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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.

Candicci’s Restaurant live music schedule for March 2017

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar, Ballwin, MO

Candicci’s Restaurant live music schedule for March 2017

BALLWIN, MO/March 1, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar has announced their live music schedule for March 2017.

Candicci’s was recently a recipient of OpenTables Diners’ Choice Award.  OpenTable rates Candicci’s a 4.4 Star ranking it among the top Italian restaurants in St. Louis by OpenTable.  “We are honored to be a recipient of this prestigious restaurant awarded to us by OpenTable and want to express our sincere appreciation for this award” says Candice, manger of Candicci’s.

Candicci’s is known for their Happy Hour, which is Monday thru Friday from 4 to 7 pm featuring $5 House Wine, $4 Wells, $3 Drafts, $2 Domestic Longnecks and $7 Appetizer specials.  Additionally, every Monday and Thursday they offer $10 off bottles of wine.  Every Wednesday is $5 Chef’s Appetizers and 50% bottles of wine.

Candicci’s has been serving Italian cuisines to the St. Louis community for more than 36 years in addition to providing top quality local entertainment, fine dining atmosphere, authentic Italian cuisines, catering and more.  Additionally, they are known for their outdoor patio featuring live music and dinner specials throughout the warmer months every Wednesday night for “Party on the Patio”.  With spring right around the corner visiting Candicci’s Party on the Patio is highly recommended.

Candicci’s live music schedule for March 2017 is as follows:

March 1st – Sir Dame – 6 to 9 pm
March 2nd – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 3rd – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar – 6 to 9 pm
March 4th – Bill Hoerle – Classical Guitar – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 8th – Two Pedros – 6 to 9 pm
March 9th – Bryan Foggs – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 10th – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar – 6 to 9 pm
March 11th – Art Bernabo – European Accordion – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 15th – Sir Dame – 6 to 9 pm
March 16th – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 17th – Bill Park – Instrumental Guitar – 6 to 9 pm
March 18th – To be announced!
March 22nd – Two Pedros – 6 to 9 pm
March 23rd – Bryan Foggs – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 24th – Vince Corkery – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 25th – Bryan White – 6:30 to 9:30 pm
March 29th – To be announced!
March 30th – Scott Laytham & Karl Holmes Duo – 6:30 to 9:30 pm

Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

The Comfortable Elegance of Frank Papa’s Ristorante

Frank Papa’s Ristorante

A Little Taste of Italy in Brentwood – Frank Papa’s Ristorante

Brentwood, MO/December 24, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Every community has that one terrific restaurant that’s the “go to” place for a special night out.  It’s that place with the linen tablecloths, elegant ambiance, good service, good wine, and terrific food.  For Brentwood residents, that’s Frank Papa’s Ristorante at 2241 South Brentwood Blvd., just south of I-64.  Frank Papa’s is comfortably elegant. It’s one of those places where you wouldn’t normally wear jeans or shorts (although they would still serve you), but you don’t need a tux or suit jacket either.  Whether you’re planning a family celebration or an intimate dinner for two, this classy little Italian place is a great choice.  The decor is charming, the staff gracious, and the food is simply delicious.

Frank Papa’s Ristorante

Frank Papa’s Ristorante

That’s because Chef Frank Papa, his wife Diane, their sons Frank Salvatore and Anthony Douglas, and the restaurant staff are focused on creating great meals served with classic Italian hospitality.  For Papa, it’s in his blood.  He grew up around great food.  As a kid, he worked in the restaurant owned by his grandparents, Salvatore and Genevieve Papa.  He went on to earn a degree in Culinary Arts from Johnson and Wales University, and honed his skills in the kitchens of several very fine restaurants.  Frank opened his restaurant in 1994, and Brentwood residents (and visitors) have been reaping the rewards ever since.

The menu at Frank Papa’s is classic Italian with an American flare.  Their specialties span the entire Italian peninsula.  Start with one of the signature dishes, Scarola, a modern take on salad.  It is crisp, flash-fried escarole greens topped with Parmigiano cheese.  Follow that with something you won’t find at most Italian restaurants, a dish featuring wild game.  Whether it is fresh-caught Ruby Red Trout or Wild Boar Pasta, there is always something special on Papa’s menu.

