It’s been a tough year for restaurants, but alongside the pandemic-related closings, dozens of restaurants have opened in St. Louis, including the highly anticipated Edera Italian Eatery in the Central West End. In early October, Edera opened its doors in the former Scape space on Maryland Plaza. Edera brings friendly Italian fare with expert guidance from consulting chef Mike Randolph, formerly of local favorites Good Pie and Randolfi’s.
For now, the menu of pizzas, pastas, salads, and cocktails will be available for carryout, dining room, or courtyard dining. And speaking of the courtyard, the name, Edera (Italian for ivy), was inspired by the iconic ivy-covered walls surrounding the restaurant’s outdoor dining space. Much like the food, the Edera brand strikes a balance between upscale and approachable, combining traditional Italian typography with modern stencil lettering. The playful “E” takes many shapes, from the noodle wrapped around a fork to the namesake ivy and the twist atop a refreshing cocktail.