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STL’s Favorite Italian Place: Charlie Gittos Turns 36!

STL’s Favorite Italian Place: Charlie Gittos Turns 36!

Celebrating 36 Years of St. Louis’ Best Italian: Charlie Gittos

St. Louis, MO/March 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It seems that great events come in clusters.  Some years are just better than others.  For instance, the year 1981 gave us the first space shuttle mission (Columbia), MTV, Post-It notes, and Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill.  It was a great year indeed, especially for St. Louis diners and for food lovers everywhere.  Charlie Gitto’s has been serving great Italian food in a comfortable fine dining establishment ever since.  In fact, Gitto’s take on fine Italian dining is so popular, he now has three locations across the Saint Louis area: the original Charlie Gitto’s On The Hill at 5226 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis; Charlie Gitto’s From The Hill at 15525 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield; and Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino, 777 Casino Center in Maryland Heights.

Some restaurants are good.  Some are inspirational.  In the 36 years since Charlie Gitto, Jr. opened Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (March 21, 1981), the place has become legendary.  This storied St. Louis institution is a collaboration of old world elegance, relaxing atmosphere, authentic Italian cuisine, and an exceptionally gracious service that make it a terrific choice for date night!  In fact, they were voted #1 for date night in St Louis in a recent National Sun Times article.  In February, Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill was named most romantic restaurant in St. Louis, based on customer reviews.  And customers put them in the #1 spot on our Top 10 Italian Restaurants list last fall—and they remain St. Louis’ favorite for Italian cuisine today.

The qualities that make Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill a great choice for date night also make this fine Italian restaurant a great choice for any dinner: the attention to detail that permeates every aspect of dining experience.  From the way staff makes you feel special to the extensive wine list and expertly prepared, award-winning pastas, steaks, seafood, and desserts, an evening at any of the three Charlie Gitto’s locations is a meal to remember.

Last December, Charlie Gitto Jr., and his son Anthony Gitto were featured on the Community Tables video series “What America Eats.”  Specifically Chef Jon Ashton visited with the Gittos to learn the about origins of toasted ravioli.  It was invented in the kitchen of Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (then Angelo’s) in 1947.  Most St. Louisans know the story of the chef who accidentally dropped some ravioli into hot oil instead of water, creating one of St. Louis’ most iconic dishes.  Now, thousands of toasted ravs are made and served each week at Charlie Gitto’s three locations.  Charlie Gitto’s original Toasted Ravioli is so popular, the official travel site for the United States, www.visittheusa.com, advised hungry visitors to “head to Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill” for dinner. (A 48-Hour Guide to St. Louis, Missouri) And for the last 36 years, St. Louis diners in the know have been doing just that.

Contact Information:

Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill
Owner: Charlie Gitto, Jr.
5226 Shaw Ave.

STL.News Article, Dated March 29 2017

The Best of the Restaurant Top 10s

Restaurant Top 10s – Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill

St. Louis’ #1 Restaurants

St. Louis, MO/February 17, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Each week we look at the top of the top 10 restaurant lists and bring you the highlights.  What follows is not a top 10 list, but a compilation of restaurants that are ranked #1 on a top ten list.  Just like the top ten’s we publish every week, these rankings are based on customer reviews. So the restaurants featured here are the favorites among St. Louis diners.

As we look at the top of the restaurant charts this week, we find some longtime St. Louis favorites still leading in their particular culinary niche.  But there are some relatively new restaurants too.  St. Louis is a city of culinary adventurers, movers and shakers.  So it’s not surprising that some of the newest restaurants in town have quickly become some of our favorites.  Some filled a void in St. louis’ dining scene; others just do it better than anyone else.

Here are ten of St. Louis’ favorites.  Whether an old favorite, or a hot new place, each is exemplary in its own right, and that’s why each holds the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:


Egg (4.62 stars/164) Benton Park, 2200 Gravois Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 202-8244.  This has been a top 10 brunch spot since it first began as a pop up event inside the original Spare No Rib location.  It’s since taken over that spot, and the top of the brunch top 10 with hearty, delicious brunch fare, including Bloody Marys that customers rave about.

Kid friendly:

Fitz’s Restaurant (4.03 stars/1183 reviews) The Loop, 6605 Delmar Blvd, University City (314)726-9555.  With a menu of pizza, burgers, crispy chicken strips, and monster ice cream sodas, this may be kid paradise! Bonus: you can watch the soda being bottled while you eat!