From northern Italy, they offer a wide variety of chicken, steak and beef dishes including their luscious Veal Saltimbocca.  It’s thinly sliced, boneless veal sautéed with prosciutto ham, and served with melty fontina cheese and a white wine and sage sauce.  Or try the Risotto Milanese.  It’s beautifully creamy Arborio rice with porcini, portabella and shiitake mushrooms cooked with saffron, sherry wine, garlic and Parmigiano cheese.  From southern Italy, you’ll find expertly prepared seafood and pastas, including their classic Bruschetta Con Pomodoro made with Grilled Italian bread, fresh tomato and basil, a touch of garlic, and dressed with extra virgin olive oil and Parmigiano cheese.  Follow that with the Linguini Con Pesce, a long pasta with shrimp, scallops, and calamari all together in a lightly spicy white wine marinara.  Deliziosissima!

Pair Papa’s excellent cuisine with something from his equally excellent wine cellar.  The restaurant’s wine list includes more than 200 selections from the best wine producing regions of the world: California, Australia, Spain, France, Argentina, and Tuscany.  There are also super Tuscan varieties.  On any given day, at least 15 wines are available by the glass, but Papa’s servers can help you choose a bottle to share with friends that will pair well with everyone’s meal.  The wine cellar at Frank Papa’s is so special, they often host parties there.  The venue is a popular choice for rehearsal dinners and business gatherings of up to 22 guests.  The lower level dining area has that same, special ambiance.

Frank Papa’s Ristorante is open for dinner only, Monday – Saturday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.  They’re closed Sundays. Reservations are recommended, especially on weekends and holidays. Gift certificates are available year round.

Whether you’re looking for the kind of place that can handle a large party, or an intimate dinner in a place that’s conversation-friendly with a casually elegant atmosphere, or just someplace with great Italian food, Frank Papa’s Ristorante is that kind of place.

Contact Information

Frank Papa’s Ristorante

Owners: Frank and Diane Papa

2241 S Brentwood Blvd (link to Google maps)

St. Louis, MO 63144

Phone: (314) 961-3344


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“What America Eats” features Charlie Gitto’s Toasted Ravioli

Charlie Gitto’s Toasted Ravioli

St. Louis, MO/December 23, 2016/6:20 am (STLRestaurant.News) Charlie Gitto’s Toasted Ravioli – Charlie Gitto Jr., and his son Anthony Gitto, was recently featured on Community Tables’ video series “What America Eats“.  The video was uploaded onto Community Tables’ YouTube Channel on December 14, 2016 and the article was published on their website December 15, 2016.  A well-deserved honor for St. Louis’ hottest restaurant that offers casual fine dining atmosphere featuring Italian cuisines in three different St. Louis locations.

Anthony Gitto

Anthony Gitto

Each month, Chef Jon Ashton, travels the country to learn and teach all about popular cuisines.  This month they featured Charlie Gitto’s and their popular Toasted Ravioli.

Known and loved by most St. Louis residents the Toasted Ravioli was created on The Hill in a restaurant known at the time as Angelo’s, which is now home to the famous restaurant, Charlie Gitto’s.

While Anthony explains the origin and the process of making this popular cuisine, nobody will ever know the secret recipe that makes Gitto’s spectacular dish known and loved across the city to hundred or thousands of guests everyday.  Thousands of Toasted Ravioli’s are made and served at Charlie Gitto’s three locations each week making it one of the most popular restaurants in St. Louis.  While Gitto’s is known for their Toasted Ravioli, they are also popular for all of their Italian cuisines, steaks and seafood that attracts similar attention.

Not only is Charlie Gitto’s a popular dining destination, it is a popular caterer, which serves thousands of Toasted Ravioli’s each week, in addition to those served at the three restaurants.

October 3, 2016, STLRestaurant.News published an article, “Top 10 Italian Restaurants in St. Louis” announcing Charlie Gitto’s as the best Italian restaurant in the St. Louis metro area according to a popular online review/rating service.

