If your group of hunger-crazed friends can’t decide which kind of food they want to eat, you might consider Anthonino’s Taverna on The Hill. Anthony and Rosario Scarato, brothers and owners of the popular tavern are Greek-Italian and offer a menu that is bothextensive and in keeping with their heritage.
Back in 2012 Guy Fieri of Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives told the world about Anthonino’s toasted ravioli, marinara sauces, stuffed grape leaves and tzatziki sauce. Customers swarmed the place making it necessary to expand the dining area; seating is now in the vicinity of 180.
Since then more accolades have poured in: Best Pizza on The Hill; Best Toasted Ravioli from RFT for 5 years running; and Best Italian Restaurant in St. Louis from RFT.
The Brothers Scarato have modernized without diminishing the rustic charm of the old tavern. In addition to the original bar, the hardwood floors, exposed brick, and pressed-tin ceiling are original. The already expansive menu, continues to evolve, making decision all the harder. Fortunately, my daughter and her husband shared, so I got to taste several items.
I must return. . . and soon. I didn’t have a chance to try any of the Greek foods on the menu: the chicken slovakia, gyros or dolmathes. The worst omission of all was not getting the handmade toasted ravioli with the house marinara dipping sauce sprinkled with Romano cheese. Next time.
Anthonino’s Taverna: 2225 Macklind Ave. on the Hill. Open: Mon-Sat 11a-10p. Seating for 180, indoor and outdoor.