Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Amighetti's on the Hill Closes in Dispute with Location's Operator

Posted By on Fri, Aug 2, 2019 at 11:42 AM

Amighetti's on the Hill is closing, but company says it's temporary.
  • Amighetti's on the Hill is closing, but company says it's temporary.


Amighetti's on the Hill (5141 Wilson Avenue) is closing — and a new name is now emblazoned on the restaurant's awning: "Colino's Cafe & Bakery."



In an August 1st Facebook post, the business's owner Anthony Favazza said a new Amighetti's will reopen in the Hill "as soon as possible," though its new location remains unclear. Favazza owns the naming right to the restaurant and another location in Rock Hill.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the temporary closing of Amighetti's on the Hill," he says in the post. "The owner/operator of that location hasn't lived up to the Amighetti standards for more than two years."

The news was first reported by St. Louis Magazine, and Favazza tells the outlet he had long clashed with Dominic Consolino, owner/operator of the Hill location.

"Consolino had the opportunity to buy the company at the same time I did, and he passed," Favazza tells the magazine. "Unfortunately, now he won't play by the rules."

While many consider that location to be the original Amighetti's, Favazza says in his Facebook post it actually started in another spot a few blocks away, operating there from 1916 to 1921. Regardless, for more than 100 years it has had a presence as one of the best among the Hill's many locally owned restaurants and bakeries. The Amighetti's special, an ultragourmet poorboy with meats, cheese and peppers on Italian bread has been considered St. Louis's signature sandwich.

While the iconic location in the Italian-American neighborhood is down, the Rock Hill location on Manchester Road remains open.

"We discussed the developments with Mrs. Amighetti this morning," the Facebook post says. "She said that we 'have her full support.'"

Here's the full post:

  • Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Tags: , , , , , ,

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

May 20, 2020

View more issues

Newsletters

Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation