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What Is St. Louis' Most Underrated Italian Restaurant?

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OK, so Gut Check's search for St. Louis' most underrated frozen treat was a wee bit of a bust. No problem. We pick ourselves up from the carpet, dust off the crumbs and move to a subject close to every St. Louisan's heart: Italian restaurants.

Yes, for the next week we're accepting nominations for St. Louis' most underrated Italian restaurant. It can be white-tablecloth fancy or strip-mall cheap, red-sauce/white-sauce or completely free of toasted ravioli.

You know the procedure by now: Leave your nomination and a compelling argument for its inclusion in the comments of this post. We'll narrow the field to ten based on our completely arbitrary criteria for what is and isn't underrated and then open it back up to your votes.

And, yes, after we determine St. Louis' most underrated Italian restaurant, we'll ask you to tell us what the most overrated one is.

An important note: This isn't a search for St. Louis' most underrated pizza. That will come in a future edition of Overrated/Underrated. So make sure your pick for underrated Italian restaurant isn't strictly a pizzeria. (Though good pizza can be part of your argument for a restaurant.)

The Gut Check Underrated/Overrated Hall of Fame

Most Underrated Burger: Dressel's (419 North Euclid Avenue; 314-361-1060)

Most Overrated Burger: Five Guys Burgers and Fries (multiple locations)


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21 comments
bringerj
bringerj

Lombardo's - they have the absolute best toasted ravioli in St. Louis. Not the cheapo stuff you get every other place in town, but gigantic, delicious fried goodness.

TTTStLou
TTTStLou

Lou Boccardi's has the best St. Louis style pizza, period.  Can't speak for the other Italian dishes - pizza is too good. 

Milesoftime
Milesoftime

 Filomena's Italian Kitchen. The aranchinis are amazing...and their hot roast  beef sandwich is SOOOOOO good.

Linda
Linda

I agree.  Ricardo's is fantastic.  If you haven't been there, you are missing great atmosphere and great food.

Thebirdofparadise82
Thebirdofparadise82

Ricardo's Italain Cafe: in the 23 years they have been open, I've never found Italian food as good as what I can get there, and that includes the week I spent in Italy.  I have learned over the years that I cannot order anything that Ricardo's makes in another restaurant because I will be dissappointed every time.  On top of the food being excellent, they provide a very comfortable "family' atmosphere and I've met many new friends that started as complete strangers when I walked through the door.  Ricardo's has been a part of my life for most of it, and I have driven 3+ hours just to have dinner there, because sometimes, it's worth it!

charlie
charlie

Amici's in Kirkwood .  Has the  best salad  and dressing with bread from the Hill. Endless menu! Great steaks and even better burger.

KtMeyers78
KtMeyers78

 Mad Tomato IS brilliant.  The Hunter's Egg is one of the best things that I've had recently, along with their pork rib ragu.

CHRISTIAN
CHRISTIAN

Oh so true Lilly, oh so true.

Jcthelilly
Jcthelilly

RIP: Tumo's Ristorante.  Many of us miss you dearly..especially after reading these comments.

Beppo
Beppo

Adrianna's on Shaw is only open for lunch and is the busiest spot on the Hill.

Feels2good
Feels2good

DeBaldos is delicious, and they make their own gelato.

Feels2good
Feels2good

Rich and Charlies  begat Pasta House Co.

VistorNoMore
VistorNoMore

trattoria giuseppe - Old Highway 21 & M, Imperial MO.  It has tomato and cream sauces, not the mysterious red & white.   Really enjoy the very reasonable lunch menu.  And with dinner, I plan on having leftovers.   So many Hill Italian places pretend to be steak houses with a few so so pasta dishes.  At Trattoria Giuseppe, I can have a good steak or delicious pork chop - yet the pasta is still the main dishes. 

Autiger8l5
Autiger8l5

Gianino's... I never hear it as a place you got to go

Tony L
Tony L

I do love their filet modiga.  Great, now I'm drooling. I would like to add Rizzo's in north county.  I never liked anything with a cream sauce growing up until I had their carbonara.  Now I CRAVE a proper cream sauce and they still have my favorite.  Their pizza is really good too.  The atmosphere was better before their location burned and they had to rebuild but the current place is still nice enough.

Tony L
Tony L

Guido's is actually a Spanish Tapas restaurant that does serve some pasta and pizza so I wouldn't consider them for this anyway.  Some of their pasta is good (canneloni) but others are definitely not (I'm looking at you carbonara).

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

I still love Massa Resturants and go there whenever I am in town.  When I used to live in St Louis, I would go there all the time.  Cusanellis was also not bad every now and then, especially the pizza. For the record, I have been all over the nation and I will always miss the pizza in St Louis, though Chicago comes in a close second.  Here in Florida, the best pizza I can find is Dominoes so that should tell you something.

Laura
Laura

I've had tapas there too and it was also pretty bad, especially considering Modesto is just down the street.

Vanessa Summers
Vanessa Summers

I agree!  Massa's is wonderful!  I grew up in Kirkwood, and my grandparents and I went to Massa's quite often (back when they were located on North Kirkwood Road).  We would eat there, and then we would either go to the old Velvet Freeze next door, or walk down to the frozen custard stand by the train station.  Usually, though, James (one of the waiters) would bring me some spumoni ice cream.  

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