Homemade pasta, great gelato and good service all add up to Pastaria in Clayton, Mo. Step inside to the open kitchen atmosphere dotted with small and large family-style tables.

Favorites of our group are the Canestri Cacio e Peppe (pasta with pecorino, Grana Padano and black pepper), the wood-fired Margarita Pizza, and Gelato. Starters include rice balls, bruschetta, and salads. All the veggie sides are delicious and could be shared as an appetizer.

All the pasta is home-made and ready for take-out. There are more than a dozen entrees. Gluten-free pasta is available. There are a few main nonpasta dishes: oven roasted chicken, red wine braised beef and wood oven roasted salmon.

Save room for dessert because there is homemade gelato. There are flavors like double chocolate, salted caramel, and blueberry swirl.

There are wines, local beers on tap and house-made limoncello.

Bring the kids, this place is family-friendly.

Hours are Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. Р10 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. Р11 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. Р11 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. Р9 p.m. There is parking on the street or in the garage for free.

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