Plaisted, the owners of Hammer & Hand. 2714 Lafayette Ave., The Gate

Jan. 8 & 15: Seafood lovers can gather for Oyster, Wine & Cheese Tasting at Lucky’s Market in Rock Hill. Expand your knowledge of oysters with seafood specialists as they will be shucking fresh oysters in the cafe for you to sample along with wine and cheese.
9530 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.942.8193

Announced on Tuesday, Jan. 5, Jimmy’s On The Park has closed after 21 years in business. The owner, Jimmy Kristo, told St. Louis Magazine flat sales and an increase in rent led to his decision to close the business’ doors.

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria has given Rock Hill delicious eats for two years now. Recently named a 2016 award recipient of St. Louis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40,” chef/owner Katie Collier made two big announcements  during a live interview with Eric Christensen “STL Up Late.” The first, there will be a second location of the popular restaurant opening next year. While Collier didn’t give an exact location, she noted the new Katie’s would open in the Town and Country area of town. The second announcement was a new concept of a pizza box kit with fresh ingredients that can be delivered to one’s home to make their own pizza. Testing of the product will start sometime in February for local residents with hopes to expand delivery areas in the future. 9658 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.962.5555

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