A shooting star? A brilliant flash, then moving across the heavens, then gone? That might describe An American Place, the restaurant that Larry Forgione, who, more than once, was described as the "godfather of American cuisine", opened in the old Statler hotel downtown. Forgione was an amiable guy, at least to those of us in the media, and I didn't hear tales from non-media folks to say otherwise. And boy, could he cook. I still use a recipe for pumpkin pudding that I'd forgotten was his. Here's the piece in the St. Louis Magazine blog about An American Place.