November 17, 2016, St. Louis Magazines’ George Mahe interviewed and published an article titled “Q&A: A Conversation with Chef Charlie Gitto Jr.“.

At this point, with all of the publicity and success, it is indisputable who the most popular restaurateur is in the St. Louis metro area.  STLRestaurant.News will continue to monitor Charlie Gitto Jr. and his restaurant empire.

As we approach the end of 2016, most of us look back at our personal/professional accomplishments and/or failures to help us decide on our New Year’s resolutions.  We are anxious to see what New Year’s resolutions from a man like Charlie Gitto Jr. might be?  Stay tuned!

Charlie Gitto's on The Hill

Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill

Charlie Gitto’s restaurants are strategically located across the metro area.  The three locations are:


Video courtesy of Community Table

For more information about Charlie Gitto’s contact:

Charlie Gitto’s

Samantha K. Vogt

Phone: (314) 772-8898

Email: svogt@charliegittos.com


Contributing Editor: M Smith


Recent STLRestaurant.News article “The Legend Continues – Charlie Gitto’s


Picture (s) courtesy of Charlie Gitto Jr., Restaurateur/Photographer


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Traditional Thanksgiving Day Buffet at Candicci’s Restaurant, Ballwin, MO

BALLWIN, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar is hosting their Annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet, November 24th from 11 am to 5 pm.   Cost for the buffet is $23.99 per person and kids 10 and under cost only $8.99.

Candicci’s has been in the St. Louis metro area for more than 36 years serving fine Italian cuisines, in addition to providing daily dining, happy hour, live music, banquet facility and catering services to the local community.  Candicci’s annual Thanksgiving Day Buffet is always a success and regarded as one of the best in the community by its customers.  Bob Candice, manger, will be present making sure that the day is enjoyed by all guests.

The buffet will include:

Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Ham with Pineapple Chipotle Glaze

Slow Roasted Italian Beef

Herbed Stuffing

Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Molasses Sweet Potato Mash

Green Bean Casserole

Thyme Buttered Corn

Spiced Cranberry Relish

Pumpkin Pie, Pecan Pie & Fruit Pies

Coffee, Soda, Iced Tea

Plus Candicci’s favorites:

Italian Salad & Homemade Bread

Toasted Ravioli with Marinara

Pasta Variety throughout the day!

Reservations are highly recommended.


Contact information:

Candicci’s Restaurant and Bar

100 Holloway Rd

Ballwin, MO 63011

Phone: (636) 220-8989

Email: candiccis@gmail.com

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M Smith, St. Louis Media, LLC


Blending Spanish and Italian Cuisine—Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas – Some culinary traditions are rooted in family history.  Some are products of the environment where they came to exist.  For one restaurant on The Hill, drawing from local culture and ancestry has been the recipe for success.  Guido’s Pizzeria and Tapas, 5046 Shaw Ave. in St. Louis, has been owned and operated by the Carretero Family since 1988—owner and Chef Miguel Carretero, his father and Wine Captain Segundo Carretero, who handles the front of house, and his mother Genoveva Carretero, the executive chef are from Madrid.  As the name suggests, Guido’s specializes in both authentic Spanish and Italian Cuisine.

In September, customer reviews had put Guido’s at the number eight spot in our list of top 10 pizza restaurants in St. Louis.  They offer St. Louis style thin crust with a long list of available toppings that let you create your own masterpiece.  Or try one of their combinations, like the simple, but delicious Margherita, with homemade pizza sauce, fresh mozzarella, sliced tomato and basil, to a taco (Fiesta) pizza with salsa, refried beans, seasoned beef and cheddar, topped with lettuce, tomato and jalapenos.  With 4.5 stars, they also ranked #78 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis—that’s the top five-percent of all of the restaurants in the metro area!  But that’s what happens when you combine incredible food, excellent wine along with old world charm and hospitality.

Whether you start your meal in Spain or Italy, you should begin with wine.  Guido’s wine list is extensive and expertly curated, but still affordable.  The choices span the rim of the Mediterranean, with some nice selections from the Western Hemisphere as well—California, Washington, Argentina.  They have something for every taste. A customer favorite is the sangria.  They blend the wines and fruits themselves, and serve it in a pitcher with more fresh fruit added.  It’s perfect for sharing as you dive into some fresh bread and tapas.

