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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Hill: An Updated Guide to Restaurants in St. Louis' Iconic Italian Neighborhood

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 10:01 AM

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click to enlarge Charlie Gitto's on the Hill - SARAH RUSNAK
  • Sarah Rusnak
  • Charlie Gitto's on the Hill

Charlie Gitto's (5226 Shaw Avenue; 314-772-8898) Dim lighting and secluded booths make Charlie Gitto's a great place to be romantic, incognito or both: No one will notice you, because the crowd is always intent on the huge plates of old-school St. Louis-style Italian food set before them. Fried calamari, served with a citrus chipotle mayo sauce, is crunchy and spicy. The standout entrée is the tenderloin Siciliano: a buttery cut of beef two inches thick, smothered with Provel and mushrooms and surrounded by a phalanx of tasty vegetables.

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Adriana's (5101 Shaw Avenue; 314-773-3833) It's testament to an eatery's excellence when the place can stay open only five or so hours a day, yet hold a place among a city's most-loved nosh spots. Such is the case at the family-run Adriana's, where loyalists lunch on Sicilian specialties like eggplant caponata, mostaccioli and salsiccia sandwiches. Those sandwiches are oversize, so plan to pack up half a lunch for the next day, or take advantage of the half-sandwich combos (with soup or salad). Some folks call Adriana's a no-frills joint because there's no table service, the tablecloths are vinyl, and the prices are low. But really, the frills are in the food, abundant and delicious.

See also: - The Five Best (Cheap) Italian Restaurants in St. Louis

Joey B's on the Hill (2524 Hampton Avenue; 314-645-7300) Joey B's on the Hill might be more sedate than the original Joey B's on the Landing, but its neighborhood bar-and-grill ambiance is winning. The lengthy menu features standard bar-food fare like wings, T-ravs and potato skins, as well as pasta, burgers and sandwiches. The St. Louis-style pizza is popular, and those seeking a more substantial meal will find steak on the menu. The bite-size soft pretzels are fantastic: buttery sweet and served with a spicy jalapeño-cheese sauce for dipping. The dining rooms offer numerous flat-screen TVs to keep tabs on all the games.

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