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6th Annual Restaurant Week to Showcase Best of The Hill

6th Annual Restaurant Week to Showcase Best of The Hill

Mange Bene During Restaurant Week on The Hill

St. Louis, MO/April 30, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – A visit to The Hill neighborhood in South St. Louis is always a delicious adventure.  With a strong Italian heritage, The Hill is home to some of the best restaurants in the metro area.  So, an opportunity to dine at some of the best restaurants on The Hill at a discount shouldn’t be missed!  Fortunately, the 6th Annual Restaurant Week on The Hill is coming up May 1–7, 2017.  The annual event showcases local restaurants and gives St. Louis diners a chance to enjoy a specially priced three-course meal at any of a dozen participating restaurants.

Here’s how it works: Participating restaurants will offer a three-course prix fixe menus starting at $25 per person (tax and tip not included).  All diners need to do is choose their venue, reserve a seat, and then show up for dinner at any of the participating restaurants.  There are no coupons, tickets, or special discount cards required.  Just dine and enjoy.  Reservations are not required, but they are highly recommended as this is one of the most popular Restaurant Week events in St. Louis.

Besides an affordable sample of some of the very best Italian food the city has to offer, Restaurant Week customers will also be raising money for KidSmart St. Louis.  The charity’s Tools for Learning program finds surplus school supplies and gets them into the hands of classroom teachers and their students who need them.  At the end of the meal, diners will be given the option to make a donation to benefit KidSmart St. Louis.  Last year, Restaurant Week on the Hill raised nearly $2,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

A dozen of The Hill’s most popular restaurants are participating this year, including longtime favorites Anthonino’s Taverna, Cunetto’s House of Pasta, Favazza’s, and Gian-Tony’s Ristorante.  Each is offering a three-course meal that offers diners their choice of starters, a combination of choices like salads, soups, and appetizers like toasted ravioli and Five Bistro’s Tagliatelle Bolognese.  Entree choices run the gamut from Anthonino’s 6 oz. filet or Bartolino’s Osteria’s Lobster Risotto to the signature Shrimp Brazie at Brazie’s Ristorante, and the famous Paella Valenciana at Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas.  The third course, dessert, will bring sweet offerings of Italian classics, like tiramisu, fresh cannoli, and house-made gelatos, as well as St. Louis classics like gooey butter cake and bread pudding.

Most menu items are included in the $25.00 price, but a few cost just a little more.  For instance, Lorenzo’s Trattoria is offering a Grilled Angus Beef Filet with garlic mashed potatoes and asparagus in a red wine reduction that will set you back an addition $5.00.  So will Favazza’s grilled beef tenderloin in a rosemary Marsala wine sauce.  At all of the venues taxes, tips, and drinks are extra.  Still, Restaurant Week on the Hill offers an affordable night out at some of the city’s best restaurants.  A complete list of participating restaurants can be found on the event website: http://www.restaurantweekonthehill.com/.  The special Restaurant Week dinner menus for each is also posted, along with a link or phone number for reservations.

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


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


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


Picture courtesy of Photographer & Chef, Charlie Gitto Jr.

Hot Spot for Fresh Italian at a Great Price – Tavolo V

Tavolo V, St. Louis, MO

Tavolo V Is an OpenTable Top 10!

St. Louis, MO/December 30, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Some neighborhoods are quietly idyllic, others buzz with energy.  The Loop hums with excitement.  The stretch of Delmar Blvd from between The University City lions at Trinity and the MetroLink Station at Des Peres is teaming with interesting shops and restaurants.  That’s why it was named “One of the Ten Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.  Some of the businesses along Delmar are the cornerstones of the Loop.  Others are relative newcomers that have enlivened and even extended the entertainment district eastward into the City of St. Louis.  Tavolo V at 6118 Delmar Blvd, in St. Louis is one of the latter.  It sits at the east end of the Loop, about a block off Skinker, near The Pageant.

