To someone in the midwest (or at least the Missouri/Kansas midwest) there is only one "Hill" -- The Hill in Saint Louis -- the Italian section with classic Italian restaurants. I've eaten there before -- in my other life when I worked and we had meetings in St. Louis, we always ate on "The Hill". But I can't remember where -- it was always dark when we arrived and I never drove. But I do remember two things -- the food was always exceptional and there was fried ravioli.
Last week, The Hill . . .
With Italian flags flying -- announcing to everyone that this is "The Hill". Even the fire hydrants are painted, red white and green!
We were there for lunch instead of dinner . . .
We parked and walked to the restaurant.
Zias recommended by both Pat from Back Porch Musings and Toad from To the Manor Born -- longtime friends of Linderhof who happen to live near The Hill and have first hand knowledge of where to go!
Their pasta list with classic favorites.
And, of course . . .
Fried Ravioli -- a St. Louis "Hill" classic. Served with marinara sauce. And, of course, a glass of wine. I've had it before (those business trips) but Husband Jim had not -- he pronounced it delicious and thought it made a great appetizer.
For Lunch he had a favorite spaghetti -- OBG with the addition of shrimp and red peppers. I had
Chicken Soto. Chicken breasts topped with Italian cheese with a mushroom wine and lemon sauce. And garlic!
And because Pat also recommended
We went there after lunch. The red, white and green sign indicates that you will find Italian sweets inside.
And indeed we did!
I was fascinated by these Eidelweis cakes. Alas, I settled for an assortment of Italian cookies for later. For we were full from lunch! Pat had recommended baklava but alas, they didn't have any (or any left at least).
It truly was an old fashioned bakery and I could have come home with sacks and sacks of treats!
It is always fun to visit new places and take in local color. If you're ever in St. Louis at meal time, I would definitely recommend a stop on The Hill for a meal. (And make sure you visit the Missouri Baking Company as well!)