Ingredient of the Month: Blood Orange

Blood oranges are as visually stunning as they are delicious. They get their name thanks to their dark, ruby-colored flesh, a result of the presence of antioxidant pigments, which are not typically found in citrus fruits. Interestingly, this beautifully-hued fruit is the result of a naturally occurring mutation and is likely created from the combining of a pomelo, which is similar to a grapefruit, and a tangerine.

 

Although blood oranges are primarily grown in Italy, they are thought to have originated in China or the Southern Mediterranean in the 18th century. The antioxidant pigments occur when there are low temperatures at night, which creates the dark maroon color.

 

This jewel-toned citrus has hints of raspberry and can range from tart to sweet tasting. They are used in many different recipes, including gelato, added zest when baking, or to vinaigrettes. Sicilians commonly use them to perk up salads.

 

You can come and try our Blood Orange Salad, which includes juicy, tart slices of blood oranges, kumquats, gorgonzola, pine nuts, arugula, endive, and balsamic vinaigrette. Prefer an adult beverage? Try our blood orange margaritas or a blood orange martini, which features fresh squeezed blood orange juice, Ketel One vodka, and a kumquat garnish during our Happy Hour from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. To make reservations, please call 314-942-6555 or visit us online at www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

Passport Dinners

Wine and dine your way through Italy from a cozy spot at Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill. We are excited to partner with STL Wine Girl to offer our guests a new dining experience called Passport Dinners, which will feature five-course meals complete with wine pairings. The dinners are part of a series inspired by the different Italian regions (there are 20!).

 

The second Wednesday of every month a different Italian region will be featured. Each participating guest will get a stamp in their passport booklet when they attend a dinner. Once a diner receives five stamps they will receive a $100 Katie’s gift card!

 

The first dinner sold out quickly. Each dinner will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m, and they are $65 per person and include tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased here. For additional information, please visit our website at http://katiespizzaandpasta.com/ or call us at 314-942-6555. Arrivederci!

 

Share the Love With Katie’s Coat Drive

Would you like to do something that’s really easy, cleans out your storage space, AND greatly helps our less fortunate neighbors in this freezing weather? All you have to do is drop off any men’s, women’s, or children’s used or new coats, gloves, scarves, socks, shoes, hats, etc. to:

 

Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria at 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, MO 63119. We’re just west of McKnight & Manchester next to Urgent Care.

 

All donations will be given to Gateway 180: Homelessness Reversed. The cutoff date is Tuesday, December 16th, which so happens to be our monthly Give Back Tuesday.

 

Thank you SO MUCH in advance, friends! Please SHARE and spread the word!

 

Giveback Tuesday: Angel’s Arms

Happy New Year!! The past year has been an amazing one for us - seeing a lifelong dream become a reality, meeting amazing people, and making new friends along the way. We are so grateful to have such loyal customers and a supportive community. That’s why we have resolved to continue paying it forward with our Giveback Tuesdays!

 

Our first Giveback Tuesday of the new year will be held Tuesday, January 27 benefitting Angels' Arms. Angels' Arms is an organization dedicated to providing and supporting loving homes for foster children by keeping siblings together within a nurturing family until a forever home is found. They also give the foster children a chance to just be children by providing special and extracurricular activities, birthday celebrations and tickets to St. Louis sporting events, just to name a few!

 

If you’d like to help out this great organization, please join us! Remember: 100% of the profits from every purchase, whether it’s dine-in or carryout, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. will be donated. If you have any questions, please call us at 314-942-6555 or visit us online at www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

St. Louis Artist Ted Collier to Be Featured at the Duane Reed Gallery

Local artist Ted Collier will be featuring his artwork Fri., December 19 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Duane Reed Gallery in the Central West End.

 

This art show is free and open to the public. While viewing Collier’s painting, attendees will be able to purchase Collier’s work and will also be treated to complimentary Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria and adult beverages. All are welcome to come out and enjoy. Collier’s work is slated to remain in the gallery for a while as well.

 

The art show will feature all new original works by the acclaimed mixed media artist. Collier is known for his creative and vibrant use of color in his art.

 

Collier is an artist living and working in St. Louis. His painting is influenced by his passion for the outdoors, especially rivers and streams during fishing trips in remote areas of the country. He uses a strong element of “process” to develop his paintings and vision. Beginning with an initial structure, he discovers patterns, shapes, and movement that create stunning imagery through the process.

 

Collier, who works mostly in acrylics, has been successful at selling his work in the St. Louis market and nationwide and has been featured in local venues. Ted is the co-owner of Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria and has been showing and selling his work for four years through unconventional pop-up shows throughout the city. Duane Reed is the first gallery setting that Collier has agreed to show. For more information, please call (314) 942-6555.

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