The 5 Best Italian Restaurants (Not Cheap) in St. Louis
Fettuccine-Gulf Shrimp is served with fresh pasta, olives, capers, basil, chiles and tomato. | Jennifer Silverberg
(8000 Carondelet, Clayton; 314-932-5733)
Chef Vito Racanelli Jr. just keeps getting better and better. First Big V's, then Onesto, and now, the great Mad Tomato. It's rustic, but still upscale -- entrees are served in cast iron skillets. There are also delicious Neapolitan-style pizzas and antipasti that shouldn't be ignored. Our favorite is the "Hunter's Egg," an egg poached in tomato broth over polenta. Or go ahead and get a whole rack of lamb, if that's what you're feeling. Either way, you'll leave full and satisfied.