When you think of Italy, images of romance, wines and pastas enter the picture. Sample a hint of the most romantic restaurants along with the familiar hometown favorite dishes while adding Italian food to the top Mediterranean cuisine in St. Louis. Don’t feel the need to book an expensive excursion overseas just to satisfy your taste buds when you will get a taste of Italy right here in the Midwest. Find the best Italian restaurants in the area at these scrumptious spots in town.
5256 Wilson Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 776-0020

A visit to the Hill neighborhood just isn’t complete without a stop at this classic Italian eatery. Lately, you don’t even have to make a trip to the Hill if you catch the Zia’s food truck out and about. Starting with a specialty salad with housemade dressing all the way to the last bite of a chocolate chip cannoli, this place brings the best of the flavors you hope for with Italian fare. Eat in, locate the daily stop of the food truck, order a boxed lunch, or have your next special event catered with an extensive brunch.

5201 Southwest Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 772-4454

Feel as if you have traveled to Italy in this classic restaurant with a local history. Order hometown favorites or select salads, pizza, pasta, and entrees from the gluten-free or children’s menu. On a nice day, sit outside on the European-styled patio. Make your reservations online to assure seating is available when you arrive.

Cunetto House Of Pasta
5453 Magnolia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63139
(314) 781-1135

Experience a favorite place and a tradition among locals at this specialty restaurant that has served the St. Louis community for more than 40 years. Whether you order the linguini with asparagus or broccoli, a delicious meatball dish, or go for an Italian twist to beef or chicken, you will not go away hungry. Finish off every meal with a dish of traditional spumoni ice cream. Enjoy dinner any night of the week, or come for lunch during week days with plenty of parking.

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Charlie Gitto’s From The Hill
15525 Olive Blvd.
Chesterfield, MO 63017
(636) 536-2199

St. Louis natives associate good Italian food with toasted ravioli as a start to the meal, and Charlie Gitto’s is where this popular appetizer got its start in the 1940’s. Get a taste of the Hill without traveling to the city. Enjoy a full menu of options that are the same Italian favorites you will find at the original Charlie Gitto’s. Accent your meal with an amazing handmade gelato that tastes like it arrived directly from Italy.

Lombardo’s Trattoria
201 S. 20th St.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 621-0666

Inside Drury Inn Union Station is tucked away a jewel of a place to enjoy an upscale, romantic meal. Feast on authentic Italian cuisine along with Filet Mignon, grilled chicken, artichoke hearts, or even lobster tail. The owners were immigrants from Sicily and wanted to bring their chef mastery to the area. Stop by before heading off to see a show at the Fabulous Fox, Powell Symphony Hall or a night out on the town.

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