Anthonino’s Taverna – featured on Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives – 2012
Located on The Hill at 2225 Macklind Avenue, St. Louis, MO 63110– Phone (314) 773-4455.
Owned and managed by two brother’s, Anthony & Rosario Scarato, Anthonino’s Taverna is a combination of Italian and Greek, influenced by their father being a first generation Italian-American and their mother being Greek.
Their accomplishments thus far are: voted “Best Italian Restaurant” in RFT’s “The best of St. Louis” 2011 – voted the “Best Toasted Ravioli” in RFT’s, “The Best of St. Louis” – 2012 and voted the best pizza on The Hill. Best Pizza on The Hill is quite an accomplishment considering their competition.
We met with Anthony on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, he is kind, professional and all about business. These guys are serious and while they have accomplished a certain respectable level of success, they are still trying to achieve their goals; to be the best Italian/Greek eatery that they can be. Obviously, not driven by money, fame or fortune, but making people happy and owning a local eatery that is appreciated by its customers.
Quality of food is their top priority! Smart! They will be expanding the restaurant in the next few months that will double it’s current size. While there is a bar, a bar atmosphere is not what they are creating – a great eatery is their primary objective.
Their biggest accomplishment is being featured on the popular Food Network show, Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives in 2012. The show has assured their destiny to even further heights of success. You can’t get any better advertising than by having Guy Fieri visit and film his show, Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives at your restaurant establishment. When that happens, you know your doing things right.
In addition to their TV fame, their reviews should be the envy and goal of every restaurant owner- Food Network 5 Stars – Google 4.6 Star – Facebook has 5,465 Likes, with more than 2,000 visitors giving it a 4.5 Star – urbanspoon 91% – foursquare 8.8/10 – gogobot 5 Star – yelp 4 Star – Yahoo Travel 5 Star and tripadvisor is a 4.5 Star rated #12 out of 2503 restaurants in St. Louis, MO.
The high ratings seem to be never-ending. We do not agree with the urbanspoon and yelp ratings. Anthonino’s Taverna deserves a 4.5-5 star in our opinion.
However, we do not provide ratings or stars, we just publish our opinion of either recommending or not recommending an establishment and the reason. These brothers have it right, their priorities are in the proper order – take care of business and business will take care of you. If you visit Anthonino’s Taverna your visit will be appreciated and respected. Family is what this place is all about and coming from an Italian/Greek background their order of priorities and family tradition will assure these brothers success in whatever venture they take in life, but that has clearly been determined.
We want to thank Anthony for taking the time to meet with us. We hope our review helps to attract attention to their fine establishment, not that we can compete with Guy Fieri, but we hope it helps nonetheless. We RECOMMEND Anthoninos Taverna and congratulate Anthony, Rosario, family and staff on creating and maintaining such a unique establishment that is truly an asset to the community and city.
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When you think of The Hill in Saint Louis most people would think of fine Italian cuisine. This place will shock you or it did me. You have to give Steve a lot of credit to put a hot dog place in an Italian district. I guess regardless what nationality you might be, you can still appreciate a good dog.
Steve’s Hot Dog’s serves Nathan’s Frankfurters from New York and smokes them for 30 minutes. They offer several different toppings that are just as good as the dogs. Combined, they make an incredible combination.
For those of you who haven’t heard of Nathan’s Frankfurters they only sold about 425 million dogs last year and they are a publicly traded company. Apparently, this hot dog business is BIG BUSINESS. Steve is using only the best ingredients.
Steve’s Hot Dog’s is rated very high every place you look. 98% with one famous rating place, Google 4.6 Star, and his Facebook page is just about as busy as it gets. 7843 Facebook likes, 1190 have rated it and 5133 visitors. I will not bore you with anymore details. I think his Facebook page speaks for itself until you visit and try their 1/4 lb., smoked, dogs. Moist and full of flavor. They offer Fitz’s products, which is always a treat.
The place is clean and the staff is friendly. It’s in the heart of The Hill, so it’s a great place to make a small get away in order to try Steve’s Hot Dogs on The Hill. It’s impressive that Steve took something so simple and obviously figured out how to do it better. While it is new, 2 1/2 years, the popularity of the place is soaring, evidenced by his Facebook page. Steve is also known for his role as lead singer for the famous St Louis band, The Urge. Steve is obviously one of those guys that will succeed at whatever he does.
They are located at 2131 Maconi Avenue, St. Louis, MO. Phone 314-762-9899.
KSDK video – Sept 22, 2011.
Needless to say, we RECOMMEND this place and congratulate Steve and his staff on a job well done.
Milo’s Bocce Garden
This is Milo’s Bocce Garden, located at 5201 Wilson Avenue, Saint Louis, MO 63110. While located, in what has been referred to by the New York Times as “an incubator of baseball talent,” The Hill, this is totally Italian with an American touch added to it. It’s definitely a local hangout. If you visit, most of the patrons will likely be friends or neighbors, everybody discussing whatever. Family and friends meeting for lunch, drinks, bocce or just to visit.
The Hill is known for their fine Italian restaurants and this is one of them, however, your meal will come on a Styrofoam plate, waitress wearing jeans and TV’s blaring with sports news. While this is a local hangout, don’t discount the fact that it still offers some great Italian food without breaking the bank, plus they have American cuisines that you might expect at a local hangout, burgers, chicken sandwiches, etc.
Like most buildings down on The Hill, it is older, but it is very well maintained and clean enough to eat off the floor. Good food, good prices and good service with the atmosphere, which is free, makes this a place that you don’t want to go for lunch or just dinner, but to spend the afternoon or evening there, maybe even attempting to play some bocce. Get the pronunciation down before visiting or they will correct you. There is a lot of pride surrounding this game.
Their Facebook fans give Milo’s a 4.5 star with 1187 likes and more than 7,000 visitors. urbanspoon gives it an unbelievable 94% on 133 votes. The Google ranking is a little shocking, giving it 3.8 star with only 13 reviews and few were current. I’m going to lean towards the urbanspoon rating as being the most reliable. No, its not a 5 star restaurant, but they aren’t trying to be, that’s not their deal.
Milo’s most expensive entree is only $12.75 (spaghetti with 2 homemade meatballs), they offer a broad selection of beer and other alcoholic beverages. I’m pretty sure the owners of the 5 Star restaurants on The Hill hang out at this place. It’s casual dining so leave your suites and dresses at home, put on your jeans and spend an afternoon or evening with the locals at Milos.
We recommend Milo’s Tavern and congratulate the owner/owners and staff for a job well done.