Tavolo V, St. Louis, MO

Tavolo V, St. Louis, MO

Opened in March 2012, Tavolo V is one of several endeavors by restaurateur Michael Del Pietro.  Others include Via Vino in Frontenac, Sugo’s Spaghetteria in Frontenac and Edwardsville, and Babbo’s Spaghetteria in Chesterfield and Columbia, Missouri.  Tavolo V is Del Pietro’s fifth establishment, thus the “V” in the name.

The restaurant specializes in serving fresh pastas, pizza, salads, antipasti, and Italian entrees in a chic, industrial setting.  The words that come to mind while perusing the Tavolo V menu are delicious and affordable.  It’s an excellent choice for a real treat that won’t bust the budget.  A meal at Tavolo V begins with a complimentary plate of bread served with olive oil and parmesan.  The appetizer menu offers a varied list of delicious starters including salads, toasted ravioli and fried calamari, but the vegetable-based dishes steal the show.  There’s an eggplant and tomato torta with Buffalo Mozzarella that makes an excellent lunch when paired with a salad.  For even more appetizer veggie goodness, try the roasted cauliflower with lemon, garlic, and Parmigiano cheese or the Roasted Brussels sprouts with pancetta and caramelized onions.  These are what vegetables are supposed to taste like.

After the apps, you’ll find fresh Neapolitan-inspired pizza along with a nice variety of pastas and entrees.  The pizzas are made with simple, fresh ingredients creatively layered on a tender and crispy crust.  At 14-inches, these pies are a bit bigger than classic Neapolitan style.  The best way to experience Tavolo V’s pizza is to grab four or five friends and order three or four different pizzas to share.  That way, you get to experience a nice sampling of the flavors available.  Just start at the top of the list and work your way down.  That let’s you sample Tavolo V’s signature pizza with olive oil, spinach, artichokes, tomato, mushrooms, mozzarella, and goat cheese.  Then sample a couple from Del Pietro’s other restaurants: Sugo’s, a meat-lover’s feast with tomato sauce, sausage, pepperoni, bacon, hamburger, and mozzarella; and Babbo’s simply delicious combination of tomato sauce, sausage, caramelized onions, and mozzarella, drizzled with balsamic.  There are no wrong choices on the Tavolo V pizza menu.

One of the stars of the Tavolo V menu is the “Funghi” pasta dish—made with shiitake and crimini mushrooms, garlic, and spinach with a splash of truffle oil.  There’s a pizza version, bearing the same name, that’s also quite delicious.  The Bolognese with it’s tomato-beer sauce and pork ragu is highly regarded.  As are the generously portioned Lasagna (with beef, pork and cheeses).  On the white side of the sauce aisle, you’ll find a lovely Carbonara made with roasted chicken and pancetta, and a delectable Tutto Mare with shrimp, clams, crab, and bits of tomatoes.  Both are served with a rich, flavorful garlic cream sauce.

The other thing customers rave about is the warm and welcoming vibe the restaurant gives off.  The decor is inventive, but not intimidating.  It’s industrial with rustic touches like the heavy, wooden tables and huge windows.  The tables are comfortably spaced, so that even when it’s busy, diners don’t feel crowded in and wait staff have enough room to be attentive, but not intrusive.  This is a comfortable place to enjoy a meal.

Tavolo V offers a fully stocked bar and several signature cocktails.  They have a nice selection of beer on draft and in bottles, including several craft beers and a few locally brewed favorites.  They have an even nicer wine list.  The affordable, yet well-selected list of sparkling, red, and white wines is available by the glass or bottle.  The wines represent a nice cross section of global vintages that pair especially well with Italian cuisine.  You’ll find selections from the best wine regions of California and Oregon, along with those from Italy, France, Argentina, Germany, Spain and Australia.

Tavolo V was recently named to OpenTable’s Top 10 Neighborhood Restaurants in St. Louis (Tavolo V was #4).  That’s an especially high honor given The Loop’s terrific restaurant offerings, and because the rankings were based on customer reviews posted to the San Francisco-based online, restaurant reservation service.  OpenTable diners give this casual Italian eatery 4.5 stars for it’s terrific menu, affordable prices, and fun atmosphere.  It’s positioned perfectly in the neighborhood, because it’s eastern location means there’s room for an adjacent parking lot (well lit and guarded), making it extra convenient for diners.  Tavolo V is also a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner.  The award is given to establishments which consistently earn great reviews.

