The Hill is one of St. Louis’ best known neighborhoods, where you can find tidy brick houses, spotless tree lined streets–and many fantastic Italian restaurants. The area was settled by Italian immigrants in the 19th century and to this day The Hill still has a large Italian-American community.
The Hill gets its name from being on top of “St. Louis Hill,” the highest point in the city, located at Arsenal and Sublette Avenue. The neighborhood is bound by Manchester Ave., Columbia Ave., Southwest Ave., South Kingshighway Blvd., and Hampton Ave.
The Hill is a destination for Italian restaurants like Rigazzi’s, Cunetto’s House of Pasta, Bartolino’s, Amighetti’s and Mama Campisi, just to name a few. Visitors can also find Italian bakeries, grocery stores, coffee shops and Gelato Di Riso, an authentic Italian gelato shop that feature’s a velvety Italian take on ice cream.
We can also thank The Hill for one of St. Louis’ most famous dishes: toasted ravioli!
Bocce is a popular past time on The Hill. The Italian ball game started out in St. Louis as a outdoor pub game, but was brought indoors by the Italia America Bocce Club on Marconi Ave. The club serves as a popular gathering spot for St. Louis’ Italian descendants scattered across the city and county area.
The neighborhood’s most famous export might just be Yogi Berra, the legendary New York Yankee’s catcher and Hall of Famer. Yogi is of course famous for his bizarre quotes, which have become known as “Yogi-isms.” You can check a few of them out on The Hill’s website.
Yogi’s wife Carmen: “Yogi, you are from St. Louis, we live in New Jersey, and you played ball in New York. If you go before I do, where would you like me to have you buried?” Yogi: “Surprise me.”
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