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Mona’s Italian-American Joint Shuttered, Now for Sale

Mona’s Italian-American Joint Shuttered, Now for Sale

Popular Hill Restaurant Closes a Day Earlier than Planned

St. Louis, MO/September 6, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – It’s always a little sad when a favorite restaurant or bistro closes its doors.  Customers of Mona’s Italian-American Joint at 5257 Shaw in St. Louis met the announcement that the restaurant was closing after less than a year on the Hill by taking the opportunity to dine there one last time.  So many customers did this that owner Brendan Marsden had to move up the closing date from September 3rd to Saturday, September 2nd because of low supplies.

Mona’s might have had the classic checkered tableclothed look of some of the traditional Italian restaurants on the Hill, but not the classic Italian menu.  With so many authentic Hill eateries offering grandma’s handmade ravioli, Marsden knew his place would need to be a little different.  So, Mona’s served his unique take on Italian-American cuisine.  The menu was casual, with great pops of flavor and influences from Italy, Spain, and New Orleans.  From the crispy Roman-style pizzas (available in red or white) to the spaghetti with sundried tomatoes and bacon, the menu was unique for the Hill and for St. Louis.  It’s not surprising customers flocked to Mona’s for another plate of those warm garlic knots with provolone fondue and tomato confit, or for one last Muffaletta pizza.  Marsden says the restaurant was doing well when he decided to close.

The restaurateur had announced his plans to close Mona’s just last Friday.  In a release first reported by St. Louis Magazine, Marsden called the decision to close the restaurant a difficult one.  He said juggling the needs of his young family and his growing Clayton restaurant and catering business, Whitebox Eatery, necessitated the change.  “Balancing everything can be stressful,” he said.  “I’ve chosen to lighten my load and focus my attention on what’s most important to me.”

Mona’s Italian-American Joint had opened last October in the space that had been Marsden’s Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant.  He had operated the Spanish-influenced restaurant on the Hill for about 15 years before closing it last year to open Mona’s.  This time, he won’t be opening a new eatery in the space.  Marsden has already listed the business for sale with broker Ray LaBlanc of Murphy Business & Financial Corporation.  Those interested in buying the turnkey restaurant should call (636) 728-0688.

According to the restaurant’s website, Mona’s guests who have an unredeemed gift card should email brendan@monasjoint.com to receive a refund.  Those with unredeemed Groupon certificates should contact Groupon directly to get their money back.

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Another Restaurant in The Delmar Loop Closing

Another Restaurant in The Delmar Loop Closing

Randolfi’s Italian Kitchen Will Close in September

University City, MO/September 2, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – In some places, the only constant is change. The Delmar Loop is one such place.  The pseudo-residential entertainment district is an eclectic collection of quirky shops, unique restaurants, and one of the best people-watching venues in the metro area.  Just as it is always busy, it seems to also be a place always in flux—dynamic and ever-changing.

Sometimes the changes are good, like when the Delmar Loop was designated a Green Dining District, with LED lighting and cigarette butt recycling containers added to the street.  Sometimes the news is bad, when someone or something is lost.  This week’s news is the latter kind.  In a Facebook announcement this week, we learned that Randolfi’s Italian Kitchen at 6665 Delmar Blvd. will close at the end of service Saturday, Sept. 9.

Open just two years, the restaurant was the brainchild of James Beard-nominated chef Mike Randolph and his wife/partner Liz Randolph.  It had been chef Randolph’s homage to his Italian roots, but with his uniquely playful take on classic fare. Randolph’s culinary philosophy calls for him to challenge expectations of the norm.  Menu items at Randolfi’s cover the traditional Italian restaurant range from antipasti, salads, and starters to house made, shareable pasta courses, oven-roasted entrees, and chef’s famous Neapolitan-style pizza, but at Randolfi’s there’s generally a touch of the unexpected, like making a classic Caesar Salad with kale.

