A high-end Italian dining experience is not easy to find anymore, not just in St. Louis but everywhere. I still like to get dressed up and enjoy impeccable food and service for that special occasion. My husband and I did just that for our sweet sixteen celebration of our wedding anniversary on April 17th, 2014. We picked Giovanni’s on the Hill in St. Louis, MO. It wasn’t our first visit to this restaurant, but it had been a while. Once again, it did not disappoint. We enjoyed everything from the amazing food…to the old Italian charm and decor, and the professionally dressed wait staff.
My husband ordered the Veal Chop in a black truffle sauce and loved every bite. I like to order veal out (since I don’t cook it at home) so I pondered between the Veal Saltimbocca Alla Giovanni’s and the Veal of the day which was Italian style. Our waiter suggested he would prepare two Veal Saltimbocca style and the other one Italian so I could enjoy both of them. Now, that’s what I call service! I must admit that my favorite still remains to be the Veal Saltimbocca Alla Giovanni’s, but the Veal of the day was very good too.
It’s such a treat, in this day and age, to visit a higher end restaurant where you can get dressed up (not in your jeans) and be treated like kings and queens for a few hours. We enjoyed before dinner drinks, a four course meal (nice size portions), a lovely cabernet, (Stag’s Leap, suggested by the maitre d’) and a surprise desert of Tiramisu.
Giovanni’s recently celebrated 40 years in business. It’s obvious they are doing something right because they’ve welcomed many celebrities from all over the world and have consistently been rated as one of the finest Italian restaurants since 1975. For all you locals out there, you must pay them a visit if you haven’t already. For those visiting St. Louis looking for a fine dining experience, look no further than Giovanni’s on the Hill. It’s a gem of a restaurant right here in the Midwest.
Giovanni’s on the Hill
Address: Shaw Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110