The longtime Italian restaurant is a St. Louis landmark. The popular spot is considered one the the best in the neighborhood. I didn’t have a reservation and the place was packed, but I spotted a seat at the bar and began with a glass of red wine.
Another must-try dish while in St. Louis are toasted ravioli. At Charlie Gitto’s, it’s described as “The Original” handmade meat-filled ravioli with their famous pomodoro sauce. I don’t remember the last time I had toasted ravioli, but I enjoyed them and the sauce was good.
For my mains, I ordered the Veal Nunzio – thinly sliced veal topped with jumbo lump crabmeat and finished with CG cheeses and lemon butter sauce. The veal was tender and the sauce was rich and slightly tart. I also ordered the Penne Borghese as a side. The penne is tossed in a tasty pink Cognac sauce with prosciutto, onions and parsley.
Dinner at Charlie Gitto’s On The Hill was just what I was looking for that night. It was a nice Italian meal with good service and a cozy ambiance. I was absolutely stuffed and decided to call it a night. The next day was game day!
It was my final day in St. Louis and I decided to visit the iconic Gateway Arch in the morning.
I had no idea you could go inside the 630-foot monument! There’s an interactive museum that features over 200 years of history within six themed exhibit areas. You can also purchase a ticket to take the unique tram ride to the top for great views of the city. It was really cool and worth checking out!
It was a cold and windy day. After The Arch, I speedily walked to Gioia’s Deli for lunch. The casual sandwich shop is known for their homemade hot salami sandwiches.
I ordered the Hot Salami on garlic cheese bread with Provel cheese, lettuce, pepperoncini, mustard, and mayo.
It was a fantastic sandwich! The salami is thick and sliced fresh to order. Good stuff!
With some sightseeing and lunch out of the way, I still had time for a major brewery tour before the hockey game.
Charlie Gitto’s On The Hill
5226 Shaw Ave
St. Louis, MO 63110
The Gateway Arch
4th Street across from the Old Courthouse
between Market & Chestnut Streets
St. Louis, MO 63110
903 Pine Street
St. Louis, MO 63101