Out of the Ways Eats, Where Italian, Goes On Safari, The First Hunting Trophy, Tom Dawson Ever, Displayed in One of His, Restaurants Was A Ring-, Necked Pheasant, A Memento Of, His First Vacation To S...
Out of the Ways Eats, Where Italian, Goes On Safari, The First Hunting Trophy, Tom Dawson Ever, Displayed in One of His, Restaurants Was A Ring-, Necked Pheasant, A Memento Of, His First Vacation To South Dakota., Only Problem Was, the Bird On, The Wall Wasn't His., On the Way Home, We Stopped, At A Taxidermy Shop Because I, Wanted To Get A Bird Mounted,, Tom Recalls. "The Guy Said He'd, mount My Pheasant for , Or, I Could Buy One Already Done For, I Looked Them Over, and Well,, My Bird Just Wasn't Prettier., What Began With That One, Pheasant Is Today One of the Larg-, Est Private Mounted Wildlife Col-, Lections in Missouri, Featuring, Hundreds of Game Animals Taken, By the the Family During Hunts Around, The Globe. the Collection Provides, A Visual Backdrop for the Culinary, Adventure That Awaits Guests To, Tonanzio'S Italian Restaurant In, The Rural Hamlet of Guthrie., Just A 20-Minute Drive From, Jefferson City, the Eatery's Unique, Decor Complements A Menu That, Features Exotic Game, Seafood And, Tom'S Career in the Restaurant, Business Began While He Was A Boy,, Serving Sandwiches From the Meat, Counter of His Father's General Store, In New Florence. in 1958, at The, Age of 15, Tom and His Older Sister,, Nancy, Opened the First Tonanzio's, in A Warehouse Behind Their Family's, store. Their Father Coined The, Restaurant'S Name., Dad Took Our Names, Tom And, Nancy, and Put Them Together And, Got Tonanzio," Says the Callaway, Electric Cooperative Member Who, At One Time Owned Seven Restaurants,, But Now Operates Only The, Guthrie Location. "All My Restau-, Rants Since Have Had That Name., The Dawsons Claim To Be One Of, The First in Missouri To Serve Pizza,, Which Was Still New To the Midwest, In the '50s and '60s. "I Guess You, Could Say We Were Pizza Pioneers,, Tom Says." I Taught Many People, How To Eat It. I Was the First To Sell, Pizza at the State Fair., Today, You Can Still Order, With Your Choice of Toppings. But, The Restaurant Is Better Known For, Its Full Menu of Italian Choices., Trained at A Number of Culinary, Schools, Tom Describes His Cooking, As Florentine-Style Italian. "There'S, A Little Italian in Everything We, Do," He Says., Tonanzio'S Traditional Dishes, Such As Spaghetti and Lasagna, Homegrown Herbs Flavor Favorites, During the Summer, the Dawsons, That Accompany Their Entrees., A Menu Offering That Is Uniquely, Tonanzio'S Is Exotic Game., Selections Vary, But You May Have The, Opportunity To Enjoy Wild Boar,, Elk, Venison OR Other Meats. For, Those Feeling Less Adventurous,, Tonanzio'S Does Offer A Selection Of, One Wild Item You'll Always, Find at Tonanzio's Is Alligator., Tom'S Son, Drake, Who Operates, Anglers, Has Organized Gator Hunts, In Louisiana Since the Late '80's., we Have 17,000 Acres Of, Swampland Under Lease, For Hunting," Tom Explains., This Year, We Harvested 168 Gators., Most of the Alligator Is Processed at Our, Facilities in Louisiana, Then It's Shipped, Here and Consumed., For Those Who Are Already Alligator, Aficionados, Tonanzio's Serves, Gator Scallopini, As Well As Cajun, You'Re Just A Bit Curious and Would, Like To Try A Taste, You Also Can, Order Alligator As an Appetizer., It Tastes Just Like Iguana," Jokes, Tonanzio'S Italian Restaurant, Specialties: Traditional Italian Specialties,, Price: Italian Specialties From ,, Steaks and Exotic Game From Sea-, Food From Cash, Checks, Master, Details: Open Daily From 4 To 10 P.M. Reservations Are Appreciated,, But Not Required: Smoking Is Permitted. Visit Www.Tonanzios.Com Or, Call 573-491-3668Less
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