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Five Best Italian Restaurants in St. Louis

Finding the perfect Italian restaurant in St. Louis can sometimes feel like searching for a needle in a haystack. With so many options, how does one choose where to enjoy a memorable meal? The solution lies in focusing on restaurants that not only serve excellent food but also encompass the authentic Italian dining experience.

Our curated list highlights the top five Italian restaurants in St. Louis that stand out for their culinary excellence and authentic atmosphere. Each restaurant offers a unique blend of traditional Italian dishes, high-quality ingredients, and exceptional service, ensuring an unforgettable dining experience.

  • Casa Don Alfonso
    Casa Don Alfonso, located at the Ritz-Carlton in St. Louis, offers a slice of the Sorrento Coast with its delightful Southern Italian Cuisine. Based on the original Michelin Star Don Alfonso 1890 in Sant’ Agata, Italy, the Iaccarinos have built a lasting legacy in Italian cuisine worldwide.
    Inspired by family recipes passed down through generations, the menu focuses on simplicity and quality ingredients. Dishes such as beef carpaccio, burrata, and traditional Neapolitan pizzas stand out for their Italian authenticity and gorgeous execution.
  • Charlie Gitto’s ‘On the Hill’
    Charlie Gitto’s is a beloved Italian Restaurant in the St. Louis “Hills,” a neighborhood famous for its Italian culture and cuisine. This restaurant offers a traditional menu featuring homemade pasta, brick-oven pizzas, and signature toasted ravioli (a local specialty).
    With an atmosphere featuring soft lighting and classic Italian decor, Charlie Gitto’s is perfect for a couples night out in the heart of the St. Louis Hills.
    And if you need further endorsement, this is where Tommy Lasorta and the Dodgers would dine when they came to St. Louis and my personal favorite as well.
  • O+O Pizza
    O+O Pizza is a contemporary American restaurant inspired by traditional Italian trattorie. Trattorie are casual, family-style Italian Restaurants that offer traditional cuisine at affordable prices. They often feature family-style common tables and a rotating menu of unique dishes.
    The restaurant prides itself on its thin-crust pizzas and pasta, accompanied by a wide selection of famous wines, beers, and signature cocktails. During a night out, this restaurant offers something for the whole family.
  • Bar Italia Ristorante
    Bar Italia Ristorante, located in the vibrant Central West End neighborhood, offers an upscale Italian dining experience distinctive to St. Louis. Since its establishment in 1983, Bar Italia has been a go-to spot for the best in Italian fine dining, offering a diverse menu that ranges from classic appetizers like Carpaccio of Beef to beloved main courses such as the Grilled New Zealand Lamb Chops.
  • Eleven Eleven Mississippi
    Since its opening in 2003, Eleven Eleven Mississippi in St. Louis has offered a unique blend of Tuscan and Northern Californian cuisine. Located right here, in our historic Lafayette Square neighborhood, the restaurant is set in a beautifully restored shoe factory, combining rustic charm with a sophisticated dining atmosphere.
    Inspired by trips to wine regions in Italy and Northern California, the menu features simple dishes made with fresh, local ingredients, many of which are grown in a hydroponic greenhouse adjacent to the restaurant. Further, Eleven Eleven Mississippi is perfect if you’re staying in Lafayette Square at Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast, just two blocks away.

Plan To Stay At Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast During Your Next Italian Culinary Adventure to St. Louis

St. Louis is home to some of the best Italian cuisine in the Midwest, each offering an authentic slice of Italian or Sicilian culture in a contemporary setting. From Casa Don Alfonso’s elegant Southern Italian dishes to the rustic Tuscan charm of Eleven Eleven Mississippi, these restaurants give everyone something to enjoy during their trip to St. Louis.

You'll want to stay at Lehmann House Bed and Breakfast for a truly memorable trip to St. Louis. We’re located just minutes away from the best restaurants in St. Louis, conveniently situated in the beautiful Lafayette Square neighborhood.

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