As seems to be a trend in the modern business era, the Randolph’s took to Facebook Monday to announced their plans to close the restaurant.  They wrote:

“It is with heavy hearts that we are announcing the closure of Randolfi’s.  Our last day of service will be Saturday, September 9th.  We’ve thrown everything that we have into this restaurant.  There have been a lot of tears, but it’s time to close the chapter.  We are so proud of what we’ve accomplished at Randolfi’s.  We appreciate every kind word and every satisfied diner who’s supported us.  Randolfi’s was called the ‘most soulful restaurant in St. Louis’ last year, and that’s exactly how we feel about the food and the experience.”

The restaurant was a tribute to Chef Randolph’s family heritage, especially to his late father.  The name Randolfi was his family’s name before they moved to the United States from Italy.  In announcing their plans, the Randolphs called the decision to close “deeply personal.”  Chef Randolph also lauded praise on his chef de cuisine Tommy Andrew, calling Chef Andrew “one of the most talented chefs that I’ve ever had the pleasure of standing shoulder to shoulder with in the kitchen.”  Chef Randolph went on to say, “Liz and I will be the first to dine wherever he lands.”

Randolfi’s Italian Kitchen was chef Randolph’s second restaurant in the space—sort of.  In 2014, he moved the Good Pie, his Neapolitan pizzeria, from Midtown.  It morphed into Randolfi’s the next year.  It’s unclear if the Randolphs are calling it quits at the Delmar location, or if they’ll open a new concept in the space.  For now, we can still enjoy chef Randolph’s critically acclaimed Central American-inspired gastropub, Público (6679 Delmar Blvd, University City), and the breakfast and brunch spot Liz Randolph runs in Clayton, Half & Half (8133 Maryland Ave).  Only time will tell what the couple cooks up next.

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By Susan Smith-Harmon – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Sugo’s Spaghetteria Offers Elevated Homestyle Italian

Sugo’s Spaghetteria Offers Elevated Homestyle Italian

Casual Italian Menu at Sugo’s Spaghetteria

Edwardsville, IL/August 25, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Some dishes just scream “family dinner,” and some restaurants beckon families to dine there. Sugo’s Spaghetteria in Edwardsville is one such restaurant, famous for some of the most family friendly cuisine to be had: spaghetti and meatballs. The restaurant sits in one of the newer strip malls along Troy Road in Edwardsville. The actual address, 243 Harvard Drive, refers to the small street that cuts behind Dierberg’s between Troy Road and Il-159. So Sugo’s Edwardsville is a little off the beaten path, but not too hard to find. Part of the Michael Del Pietro Restaurant Group, there are actually two Sugo’s locations—the one in Edwardsville and another in Frontenac (10419 Clayton Road), similarly situated in the Frontenac Grove Shopping Center. Both offer fresh pastas, pizza, salads, antipasti, and entrées with a pleasantly diverse wine list in a comfortably casual environment.

I recently dined at the Edwardsville spaghetteria with friends and family. It was a relaxed, enjoyable evening all the way around, with the friendly, attentive staff making sure everyone was well cared for. The rustic decor made for a relaxed, comfortable dining environment. We tried several dishes on the menu, including the famous spaghetti and meatballs. The Sugo’s menu is focused on quality, with a nice, albeit somewhat small, selection of elevated Italian offerings. Both locations offer three salads, ten pastas, five Neapolitan pizzas, and five antipasti to choose from, along with a few entrees. They keep it simple by offering three special entrees each night: veal, chicken and fish. At Frontenac, Sicilian pizza is also available and topped to order.

At Sugo’s each meal begins with a plate of fresh bread, extra virgin olive oil, and a bottle of chilled water. We began with the bruschetta. A generous plate of perfectly toasted bread topped with garlic, tomatoes, fresh basil, and parmigiano cheese for a very reasonable $5. It was very fresh and prepared the palate well for the Italian favorites that followed. We stuck with pasta the night we dined at Sugo’s, but they also offered several special entrees including Chicken Marsala and Chicken Spiedini. The dishes we tried included Tutto Mare: linguini with a perfectly cooked assortment of shrimp, clams, and crabmeat in a shrimp broth-based sauce. It was very good, if not as creamy as expected. The lasagna is a generous portion, layered with fresh pasta, ripe tomato sauce, Italian sausage, and cheese—most satisfying. The Pollo Alfredo is a classic fettuccine Alfredo with chicken. The roasted garlic cream sauce was delicious, but could have been a touch creamier. Then came the spaghetti and meatballs. This dish stole the show. It was a huge portion of spaghetti with chunky tomato sauce that had been touched with cream. Two huge (fist-sized) meatballs sat atop. The portion is generous enough for two. The meatballs were meaty, perfectly cooked and seasoned. It was everything spaghetti and meatballs should be: warm, comforting, sophisticated enough for adult palates without being pretentious, and simply delicious.