Pet friendly:

Edibles & Essentials (4.72 stars/85 reviews) Saint Louis Hills, 5815 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 328-2300.  This artisanal New American cafe specializes in high quality ingredients (think house-cured bacon).  They are known for their charcuterie boards, changing special menus, and a terrific, dog-friendly patio!


Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.50 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  The birthplace of Toasted Ravioli, this place is a St. Louis classic, with an upscale Italian menu famous for its perfectly prepared pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Gitto’s wine list is also highly praised and customers love the old world elegance of this distinctive restaurant.


Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/870 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  One of St. Louis’ most popular restaurants, Broadway Oyster Bar has been serving up fresh Gulf shrimp, po’boys, and great music in downtown St. Louis for the last 35-years.  Their Alligator Sausage & Shrimp Cheesecake is legendary.

Middle Eastern:

Sameem Afghan Restaurant (4.65 stars/458 reviews) The Grove, 4341 Manchester Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 534-9500.  This is Missouri’s first and only Afghan restaurant. Sameem serves predominantly traditional Afghan cuisine consisting of lamb, chicken, hearty stews, kabobs, chops and rice dishes, including halal meat.  They also have a nice vegetarian selection. It’s so good, you’ll need a reservation on weekends.


Mission Taco (4.22 stars/ 440 reviews) The Loop, 6235 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130, (314) 932-5430.  This is St. Louis’ original gourmet street-taco specialist, offering great food and creative cocktails in a rustic cafe with a San Francisco vibe.  This location in The Loop was the first for Jason and Adam Tilford.  Now there are three locations in St. Louis, with plans for additional Taco Joints in St. Peters and Kansas City.


O! Wing Plus (4.6 stars/66 reviews) Overland, 10094 Page Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63132, (314) 395-0180.  This family owned restaurant fuses this classic bar fare with the exotic flavors of Korea, Southeast Asia and beyond.  They offer nine sauces that run from mild and sweet teriyaki to the super spicy “Beast Mode,” creating wings that will have you smiling as you lick your sticky fingers.


Melo’s Pizzeria (4.92 stars/50 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 Mcnair Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.  This is a case of the new kid on the block is coming out on top.  Melo’s sits in the garage behind another St. Louis favorite, Blues City Deli.  After just over a year in business, Melo’s authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza made with simple, high quality ingredients has become St. Louis’ favorite.

Irish Pubs:

Morrison’s Irish Pub (4.61 stars/59 reviews) Alton, 200 State Street, Alton, IL 62002, (618) 433-8900.  This is what an Irish pub is supposed to be—authentic pub ambiance, plenty of Irish spirits, and home-cooked dishes like Irish stew, Bubble & Squeak, Bangers & Mash, and Colcannon.  On the 12 taps you’ll find a nice selection of local and imported beers, ales, and stouts.  Weekends add authentic Irish music to the mix.

The Top of the Restaurant Top 10s – Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

Best Restaurants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Restaurants in St. Louis – As a major outlet for restaurant, brewery, winery, and craft food maker news in the St. Louis region, we’ve certainly kept up with which restaurants are on top.  We’ve analyzed thousands of customer reviews to find which restaurants St. Louis diners like best.  We’ve used that data to bring you lists of the Top 10 restaurants in every category from seafood to burgers, and Cajun to Italian.  Most recently, we wrote about the top 10 pizzerias in town just in time for National Pizza Day.

We thought it would be fun to take a moment to shine the spotlight on the top slots on all those lists.  So in this new feature, we’ll be writing about the restaurants that are St. Louis diners’ absolute favorites in each category.  And since there are so many ways to categorize restaurants, we’ll bring you 10 seasonably relevant #1s each week.

Without further ado, here are 10 St. Louis favorites that hold the top spot in their respective Top 10 categories:

Coffee Shops:

The Mud House (4.5 stars/764 reviews) Benton Park, 2101 Cherokee Street, Saint Louis, MO 63118, (314) 776-6599.  This is a special spot along Cherokee Street’s Antique Row.  It’s cozy, with a friendly staff and relaxed coffee house vibe.  So whether you stop in for an espresso, a macchiato, a mocha, a rosemary & honey latte, or a simple cup of coffee, the Mud House brews a divine cup.  They do specialty teas, brunch, breakfast, and lunch too.


