#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.
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