Tavolo V is open for lunch Monday – Friday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  They’re open for dinner Monday – Thursday from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m, Friday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 .p.m, and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Reservations aren’t required, but can be helpful during busy times and are recommended for larger groups.  They can be made by phone or online, and through the OpenTable app.

When the warmer weather reaches St. Louis, Tavolo V is an even bigger treat.  That’s when they open up the big, glass, garage-style bay door and the dining room spills out onto the sidewalk, adding the natural ambiance of the Loop to your dining experience.

Contact Information:

Tavolo V
Owner: Michael Del Pietro
General Manager: Ryan French
6118 Delmar Blvd
The Loop
St. Louis, MO 63112
Phone: (314) 721-4333


Picture courtesy of Tavolo V


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Wine Party at Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar – October 26th

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Candicc’s Restaurant and Bar has announced a wine dinner party, scheduled for October 26th, with special four course gourmet dinner prepared by Candicci’s new Executive Chef, Jack MacMurray.  Featured guests is E & J Gallo Wines providing the featured wines for the evening event.

  • 1st Course – Flash Fried Calamari with a zesty Tomato Aioli – wine pairing: La Marca Prosecco
  • 2nd Course – Warm Goat Cheese Spinach Strawberry Salad – wine pairing: Storypoint Chardonnay
  • 3rd Course – Bacon wrapped Pork Tenderloin Medallion with spiced Bing Cherry Pinot Noir Glaze –  wine pairing: MacMurray Ranch Pinot Noir
  • 4th Course – Braciole Stuffed Italian Meat Balls – wine pairing: Storypoint Cabernet Sauvignon

Complete the evening with Sabayon and Mixed Berries for dessert.

The cost of the event is $55 per person including tax and gratuity.  Reservations are required.

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar has been in business for more than 35 years providing fine Italian cuisines and pizza to the St. Louis metro area.  Candicci’s has established a solid reputation in the community of providing a casual fine dining atmosphere featuring regular weekend specials, happy hours, catering and banquet.  Recently, they added online ordering and pizza/food delivery within a 5 mile radius of the restaurant.

Additionally, Candicci’s recently announced about leasing additional space.  The space will be used to expand their existing catering services.  The additional space is necessary to meet demand for their catering services.  Candicci’s has been providing catering services to the St. Louis area since they have been in business having catered for some of the largest companies located in the city.

For more information about Candicci’s upcoming wine party, catering or just to make reservations please use the contact information provided below.

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com (please do not make reservations using email, please call)


Top 10 Italian Restaurants

Top 10 Italian Restaurants in St. Louis – Charlie Gitto’s takes the lead

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) We first published the Top 10 Italian Restaurants in St. Louis list on June 27th, revised it in July and revising it again as there has been a major change in the first place rating.  For some time now, Anthonino’s Taverna, located on The Hill as well, was rated the #1 Italian Restaurant in St. Louis, however, Charlie Gitto’s has replaced it taking the spotlight as the #1 Italian Restaurant in St. Louis, MO with 566 online reviews from customers that determine the rankings.

These positions are highly competitive.  The tension is probably unimaginable to most of us as perfection is the norm for these top-rated restaurants and restaurateurs.  Big money is at stake, not to mention big reputations.

Charlie Gitto’s has been located on The Hill since the mid-1980’s.  They have grown, adding two locations, one in Chesterfield, MO on Olive Blvd and the other at Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights, MO.  Charlie Gitto’s is not only the best Italian restaurant in St. Louis, but they are rated as the 6th best restaurant in the St. Louis area.

