Louie: Internationally Delicious, Elevated and Simple Italian Cuisine in DeMun

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Longtime St. Louis restaurateur Matt McGuire could probably fill a warehouse-sized venue every night, but instead he chooses to operate an intimate space in DeMun where pasta and pizza rule. It’s worth calling ahead for reservations at Louie—this isn’t just any old Italian fare. In fact, the executive chef, Sean Turner, has won national fame for his pasta prowess and will be competing on an international level this fall.

The menu is notably simple and straightforward, with barely a dozen dishes for lunch and no more than double that for dinner. Paradoxically, that doesn’t make ordering a whole lot easier. White bean hummus or charred eggplant dip? Pizza Margherita or pizza with salsiccia and roasted fennel? Roasted chicken or pork chops? Polenta or sweet potato ravioli? Consider ordering an appetizer platter of prosciutto while you debate the options.

The establishment’s simplicity is also reflected in the décor, with wood and exposed metal all around. The most eye-catching decorations are a wide swath of wallpaper and a beautiful array of wine bottles behind the bar. It takes a great deal of confidence to go out into the world so unadorned, but Louie pulls it off with hospitality and grace.

706 DeMun Ave.

While you’re in the neighborhood …

Comfort comes in many forms at The Cheshire’s main restaurant, from classic meat-and-potatoes menu favorites to luxurious leather couches near the bar.

7036 Clayton Ave.

Louie: Internationally Delicious, Elevated and Simple Italian Cuisine in DeMun

The Saint Louis Art Museum’s full-service eatery features seasonal ingredients with French and Italian influences for lunch and brunch.

1 Fine Arts Drive

Its name means “neighborhood” in Spanish, and this Latin-inspired restaurant and bar lives up to it, with abundant small plates, tequilas and mezcals.

740 DeMun Ave.

Photography courtesy of Carmen Troesser.

This story originally appeared in Guided: DeMun + Forest Park, available now at these locations and in a digital edition.

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