Anthonino’s Taverna helps keep weddings in style and on-budget

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ST. LOUIS (KTVI) - A Greek restaurant in The Hill neighborhood serves up elegance on a budget for weddings and parties.

"The Knot" magazine has quoted the average price for a wedding at $31,213, not counting the honeymoon. That leaves brides and grooms scrambling for arrangements that will not leave newlyweds in debt before they move into their first home.

Anthonino's Taverna offers tips on having an extravagant wedding, rehearsal dinner and even bridal showers that will not tank your credit rating. The Greek restaurant has been featured on FOOD Network and in the "Riverfront Times" magazine.

Anthonino's Taverna
On The Hill
2225 Macklind Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110

Anthonino's Taverna Spanakopita

Ingredients
1 stick (1/2 cup)
1 tablespoon unsalted Butter
1 pound baby Spinach
½ pound Feta, crumbled (scant 2 cups)
½ teaspoon freshly grated Nutmeg
½ teaspoon Salt
½ teaspoon Pepper
10 (17 by 12 inch) Phyllo sheets, thawed if frozen

Preparation
Preheat Oven to 375

Melt 1 tablespoon butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat, then cook spinach, stirring, until wilted and tender, about 4 minutes.

Remove from heat and cool, about 10 minutes. Squeeze handfuls of spinach to remove as much liquid as possible, then coarsely chop. Transfer to a bowl and stir in feta, nutmeg, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Melt remaining Butter in a small saucepan, then cool. Cover Phyllo with two overlapping sheets of plastic wrap and a dampened kitchen towel.

Take one Phyllo sheet from stack and arrange on a work surface with the long side nearest you (keep remaining sheets covered) brush with Butter. Add another sheet of Phyllo and brush with more Butter. Cut the buttered Phyllo stack crosswise into 6 (roughly 12 by 2 ¾ inch) strips. Put a heaping teaspoon of filling near 1 corner of a strip on end nearest you, then fold corner of Phyllo over to enclose filling and form a triangle.

Continue folding strip (like a flag), maintaining triangle shape. Put triangle seam side down on a large baking sheet and brush top with Butter. Repeat process. Bake triangles in the middle of the oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Transfer to a rack to slightly cool. Serve.