The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Not Cheap) in St. Louis

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       The can't-miss "Hunter's Egg" at Mad Tomato. | Jennifer Silverberg

Traditionally, St. Louisans looking for great Italian food head straight to the Hill. These days, though, the love is spread out a little bit more. There are still decades-old, classic restaurants on the Hill, but it no longer has a monopoly for that perfect first date spot, complete with pasta and good wine. Check out our current favorites -- and let us know yours in the comments.

See also: Cucina Pazzo Brings Rustic Italian to Former Duff's Location in the Central West End

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       The egg raviolo at Acero. | Ian Froeb

Acero
(7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood; 314-644-1790)

Jim Fiala's Acero is entirely unlike the traditional Italian restaurant. It's elegant and spare, with the menu to match. The front patio is delightful in warm weather, and your server will explain the provenance of everything, down to the Buffalo's milk cheese. The star, though, is the egg raviolo: egg yolk wrapped in delicate pasta, served on a bed of mascarpone, ricotta and Parmigiano-Reggiano.


Location Info

Acero Ristorante

7266 Manchester Road, Maplewood, MO

Category: Restaurant

Giovanni's

5201 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

Mad Tomato

8000 Carondelet, Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant

Lorenzo's Trattoria

1933 Edwards St., St. Louis, MO

Category: Restaurant

I Fratellini

7624 Wydown Blvd., Clayton, MO

Category: Restaurant


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18 comments
kcamp10158
kcamp10158

Anyone remember a itailian restaurant in the late 70's early 80's on Dorsett road ? very old world.

marko1970
marko1970

The list is flawed, it left out most of the better places, such as Pasteria, Napoli 2, Basso, etc...

robert_vincenc
robert_vincenc

Tony's, the only 5 star, 5 diamond restaurant in St. Louis...doesn't even get mentioned. Don't forget Trattoria Marcella. They are NOT as expensive but their food is AWESOME!!! Not a bad dish on the menu. 

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

any place on the hill is over rated and seems like pasta house to me

Lynn Jones
Lynn Jones

Brazie's should have made the list

Bonnie Stroup Basler
Bonnie Stroup Basler

i am sad to not see Frank Papa's on this list...always always always fantastic food and experience

Anthony Panozzo
Anthony Panozzo

How is Pastaria by Niche not on there? That place blows every one of these outta the water

Josh Revelle
Josh Revelle

Anthonino's on the hill is the gold standard for me.

Aaron McCoy
Aaron McCoy

I've never been to an Italian restaurant that wasn't overrated

Michael Coleman
Michael Coleman

Replace Lorenzo's (very good) with Dominic's on The Hill (better than Giovanni's for my $), and this list is spot on.

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

Brazies is THE BEST. So much of The Hill is overcooked noodles smothered in sloppy red sauce. Brazies is everything great about Italian food with none of the pretense & with a semi-affordable price tag.

Tim Stewart
Tim Stewart

Giovanni's, awesome atmosphere and great food.

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