St. Louis, MO 63110
Riverfront Times' Description
Elaia brings elegant modern dining to the city's up-and-coming Botanical Heights neighborhood. The cooking of owner Ben Poremba is Mediterranean in the broadest possible sense: His mother hails from Morocco; he himself is a native of Israel who studied in France and Italy. He is confident enough to combine any or all of his influences in a single dish, and he shifts with ease from sophisticated compositions (a parfait of foie gras so delicate you spread it on toast as carefully as you'd polish your great-grandparents' china) to rustic fare (a salad with slivers of pressure-cooked pigs' ears). An à la carte menu is available, but ambitious diners should consider the tasting menu: a dozen or so courses that showcase the full range of Poremba's skills and talents. Elaia isn't cheap (the tasting menu costs $100 per person), but it belongs on the very short list of St. Louis' very best restaurants. Diners seeking a more casual experience can visit the adjoining wine bar, Olio.
Tips from foursquare
Elaia is not cheap — $100 for the grand tasting, $200 with sommelier Andrey Ivanov’s wine pairings — but you certainly get what you pay for. (Evan S. Benn)
With sister restaurant Olio, Elaia is the co-winner of Most Innovative Concept in ALIVE's 2013 Hot List.
Elaia & Olio, No. 1 on our list of the best new restaurants of 2013
Fantastic presentation and wine list
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