I'll preface this review by saying that my wife and I really enjoy tapas, and enjoy other local tapas bars Modesto and Barcelona. After hearing good things from our friends and co-workers, my wife and I spent a lovely evening out and dined at Mosaic. The location downtown on Washington Ave. is in the heart of everything, very close to the Renaissance Grand and the City Museum. They describe themselves as 'modern fusion', which I'd more specifically describe as tapas style dining: small servings of familiar dishes, but they stand out from the crowd by serving their dishes with a twist. I started with the lobster bisque, which (pleasantly) surprised me as it was a delicious bisque with a decent amount of lobster that had mushrooms and a lemongrass accent. I loved it, but a standard/traditional bisque it was not. As with any tapas, you'll want to order several dishes to share, and since I'm a seafood lover I ordered the maple-sherry glazed scallops (delicious) and butter poached lobster (I'd eat it every meal if I could afford to), and my wife ordered the beef tenderloin (tender and flavorful) and the spiced new zealand lamb (lamb was delicious, but I'm not much for the root vegetables served alongside). Our server was friendly and service was good. The atmosphere was lively and the decor was modern and upscale. If you're expecting traditional preparation and large portioned single dishes, look elsewhere, but if you enjoy social dining and tasty tapas, you should definitely give Mosaic a shot. Oh yeah... we finished with the dulce de leche (wow) and after dinner drinks... a great ending to a delicious meal. We do plan on returning.
Best pizza in Saint Louis: I have been to Uncle Leo's four times now, and have had great experiences. The people that answer the phone were polite and informative. They told me up front about their specials. I asked them about their ingredients and was told that most of all the ingredients come from the hill, but the pizza dough is made from scratch every day from a family recipe. I have had Pizza, Italian sub, Hamburger and fries and an appetizer called Spinocci (WOW). I have had several pizzas, even picked up seven for a party. The pizzas were hot and loaded with ingredients. The crust is thin and more like a cracker not dough. The Italian sub was unbelievable and loaded with meat. Now for the Hamburgers, my wife had the regular cheeseburger and fries and I had the double cheeseburger. You had better be hungry because the double was about a pound of meat, and cooked just like I ordered it. The last pizzas I ordered were half baked. The next day I baked them at 475 degrees for 10min and they were perfect!!! Keep it up Uncle Leo's
I didn't know about Fortel's until I moved to Kirkwood, and it really is one of the best pizza places around. The crust has a wonderful, crispy, olive oil crustiness to it that always holds up well to whatever toppings you add. We always get two 10 or 12 inch pizzas to maximize pizza variety, and to guard against a soggy middle, which we've found can happen at Fortel's with the larger pizzas. That's a small concern, though.You always get just the right amount of toppings and sauce. Plus, those toppings are gourmet level and they've got seven different sauces to choose from. Not many pizza places can say that! They also have some of the best fries and house salad dressing around. Put the Bottle neck French Fries together with their House Dressing and you will not stop eating until it's all gone! I've never had a bad pizza, salad or appetizer from Fortel's. Do yourself a favor and give them a call the next time your need your pizza itch scratched.