A Food Spa
When you rank restaurants, Tony’s is in a category by itself in food, service, and design. From humble beginnings in a downtown city bakery and later a steakhouse, the St. Louis icon is now following its many customers to Clayton, settling easily into the Centene Building.
Tony’s opened its doors this week with its usual upscale Italian menu. In addition to dinner fare, they serve lunch, but only from Anthony’s Bar on the second floor.
The 8,500-square foot space at new Tony’s makes it a bit smaller than their previous 13,500-square-foot restaurant. But regulars will notice that the sterling, plates, flatware, and crystal have not changed. Nor have the pristine service and cuisine.
From the Carondelet entrance, a stunning glass staircase and a small elevator make it easy to reach Anthony’s Bar on the second floor.
I will miss Vince Bommarito, Sr., who had the vision years ago to take the restaurant world class. Coco Chanel once said, “A girl should be two things, classy and fabulous.” Vince thought the same thing of his restaurant.
He made it a regular habit to visit his diners at their tables and inquire of their satisfaction. Customers loved the extra attention and Vince loved the exchange with admirers of his Italian cuisine
I’ve never had an average dinner at Tony’s. Every entree, salad, dessert is gold star. I like the graceful servers, who are nearly soundless in their movements. They pull out your chair and unfurl a large white napkin onto your lap. Yesss!
According to James Bommarito most of the top dishes in the evening involve lobster. Linguine with Lobster and Shrimp; Grilled Scampi and Lobster Tail with Mustard Sauce; Lobster Albanello; and Beef Filet.
Late one evening while dining at Tony’s downtown along with my 6-person women’s group, we were given a tour of the kitchen as it was being cleaned. I learned that at the end of each day, every piece of cookware was disassembled and pots shined like new. The place was left spotless and ready for the next morning.
Tony’s. 105 Carondelet in Clayton. Hours: Lunch in Anthony’s Bar on second floor only, 11:30a-2p. Dinner, Tue-Thu 5p.-10.30p; Fri-Sat 5p-10:30.