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Pietro's Fish Sebastian is topped with shrimp, crab
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Pietro's Fish Sebastian is topped with shrimp, crab

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Special Request Pietro's Fish Sebastian for publication July 8, 2020

A longtime customer favorite, Fish Sebastian features cod fillets, shrimp, crab, and more in a creamy sauce. The dish comes with two sides plus bread and butter. Sugar snap peas and broccoli are the top two side choices for this dish. Photo by Pat Eby

Both the lunch and dinner portions come with two sides, soft bread and sweet cream butter. “Our most popular side with this dish is easily the sugar snap peas or the broccoli,” Neri says. The restaurant’s classic side salad with one of Pietro’s signature dressings comes in next. The combination of colors and textures makes for a pretty plate while the mingled flavors of mushrooms, crab and shrimp add to the tasty experience of what is now called Fish Sebastian.

The restaurant reopened in mid-June with a reduced occupancy, social distancing between tables, masks and adherence to the many guidelines developed to protect staff and patrons.

“We are now open in the dining room, plus we’ve added patio seating alongside our building. We’re still continuing our curbside and carry-out service as well,” Iovaldi says.

“We didn’t know what to expect when we opened the dining room, but it’s been good,” Neri says.

“I thought when we opened, there would be this pent-up demand, and there is, but the growth has been slow and steady, which has been good.”

Although Fish Sebastian is quite popular, it’s not the only fish dish customers request. “Our fish sandwich is really popular, especially on Fridays,” Iovaldi says.

“We also sell a lot of grilled grouper,” Neri adds. “Our regular customers know our menu backward and forward. They usually know what they’ll order when they walk in the door.”

Summer won’t be quite the same at Pietro’s without the rush of private birthday parties, showers, rehearsal dinners and baseball watch parties in the bar.

“People feel comfortable coming in here,” Iovaldi says. “It’s different this year, but we’ve been going steady-eddy for a while. We don’t know what’s coming, but we’ll be prepared.

“There’s a lot of unknowns, but we’ve got a big place.”

“We’ve gotten nice comments on Facebook, and good reviews on platforms as far as people being comfortable in here,” Neri says. “It gets a little hot in here with the masks, but it’s important to do our part.”

“We show up every day and pray for the best,” Iovaldi says.

Check Pietro’s Facebook page and website for updates and changes to hours and services.


Pietro’s Restaurant

3801 Watson Road

314-645-9263; pietrosdining.com


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