Pastaria, chef and restaurateur Gerard Craft’s long-awaited first restaurant expansion outside of his home base of St. Louis, opened its doors to the public this past Tuesday. The casual Italian eatery and bar has been several years in the making, and Eater has the first look inside.
The approximately 4,000-square-foot restaurant, located 8 C1TY Blvd., is the flagship attraction in the still under construction OneC1TY development. High-ceilinged and bright with floor to ceiling windows, the restaurant offers a mix of two and four-top tables, along with plenty of counter seating with a view of the large open kitchen. There’s also a dedicated 16-seat bar in the back with additional two-tops.
Chalkboard wall art features prominently in the main dining room, along with a number of framed photos spotlighting Craft’s family, food and travels around the world.
Outside are several areas of patio seating, along with the restaurant’s bocce ball court.
Next door, another St. Louis import kicked things off this past Monday morning, as Sump Coffee served its first customers. The minimalist, approximately 50-seat space offers bar and table seating, along with some additional outdoor seating. Owner Scott Carey set out for a soft opening this week, with hours of 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a limited menu (see below). Sump will also provide all the coffee for Pastaria.