An Old World charm with a pinch of modern ambiance is now greeting guests at Charlie Gitto’s on The Hill.

The landmark eatery, which is celebrating 32 years of authentic Italian food and heritage on The Hill, has been restored to its original splendor—the perfect setting for a romantic date or a comforting family meal. “The goal was to update the restaurant with amenities, without losing its original charm,” Charlie Gitto notes.

Mission accomplished, the president and CEO says. The restaurant refurbished its historic attributes, including the stained glass windows, the Charlie Gitto booth and the Tommy Lasorda table, while still adding some new amenities, such as a redesigned bar with a unique red onyx top, dark-stained wood and backlighting to complete the dramatic look. Additionally, the dining area received a top-to-bottom makeover, from fresh carpeting and paint to Old World light fixtures suspended from the ceiling. And the restrooms are now a luxurious modern escape for guests, with marble, granite and stainless steel features.

As guests step out of the restaurant’s rear entrance, they will find another classic gem. “The outdoor patio is better than ever,” Gitto notes. With a lush garden and Old World rope lighting, the dimly lit patio provides a relaxing atmosphere for dining al fresco in small or large groups, he adds. “We specialize in rehearsal dinners and corporate functions, from parties of 12 to 125."

And while some things have changed, the authentic Italian food remains the same. The specialty Italian menu still features signature staples, from homemade pastas, bakes and fresh fish to the No. 1-selling veal parmesan with the bone; and the toasted ravioli, which Gitto proudly notes originated at the restaurant. “And we are always trying something new,” he adds.

Beyond its flagship restaurant on The Hill, Gitto’s is still going strong at its two additional locations in Chesterfield and at Hollywood Casino in Maryland Heights.

And with its original space on The Hill more beautiful than ever, Gitto looks forward to giving guests a warm welcome for their next intimate dining experience or group gathering.

ON THE COVER: Charlie Gitto’s restaurant and bar on The Hill recently unveiled a dramatic new design, while retaining its historic charm. Photo by Diane Anderson. For more information, call 772-8898 or visit

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