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Filomena's Italian Kitchen 

Filomena's menu is rooted in the broad, popular tradition of Italian food in America. And yes, there is also St. Louis Italian — specifically, there are toasted ravioli, as good as any in town, the crunch of the breaded exterior yielding to that unique granular meat filling. Click here to continue reading Ian Froeb's review of Filomena's Italian Kitchen. Photos by Jennifer Silverberg.
Filomena's Italian Kitchen
9900 Manchester Rd. Glendale, MO 63122
Kirkwood
314-961-9909
Filomena's Italian Kitchen, a former Wolf Camera, on Manchester in Glendale, Missouri.
The casual interior of Filomena's.
At the counter at Filomena’s.
Filomena Dean, one of the four owner's of Filomena's, in the kitchen preparing the arancini.
Preparing the house specialty appetizer, arancini. You can order two, six or twelve of these housemade risotto croquettes that are flash fried with a melted cheese center.
Preparing the house specialty appetizer, arancini. You can order two, six or twelve of these housemade risotto croquettes that are flash fried with a melted cheese center.
Preparing the house specialty appetizer, arancini. You can order two, six or twelve of these housemade risotto croquettes that are flash fried with a melted cheese center.
The arancini appetizers are housemade risotto croquettes that are flash fried with a melted cheese center.
Italian Wedding Soup is made with mini hand-rolled meatballs, pastina and fresh greens in a rich housemade chicken broth, topped with grated parmigiano.
The Chicken Parmigiano is served with a side of risotto.
The Meatball Sub is prepared with housemade meatballs, simmered in marinara sauce, topped with provolone and parmigiano cheeses.
The Arancini appetizer is a Filomena's house specialty. They are housemade risotto croquettes, flash fried with a melted cheese center and served with marinara sauce.
The Arancini appetizer is a Filomena's house specialty. They are housemade risotto croquettes, flash fried with a melted cheese center and served with marinara sauce.
Spaghetti and meatballs, served with a marinara sauce. Both the marinara and meat sauces at Filomena's are prepared with imported San Marzano Tomatoes and extra virgin olive oil.
The Penne Alfredo is available plain or with Grilled chicken, as seen here.
The restaurant's namesake, Filomena Dean, is from Castelfrentano, Italy. Growing up, she spent much time in her mother's traditional Italian kitchen, honing the skills that she brings to the kitchen at the Glendale, Missouri restaurant.
Filomena's offers a call-ahead, drive thru pick up service.
Employee and part owner Terri Young's neighbor and friend, Marcia Schmeerbauch (right), enjoying a quick lunch break with Terri (left).
Most of the walls at Filomena's are windows, but there is a small section that allows for art to be displayed.
Filomena's homemade hot pepper know as pepperoncini.
The Italian bread that is served in the restaurant.
Owners, from left to right, are Filomena and Ken Dean and Terri and Jim Young. They met years ago, through their sons Alex and Jordan who played soccer together. They became friends, cooked and ate together, talked about opening a restaurant for a few years, and September 2010, Filomena's became a reality.
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Filomena's Italian Kitchen, a former Wolf Camera, on Manchester in Glendale, Missouri.
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