The heavy, inviting scent of home-cooked, hearty Italian food greets guests upon entering Erio’s Ristorante in St. Peters. The warm and cozy atmosphere welcomes both new and long-time customers who always are treated like family.
Co-owned by Pietro [Pete] Pulizzi and his wife, Joan, the small, family-owned restaurant is nestled into St. Peters Towne Center. The 80-seat restaurant offers authentic Italian pastas from lasagna and linguine to spaghetti and mostaccioli to fettuccine and rigatoni. If you’re not in the mood for pasta, Erio’s offers mouth-watering chicken, steak or veal entrèes; and also is known for its famous hand-stretched pizza with made-from-scratch dough.
Originally from Sicily, Pete learned to cook from his mother. Pete has experimented and developed his own recipes over time, which have served him well during his 46 years in the restaurant business.
Erio’s opened its first location in Florissant in 1971. It relocated to its current St. Peters location in 1991.
High quality and full-flavor ingredients set Erio’s apart from the competition, whether they’re combined in sauces that are freshly made from scratch or singled out as in the certified Angus beef steaks.
In addition to its entrees, Erio’s also offers an extensive dessert menu guaranteed to tantalize any sweet tooth.
Dine-in or carry out for a generous serving of Italian goodness.
“In a chain restaurant you’re one of the crowd, we don’t make you feel that way,” Pete said. “We treat [customers] very nice, we want them to come back.”
And come back they do, bringing family and friends to share in the Erio’s experience.