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“Off the Clayton grid”
Review of Mad Tomato - CLOSED

Mad Tomato
Price range: $29 - $31
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Meramac
Transit: Metro-Link: Clayton Station. Station is 2 blocks south of the restaurant.
Description: At Mad Tomato we believe in creating one meal at a time. The rituals of farming, preparing and serving food are that of generations and we will continue those traditions. We support local, organic farmers and a sustainable society. All proteins and seafood are anti-biotic and hormone-free and never endanger our environment. We strive to operate our business with the smallest carbon footprint. We believe in the planets future and want to do our part to live green.
Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Off the Clayton grid”
Reviewed December 27, 2012

Youll find this hidden gem. Small and casual, the food is very good to excellent.
We went to another restaurant in town that serves a similar menu and found it to be a 1.5 hr wait. Sorry, life is too short for that. A few blocks to the southwest we found Mad Tomato. Excellent service, mostly locally sourced ingredients made for a memorable dinner. Pizza, mussels, house salad, Eggplant Parm, pasta, veges, desssert, etc all very good to excellent. They also give a generous pour on wine by the glass. No scrimping here.
I will recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a "let's not cook tonight but where do we go?" place.
I'm smitten!

  • Visited December 2012
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loopgrl5
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Ask for Melanie!”
Reviewed December 15, 2012 via mobile

My boyfriend and I have gone here several times and I really only enjoy it when we get Melanie as our server. She knows the food and drink list inside & out, has a great attitude & goes above and beyond. Other times we've had 2 different guys and they barely talk to us, we feel like we are intruding on their day and that we certainly aren't welcome. Sadly I think one of those guys is related to the owner.

Get a pizza, try the great original cocktails made w fresh ingredients, and save room for dessert. Desserts there are some of the best in the city.

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Level 5 Contributor
46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Italian Food”
Reviewed February 12, 2012

Went with my wife for Valentine's Day and had a terrific meal. Having salumi for an appetizer is great and all of the pastas are home made. Wild boar gnocchi is a must try.

  • Visited February 2012
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1 Thank commuterstevespe
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Denver, Colorado, USA
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Pretentious and annoying”
Reviewed January 10, 2012

This newer place was recommended to us by a friend. It appears to be primarily a place where local swells hang out to see and be seen (Clayton is an upscale yuppie-fied area). The menu lacked straightforward entrees, some descriptions were misleading and many items seemed overpriced.

The service was spotty as our server as well as others seemed more interested in chatting up tables of regulars who were drinking more than eating, and ducking out for smokes than paying attention to us. And as another review noted, it was distressingly loud and chaotic for such a relatively small and intimate place, especially considering the tables are small and practically on top of each other, California style.

In sum, there's no particular reason to go here considering the sheer number and high quality of other options available in St. Louis.

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank im_only_sleeping
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St. Louis
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“It wouldn't take much for this place to be terrific”
Reviewed November 16, 2011

I've been to Mad Tomato 3 times since it opened. I loved the spinach pizza with ricotta and garlic and a nicely toasted oven-fired crust. Salads are very fresh. Margherita pizza was not as satisfying -- despite the claim of fresh/organic products, the tomato sauce tasted like canned tomatoes were used. Also had one of the seafood specials -- the fish was very fresh and prepared beautifully. My only complaint about Mad Tomato is the service. It took four visits to our table, over 10 minutes, until we were given a menu (hostess seats us, water, how are you doing, bread,etc.). Our server was sharing TMI and got side tracked from her mission. Also, the noise level is very high which is a shame because it is a quaint, small venue. They definitely need some sound proofing. I will definitely go back. With some tweaking, Mad Tomato could go from good to great.

  • Visited November 2011
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1 Thank STLJudy
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