Both Sugo’s locations are open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner Monday – Thursday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Friday 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. In Frontenac, Sugo’s offers dinner Saturday 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Sunday 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. The Edwardsville location is open Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10:00 p.m.

The prices might make you think you’ve stumbled into a fast-food joint or diner, but the quality of ingredients, friendly and relaxed atmosphere, and wine selection will assure you this is genuine Italian. Don’t expect to rush through your meal at Sugo’s. The service is good, but fresh Italian fare does take a few extra minutes to prepare. So, relax, sip some wine, nibble the fresh bread (they’ll bring more if you run low), and enjoy spending time with your dining companions while you wait for a deliciously elevated, home-style Italian meal.

Contact Information:

Sugo’s Spaghetteria
Owner: Michael Del Pietro
243 Harvard Drive
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Phone: (618) 659-4640
and
10419 Clayton Road
Frontenac, MO 63131
Phone: (314) 569-0400

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Tasting Table Picks Imo’s Pizza as One of the Best Pizzas

St. Louis, MO/May 23, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Pizzas – Every pizza lover within 100 miles of the Gateway City is familiar with the classic thin-crust pizza dubbed St. Louis-style.  And we all know “the square beyond compare” that is the granddaddy of St. Louis-style pizza, Imo’s.  Now, this iconic St. Louis pizza company is getting some national props.  The editors at the foodie website Tasting Table have included Imo’s pizza on their recently published article The Best Pizzas in the Country.  The list span coast to coast and included everything from deep dish to Neapolitan, chewy New York Style and St. Louis’ unique thin crust.

The Imo’s crust is a puzzle to East Coast pizza lovers, who can’t seem to grasp the concept.  While pizzas born in New York or New Jersey are all about the flavor and texture of their chewy, hand-tossed crusts, Imo’s thin crust shifts the focus to the incredible toppings.  The editors at Tasting Table describe it this way, “Unlike most other styles, the Saint Louis version swaps yeast for baking powder in its crust, which yields a cracker-like consistency reminiscent of saltines in the best way possible.”  Am I the only one who’s tired of reading/hearing this crispy, delicious crust described as a “cracker” crust?  A saltine’s got nothing on this crust, which is crispy, but more akin to unleavened flat-bread than any cracker ever made.

The editors at Tasting Table also seemed to appreciate the unique qualities of Provel® cheese, which tops all Imo’s pizzas.  The much-maligned, processed cheese is a blend of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone, but with it’s own savory flavor.  It was invented by Costa Grocery (now Roma Grocery on the Hill) in collaboration with the Hoffman Dairy Company of Wisconsin (now part of Kraft Foods) in the 1940s specifically for use on pizza.  The inventors were looking for a white cheese that would melt really well, but not be stringy they way mozzarella is when diners bite into it.  Provel has a buttery texture at room temperature, and a low melting point, allowing it to spread gooey goodness all around the toppings.

One thing the Tasting Table article didn’t mention was the other toppings that go into an Imo’s pizza and helped this mom-and-pop shop grow to around 100 stores over the last 50+ years.  St. Louis-style pizza is also known for its rich, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and Imo’s version is no exception.  When the crust is this thin and crispy, the sauce becomes the foundation of flavor, so it has to deliver just the right balance of sweet tomato and aromatic seasonings.  Then, unlike the pepperoni world of other pizza places, an Imo’s Deluxe is topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, green pepper, and the crispiest bacon found on any pizza.  This combination of toppings makes Imo’s Deluxe pizza really special. (Sure, you can get pepperoni too, but this is Imo’s signature pizza.)

