Tuesday, December 14, 2010

St. Louis Italian Eatery...

During our family visit to St. Louis Missouri back in late September, we all went out to Charlie Gitto's for dinner. The original Charlie Gitto's was opened in 1981 on The Hill, an Italian neighborhood on the south side of St. Louis. There are now 4 locations in the metro area. Open Table, Inc. has rated Charlie Gitto's as one of the top 50 Best Italian restaurants in the USA.

Many of us started out with soup, (Lobster Bisque or Minestrone), or with a salad. The Caesar Salad was nice but, in the interest of keeping this blog shorter, I've only pictured the entrees.

This is the Tortellini alla Panna. These are meat filled tortellini with mushrooms, peas, prosciutto and Parmesan cream sauce.

Here we have the Seafood Pasta Suzanne. This nice little dish includes fresh tagliatelle pasta, shrimp, scallops, clams and langostinos, all in a three pepper cream sauce.

Other seafood entrees included Shrimp Scampi, Linguini with Fresh Clams and Porcini Encrusted Sea Bass.

This is Charlie Gitto's Homemade Lasagna...six layers with Tomato Sauce and Cream Sauce.

Other offerings include Rigatoni with Sausage, Penne Primavera, Bucatini Amatriciana, Ziti Fra Diavolo, Penne Borghese and Cannelloni.

Only one member of our group went for a dish that didn't include pasta. Pasta is just not something he likes. He ordered this delicious looking Chicken Marsala. Simple and straight forward, it consists of a boneless breast of chicken sauteed in a sweet Marsala wine sauce with roasted mushrooms and zucchini.

This was my dinner...Rigatoni with Sausage. In addition to the spicy crumbled house recipe sausage in sweet tomato basil sauce, you will note that I went for a nice piece of Italian sausage on top... Then of course, I layered on the Parmesan!

The menu also includes Pork Osso Buco, at least 6 veal dishes, steaks, and brick oven pizzas.

After all of this food, no one felt like they could handle dessert. As you can see, the dessert tray was just a bit tempting! There was also a display case full of pastries and cooking plus a freezer display case with a huge variety of spumoni and ice cream.

If you find yourself traveling through or staying in St. Louis, Charlie Gitto's is a solid choice for some tasty, plentiful and reasonably priced Italian food. We dined at the Chesterfield MO location at 15525 Olive Boulevard. Phone: 314-772-8898. The next time we go to St. Louis, we'll be headed for the original Charlie Gitto's on the Hill. Website: http://www.charliegittos.com/.

1 comment:

  1. Hey Dave - If those dishes are anywhere near as good as they look, that have to be delicious. I have 2 BBQ joints for you to try next time you're up that way.