Ingredient of the Month: Radicchio

You might not be familiar with radicchio, but you’ve probably unknowingly passed by it in the produce section at your local grocery store. Radicchio looks like lettuce’s red-headed cousin with its beautiful deep red leaves. However, unlike lettuce, it’s a perennial with a spicy and slightly bitter taste. This leaf vegetable, also known as Italian chicory, is very versatile and can be served fresh in salad, sautéed and added to risotto, or grilled with olive oil for the main dish.

 

Radicchio rosso di Treviso, or Treviso for short, is the most popular radicchio among Italians. It is also red in color, but has more of a resemblance to an endive. It is a winter vegetable and is sometimes referred to as “the winter flower” due to its gorgeous color and late arrival in the season.

 

At Katie’s you can sample this unique leafy vegetable by ordering our radicchio agrodolce crostini. The crisp yet chewy crostini is topped with smooth mascarpone then layered with agrodolce, a sweet and sour sauce, which complements the bitterness of the sautéed radicchio. Finally, it is topped with tangy, shaved parmigiano, pine nuts, and a drizzle of olive oil.

If you’d like to join us to taste Treviso, Italy’s culinary pride and joy, please call us at 314.942.6555 or visit us online at www.katiespizzaandpasta.com to make reservations!

Give Back Tuesday: Microfinancing Partners in Africa

Microfinancing in AfricaLast month our customers raised more than $2,000 for local, nonprofit Friends of Wings. Talk about awesome customers with big hearts!! Let’s keep the good vibes going!

 

This month we partner with Microfinancing Partners in Africa (MPA). This charity provides grants to help strengthen and expand microfinancing programs in Africa. The organization works to assist those living in extreme poverty to help themselves, their families, and community by providing them with access to services and education. Simply put: MPA helps set the stage to help individuals rediscover their innate dignity.

 

Please join us Tuesday, September 23 to help benefit this deserving organization. One-hundred percent of our profits from the entire day, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., including carry-outs, will be donated. To learn more about MPA, please visit: http://www.microfinancingafrica.org/

Katie’s Cause

The fourth Tuesday of every month Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria will donate 100% of its proceeds to a local charity. We want to spread the love, so a different charity will receive the donation each month. This applies to everything – food, drinks, dine-in, or carry out for lunch and dinner!

 

Up this month is Operation Food Search! This organization provides food to more than 150,000 in the bi-state area of which one-third are children. Bring your family and friends to Katie’s on Tuesday, July 22 for delicious food, refreshing drinks, and a wonderful cause!

 

Giving Back Tuesdays Was Super Successful!

Holy fundraising, Batman! Our first ever Giving Back Tuesdays was a HUGE success. Thanks to our awesome customers, we were able to donate $2,900 to Operation Food Search. As you know, Operation Food Search is the area’s largest distributor of free food to those in need. So grateful we could help them out! Our next Giving Back Tuesday will be August 26th, and as before, will be all day and all items, including lunch, dinner, and carry out.

 

Up next - Friends of Wings! They are a fantastic non-profit that provides clinical, emotional, spiritual, social, and practical support and services to children, newborn through 21 years, who have life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses or conditions, regardless of their ability to pay. For more information, visit www.friendsofwings.org.

 

Join us on August 26 to help out this deserving organization!

And the Award Goes To…

Burrata platesOur new burrata mozzarella plates are making a splash! On Wednesday, June 20 we were presented (via limousine no less) with the 2014 St. Louis Magazine A-List Award for New Menu Category. Each year these awards are given to the best of the best in the St. Louis region, and we couldn’t be more excited to have received one!

 

The star of our new menu category is, you guessed it, burrata mozzarella. Burrata is an Italian cheese with a solid outer shell and a creamy center. Each of these dishes features pure-white of burrata, as well other fresh ingredients like figs and prosciutto.

 

The creamy richness of burrata sets it apart from other cheeses. It has a sweet, milky flavor perfect for eating alone or paired with other foods. Come by and try one of our new burrata mozzarella plates or any of our other dishes made fresh in-house daily!

 
     

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