According to our public database, currently, the “Top 10 Italian Restaurants in St. Louis, MO” are:

  1. Charlie Gitto’s – Rated #6 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  2. Anthonino’s Taverna – #9 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  3. Zia’s Restaurant – #14 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  4. Roberto’s Restaurant – #14 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  5. Tony’s Restaurant – #17 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  6. Pi Pizzeria (Washington Street) #18 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  7. Cafe Napoli – #22 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  8. Pastaria – #23 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  9. Trattoria Marcella – #32 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star
  10. The Crossing – #33 of 2281 Restaurants in St. Louis – 4.5 Star

As you can see the competition is fierce with all 10 restaurants scoring a 4.5 Star rating with each having between 154 to more than 600 reviews.  To say that the competition for this position is fierce, is an understatement.   Considering that there are thousands of restaurants in the St. Louis area and to rank in the Top 10 at all is amazing, not to mention impressive, but to rank #1 is an unimaginable accomplishment.  It is amazing that one organization can please that many people.  It is a big statement about how they do business, but more importantly, it proves that they know how to serve the finest cuisine with great service to receive these kind of reviews from customers.

We would like to congratulate Mr. Charlie Gitto Jr. for this unimaginable accomplishment.  It is a well-deserved recognition that one should be proud of.   We would like to congratulate the entire staff at all three Charlie Gitto’s locations because an accomplishment of this magnitude is an example of some spectacular team work.  Great job Charlie!

Previous Article About Charlie Gitto’s

Contact information:

Charlie Gitto’s

Attention: Samantha K. Vogt, Assistant to the President

Phone: (314) 772-8898

Email: svogt@charliegittos.com



Anthony Gitto

Charlie Gitto’s Rising Star – Anthony Gitto

ST LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Charlie Gitto’s Rising Star – Anthony Gitto: Lights, Camera, Action!  At 25 years old you could say that, Anthony Gitto is already sitting “on top of The Hill.” The son of Charlie Gitto, Jr., recently made his film career debut starring in Parade Magazine’s new television show, “What America Eats.”  When Parade Magazine came calling on the Gitto’s, Anthony had no idea he’d be telling the world all about the best toasted ravioli.  His dad said it was time he got a little face time, and Anthony was more than up to the challenge.  Turns out, in front of the camera, he’s quite a natural.

And it was easy to talk about toasted ravioli, the extremely popular signature St. Louis dish.  It was created in 1947, in the kitchen of Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill, called Angelo’s at the time, when a chef accidentally dropped ravioli in hot oil instead of water.  At the time, Anthony’s grandfather, Charlie Gitto, Sr. served as maitre d’.  The scrumptious, homemade, breaded, deep-fried appetizer has been taking the country by storm ever since.

During the first day of the two day shoot, Anthony talked all about the origin of toasted ravioli and the basics of what goes in it.  Of course, he was a bit vague, as not to give away too many secrets of the Gitto’s sacred recipe.  On day two, he actually got down to business showing the crew exactly how they’re made.  And for those who don’t realize it, Charlie Gitto’s Toasted Ravioli’s are made with lots of love.

Forget the press, they hand roll the dough, hand cut each one with a pastry cutter, stuff them, and then dip them in their signature homemade breading.  He and the girls in the back make a great team, and they’d better, since they sell more than 10,000 a week.  They recently got a large request from the The Bud Light Convention at The Pageant for 5,500: 2000 cheese and the rest, their classic meat.

Anthony says, “It’s a never ending learning process, you’re always learning something,” but then, he learned from the best.  He has an incredible teacher in his father Charlie Gitto, Jr., who himself worked at Angelo’s as a young boy.  His dad was brought up with the belief that if you want something, you have to work for it.  He’d always wanted to buy the building and make it his own.  So when it went up for sale, without hesitation, he did just that.  The restaurant opened as Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill at 5226 Shaw Avenue in 1981.

