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The Legend Continues – Charlie Gitto Jr.

Charlie Gitto Jr.

Charlie Gitto Jr. Going Strong 36 years Later

St. Louis, MO – (STLRestaurant.News) Charlie Gitto Jr. – He may have one of the most recognizable names and faces in St. Louis…and that’s not surprising since Charlie Gitto Jr. is the owner of the most beloved Italian restaurants in St. Louis that has been serving satisfied customers for a respectable 36 + years!  He was recently interviewed by St. Louis Magazine and shared a few of his amazing stories.

From the time he was 8 years old, Charlie knew what he wanted and has spent his life pursuing his dream.  It all began after school foil-wrapping russet potatoes at the place he now owns on The Hill, where his father was maitre d’.  At age 25, when it went up for sale he made it his own calling it “Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill”.

Charlie Gitto Jr.

Charlie Gitto Jr.

Was it always easy?  According to Charlie, it definitely was not.  A snowstorm in ’82, double-digit inflation, a 130 degrees -no air conditioned kitchen, and antiquated equipment made it challenging.  There were a few more challenges in those early days, like a wedding reception in a rain storm that left the tent leaking, the Dom Perignon fountain full of water, and the wedding cake melting.  But those only made Charlie hunker down and work that much harder.  After all, to Charlie, failure was not an option.

Through the years there have been many changes, both to the structure and to customers dining tastes.  Where part of the building now sits, there was once a tomato garden where customers could choose and hand-pick a tomato and watch their salad be made table-side.  The unique Italian Chopped Salad with its phenomenal in-house made dressing is still a favorite to this day.  They’ve also made expansions over the years, first a complete kitchen renovation, then adding three rooms divided by pocket doors then undertaking a major interior remodel a few years ago.

When they first opened it was not unusual for lunch goers to partake of an alcoholic beverage or two.  Whether it was a signature Gibtini , or simply, a Manhattan, 30, 40, 50 of those drinks were sold at lunch time each day.  That changed drastically in the late 80’s when the new drink of choice became tea.  The wine list at Charlie Gitto’s has also evolved throughout the years.  When he first took over, the list included Blue Nun, Lambrusco, Lancers, Matues and a few Chiantis, they have expanded to extensive Italian and California selections with mix of other varietals, to satisfy today’s more educated customer.
They now also have their own bakery on site where they bake their ancient grain and signature Italian bread, fresh hand-made pastas, desserts, and pizza dough.  They also prepare the sauces and condiments in an old-world recipe style that are sold in all their other restaurants.  All desserts, are homemade like their decadent tiramisu, and their delicious chocolate, red velvet, Italian cream cakes and Italian cookies.

Because of overwhelming success with his landmark fine Italian dining restaurant on The Hill, and due to popular demand, in 2004, Charlie launched a second location at Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, Mo.  Most recently, he introduced his renowned Italian fare to his hometown of Chesterfield, Mo.

From his signature toasted ravioli to his bestselling Pasta Suzanne, Charlie has his hand on the pulse of it all.  He’s proud to say that this is not just a business, but a family labor of love.  Two of his four children already help run the company.

His son, Anthony, and daughter, Suzanne, are both in management positions.  Their mother, who Anthony calls the “unsung hero,” is also involved in the business, helping with decorating and making sure things are running smoothly at all three locations.

The ultimate goal is to one day turn the business over to his children and have them carry on the family dynasty that he has so devotedly created.  But for now, don’t expect Charlie Jr. to be going anywhere, anytime soon!

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Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill

5226 Shaw Avenue

St. Louis, MO 63110

Phone: (314) 772-8898

Hours: Sun 4 pm-10 pm, Mon-Thu 5 pm-10 pm, Fri-Sat 5 pm-11 pm, Price: $$$

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Charlie Gitto’s from The Hill

15525 Olive

Chesterfield, MO 63017

Phone: (636) 536-2199

Lunch and dinner daily, Average Main Course: $18,Reservations: Recommended

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Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino

777 Casino Center Drive

Maryland Heights, MO 63043

Phone: (314) 770-7663

Hours: Sun 4:30-9 pm, Mon-Thu 4:30-10 pm, Fri-Sat 4:30-11 pm

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http://www.CharlieGittos.com

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For catering, contact Samantha Vogt at (314) 772-8898 or [email protected]

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IRRESISTIBLY ITALIAN EVENT AT MARY TUTTLE’S – SPECIAL GUEST CHARLIE GITTO JR.

Charlie Gitto Jr at Mary Tuttles

VIETRI, Irresistibly Italian, Ambassador Event at Mary Tuttles and book signing with Charlie Gitto, Jr. as special guest

CHESTERFIELD, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Famed restaurateur, Charlie Gitto, Jr. will be a special guest at Mary Tuttles Floral and Gifts located in Chesterfield, MO, Saturday, October 15th for a book signing promoting a cookbook featuring recipes from The Hill, which is home to the popular Italian restaurant, Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill.

Charlie Gitto Jr at Mary Tuttles

Charlie Gitto Jr at Mary Tuttles

Mary Tuttle’s Floral and Gifts is an upscale florist in Chesterfield

Charlie Gitto Jr. is part of an event being held at Mary Tuttle’s Floral and Gifts featuring VIETRI, Irresistibly Italian.  VIETRI is the largest U.S. importer of fine, exclusively Italian and handcrafted ceramic dinnerware, garden and home décor, as well as mouth blown glassware, flatware and table linens.  VIETRI’s fashion forward yet classic home accessories combine the richness of European culture with sophisticated American spirit and are designed to passionately bring family and friends together to celebrate life, heritage and traditions with irresistible Italian style.

VIETRI, Irresistibly Italian

VIETRI, Irresistibly Italian

Special guest, Charlie Gitto Jr. is known for his popular St. Louis based Italian restaurant chain, Charlie Gitto’s, offering three locations; (1) On The Hill (2) From The Hill located in Chesterfield and (3) At Hollywood Casino, located in Maryland Heights, MO.  Charlie Gitto’s offers an upscale fine Italian dining experience with authentic Italian cuisines made fresh daily, using only the best ingredients and is best known for their Toasted Ravioli.

The event begins, tomorrow, Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at noon to 4 pm and special guest, Charlie Gitto Jr. will be present autographing copies of the cookbook, Saint Louis Italian by Eleanore Berra Marfisi from 1 pm to 3 pm.  Additionally, there will be complementary food and drinks, some of which is provided by Charlie Gitto’s.

Contact information:

Mary Tuttle’s Floral and Gifts

17021 Baxter Road

Chesterfield, MO 63005

Phone: (636) 728-0480

Email:[email protected]

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