Tapas are traditionally small, Spanish, savory dishes often served with drinks at a bar.  In recent years they’ve evolved into an entire, sophisticated cuisine.  Traditionally diners order these small plates and share them among the table, rather like American appetizers sometimes are.  But I find one with a side salad or bread is often enough for a meal, especially lunch.

Guido’s has a delightful selection of tapas frias (served cold) like Pan Tumaca, which is crostini topped with tomato, olive oil, garlic and jamon serrano (ham); Aceitunas Alinadas (imported, marinated Spanish olives); or a Plato de Quesos Variados which features a daily selection of Spanish cheese with fruit.  They also do tapas calientes (served hot) very well.  Some specialties include the Cordero Lollipops—well-trimmed lamb chops, charbroiled and served with cabrales mashed potatoes; and the Albondigas Caseras, or Spanish meatballs with onions, garlic and white wine topped with fried potatoes.

Their Italian antipasti menu features some local favorites, like toasted ravioli and eggplant parmesan, along with classics like breaded artichokes and antipasto (Sicilian olives, Fontinella cheese, and a selection of cured meats).  Then move on to one of their amazing prima piatti, like the Linguini Carbonara, Seafood Ravioli, cheese filled Manicotti with marinara and bechamel, or their classic Tutto Mari.  They even have gluten free and whole wheat pastas available by request!

They also offer classic Italian entrees on the menu like Chicken Marsala or Veal Parmesan, along with Spanish favorites like Trucha Meunier (pan seared boneless rainbow trout topped with lemon, butter and capers), or Veal Genoveva (Veal Scallopini topped with crab meat and a sherry Béarnaise sauce).  There are soups, salads and sandwiches on the menu as well.  It’s surprising that this relatively compact restaurant can offer such a wide variety of choices. Surprising and delightful!

Whether you go for Guido’s Homemade Lasagna or one of their amazing paellas, you’ll want to save a little room at the end of the meal.  That’s because the desserts at Guido’s includes classics from both Spain and Italy, like their rich caramelized flan, their tender cannoli with fresh whipped cream, or their luscious Tiramisu.

As if amazing food and service wasn’t enough, this landmark on the Hill is a Green Dining Alliance (GDA) certified restaurants. GDA is a program of St. Louis Earth Day aimed at increasing environmental sustainability through tailored strategies, education and collaboration.  In order to earn certification, restaurants must comply with certain core concepts include: banning Styrofoam and #6 plastics; recycling restaurant waste; phasing in CFL or LED light bulbs; and tracking and cutting down on utility usage.  Membership is predicated on that effort to protect the community they serve.

That sense of civic responsibility is apparent at Guido’s throughout the year.  This family-owned restaurant is quick to join efforts to benefit their community.  For instance, Guido’s is among the nearly 90 restaurants participating in the Missouri Restaurant Association’s 2nd annual Scott Knopfel Memorial Dine Out event on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.  The event raises funds for scholarships in honor of Scott Knopfel, the Drury Inn night manager killed in an armed robbery in January 2015.  Last year’s event raised about $63,000 for scholarships awarded to nine local restaurant and hotel employees.  A complete list of participating restaurants can be found online at morestaurants.org/scott-knopfel/.

They’re open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner (11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday – Thursday, and 11 a.m. to midnight Friday – Saturday).  They can get busy, but fortunately reservations can be made online or by phone.  They also do carryout and delivery.

Contact Information:

Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas
Owner: Chef Miguel Carretero
5046 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO
The Hill neighborhood
(314) 771-4900


Sardella Restaurant Opens

CLAYTON, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Sardella Restaurant Opens its Doors Sardella Restaurant has officially opened its doors on November 2nd, 2016. Chef and Owner Gerard Craft, of Pastaria, Taste, Brasserie and Porano Pasta is the man behind the restaurant.

Located at 7734 Forsyth Blvd., St. Louis, Missouri, 63105, in the space that once was occupied by Niche, another restaurant of Craft’s that closed early 2016.

