A trip to St. Louis wouldn’t be complete without a stop to The Hill. One of the few joints open on Sunday and considered a landmark for fine Italian dining is Charlie Gitto’s. We started with a chef’s special — toasted ravioli. These little nuggets are filled with meat and topped with Pomodoro sauce.

Appetizers to share are a risotto ball filled with cheese and served with two sauces, fried calamari, eggplant napoleon, garlic dip, roasted shrimp, meatballs and a bruschetta trio. The choice was hard.

Next, was the Italian Chopped salad — a wonderful been of mixed greens, red onions, tomatoes, zucchini, Kalamata olives, pepperoncini, white beans, bacon, blue cheese and Genoa salami tossed in the house sweet and sour Italian vinaigrette. Other salads include the wedge, spinach, Caesar, mixed green and tomato.

Dinner options are many and the portions are huge. There are seafood, chicken, beef, veal, pasta, and brick oven pizzas. We went with a signature dish. The Pappardelle with Fresh Tomatoes and the Homemade six-layer, meat-filled with tomato meat sauce and cream sauce. Talk about filling. Everyone we saw walked out with a to-go box.

A surprise ending was a nice slice of wedding cake with coconut frosting.

The restaurant is located at 5226 Shaw. Hours are Monday through Thursday 5 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 5 to 11 p.m. and Sunday 4 to 9 p.m.

Charlie Gittos