Find out what Italian restaurants to try in Saint Ann including Massa's Restaurant, Lombardo's Restaurant, Erio's Pizza & Restaurant, Lombardo’s Restaurant, Paul Mineo's Trattoria, Nick & Elena's Pizzeria, The Pasta House Co., Cafe Napoli
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4 based on 339 reviews
When Tony Pietoso opened the original Cafe Napoli in the '80s, it quickly became a success. So Successful, in fact, that it moved to a bigger location at 7754 Forsyth Blvd. The restaurant continued to flourish with its generous portions of regional Italia
Wonderful artichoke & heart of palm salad. Pasta entree of ground salsiccia over linguine (never thought Iâd say this) just too heavily saturated by oil & sausage, which contributed even more oil. Better than average service provided at a table in the bar, but bar itself small enough & my dinner late enough to make singular & inane nearby conversations all too audible. Pre-dinner cocktail well executed. All-electronic/mobile valet experience a disaster.
3 based on 83 reviews
Pastas, St Louis thin crust pizza, side salads, wine. Ubiquitous red checkered table clothes. Thereâs a bar with sports TV and a quieter dining room. Happy to find Italian comfort food at the airport while we wait for our delayed flight. Decent food
4 based on 34 reviews
This was my first St. Louis style pizza, and so far it's remained the best. The marinara is delicious. Restaurant is family owned and run, portions are generous..A throw back to old school Italian restaurants of the 80's. I drive 20 minutes one way to get pizza here. Live music on Saturday nights. It's busy and crazy and packed but awesome ambiance. Be patient as service gets slow but everyone accepts that and is pretty chill.
4 based on 174 reviews
We are locals who eat out several times a week. We saw Paul Mineo's in Westport Plaza during a recent visit to Kemoll's which is across the plaza. After an unsatisfactory experience at the better known legacy restaurant we thought the next time we were near Westport we would give Mineo's a try.What a difference.The atmosphere was old italian and seemed genuinely friendly. Although it looked more elegant outside, the decor was more casual inside, due in part to the relaxed dress code of some of the customers. One man at the bar was wearing cutoff shorts and a casual shirt, more in keeping with the nightlife atmosphere than an elegant dining experience we were expecting. But Westport is that kind of entertainment oriented venue with two (supposedly) higher quality Italian restaurants in the center of it. But there the similarities ended.Kemoll's has had a reputation as a fine dining restaurant in St Louis for many years, having recently moved from it's location atop one of the highest buildings in downtown St Louis with a view of the arch and riverfront to its' suburban Westport Plaza location across from Mineo's. It had a reputation as a fine dining (but expensive) restaurant going back at least 50 years. Mineo's looks more inviting outside and is incomparably better inside, offering a nice variety of entrees at prices at least $10 cheaper than Kemoll's. We ordered an artichoke appetizer which was excellent. Before it arrived we were served complimentary pancetta with melted cheese, also excellent. My wife ordered salmon and I had a filet mignon stuffed with crabmeat and shrimp. My wife thoroughly enjoyed her entree (which I didn't taste) and I thought my filet was one of the best I've ever had, tender and cooked to perfection just as I ordered (medium). Often when a thick cut filet is prepared it is either raw in the middle or served well-done. The thicker it is the harder it is to get the center just right. This one was done perfectly.We called for a reservation and asked if we could bring our own bottle of wine. We were told that we were welcome to do so, and the corkage fee was $20, which was slightly on the higher end of normal, but was still quite reasonable considering the quality of the food. Corkage fees vary in St. Louis from zero to $30, with $15 to $20 being the most common. The higher fees are often charged in a not so subtle attempt to discourage customers from bringing their own wine. We were made to feel quite comfortable when we asked and were encouraged to do so. We did not have room for dessert, but the choices of cannolis, tiramisu and two kinds of cheese cake were attractively presented on a seperate dessert menu, which we plan to try the next time we go there. The biggest difference between Mineo's and Kemoll's was the service. Our waiter was Ben, who was knowledgable and attentive, and seemed genuinely pleased to wait on us. He also checked back several times during the meal without being intrusive. Our experience at Keml/s was quite the opposite. Our waitress claimed to know the wines on Kemoll's somewhat limited wine list, but didn't know whether either of the chardonnays offered by the glass was unoaked, or what unoaked was. A sample was delivered somewhat grudgingly. The waitress was intrusive and tried to steer the conversation. After ordering two appetizers we decided not to split an entree (average price $45 even for small portions, such as two tortellini's). When my wife wanted to order a salad she was told that customers were discouraged from ordering the salad except as a side to an entree, was small and expensive. My wife ordered it anyway, and was served a salad on a small plate that was not even close to a typical salad portion, for $10. After that the waitress seemed to lose all interest in waiting on us. We did order two desserts and were presented a bill for $110.While the staff at Mineos was warm and welcoming, and the prices very reasonable, Kemoll's felt more like a rub joint out to gouge tourists than a pleasant place to dine.We look forward to going back to Mineo's for our anniversary next month. Although we had gone to Kemoll's several times over the past 40 years we will never go back again.We appreciate your review and cherish your business. Thank you for your kind word. We can't wait to serve you again!
