Traditionally, St. Louisans looking for great Italian food head straight to the Hill. These days, though, the love is spread out a little bit more. There are still decades-old, classic restaurants on the Hill, but it no longer has a monopoly for that perfect first date spot, complete with pasta and good wine. Check out our current favorites -- and let us know yours in the comments.
Acero (7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-1790)
Jim Fiala's Acero is entirely unlike the traditional Italian restaurant. It's elegant and spare, with the menu to match. The front patio is delightful in warm weather, and your server will explain the provenance of everything, down to the Buffalo's milk cheese. The star, though, is the egg raviolo: egg yolk wrapped in delicate pasta, served on a bed of mascarpone, ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano.
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