The secret to holding all those toppings, which go edge to edge, is in the cut.  Imo’s may not be the first thin-crust pizza in St. Louis.  And it’s certainly not the first to use Provel cheese, but Ed Imo, a tile-cutter by trade, who founded this iconic pizza company with his wife Margie in 1964, made the square, or tavern-cut pizza famous in St. Louis and the surrounding area.  By cutting the pizza into three-to-four-inch squares, the thin crust is able to stand up to the heavy toppings.  This cut also has an amazing side-effect, pizza corners.  Yes, with a square cut, the round pizza has little triangle-like corners offering a crispy tidbit with a smear of sauce, a smattering of cheese, and a bite of sausage and bacon. It’s the two-bite, go-to piece for pizza lovers in the know.

The Imo’s story goes like this: Ed and Marge Imo, who were Catholic, had a habit of ordering pizza at 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and going out to pick it up, so they could have meat on their pizza as soon as the Friday fast ended at midnight.  One night, it occurred to them that it would be even better if they didn’t have to venture out so late, and could have their pizza delivered to them.  It was a stroke of genius.  The Imo’s opened their pizzeria at Thurman and Shaw Avenues, offering delivery of their favorite, South St. Louis-style pizza to their neighbors.  Pizza delivery was a new and welcome concept in St. Louis in 1964.  And we’ve been devouring this square-cut, thin-crust, Provel-topped pizza ever since.  It really is a St. Louis original, and arguably one of the best pizzas in America.

Contact Information:

Imo’s Pizza
Founders: Ed and Margie Imo
Imo’s Pizza Executive Office
800 North 17th Street
St. Louis, MO 63106
Phone: (314) 822-0443

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Mothers Day Brunch Buffet at Candicci’s Restaurant

Mothers Day Brunch Buffet at Candicci’s Restaurant

BALLWIN, MO/May 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, located in Ballwin, MO has announced their Mothers Day Brunch Buffet special, Sunday, May 14, 2017 from 10 am to 3 pm.  It is designed to make your mother feel special, featuring breakfast items such as Omelets made at our Omelet Station as well as lunch items like Slow Roasted Italian Top Round and much more.  Regular menu items will be available from 4 pm to close.

While it is rated as one of the best Mothers Day Brunch Buffets by our customers, it is also among the most reasonably priced Mothers Day brunch buffet specials in the city, costing only $22.99 for adults, $8.99 for children and children under 10 eat for free.

The buffet shall include assorted Danish and Cinnamon Rolls, Fresh Fruit Display with Berries, Create-your-own Omelet Station, Crispy Thick-Cut Bacon, Sausage Links, Cheesy Hash Brown Potatoes, French Toast Casserole, Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Maple Glazed Virginia Pit Ham, Slow Roasted Italian Top Round with Horseradish Cream and Au Jus, Roasted Pork Loin and many Candicci’s favorites like Italian House Salad, Toasted Ravioli, Pasta Con Broccoli, Baked Ravioli and a variety of desserts and beverages.

After being in business for many years, Candicci’s has learned the value of being unique and special themselves.  They are known and respected for their holiday brunch buffets with Mothers Day Brunch Buffet being one of their most successful events of the year.

Reservations are necessary to assure seating at this special event.  Therefore, if you want to treat your mother to the best brunch at the best price in town, call Candicci’s Restaurant and make your reservation today.

About Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

Candicci’s has been in business for more than 36 years offering the finest of Italian cuisines, premium wine list, Happy Hour, catering, banquet facility, online ordering and pizza/food delivery.

Candicci’s is conveniently located in West County just one block north of Manchester Rd.  You can’t miss their own little hill in West County.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

Pharmaceutical Representatives Networking Event Announced by Candicci’s Restaurant

Pharmaceutical Representatives Networking Event Announced by Candicci’s Restaurant

Candicci’s host a Networking Event for Pharmaceutical Representatives

BALLWIN, MO/April 26, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News)(Press Release) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar located in Ballwin, MO has announced a Networking Event for Pharmaceutical Representatives.  Candicci’s invites everybody involved in the pharmaceutical industry to this event and get to know others in the your industry.  The event is scheduled for May 3, 2017 starting at 5 pm.  Reservations are recommended, but not necessary.

