Craving authentic St Louis style food? Head over to St. Louis’ traditional Italian neighborhood, The Hill, for mouth-watering toasted ravioli and St. Louis thin crust pizza. For over half a century, restaurants like Charlie Gitto’s and Rigazzi’s On the Hill have become synonymous with classic Italian St. Louis-style food. The birthplace of toasted ravioli, Charlie Gitto’s is the place to get your fill of traditional Italian food and hospitality. Rigazzi’s is a quaint Italian restaurant with a menu to rival any of its neighborhood counterparts. I recommend ordering the traditional St. Louis-style pizza. Pack your choice of delicious meats and freshly cut vegetable to layer on top of its famous crispy thin crust. No matter what you decide to put on your pizza, Rigazzi’s is the place to get your fill of traditional St. Louis cuisine.
If you have a taste for Americana cuisine with a gourmet twist, be sure to check out the many restaurants in downtown Clayton. St. Louis’ business district may be professional by day, but get ready for food and fun at night. Cardwell’s in Clayton is one of St. Louis’ most popular restaurants, with its extensive menu and beautiful outdoor patio, there’s something to satisfy every palate. Filet mignon, roasted veggie burgers and classic mac ‘n cheese casseroles are just some of their staple dishes. Cardwell’s take on traditional American cuisine is second to none. One visit here will leave you coming back for more. Also located in Clayton is Tani Sushi Bistro. The award-winning décor will draw you into this popular Japanese restaurant while the delicate and fresh sushi will more than satisfy your craving for Asian cuisine. If you venture to Tani during the weekend, be ready to wait. Tani is not the biggest restaurant in Clayton and with its impeccable reputation, people from all over St. Louis come to enjoy a night on the town and dinner at one of the best sushi bistros in the city.
The Central West End
The Central West End may be a popular location for a night on the town, but this hip St. Louis neighborhood has much to offer its daytime patrons. Stop at Coffee Cartel for goodies like Edy’s ice cream, freshly made sandwiches and you guessed it, coffee. Their outdoor patio is great for sipping on a late and spending the afternoon people watching along Maryland Plaza, the heart of the Central West End. If you are looking for a café known for their breakfast foods, then be sure to stop by Crêpes: Etc. Made-to-order French crêpes and pastries are their specialty. Try the strawberry crêpes, they are absolutely delicious and are on par with any crêpe you will find in France. Looking to indulge your sweet tooth? The Cupcakery is St. Louis’ version of New York’s Magnolia Bakery or London’s Hummingbird Bakery. These delicious and beautifully decorated cupcakes are like no other in St. Louis, so be sure to stop by The Cupcakery when dining out for a decadent desert.
South City may be one of St. Louis’ blue-collar neighborhoods, but this urban town is quickly becoming a hot spot for up-and-coming restaurants. Niche is of South City’s most popular restaurants. Known for their understated take on fabulous cuisine, Niche is a modern restaurant with a traditional feel. Take in the simple, modern décor as you sample chilled carrot soup or carne cruda from their appetizer menu and move onto entrees like naturally raised beef and Carolina pink snapper. Right next door is Taste by Niche. If you want to grab a quick drink before dinner or linger for an after dinner cocktail, stop by Taste for some pre and post-dinner fun! Also in South City is Farmhaus. This restaurant, dedicated to locally grown and organic food, has been dubbed one of the best restaurants to open in St. Louis in the past year by the Riverfront Times. Come see what all the locals are raving about at Farmhaus. You won’t be disappointed.