Friday, May 20, 2011

Welcome to The Hill-Italy in Missouri

     When my daughter was here the first week of May, we took a road trip to St. Louis. It had been many years since we had been to The Hill area of town and my daughter had no memory of being there. The Hill is a wonderful living photograph of history. If you click here you can read all about it. To sum it up, The Hill, a heavily Democratic enclave of Italian immigrants and their descendants, is the premier destination for Italian food in St. Louis. While The Hill abounds in Italian restaurants, pizza parlors, bakeries, delicatessens and specialty shops, food is only part of its allure. A buoyant urban community in southwest St. Louis, The Hill has flourished over the last century and somehow managed to repel the decay, neglect and suburban flight that have wracked other neighborhoods.

We had lunch at Zia's.
The food was fabulous and the atomosphere very dark and cozy.

Olive oil, herbs and crusty bread.

I had Chicken Dijon with mushrooms and it was delicious.

It came with a side of pasta.

My daughter had a combination of Ravioli and Canneloni. 

My husband had the lasagne, it was the best I have ever tasted!

The bar at Zia's.

An authentic Italian market.
See the buckets of olives?

     Of course we had to have real Italian cookies for dessert. This bakery had pastries, cakes and cookies that made us crazy! It was very crowded and I certainly understand why. Yummy! It was such a fun day and we enjoyed every minute on The Hill. If you are anywhere near St. Louis, it is worth a trip.

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I am joining Michael @ Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday!


La said...

Hi Sue!

Look at the edges of that lasagne where the cheese has browned slightly. Looks perfect and crusty bread dipped in olive oil makes La one happy girl.

Have a great weekend!

Diann said...

Oh, this post is making me drool!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Lunch looks fantastic Sue! Lovin' those big buckets of olives too:@)

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Now I am starving !! :-D

Gypsy Heart said...

Interesting info about The Hill. The food looks divine...and I know I would go crazy with all those cookies, etc.!


Linda said...

What a wonderful place to visit. My step father was Italian...his Dad was from Italy and owned a pizza shop when I was young...I was lucky enough to work there in my early teens and learned how to make all those delicious foods....I wish we had a deli like yours nearby here...wonderful!!

Patrice said...

That market looks fabulous!

Barbara F. said...

Sue, those houses in the first photo look like some houses around here! The food looks amazing. That deli looks like a great place to shop. xo,

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Sue
I've always wanted to see St Louis and the Hill's area sounds wonderful being all things Italiano!! That lasagne looks to die for!!

Have a fabulous weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

Very neat part of St. Louis. We ate at Charlie Gittos for our anniversary last year :)

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

Yum! I love little neighborhoods like this. I am so glad you shared this with us. I will make sure we go there the next time we are in the area!
(Now I am hungry!)

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

This sounds like such a fun place to go with your family! That is exactly where I would have gravitated!
That Italian market looks insane! Wonderful post.
I am so happy that you had a great day with your daughter.
xo Yvonne

Bonnie@Creative Decorating said...

I love it that you were so close to me here in St. Louis! We have gone on The Hill many times to eat. Really good food and people.

My husband works in the city so he doesn't care to go back up there when he is off. Therefore we don't go very often.

It would be great to meet up sometime if you get to come back into town!

Shellbelle said...

I love finding places like this to visit, where you can experience the rich tapestry that makes up our country and learn the history behind many of our immigrants. Close to Tampa we have Tarpon Springs, where Greek immigrants settled over 100 years ago. Now that's the place to go for Greek food, have you been?

Maria said...

Hi Sue!
oh my Zia was a great cook! Everything here reminds me of her cooking ~ that delicioso chicken and the pasta... bella!
I also love your colorful springtime tablescape from the last post*
Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sue*

Pondside said...

That lasagna - I swear I could smell it! Thanks for the tour!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Sounds like my sort of district, I would love to visit.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Looks like a lot of fun Sue and that food looks amazing! No wonder I find it hard to diet when I see blogs full of wonderful food!
And your table below is so pretty and colorful, I just love the combo and the pretty china you used!

xinex said...

What a fun place to visit and even more fun with a visiting daughter. The Italian food looks scrumptious!..Christine

dee dee said...

I'm in for food, atmosphere, the whole thing!
Dee Dee

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. I see you had a Great time with your Daughter !!! The lunch look so good also. I love Italian food ~~~ I would like to Thank you so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape for my Sunday Brunch. I came over befour but could not put a comment on your Blog. I hope you have a Great Week.

Traci said...

That lasagna looks AMAZING!!!