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Apr 18, 2008 07:47 PM

Authentic Italian Lunch in St. Louis

Hello all, I'm looking for a place in St. Louis to get a great Italian lunch--I'm particularly interested in good pasta, homemade and not swimming in butter or sauce, with vegetables, mushrooms, and/or seafood. I'd love some recommendations for places on or around the Hill, but I'm open to other ideas too. Preferrably something more "foodie" oriented, quality and real Italian authenticity.

I really appreciate your help!

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  1. Stellina Pasta is somewhat close to the hill and definitely foodie oriented. They make their own pasta and it changes daily. It's tiny and more on the casual side. It's truly not an "authenically Italian" place as they have a lot of sandwiches and salads but the pasta is very good.

    You might try Trattoria Marcella, although I don't know if they are open for lunch. That might be a better fit to your request, although personally, I prefer Stellina. They are, however, two different experiences.

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    1. re: shannoninstlouis

      I've looked into Stellina and I'm definitely going there--I may even try to go there before this lunch date just so I can try more things! I love that they use organic/in season ingredients, I'm very big on that but often (not always, happily!) have to set that aside when eating out. So thanks so much for the recommendation!

      (I wanted to go to Trattoria Marcella initially, actually, but they aren't open for lunch.)

    2. Anthonino's on the Hill serves excellent pasta from scratch. It is owned by a man and wife, one Greek and one Italian and have both Greek and Italian dishes on their menu. They are all very good.

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      1. re: marymac

        Great suggestion, thanks, I love Greek too!

      2. Roberto's in South County (on South Lindbergh) is now open for lunch. Definately worth a shot!