The location for the first Restaurant Review Round-Up of 2013 is Candicci's, a Ballwin establishment that serves up classic Italian fare.
The house speciality is the Pasta Moloney, which comes with capellini noodles and a meat sauce and is then topped with meatballs and cheese and then baked. Pizza, pasta, flatbreads, burgers, sandwiches, wraps, salads and appetizers are also available.
The following reviews collected by Patch are a representative sample aimed at giving you a flavor of what local residents are saying about Candicci's. Have an opinion on the best pub food in the area yourself? Add a review of your own right here on Patch.
Wendy S gave it 5/5 stars and said: "The food is amazing, the atmosphere is great, and the servers/service are wonderful! It's always nice when Bob (the owner) comes around to your table to see how everything is. Highly recommend Candicci's to anyone who is looking for great Italian food at reasonable prices!"
From Yelp (3.5 avg/15 reviews)
Jon T. gave it 3/5 stars and said:"I chose pasta with red sauce. I liked the underlying flavors of the red sauce. It had some cayenne heat in it and perhaps a little cinnamon but it was much too St Louis sweet. The cavatappi was very overdone to the point that I could hardly pick one up without it breaking and again, the quantity of sauce was extremely excessive. There was at least four times too much sauce on the pasta. I sort of strained it out and ate it leaving a huge puddle of sweet red sauce behind."
Ted R gave it 5/5 stars: "Had lunch there today, and was pleasantly surprised. Atmosphere and food were great, nice portions, decent prices, my veal even looked and tasted like veal! Had the zucchini sticks appetizer, they were tasty. Service was a bit dicey, they needed another server for # of patrons there. Took a couple of moments to get seated when we arrived. I'm looking forward to going back, especially if there is more than one server working when I arrive!"
From Urban Spoon
WestCoRealtor liked it and said: "We popped in for a light, early dinner with our family. Great service and yummy food. Best toasted ravioli I have ever eaten and their salad is to die for!"
was_nor_cal didn't like it and said: "Chicken entrees are dry sauce taste bland and unimpressive. They just grill the chicken to dryness and pour a amount scant sauce flavoring to the meat. I can just buy a grilled chicken breast from dierbers and pour a canned italian flavored sauce and it might taste the same or even better. The pastas are alright but nothing exciting."
Updated: Jan. 1 at 8 p.m.