Anthonino’s Taverna: A Touch Above the Rest
ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – You can’t get much more of a warm neighborhood “family friendly” feel than when you step into Anthonino’s Taverna, located at 2225 Macklind on The Hill. Anthony and Rosario Scarato, are brothers and owners of the restaurant, with the regular support of their father, Robert Scarato, a first generation Italian American and native St. Louisan. They put their ALL into assuring a most traditional Italian experience.
What makes it stand out from all the other Italian iconic restaurants on The Hill? Besides the expected, decadent pasta dishes, they offer a touch of Greek influence that’s something completely different than the rest. Customers who’ve traveled to Greece, rave that the Gyro’s at Anthonino’s meet the challenge.
You can expect only the freshest ingredients, fresh, egg and semolina for their pasta’s and fresh wild caught fish, as well as fresh lamb, beef and chicken for all their menu items. If something can’t be prepared in house, they make a point to get it prepared fresh locally.
Some standout pastas are the Tutti Mare with clams, squid, shrimp and crab claws, Nero Pasta with Squid-Black ink sauce, and Puttanesca with tomato, anchovies, onions, capers, kalamata olives, oregano with white wine and olive oil. Other favorites are the Beef Spedini, thinly sliced charbroiled round steak rolled and filled with genoa salami and provolone cheese topped with cherry pepper relish and served atop polenta, and the Dolmathes, grape leaves perfectly stuffed with ground beef, lamb and rice.
From their one-of-a-kind pizzas to their amazing entrees, it’s a great family friendly spot to dine with amazing food, terrific service and huge portions. Regulars say, Anthonino’s Taverna, is their go-to place on The Hill, but keep in mind, it gets extremely crowded, and so, reservations are a great idea.
Contributing Editor: Kara Savio