Missouri Baking Company (4.9 stars/521 reviews) The Hill, 2027 Edwards Street, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-6566.  This family owned business has been offering Italian sweets and other pastries, breads, and desserts—everything from cannoli to Napoleons, and biscotti to gooey butter cake since 1924.

Fine Dining:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill (4.5 stars/893 reviews) The Hill, 5226 Shaw Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 772-8898.  This storied St. Louis institution has been one of the very best restaurants in town for decades.  This elegant restaurant in the Hill neighborhood offers an upscale menu of Italian favorites including pasta, veal, chicken, steaks, and seafood.  Customers praise the food, the wine, and the impeccable service of this distinctive restaurant.


Kounter Kulture (5.0 stars/40 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 3825 Watson Road, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 781-4344.  This is a relatively new brick-and-mortar take-out restaurant from the same team that gave Saint Louis locally-sourced, freshly-prepared foods at the Tower Grove Farmer’s Market.  It’s the same rotating, locally sourced menu of inventive, Asian fusion fare, but you can get it every Monday – Saturday 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.


Sushi Tatsu (4.5 stars/129 reviews) Metro East, 5725 North Illinois Street, Fairview Heights, IL 62208, (618) 277-5554.  This unassuming, family owned restaurant makes specialty sushi rolls as well as Japanese & Korean dishes.  There’s a warm, friendly vibe here, even at the bar—a place that intimidates some.  If you’ve never done so, this place is the perfect opportunity to sit at the sushi bar and watch the chefs prepare your food using classic Japanese techniques.


Broadway Oyster Bar (4.5 stars/1895 reviews) Downtown, 736 South Broadway, Saint Louis, MO 63102, (314) 621-8811.  This decidedly Cajun/Creole joint has been serving up some of the best seafood in St. Louis for about 35 years.  With fresh oysters, live music nightly, and a killer patio, it’s easy to see why BOB is St. Louis’ favorite.


Stacked Burger Bar (4.6 stars/397 reviews) Patch, 7637 Ivory Street, Saint Louis, MO 63111, (314) 544-4900.  This quirky restaurant has been the best burger joint in South St. Louis since opening three years ago.  With more than seven different patties available, including bean and locally-sourced, grass fed beef, plus six buns, seven different cheeses, ten sauces, and dozens of other toppings available, there are literally hundreds of possible combinations.  You could make a dozen trips to this Ivory Triangle gem and only begin to try everything Stacked Burger Bar has to offer.


Pappy’s Smokehouse (4.5 stars/5299 reviews) Midtown, 3106 Olive Street, Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 535-4340.  This Midtown barbecue joint offers slow smoked Memphis style BBQ in a rustic, down-home setting.  Since opening in 2008, the accolades just keep rolling in, including being named the #1 ribs in the country by Food Network.  Pappy’s Smokehouse is #1 on the list of top rated barbecue restaurants, and one of St. Louis’ very favorite places to eat.

Craft Brewery:

Urban Chestnut Brewing Co. (4.4 stars/436 reviews) Midtown, 3229 Washington Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 222-0143.  This German inspired brewpub has quickly become a St. Louis favorite and the company is growing almost as fast in size as popularity.  This is UCB’s original microbrewery and biergarten.  It serves up a rotating selection of beers that run from the old-school Bavarian lagers like Zwickel to bitter, hoppy ales like the STLIPA.  Brewmaster Florian Kuplent brings nearly two decades of beer-making experience to UBC.  There’s also a small food menu with German biergarten staples like sausages, pretzel bread, and cheese, as well as soup, salad, and sandwiches.


Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (4.5 stars/3036 reviews) St. Louis Hills, 6726 Chippewa Street, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 481-2652.  This is St. Louis’ original frozen custard.  We’ve been lining up for their delicious, hand-dipped cones, concretes, shakes, malts, sundaes, and floats since 1929.  It’s a popular stop after visiting the Arch, the Muny, the Zoo, or a Cardinal’s baseball game—a truly multigenerational treat!  And lucky for us, the St. Louis Hills location just reopened Feb. 9 for the 2017 season.

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!


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: $$$


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


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




For catering, contact Samantha Vogt at (314) 772-8898 or svogt@charliegittos.com


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