Since that time, he’s added two more locations, Charlie Gitto’s from the Hill in Chesterfield, and Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino.  Don’t confuse them with Charlie Gitto’s Downtown, his father, Charlie, Sr.’s restaurant, which is a totally separate entity with an entirely different menu.  To this day, Charlie, Jr., remains very hands on.  Anthony believes his father’s success is due to the passion he has for his business, along with his loyalty to his staff, and his desire to keep them happy.  A few have been with him for close to 30 years, and have watched Anthony grow up from wearing diapers into the man he is today.  Anthony, “recalls being a 5 year old”, sitting at one particular table trying to master the art of thinly slicing bread and saying, “Hey Dad!  Look at this.”  And his dad would say, “That’s really cool.”

Anthony is the youngest of four.  He has a brother and sister that live in Chicago, and a sister, Suzanne Gitto, that like him, has grown up in the business.  She manages the Chesterfield location, and has one of the best-selling pasta dishes, the Pasta Suzanne, named after her.  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.

Suzanne Gitto

Suzanne Gitto

Most of Anthony’s own learning has been done on the hill, although he has worked at the other two locations.  And yes, he says, he did start out washing dishes, learning the old-Italian way, from the bottom up.  Even though his dad rules with tough love, he believes it’s really helped both he and Suzanne learn a lot.  He didn’t have to attend culinary school because the hands-on experience served him better.  He’s also well aware that you need to be able to wear different hats, and from the look of things, Anthony is managing that just fine.

His latest venture is managing the CG Pasta Products, which began in 2014, while he was at Mizzou, earning a degree in hospitality, food and beverage.  He finished his last classes online, so he could come back early and work at the restaurant…overseeing the line of CG Products they sell to all three Gitto’s locations within the company.  They make their own bread every day, pasta’s and ravioli’s for all the restaurants every other day, and lots of desserts, like their decadent tiramisu, and their delicious chocolate, red velvet, and Italian cream cakes.

It can be a huge task because they’re making so much for all the other locations, and Anthony says that in a moment’s notice, they have to be ready with inventory.  He says, “When you’re baking 500 loaves of bread, and numerous cakes, you’re on a real time schedule with not much room for error.”  But once again, he’s up for the challenge.  He’d already had experience on the line cooking at all the different stations.

Each location makes their Gelato.  On the Hill those flavors are pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and cherry.  In Chesterfield, there are even more extravagant flavors.

The new 8 to 5 pm hours work well for Anthony, putting him on the same schedule as Kate, his girlfriend of more than two and a half years.  She’s a civil engineer, who also works for her father.

Ever since he can remember, he’s been trying to make his dad proud of him, and he speaks for his sister, as well.  It didn’t really strike him until high school when he realized that one day, this would be all be his and his sister’s.  He says, “They are not only in this for themselves and to protect their father’s hard work, but more importantly, they’re doing it to make him happy and make him proud.”  And he says he feels like they’re definitely doing something right.

The ultimate goal one day is for him and sister to be able to take over for his dad–whenever that time comes.  Suzanne handles front of the house matters, while he takes care of things in the back, and if either has questions, they go to each other.  Being from such a close-knit family has served this brother/sister duo well.  But for now, this young rising star, plans to work hard, learn as much as he can, and follow his dad’s one golden rule.  Anthony says, “My dad always says, read, read, read, you’ve always got to read about what’s happening.”  And with that learning tool, Anthony plans to reach for the moon.

  • Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill, 5226 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110.  Phone (314) 772-8898 – Hours: Sun 4 pm-9 pm, Mon-Thu 5 pm-10 pm & Fri-Sat 5 pm-11 pm
  • Charlie Gitto’s from The Hill, 15525 Olive, Chesterfield, MO.  Phone (636) 536-2199 – Hours: Sun 4 pm to 11 pm, Mon – Thur 11 am to 10 pm & Sat 4 pm to 11 pm
  • Charlie Gitto’s At Hollywood Casino, 777 Casino Center Drive at Hollywood Casino, Maryland Heights, MO 63043.  Phone (314) 770-7663 – Sun 4:30 to 9 pm, Mon – Thur 4:30 pm to 10 pm, Fri – Sat 4:30 to 11 pm
  • CG Pasta Products – Phone (314) 772-8898
  • Website: https://www.charliegittos.com