Craft got the word and food out by going on the road in the Seoul Taco Truck. He served the lunch menu from Sardella and the proceeds went to the St. Louis MetroMarket, a converted bus that delivers fresh produce to those in need in St. Louis City.

The owner of Seoul Taco, David Choi, had purchased a new truck and kindly loaned out his old one to Craft.

Sardella Restaurant will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. With opening it will be dinner, then on November 3rd breakfast and down the road the full menu.  The restaurant food will be fresh and modern seasonal fare inspired by old-world Italian techniques.

Foods like: pistachio white-bean “hummus” with charred bread, house made rolls accompanied with black garlic butter and gnocco firtto. The pasta dishes include potato gnocchi with sun gold tomatoes, uni carbonara w/spaghetti, mint and white wine and miso-ricotta ravioli with orange, pepitas, brown butter and tarragon.

Not looking for pasta, Sardella also has, barramundi with mussels, roasted chicken with charred broccoli and preserved lemon, stout-braised lamb neck served with fresh Italian tortillas and for the meat lovers, steak with miso butter and herb salad.

And don’t forget to save room for dessert! They are sure to make your tummy smile.  Breakfast Hours are Monday through Friday 7 to 11 am. Dinner Hours are Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 pm with Fridays and Saturdays 5 to 11 pm and Sundays 5 to 9 pm.

Contributing Editors: Chris and Karen Cushing


Vitale’s Deli

Bringing “The Hill” to Glendale – Vitale’s Deli

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – Vitale’s Deli – Loving food is all about anticipating the next tasty treat.  So as soon as Labor Day was over, my mind had already turned to that fall classic, pumpkin spice.  Now that Halloween has come and gone, I’m craving turkey—a turkey sandwich! But I’m not about to roast a bird until Thanksgiving.  But where can I get a great one?  According to customer reviews, Vitale’s Deli, one of the newest sandwich shops in town is also one of the best, especially when it comes to turkey.

Mike Vitale grew up on the Hill, so it should be no surprise that when he and his wife decided to open a restaurant in Glendale, they chose a classic Italian deli.  Mike learned the food business working in his family’s business, Vitale Bakery, after all.  He spent two decades alongside his parents and his brothers, baking fresh bread for their storefront and local restaurant customers.  So of course, he uses only that fresh, family crafted, Vitale bread in his sandwich shop.

This little bit of “the Hill” in Glendale offers nine classic sandwiches, on fresh white or wheat rolls.  Mike uses only Boar’s Head deli meats and cheeses in his sandwiches.  And all of the sandwiches are served with a small side of potato salad or macaroni salad (think pasta salad).  After just over a year in business, customer reviews are giving Vitale’s Deli five-stars.

There are two versions of the turkey sandwich.  First, there’s The Annie.  It starts with Boar’s Head Cracked Pepper Mill Turkey Breast—delicately smoked turkey seasoned with cracked black peppercorns and paprika.  Then Mike adds mozzarella cheese, lettuce, onion, tomato, pickles and Cajun-style mayonnaise.  That’s the secret sauce here.  The zesty tang of the mayonnaise perfectly complements the peppery turkey.  The Annie is an instant classic.

All of the sandwiches are named after Mike’s family members: The Annie, The Pete, The Cathy, The Gracie, etc.  All of them, except the other turkey sandwich on Vitale’s menu.  This one he named after the community that has welcomed his deli like a cool sip of water on a hot day.  This one is the Glendale Club—it’s a turkey sandwich with a salad on top!  Again, it’s built on your choice of roll, but this one stars the Boar’s Head Black Forest Turkey.  It’s hickory smoked, skinless turkey breast that’s a little lower in sodium, but still full of flavor.  The smoky, slightly sweet deli slices pair exceptionally well with the buttery Havarti cheese.  It’s topped with Vitale’s own BLT salad (bacon, lettuce & tomato).

Just because you’re there for a great a turkey sandwich, don’t skip the fresh, house-made meatballs.  They’re perfectly tender, with just the right amount of marinara. Get them on The Gracie (sandwich) with mozzarella, or The Sarah (a salad).  These will transport you to right back to Marconi & Bishoff!

