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lwoerther Apr 14, 2008 12:24 PM

I'm not sure if anyone else caught this a few weeks ago, but I just heard about it from a coworker... any more recent news? Any idea why it's going into Harrah's?

A taste of St. Louis’ Hill for Harrah’s
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Two of the Midwest’s premier Italian eateries — our own Garozzo’s Ristorante and Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill of St. Louis — are hooking up.

“It’s going to be a new concept that’s a combination of my menu and Charlie Gitto’s menu,” says Michael Garozzo. “We’ll have our signature chicken spiedini and stuffed artichokes, and Charlie’s got a Veal Nunzio and the toasted ravioli that he’s really famous for.”

The restaurant will take over Moby’s space at Harrah’s North Kansas City Casino and be open for dinner only.

“We’re going to call it Mike & Charlie’s, and it will have a different ambience than either of our restaurants,” Garozzo says. “We grew up together on the Hill in St. Louis and worked together in a lot of great restaurants. And we always dreamed of doing a place together, so this is our dream come true.”

The $64 million question: Will the new joint showcase classic Italian crooners like Tony Bennett belting out ballads at fairly high decibels like at Garozzo’s?

“We haven’t decided the music yet,” Garozzo says. “We don’t know if we’re going to have Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra or Pavarotti and Andrea Bocelli.”

ETA: “We’re hoping to get open before the Cardinals-Royals series in June,” Garozzo says.