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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.

American-Italian Restaurant, Monas Opens on the Hill


American-Italian Restaurant, Monas Opens on the Hill

ST. LOUIS, MO/December 7, 2016 (STLRestaurant.News) – Monas, an American-Italian Joint has opened at the old location of Modesto Tapas Bar & Restaurant. Modesto had been in this spot for over 15 years.

Brendan Marseden, who owned Modesto, also owns Monas. The joint will offer pizza, garlic knots, pickled zucchini fries and fried-green tomato salad.

Located at 5257 Shaw Ave 63110 in The Hill, Monas will also offer a kid’s menu and gluten-free options for pizza and pasta.

The owner, Marseden, made the restaurants a complete different contrast. Where Modesto’s was dark and romantic, Mona’s is light and bright. You will find the brick painted white with yellow painted chairs to sit in and that Italian style checkered tablecloth, to make you feel welcome and at home.

Monas offers some unique takes on classic dishes, like antipasto salad with kale instead of lettuce. Their goal is to put a new and modern spin on the Italian pizzas and pastas.

Pizzas range from $12-$14 dollars per pie, with a variety of types. Red Pizza would include: Meatball, Muffaletta, The G.F., Sausage & Greens and Grilled Zucchini. Where the White Pizza’s would include: Shrimp Scampi, Roasted Broccoli, Smoked Chicken, Crispy Mushroom and Marinated Artichoke.

You also can design your own pizza from their quality ingredients. Monas pasta dishes range from $14 dollar, Baked Ziti, Mona’s Lasagna, Gnocchi or Roasted Broccoli Penne. And make sure you leave room for Mona’s desserts, Limoncello Tort, Grilled Fruit and Modesto’s Bread Pudding.

While enjoying your appetizer or meal, you can also sip on wine by the bottle or glass, draft beer or homemade Sangria. Monas hours are Monday through Thursday 11 am to 9:30 pm and Friday through Saturday 11 am to 10:30 pm.

Mona’s, an American-Italian Joint in The Hill. Stop in, sit down and stay awhile.

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Contributing Editors: Chris and Karen Cushing


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