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Best Italian 


Ricotta gnudi with tomato sauce and pistachios

Photo by Holly Fann

Ricotta gnudi with tomato sauce and pistachios

Ask anyone in town where to go for Italian food and they'll likely say the Hill. It's a good choice if you're looking for food that can be as classically Italian as Taco Bell is Mexican. Yes, there's something to be said for cheesy-baked rigatoni in tomato sauce and Provel-covered salads. But if you're looking for something a little more authentic, head to Maplewood and grab a table at Acero. Jim Fiala's quaint little restaurant is about as Italian as it gets. White anchovies with pea shoots and lemon zest, slow-cooked porchetta dripping in jus, and prosciutto-wrapped pastries will make you forget the word "manicotti." But if you only try one thing at Acero, it has got to be the egg raviolo. This house specialty is the embodiment of decadence: delicate, housemade pasta stuffed with cheese and egg yolk and topped with brown butter. One taste of this dish and going anywhere else for Italian will be unthinkable. 7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 63143. 314-644-1790,

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