I am your typical St. Louis woman. Born and raised here, went to a local high school, and only went to school 30 minutes away from the city I know and love. But I had never heard of Ricardo's until one my one year anniversary. My bf and I went here to celebrate a crazy first year accomplished and we loved it. The food tastes great and it is not that heavy on your wallet. If you like a nice glass of wine with your dinner, don't hesitate to ask your waiter or waitress about a selection. The atmosphere was great and the food was amazing. I definitely see myself going back there with him or even just to have a glass of wine with my girlfriends.
Best Italian Restaurant (Not Cheap) - 2009
Ricardo's Italian Café
1931 Park Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63104
For twenty years now, the husband-and-wife team of Mark and Michelle Adams has made Ricardo's Italian Café one of the city's most delightful dining destinations — the restaurant equivalent of the place where if everyone doesn't remember your name, they really are always glad you came. Mark handles the kitchen, Michelle the front of house, delivering a one-two punch of friendly service and spot-on renditions of the Italian and Italian-American fare so beloved in St. Louis: chicken and beef spiedini, beef cannelloni, strip steak modega, veal parmigiano and, of course, toasted ravioli. In truth, you can eat here without dropping a lot of coin — the lunch specials, in particular, offer terrific value — but once you're seated in one of the charming dining rooms, you will want to take your time, enjoy a glass of wine from the Italian-heavy list and savor several courses of hearty, comforting classics. This is the Adams' home away from home, and for a few hours, at least, it can be yours, too.