LoRusso’s Cucina

Located next door to a vacuum repair shop off the main stretch of  The Hill, LoRusso’s Cucina doesn’t look like much from the outside, but don’t be fooled. Inside you will find some of the best Italian food in St. Louis, served in a swanky enough environment to impress your dinner date. They have a great selection of wine and more delicious pasta dishes than you could hope for. It’s on the pricey side with most entrées costing around $20, so it may be worth going when your parents are in town. The mushroom appetizer is an absolute must!

— Emily R., M1

Adriana’s on the Hill

Adriana’s is a family-owned gem nestled on a quiet corner of  The Hill, St. Louis’ Italian-American neighborhood. Though only open for lunch (10:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.), Adriana’s remains a perennial favorite even among staunch local competition. The sandwiches are hefty (no lunch place offers more quality food for $8) and varied, with over 25 different options, exemplifying the best lunch fare from Sicily to Northern Italy. Beyond its famous sand-wiches, Adriana’s also serves other delicious deli staples, such as classic soups and salads. While Adriana’s requires deli-style, over-the-counter ordering, the cashiers — you may even have Adriana herself — make you feel at home with their warm personalities and Italian hospitality.

— Victor K., M1

Tavolo V

Located in the Delmar Loop, Tavolo provides excellent meals at reasonable cost. It is perfect for date night or guests. Service is friendly and you can dine in casual or dressy clothing. I have eaten eight separate main courses and all were delicious. Try the specials!

— Alaric D., M1