Andrea Bocelli made his St. Louis debut on Sunday, October 17, performing before a sold-out crowd at The Enterprise Center in Downtown St Louis. The great maestro was accompanied by the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Steven Mercurio, the St. Louis Symphony Chorus, soprano Larisa Martinez, baritone Edward Parks, singer/actress Loren Allr...

Louie Vangel, a grandson of the late Charlie Gitto Sr. who ran his grandfather's famed Charlie Gitto’s Downtown restaurant for the last decade, is opening up an Italian restaurant under his own name that will carry on the family tradition. Vangel has signed a lease for 5,618 square feet of restaurant space in the Bennett Hills Shopping Center at...

Kendele Sieve knew the time had come, but she just couldn't muster the courage to tell her dad the news that would break his heart: She would not be taking over the family bakery, as he expected her to do, and would instead be forging her own path. Her decision did not come lightly. Ever since she was ten years old she was a fixture at his shop, J...

Pizza enthusiasts can now enjoy a few different styles at Melo's Pizzeria. The sister restaurant to Blues City Deli, which opened in Benton Park in late 2015 serving Neapolitan-style pies, launched a new and expanded pizza menu last week. Fans of Melo's can rest assured that its 5,500-pound wood-fired oven isn't going anywhere, but the restaurant r...

A pinch of great pasta, a dash of even better pizza and a spoonful of history is what makes The Hill the best spot in St. Louis to feed the craving for anything Italian. This weekend will add a little more Italian to the neighborhood by filling up your wine glass.The yearly Wine Walk on the Hill is back on August 28 and gives St. Louis wine connois...

In the early 1900s, it wasn’t that uncommon for families to receive the sort of life-changing request that Armando Pasetti’s parents in Italy got from America, but it was still jarring. Their relative, Giovanni Volpi, had started a salami business in St. Louis after immigrating to the United States in 1899. He and his wife could not have children o...

You are kindly invited to the 4th annual FERRAGOSTO celebration in St. Louis, at the Enterprise Pavilion at Shaw Park in Clayton, Saturday August 21, 2021, from 4:00pm to 11:00 pm. Ferragosto is the largest Italian summer festival of the year where all are invited to taste and see contemporary Italian culture and cuisine. The nearby sand volleyball...

While the Italian salad is a popular dish in most St. Louis Italian restaurants, it’s not always clear what you’re getting when you order one. That’s because “Italian salad” doesn’t denote a specific group of ingredients as much as it points to a philosophy of preparing and serving light, palate-cleansing courses. Italian salads boast an array of t...

Sitting on Daggett Avenue, there’s a plain, white stone wall begging to be painted. It’s been there for four generations, waiting for the right artist and time. Volpi Foods (5256 Daggett Avenue, 314-446-7950) announced a mural contest as a way to commemorate its 120th anniversary while honoring its home neighborhood, The Hill. The business put out...

It’s a midsummer’s night dream. Edera Italian Eatery (48 Maryland Plaza, St. Louis; 314-361-7227) is kicking off the summer with a summer solstice party. The celebration takes place outside on the restaurant’s courtyard patio on June 25. Sample the new menu and listen to live music from DJ Al Cheekz. Inspired by Italy’s summer solstice celebrations...