This Week's Dish: Randolfi's Launches New Menu, Your Valentine's Day Dining Guide

By Katlyn Moncada
In Food

Randolfi’s launched a new menu last week with an expanded format, shareable entrées, tasting menu options and more. The Italian dining destination from chef-owner Mike Randolph developed a menu with chef de cuisine Tommy Andrew that encourages guests to try dishes from the various sections on the menu with smaller courses ranging from antipasta to primi small pasta selections, with larger shareables like pizzas and lamb shank with risotto Milanese. Guests can order Per La Tavola (For the Table) with items like whole fish with arugula, orange and croutons. A selection of Contorni (sides) and Dolci (desserts) are also available.

“Over the last few months, we’ve realized that Randolfi’s is about the entire dining experience,” Randolph says. “We want to bring back that feel of the romantic Italian restaurants of New York in the ’50s and ’60s, but with our food. We want our diners to come in for a date night or a catch-up with friends and stay a while to really experience the menu.”

The new format includes more than 10 new items including: rotating cheese with pickled fruit and honey from Tommy’s own beehives and house-made charcuterie antipasti; pasta dishes include clam shells with clams, cream and lemon baked in the wood-fired oven with breadcrumbs; a vegetarian Creste de Gallo pasta with pesto, mushroom conserva and chili flake; an aged 16-ounce strip steak with lemon-chive butter. Guests can also try the new “Kitchen Tastings,” a four-course menu for $40 or a Chef’s Taster for $85. 6665 Delmar Blvd., Suite 100B, University City

Photo courtesy of Bixby's

Photo courtesy of Bixby’s

Here are some local spots to dine out this Valentine’s Day:

Juniper
Feb. 12-14 | Cost: $53-$107
Juniper has put together a five-course tasting menu dinner—with a couple extra courses—along with an optional wine pairing in Eva’s Attic. Courses include tasty items from scallop with country ham dashi, grapefruit and crispy farro to lobster with oyster mushroom, salsify and miso-cured egg yolk and a chocolate olive oil cake with blood orange, orange confit, meringue and barrel-aged ice cream. 360 N Boyle Ave., Central West End

Love Is Strange by Strange Donuts
Cost: $25
A spaghetti dinner by Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria that will benefit Strange Cares and their partner agencies Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Girls on the Run and The Children’s Heart Foundation. Sounds will be provided by Tech Supreme for you to dance with that special someone. Maplewood-Richmond Heights High School, 7539 Manchester Road

Chandler Hill Vineyards
Cost: $60 per person
Celebrate with new executive chef Jack W. MacMurray III’s three-day special at winery from Feb. 12-14. The meal includes a four-course dinner with dishes such as pistachio-encrusted salmon with lobster sherry cream sauce with creamy polenta and port chocolate truffle cake covered in macerated raspberries and port whipped cream. There will also be a different live music act each evening. Reservations are requested and can be made by phone or online. 596 Defiance Road, Defiance, Mo., 636.798.2675

Wild Flower Restaurant
Feb. 13-14 | Price varies
Bacon-wrapped stuffed dates, lobster love letters and creme brûlée are just a few of the things on the menu for Wild Flower’s prix fixe package dinner. Wash it all down with some “lovely” libations. 4590 Laclede Ave., Central West End

Bixby’s
Feb. 14 | $26.75 per adult, $14.50 per child 12 and under
Brunch at Bixby’s with a view of Forest Park from the second floor of the History Museum sounds like a great way to celebrate with loved ones. There will be a buffet with made-to-order classics and a mimosa and Bloody Mary bar with all of the fixings. 5700 Lindell Blvd., Forest Park, 314.361.7313

Mad Art Gallery
Feb. 13 | Cost: $80 per person or $150 per couple
Enjoy a prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu filled with decadent romantic plates such as duck raviolo served alongside handcrafted cocktail Lemony Snicket made with Bulliet bourbon, pickled strawberry shrub, fresh lemon and Lillet Blanc. RSVP to carrie@madart.com by Feb. 11 to make a reservation. 2727 S. 12th St., Soulard

Balaban’s
Feb. 13 | $65 per person
Celebrate a day early for a three-course dinner prime rib, pork chop and more before finished with dessert of tiramisu, chocolate ganache cake or blackberry ricotta cheesecake. On Sunday, enjoy the brunch menu for $35 per person with complimentary adult beverage from 10am-2pm. 1772 Clarkson Road, Chesterfield

Piccione Pastry
It’s a great time to treat yourself to Piccione’s swoon-worthy treats from special new cannoli flavors and heart-shaped gooey butter bars to authentic Italian cookies. On Sunday, enjoy a brunch with a special Champagne and Bloody Mary brunch. 6197 Delmar Blvd., The Loop

Cielo
Feb. 12-14 | Cost: $95
Chef Gianni and his culinary team will make your Valentine’s Day memorable with Italian favorites from his days back in Italy. Complimentary valet is included so you won’t even have to walk back to your car after eating all that food. 999 North 2nd St., Downtown

Cantina Laredo
Feb. 12-14 | $35
It’s Valentine’s Especialidad at Cantina Laredo this year with a three-course menu and two speciality drinks: the Ruby Red Poloma and the Heart Warmer. 7710 Forsyth, Clayton

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