RFT Restaurant Guide: Old Gems and New Spots on The Hill [PHOTOS]


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The Hill is full of old-school charm. The perfect walkable neighborhood that happens to be dotted with exceptional eateries, this is a place where the best plan might be no plan at all. Just find a parking spot and walk around till something strikes your fancy. But for those of you who’d like to have a direction (hey, you’re hungry, we get it), here is a guide to some of the best places to stop in from the classics such as Anthonio’s Taverna and Gioia’s to newer ventures like Pizzeria da Gloria and Rock Star Tacos. You will always find something delicious to try (or have for the hundredth time) on the Hill.
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RFT Restaurant Guide: Old Gems and New Spots on The Hill [PHOTOS]
58hundred
58hundred (5800 Southwest Avenue, 314-279-5799) is one of those rare gems that hits that perfect tone between being nice enough for heels but not so nice you’re embarrassed to roll in wearing yoga pants.
CHERYL BAEHR
58hundred

58hundred (5800 Southwest Avenue, 314-279-5799) is one of those rare gems that hits that perfect tone between being nice enough for heels but not so nice you’re embarrassed to roll in wearing yoga pants.
Owners Marc Del Pietro and Brian Doherty have carefully calibrated the menu to include both vegetarian-friendly offerings and meaty ones, with an appealing price point. The Brussels sprouts tacos are a standout, while on the entree side, braised beef is served with Parmesan gnocchi, an elegant rendering of the quintessential comfort food. $-$$. Open 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Patio.
MABEL SUEN
Owners Marc Del Pietro and Brian Doherty have carefully calibrated the menu to include both vegetarian-friendly offerings and meaty ones, with an appealing price point. The Brussels sprouts tacos are a standout, while on the entree side, braised beef is served with Parmesan gnocchi, an elegant rendering of the quintessential comfort food. $-$$. Open 4:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and 4:30 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Patio.
Anthonino’s Taverna
For nearly two decades, Anthonino’s Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue, 314-773-4455) has been serving St. Louis diners a taste of Anthony and Rosario Scarato’s joint Greek and Italian heritage in a setting as warm and family-friendly as the brothers’ home.
Rosalind Early
Anthonino’s Taverna

For nearly two decades, Anthonino’s Taverna (2225 Macklind Avenue, 314-773-4455) has been serving St. Louis diners a taste of Anthony and Rosario Scarato’s joint Greek and Italian heritage in a setting as warm and family-friendly as the brothers’ home.
Dolmades and pizza, chicken Parmesan and gyros, pastas and sandwiches all beg you to play favorites, but the toasted ravioli is the must-order on this menu. $$. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Rosalind Early
Dolmades and pizza, chicken Parmesan and gyros, pastas and sandwiches all beg you to play favorites, but the toasted ravioli is the must-order on this menu. $$. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Carnivore
The Hill’s first steakhouse, Carnivore (5257 Shaw Avenue, 314-449-6328) offers a more reasonable price point than the national chains, and each cut comes with a salad or your choice of side. The dining room has a more modern vibe, too, with a colorful mural of the neighborhood on one wall, white-painted brick and big windows facing Shaw Avenue.
LEXIE MILLER
Carnivore

The Hill’s first steakhouse, Carnivore (5257 Shaw Avenue, 314-449-6328) offers a more reasonable price point than the national chains, and each cut comes with a salad or your choice of side. The dining room has a more modern vibe, too, with a colorful mural of the neighborhood on one wall, white-painted brick and big windows facing Shaw Avenue.
But Carnivore is not lacking for decadence; top your steak with a house butter, including garlic and herb, blue cheese or garlic Parmesan. $$-$$$. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
GLENN REIGELMAN
But Carnivore is not lacking for decadence; top your steak with a house butter, including garlic and herb, blue cheese or garlic Parmesan. $$-$$$. Open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Gioia’s
An institution since 1918, Gioia’s Deli (1934 Macklind Avenue, 314-776-9410) began its life as a grocery store but is now a sandwich shop with three locations. The original is on the Hill, a friendly counter-service shop named an “America’s Classic” by no less than the James Beard Foundation.
Rosalind Early
Gioia’s

An institution since 1918, Gioia’s Deli (1934 Macklind Avenue, 314-776-9410) began its life as a grocery store but is now a sandwich shop with three locations. The original is on the Hill, a friendly counter-service shop named an “America’s Classic” by no less than the James Beard Foundation.
Gioia’s is most famous for its hot salami, or Salam de Testa: a thick, soft salami made from beef and — yes — pork snouts. The flavor is rich and earthy and delicious. Try it on its own or in the Italian Trio with mortadella and Genoa salami, peperoncini, onions and cheese on toasted garlic bread. Gioia’s salsiccia is tasty, too, especially when smothered with melting mozzarella cheese. $. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Patio.
Rosalind Early
Gioia’s is most famous for its hot salami, or Salam de Testa: a thick, soft salami made from beef and — yes — pork snouts. The flavor is rich and earthy and delicious. Try it on its own or in the Italian Trio with mortadella and Genoa salami, peperoncini, onions and cheese on toasted garlic bread. Gioia’s salsiccia is tasty, too, especially when smothered with melting mozzarella cheese. $. Open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Patio.
J. Devoti Trattoria
A recasting of the acclaimed Five Bistro, J. Devoti Trattoria (5100 Daggett Avenue, 314-773-5553) stands out from the Hill’s American-style Italian joints, showcasing chef Anthony Devoti’s skill at making flawlessly executed, refined cooking feel accessible. Yes, those are white tablecloths, but the place is modern and the service approachable.
MABEL SUEN
J. Devoti Trattoria

A recasting of the acclaimed Five Bistro, J. Devoti Trattoria (5100 Daggett Avenue, 314-773-5553) stands out from the Hill’s American-style Italian joints, showcasing chef Anthony Devoti’s skill at making flawlessly executed, refined cooking feel accessible. Yes, those are white tablecloths, but the place is modern and the service approachable.