Candicci’s Catering services have been providing services to Doctor’s offices, hospitals and pharmaceutical companies across St. Louis, MO for several years.

This event features open bar from 5 pm to 7 pm and live music featuring “The Two Pedro’s”.  Additionally, big screen television inside and televisions outside for Cards and Blues games.

About Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

Candicci’s is an upscale Italian restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisines.  They have been in business for more than 36 years serving their Italian cuisines.  Recently, Candicci’s has added online ordering, delivery and more.

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar is located at 100 Holloway Rd, Ballwin, MO 63011.  Pharmaceutical Representatives can call (636) 220-8989 for reservations for this event or email candiccis@gmail.com.

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

Wine Tasting and Dinner Party at Candicci’s Restaurant

Wine Tasting and Dinner Party at Candicci’s Restaurant

BALLWIN, MO/March 28, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar has announced a wine tasting and dinner party for Wednesday, March 29th, 2017 at 6:30 pm.  Yes, that is tomorrow night.  If you are interested you will need to act fast.  You can call the restaurant tonight to make your reservations.  Seating is still available for those interested.

Candicci’s is known for the wine tastings and dinner party’s.  “We have been hosting them for several years and the guests always leave thrilled that they attended”, says Bob Candice, manger of Candicci’s.

About Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

Candicci’s has been serving fine Italian cuisines to the St. Louis communities for more than 36 years.  They offer catering, banquet facility for up to 120 guests, online ordering, food/pizza delivery and more.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

Lenten Dining is Fine Dining at Charlie Gitto’s

Lenten Dining is Fine Dining at Charlie Gitto’s

Charlie Gitto’s Offers Lent-Friendly Upscale Pasta & Seafood

St. Louis, MO/March 11, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Everyone loves a great fish fry during Lent, but some Friday nights, you want a more upscale dining experience.  That’s where great Italian fare can really fill the bill.  Well prepared pasta and seafood can make for an unforgettable evening.  If you’re going for a nice dinner out, why settle for plastic forks and paper plates, when St. Louis’ favorite Italian restaurant, Charlie Gitto’s offers so many Lent-friendly pasta and seafood dishes?

Gitto’s has been serving fine Italian food on the Hill for more than 35 years. St. Louis diners love it so much, they’ve named it the best Italian restaurant, best fine dining establishment, and best date night restaurant in multiple publications.  They’re an OpenTable Diner’s Choice winner (2015), and are currently the #1 Italian restaurant in St. Louis based on customer reviews.

The food at Charlie Gitto’s is top tier, but the real secret to Gitto’s success is the attention to detail that’s become the hallmark of all three of his St. Louis restaurants.  Everything they do at Gitto’s is aimed at creating an incredible dining experience.  From the casually elegant decor, to the warm, attentive, personalized service—Gitto’s makes every meal a special event.  The menu is a scrumptious selection of fresh, handmade, delectable options to suit many tastes.

This may be the birthplace of toasted ravioli, but the appetizer menu at Charlie Gitto’s has some great Lent-friendly choices too.  Start with something savory, like Arancini: risotto balls, filled with fresh mozzarella cheese, served with their famous pomodoro and walnut pesto cream sauces.  Or opt for eggplant.  They do it two ways: Parmesano (baked with their famous pomodoro sauce and cheeses); or Napoleon (with layers of breaded eggplant fried, filled with layers of CG’s cheeses, roasted sweet peppers, pesto, pomodoro and Asiago cream).  Or start with a bowl of their velvety lobster bisque.

The seafood, pasta, and pizza options seem endless.  Choose from pastas like Penne Primavera, homemade manicotti, linguini with fresh clams, lobster ravioli, or one their signature dishes like Seafood Pasta Suzanne (fresh homemade tagliatelle noodles with shrimp, scallops, clams, langostino and mussels in a spicy three-pepper cream sauce), or Pappardelle with Fresh Tomatoes (homemade ribbon noodles in a San Marzano tomato sauce).  They have a nice variety of seafood options too, including salmon, tilapia, shrimp scampi, and seafood risotto—all expertly prepared.  Prefer pizza?  They do a terrific brick oven Margherita, a classic CG cheese pizza, and delicious roasted mushroom pizza with fresh spinach, CG’s cheeses and pesto.

