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Onesto's Finkman cocktail mixes vodka, juice, wine
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Q • I would like to request a recipe for the Finkman cocktail from Onesto. It always hits the spot when I order it on their patio. — Jen Hinkl, St. Louis

A • Onesto sits at the corner of Finkman Street and Macklind Avenue, hence the name for this drink. The restaurant opened in 2008 with Vito Racanelli as owner and chef. Nick Lograsso worked there as a manager. In August 2018, Lograsso and his partner Terry Tousey bought the restaurant. “I’ve always loved the neighborhood,” Lograsso says. “We’ve enjoyed tremendous support here, for which we are grateful.”

Lograsso kept to the menu of pizzas, small plates, sandwiches, salads, pastas and entrees but added favorites from family recipes to change up the menu, like his grandmother’s all-beef meatballs and her tiramisu recipe. He worked with his staff to tweak the red sauce recipe and to create the signature Onesto salad dressing customers love, but the seasonal sangria creations are all made by Lograsso himself.

He and the staff refine the cocktail menu regularly. “Most of our drinks on the menu are actually drinks that the staff have come up with over the years,” he says. “Whether it’s running a contest, which is always fun, having a ‘let’s all put our heads together’ session, or just thinking about how to change things up a bit, the input from staff is so valuable.”

The Finkman came on the menu when Lograsso was the manager years ago. In addition to its striking layered presentation, the drink is a great sipping cocktail for spring, summer and fall. Its fruity elements complement the Italian specialties and even some pizzas.

In addition to the sangrias and cocktails, Onesto offers wines by the glass and by the bottle. “I get help from all my local reps to put together the wine list,” he says. The restaurant offers an extensive selection beers as well, including local draughts. “We always have Citropolis from Modern Brewery on tap,” he says. “Ronnie Fink, who came up with that beer, was my neighbor back when I was the manager here. We rotate through the local breweries — Six Mile Bridge, Heavy Riff, Four Hands, sometimes Alpha — we keep all the taps local.”

The spacious patio, which is socially distanced, as is the dining room, will remain open throughout the fall as long as the weather holds. “We’ll have fire pits and heaters,” he says, “but there’s only so long that works.” Lograsso will then rely on carryout and dining room service.

“People are hesitant to come indoors now,” he says, “but our loyal customers and this neighborhood have given us the support we need to keep going. They don’t want us to leave.”

Onesto’s pizzas paired with family-sized salads are especially popular carryout options, but the full menu is available as well for take-out.

“One thing I want to be clear about is how much I appreciate our customers and our staff during this time,” he says. “It’s been great to get this kind of support.”

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story had the wrong cross street for the restraurant.

Onesto Pizza and Trattoria

5401 Finkman Street

314-802-8883; onestopizza.com

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