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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