My wife has been familiar with the Lombardo dining business for over 50 years, and the location next to the Drury Inn-Lambert Airport (relocated from their original location in North St. Louis) lives up to their long-standing reputation. The exterior looks like nothing more than a typical hotel-adjacent restaurant, but inside you'll find a classy dining space with white linen napkins & sharply dressed wait staff & exceptional service. Menu prices are typical of airport area restaurants, but the quality & flavor & volume of the food are well worth the final tally. Don't miss the housemade toasted ravioli (unlike any their local competitors offer), and the complimentary bread & dipping oil are addictive. Our server Madalyn was very friendly & attentive, taking great care of us from our drink orders to preparing our salads tableside to boxing & wrapping up our generous leftovers. The manager (maybe one of the Lombardo Family members?) also checked on us several times & chatted with us at length.We were encouraged to dine at Lombardo's by a coupon we received at our new home, but we will be returning based on our memorable experience. We strongly recommend a visit to Lombardo's Restaurant for personal service & very tasty Italian food.
4 based on 57 reviews
I have dined at Erio's since 1973 whenever in town, always having considered it my favorite pizza. On our visit tonight, my wife and I were disappointed with the pizza we received.The service was very good, as usual, and the value is still there with a reasonably priced product. But tonight, the pizza crust was very tough, as though the dough hadn't had enough time to proof. In addition, however, the taste was lacking. It simply didn't taste like Erio's usual pizza. The toppings were scarce on one side and overloaded on the other side. And the sausage, always a draw for me to this restaurant since it is homemade and very tasty, lacked flavor completely.Since this is the first time in 45 years that I have received a less than desirable pizza from Erio's, I will not pass judgment and withhold my recommendation. I am hoping this was simply an off night for the pizza makers. After receiving so many outstanding pizzas from them, they will always deserve another chance.
4 based on 233 reviews
This restaurant is located next door to our hotel so we decided to try it out. It has a nice family Italian restaurant feel to the decor. They were somewhat busy but we were seated right away. Our server was pleasant and quick, almost a feeling of being rushed, but we made due. The plates were very good, we had lasagna, and a chicken special with mushrooms, artichoke, and wine sauce. Both were very good! Wine selection is pretty nice too. On the opposite side on the dinning room they have a bar with some tables also if you want to have a lighter atmosphere. The restaurant itself is pretty casual, so don't feel obligated dress up. Will come back if I'm sent to the same hotel next door again.Thanks for the great review! Have a safe and happy Easter and hope to see you back soon!
4 based on 78 reviews
Other than the wait staff (who are always very friendly & attentive - including Katie on our recent dinner visit), little has changed in the 43 years that this original Massa's location has been in business. The outside looks like it's stuck in a time warp (with the gardener having been sucked into a black hole), as do the very tight interior spaces (at least those unchanged details you can make out in the dim lighting). But they still serve traditional "neighborhood Italian" fare that's unpretentious & flavorful. Nothing outstanding on their menu that my wife & I have tried over the years, but we always leave full & carrying enough leftovers for a meal at home the next day.
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