Anthonino’s Taverna

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Hey friends! Loooooong time no see!

Soo…when I announced my book deal, I know I said I was going to continue with my weekly blog posts as usual – and then I promptly fell off the face of the planet anyway. Oops! Please accept my apologies. I guess having a book deal makes life just a little bit busier nowadays. 🙂

Anyway, I’m back at ya with another review, so let’s focus on that, shall we?

A few weeks ago, I came to this neighborhood for a quick bite:

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Welcome to The Hill! It’s St. Louis’ own little Italian neighborhood, with all of the Italian restaurants and bakeries you could ask for. It’s pretty cute!

But before I jump into the food, can I tell you a little secret?

I’m not a big fan of Italian food. There. I said it. Don’t get me wrong…I don’t hate the stuff, I’d just much rather have Thai, Indian, or Ethopian. Italian seems a little boring in comparison, ya dig?

“So if you dislike Italian so much, why did you go to an Italian restaurant, Stephanie?” you may ask.

My answer is simple: this place is a little different.

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Welcome to Anthonino’s Taverna! This neat little place was featured on The Food Network’s Diners Drive-Ins, and Dives, and for good reason! It’s good.

Aaaaand it’s not just Italian! It’s a pretty neat amalgamation of Italian and Greek. And while Italian isn’t my fave, I do have a soft spot for good Greek food.

I came to Anthonino’s on a pretty quiet weeknight with my friend Joselyn. There was a bit of a wait – the place has become more popular since it was featured on the Food Network – so we ordered some wine while we waited for our table.

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I don’t remember what kind of wine this was. I do remember that it was delicious.

By the time we slammed finished our glasses of wine, our table was ready. I snapped a few pictures of the interior on the way to our table. It’s cute!

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After we were seated, we were handed the menu.

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We really didn’t even need to look at the menu to know what we wanted to start with: Toasted Ravioli! One of my faves for sure.

T-Ravs are a STL thing, so for those not from the city, here’s a quick explanation: they’re deep fried ravioli, filled with ground beef and cheese. You dip ‘em in marinara sauce, and they’re freaking amazing.

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These babies didn’t disappoint. Anthonino’s toasted ravioli were voted “Best Toasted Ravioli” by the Riverfront Times in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, and for good reason! They’re good.

After we finished these, it was time to order! Anthonino’s has a ton of things on their menu: traditional pasta dishes, pizza, sandwiches, salads – the whole nine.

I went for their gyro: spiced beef and lamb rolled in pita with tzatziki, tomato, and onion. I ordered it with a side of broccoli, their fresh veggie of the day.

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Psssssh. You know me better than that, right? This was Joselyn’s plate. I ordered mine with a side of fries, like the piggy that I am.

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That’s more like it! This was amazing – especially with extra tzatziki to dip my gyro in – and it most definitely hit the spot.

Service was good, prices were amazing, and most importantly, the food was good! I’ll definitely be back. 🙂

 

Anthonino’s Taverna

2225 Macklind Avenue

St. Louis MO 63110

http://www.anthoninos.com

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