Vitale’s Deli is open 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday (or until they run out of fresh bread!).

Contact information:

Vitale’s Deli
Owner: Mike Vitale
425 North Sappington
Glendale, MO 63122
(Across from City Hall)
(314) 966-9912



#1 Italian Restaurant in St. Louis – Charlie Gittos

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Charlie Gittos – A Saint Louis landmark in Italian dining is being recognized as the best in town.  Charlie Gitto’s is now the number one Italian restaurant according to reviews from St. Louis diners.  And with good reason.



The best Italian food in St. Louis comes with a bonus: some of the very best service anywhere.  Charlie Gitto, Jr. has figured out something that sets his restaurants above all the rest: there really is no substitute for impeccable service, splendid ambiance, and magnificent food.  It’s a lesson he learned growing up in the restaurant business, and a business model he has taken to the next level.

Most St. Louis natives are familiar with the origin story of Toasted Ravioli.  It’s legend now—how it was invented in 1947 by a chef in the kitchen of Charlie Gittos On The Hill (then called Angelo’s).  The chef had accidentally dropped some ravioli into hot oil.  He liked the results, so he added a little bread crumb coating and tried it again.  Voila!  The most iconic St. Louis dish was born!

St. Louis has changed a lot since then.  In 1981 Charlie Gitto, Jr. took over the restaurant and it was renamed Charlie Gitto’s On The Hill.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the tender, crispy, perfection of CG’s original Toasted Ravioli and signature pomodoro sauce.  But then it wouldn’t be on the menu if it didn’t meet Charlie Gitto’s high standards.  It’s that tradition of excellence that drives his business.

Under Charlie Gitto, Jr.’s leadership, they have grown, adding two new locations.  In 2004 he opened Charlie Gitto’s at Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights.  In 2010 he added Charlie Gitto’s From The Hill at 15525 Olive Blvd. in Chesterfield.  Although his newer restaurants have a more casual vibe than the original restaurant on the Hill, Gitto has found a way to bring the same outstanding service and excellent food to both locations.  Diners will find each location has the same menu, simply amazing food, and Charlie Gitto’s signature service, yet each restaurant has a distinct personality.  That’s really quite a feat!  Only someone truly dedicated to taking care of the details—only Charlie Gitto, Jr. could pull it off.

Besides being the birthplace of Toasted Ravioli, Charlie Gittos is known for its traditional Italian specialties, especially their excellent pasta.  But Charlie Gittos customers also know it’s also one of the best places in town for steak (aged at least 28 days), expertly prepared seafood (the broiled Sea Bass, served over saffron infused tagliatelle with seafood cream, is life altering), and a focused, well-selected wine list.

That’s why Charlie Gittos is not only the best Italian restaurant in St. Louis, but they are rated as the 6th best restaurant in the entire St. Louis area.  And this isn’t the first time Charlie Gitto’s outstanding restaurants have been recognized for excellence.  The San Francisco-based online restaurant reservation service, OpenTable has honored Charlie Gitto’s On The Hill as one of nation’s Top 50 Italian restaurants.  They’ve also won a Wine Spectator Award of Excellence for the restaurant’s outstanding selection of more than 450 wines.

Now Charlie Gittos is ranked #1 Italian restaurant in St. Louis and not by snooty restaurant reviewers (although they love Gitto’s too).  No, this honor comes from reviews by the people that matter most to Charlie Gitto’s, the customers.  That’s a tip of the hat to the man himself, Charlie Gitto, Jr.  It’s his commitment to making every guest feel special and every meal incredible, that’s the real secret behind Charlie Gitto’s becoming the gold standard for fine Italian dining.

Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill, 5226 Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO
Phone (314) 772-8898
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 Boulevard., Chesterfield, MO
Phone (636) 536-2199
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 Drive, Maryland Heights, MO
Phone (314) 770-7663
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.

Contact information:

Charlie Gitto’s

Attention: Samantha Vogt, Assistant to the President

Email: svogt@charliegittos.com

Website: https://www.charliegittos.com


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: marytuttles@sbcglobal.net

Additional contact information:

Charlie Gitto’s