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Photography by Greg Rannells
In 1981, SLM published a list of the city’s “100 Best Ethnic Restaurants.” It’s no surprise that 40 percent of them were Italian. In the past several years, Mexican food took over the top spot as “favorite ethnic food” in the U.S.—but not in St. Louis. In the metro area, Italian restaurants still dominate, and by a wide margin. This month, we travel the strade e autostrade in search of the red, white, and green, expounding on trends, trattorias, truffles, T-ravs, and some of the city’s favorite Italian dishes. Crack open an old bottle of Barolo and read on—it’ll be worth the splurge.
Vote for your favorite local T-ravs, dining spots beyond The Hill, and more.
The best dishes at iconic Hill restaurants
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner on The Hill
The farthest reaches of St. Louis also offer fine Italian cuisine.
Four favorite low-cost, high-flavor spots
A conversation with Paul Manno Jr.
The state of fine dining in a casual age
Fresh-made pasta trends
We're happy to welcome some trends—and glad to see others go.
The five best handmade toasted ravioli in St. Louis
How four St. Louis chefs suggest serving up a classic
You might be surprised by some of the selections available at these markets
The journey is part of the fun for Greg Perez
Four prime-time Italian places with myriad vino options
Tony Viviano's favorite dishes
A taste of four local salad dressings
Five delicious nonpasta options
The dishes that St. Louis chefs cook for themselves
Salume Beddu stakes its claim
By Jenny Agnew, Joe Bonwich, Bill Burge, Byron Kerman, Dave Lowry, George Mahe, Ann Lemons Pollack, Jeff Stettner, and Andrew Mark Veety