UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) - The original Pasta House location is set to close by the end of the year. Co-founder Kim Tucci spoke with the St. Louis Business Journal. He said the location on Delmar Boulevard and Old Bonhomme Road is 6,800 square feet.
A lot of his customers order carryout instead of dining inside that location. Tucci also says he and co-founder Joe Fresta were unable to renegotiate the lease, so they are looking for another location nearby.
The Pasta House slogan is “A St. Louis Tradition”. It first opened in 1974. There are other locations in Missouri, Illinois and Kentucky.
It has been a rough couple of years for the owners. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Central West End location closed in October 2010. The Business Journal reported the Clayton location closed in 2012 and “Joe’s Chili Bowl”, also owned by Tucci and Fresta in Downtown St. Louis’ Citygarden, closed in October 2013.
The University City Pasta House will still serve toasted ravioli, lasagna, and other favorites until December 29, 2013.