Charlie Gitto’s On the Hill has been a St. Louis landmark for fine Italian dining in The Hill neighborhood for more than 35 years. Opened in 1981, the restaurant still operates today at its original location on Shaw Avenue. True to their Italian roots, the team at Charlie Gitto's creates a true family atmosphere for their diners. From the moment you arrive at this casually elegant locale, you're presented with the attentive and personalized service that the founder provided decades ago. A professionally-trained sommelier is always available to help you find the perfect wine accompaniment to their meal from their impressive wine list featuring hundreds of selections from around the globe.
Charlie Gitto's on the Hill is known as the birthplace of the Toasted Ravioli which happens to be a signature St. Louis dish. In 1947, back when the restaurant was known as Angelo's, one of the chefs dropped a ravioli in hot oil (instead of water) by accident. Instead of tossing it in the trash can, they gave it a taste and the Toasted Ravioli was born. Other starters on the menu include Eggplant Napoleon with layers of breaded eggplant fried, filled with layers of CG specialty cheeses, roasted sweet peppers, pesto, Pomodoro, and Asiago cream as well as their Sicilian Garlic Dip.
They offer a variety of chicken, veal, and beef dishes topped in marsala or lemonata sauces. Pasta is, of course, a favorite with a majority of the noodles being made in-house. In order to maintain an elegant atmosphere, proper attire is required. They ask that hats are removed when entering the restaurant and discourage guests from wearing gym wear or sweat pants, tank tops, clothing with offensive graphics or language, or exposed undergarments.
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