The Hill: An Updated Guide to Restaurants in St. Louis' Iconic Italian Neighborhood
(2225 Macklind Avenue; 314-773-4455)
The menu reflects both the Italian and the Greek heritage of owners Anthony and Rosario Scarato. The selection tilts toward the former, with numerous pizzas and pastas available, while the Greek board focuses on the cuisine's standbys, such as saganaki (flaming cheese), dolmathes (stuffed grape leaves) and gyros. The pizza is very good: the crust thick, with a slight chew and a teasing sweetness; the sauce lightly applied beneath a blanket of melting mozzarella; the toppings ideally proportioned. The gyro is also good and a great value. A welcoming spot with a wonderfully friendly staff.
- RFT's "Best Italian Restaurant (Cheap)" 2011
(5356 Daggett Avenue; 314-772-4893)
Serving up authentic Sicilian cuisine since 1989, Gian-Tony's on the Hill offers a taste of the classics. The extensive pasta list includes capellini alla Gian-Tony's -- angel-hair pasta with tomato sauce, onions, Italian ham and white wine. The menu also features chicken, veal, seafood and steak, such as the Ripieno filet, a nine-ounce steak breaded and stuffed with prosciutto, cheese and mushrooms. All dishes are prepared by owner and head chef Tony Catarinicchia. The vegetables on your plate come from the on-site garden.
Milo's Bocce Garden
(5201 Wilson Avenue; 314-776-0468)
A staple of the Hill, Milo's Bocce Garden features simple Italian and American fare. Guests can sit inside and select from items such as toasted ravioli, chicken strips and wings (available grilled or fried) to start. Milo's main events include sandwiches, pastas, burgers and pizzas. Wash it all down with wine or one of the domestic or imported beers available on tap or by the bottle. Milo's also offers party trays. The back yard provides bocce aficionados the chance to show off their skills.
- RFT's pick for "Best Place to Play Bocce"