This post is going to have an exceptionally large amount of pictures. You’re welcome. 

Pastaria, my home away from home. It seems that I’m there every 2-3 weeks, though if I had my way, I’d be there even more.

We headed over for an early dinner on Saturday thinking we’d beat the crowd. Wrong! We checked in using the No-Wait app and by the time we got to the restaurant still had about 10 minutes of waiting. As we stood around, one of the waiters came up and gave us a small plate of garlic knots and marinara sauce. Fantastic. Off to a great start.

Arancini at Pastaria

If you read my first Pastaria review, you know that I am in love with their food. That did not change with this visit. In fact, I actually like it EVEN MORE than before. It’s not just love–it’s lust. The romance is still there. Not only was the food great, but we were seated at the bar facing into the kitchen, giving us the opportunity to speak to Chef Michael Petres and manager (?) Stephanie. Somehow they were able to talk to us while still managing to keep getting orders in and out. I don’t know how you two did it, but it was great to watch. And they were funny!

Watching the chefs work was fun and humbling. Amazing looking–and smelling–dishes were coming out at lightning speeds.

We started with the same Shaved Kale salad ($6.95/11.95) as last time. It’s still great. Kale, breadcrumbs, pecorino cheese and a scrumptious anchovy dressing. That’s it. But damn is it good.

Shaved kale salad at Pastaria

Kale Salad at Pastaria

We followed that up with the Salume Beddu Nduja pizza ($13.95). A light tomato base, fior de latte (creamy mozzarella), garlic, oregano and honey. Incredible. The mix of spicy and sweet is unexpected but completely welcomed. I thought that maybe they used Mike’s Hot Honey, but they use a local honey, plus the locally made Salume Beddu sausage. Everything I said last time about the dough still stands. It’s slightly salty, slightly charred and totally great. The spicy sausage had a deep meaty taste with a nice crunch on top.

This pizza is a good example of restraint creating a better dish. If I made this pizza, it would have been covered in the cheese and sausage. That’s why I’m not behind the counter.

I’ve now had four pizzas at Pastaria. Their rankings for me stand as:

  1. Salume Beddu Nduja
  2. The Holmes (tomato, mozzarella, mushroom, prosciutto, oregano, Grana Padano)
  3. The Roman (tomato, garlic, bacon, mozzarella, pecorino, chili)
  4. Margherita (tomato, mozzarella, basil)

Nduja Pizza at Pastaria


Salume Beddu Nduja pizza at Pastaria


spicy nduja pizza at Pastaria

We closed out the meal with the Cannoli ($6.95) accompanied with strawberry balsamic and salted pistachios. Another good decision.

Cannoli at Pastaria

We also picked up a pint of Buttermilk Ginger Cookie Gelato ($10.00, I believe) for midnight snacks at home.

Gelato at Pastaria


Because we were sitting at the pass, food was passing by us constantly. Below you’ll find a collection of all the other delicious treats Pastaria is putting out.


Cheese pizza at Pastaria

Pasta at Pastaria


Meat lasagna at Pastaria


Pappardelle at Pastaria


Pork pasta at Pastaria


pasta at Pastaria


7734 Forsyth Blvd

Clayton, MO 63105


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  1. I just tried Pastaria for the first time last Thursday. I went for the radish bruschetta and Roman pizza. The radish bruschetta fell flat for me and the Roman pizza was meh. I wasn’t terribly impressed overall and wasn’t thinking of heading back, ever. But this review may have changed my mind! I can’t stop thinking about the kale salad and the salume beddy nu pizza thing. Thanks 🙂 

    • Spencer

      I’ve never had the radish bruschetta and my brother was just telling me the other day that he didn’t care for the Roman…but that he’ll never forget the Salume Beddu Nduja.

    • Spencer

      Then again, your taste in pizza just may not be the style of Pastaria. I know a lot of people in STL love the Good Pie, but I just think it’s average.

      • I’ve never been to Good Pie! I think I’ll give Pastaria another try though. Maybe my taste buds were off. 

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