Of course Gitto’s professionally-trained sommelier is always available to help diners select wine to perfectly complement their meal.  A wine list with hundreds of selections means there’s something everyone will love.

As the weather warms, enjoy dining al fresco on the gorgeous patio at Charlie Gitto’s original location on the Hill.  Have drinks at the Hollywood Casino patio before your meal, or drop into the Chesterfield location for a quality lunch or dinner.  Whichever location you choose, you don’t have to give up real table linens, china and crystal, or amazing food and service just because it’s Lent.  Indoors or out, on the Hill, at the casino, or in Chesterfield, Charlie Gitto’s offers diners a beautiful meal with family and friends (or that special someone), during Lent and all year long.

Charlie Gitto’s contact information:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill
5226 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 772-8898
Offering Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Charlie Gitto’s from The Hill
15525 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 536-2199
Offering Lunch (weekdays) and Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino
777 Casino Center
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: (314) 770-7663
Offering Dinner:
Monday through Thursday: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nationally recognized again for their Toasted Ravioli – Charlie Gitto’s

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill, St. Louis, MO

National recognition is perfect timing for Charlie Gitto’s Valentine’s Day rush

ST. LOUIS, MO/January 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Charlie Gitto’s – The official travel site for the U.S.A., www.visittheusa.com, recently published an article titled “48-Hour Guide to St. Louis, Missouri”, whereby they recommend that travelers visit Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill for their famous Toasted Ravioli when visiting St. Louis, MO.

This is twice in the recent weeks that a national publication has recognized this popular restaurant that has become more of a local institution rather than a restaurant.  Last month we published an article titled “What America Eats” features Charlie Gitto’s Toasted Ravioli” announcing Charlie Gitto’s recognition on this popular series featuring the video.

To illustrate how much influence these two websites have that recommends Charlie Gitto’s, Community Table (What America Eats) is ranked 6,541 in the US and 27,200 in the world, while VisitTheUSA is ranked 118,750 in the US and 237,193 in the world.  Considering there are hundreds of millions of sites worldwide these are high ranking, high traffic websites that have taken notice of the Charlie Gitto’s brand.

Additionally, St. Louis Magazines’ George Mahe, recently published an article titled “Q&A: A Conversation with Chef Charlie Gitto Jr.

In addition to the recognition recognized in this article, over recent years that has been a significant amount of publicity surrounding the Charlie Gitto’s brand, making it the most popular fine dining restaurant chain in the St. Louis metro area with three beautiful locations.  They are: Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill, which is the original location and known as the location where toasted ravioli was accidentally created many years ago, Charlie Gitto’s from the Hill in Chesterfield and Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights.

While many restaurants struggle to compete in this highly competitive industry, Charlie Gitto Jr. has figured out the secret to success.  It is not a single item, it is the combination of great service, great atmosphere, perfect locations, an extensive wine list accompanied with a delicious awarding-winning menu offering everything from pastas, steaks and seafood cuisines that are unparalleled making Charlie Gitto’s the top-rated fine dining Italian restaurant in St. Louis.

This national recognition comes at a perfect time as Valentine’s Day approaches.  It is the most popular holiday for fine dining.  Any of the three Charlie Gitto’s locations are perfect for Valentine’s Day and always a popular destination for this special occasion.  Making your Valentine’s Day reservation early at Charlie Gitto’s is highly recommended.

Charlie Gitto’s three location’s are:

Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill
5226 Shaw Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
Phone: (314) 772-8898

Or

Charlie Gitto’s from the Hill
15525 Olive Blvd
Chesterfield, MO 63017
Phone: (636) 536-2199

Or

Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino
777 Casino Center
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Phone: (314) 770-7663

For additional information, media relations or corporate catering contact:

Samantha K. Vogt, Assistant to the President

Phone: (314) 772-8898

Email: svogt@charliegittos.com

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Picture courtesy of Photographer & Chef, Charlie Gitto Jr.