Anthonino’s Taverna – on The Hill – St. Louis, Missouri
Owned and managed by two brother’s, Anthony & Rosario Scarato, Anthonino’s Taverna is a combination of Italian and Greek, influenced by their father being a first generation Italian-American and their mother being Greek.
Their accomplishments thus far are: voted “Best Italian Restaurant” in RFT’s “The best of St. Louis” 2011 – voted the “Best Toasted Ravioli” in RFT’s, “The Best of St. Louis” – 2012 and voted the best pizza on The Hill. Best Pizza on The Hill is quite an accomplishment considering their competition.
We met with Anthony on Tuesday, April 8, 2014, he is kind, professional and all about business. These guys are serious and while they have accomplished a certain respectable level of success, they are still trying to achieve their goals; to be the best Italian/Greek eatery that they can be. Obviously, not driven by money, fame or fortune, but making people happy and owning a local eatery that is appreciated by its customers.
Quality of food is their top priority! Smart! They will be expanding the restaurant in the next few months that will double it’s current size. While there is a bar, a bar atmosphere is not what they are creating – a great eatery is their primary objective.
Their biggest accomplishment is being featured on the popular Food Network show, Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives in 2012. The show has assured their destiny to even further heights of success. You can’t get any better advertising than by having Guy Fieri visit and film his show, Diners, Drive-In’s and Dives at your restaurant establishment. When that happens, you know your doing things right.
In addition to their TV fame, their reviews should be the envy and goal of every restaurant owner- Food Network 5 Stars – Google 4.6 Star – Facebook has 5,465 Likes, with more than 2,000 visitors giving it a 4.5 Star – urbanspoon 91% – foursquare 8.8/10 – gogobot 5 Star – yelp 4 Star – Yahoo Travel 5 Star and tripadvisor is a 4.5 Star rated #12 out of 2503 restaurants in St. Louis, MO.
The high ratings seem to be never-ending. We do not agree with the urbanspoon and yelp ratings. Anthonino’s Taverna deserves a 4.5-5 star in our opinion.
However, we do not provide ratings or stars, we just publish our opinion of either recommending or not recommending an establishment and the reason. These brothers have it right, their priorities are in the proper order – take care of business and business will take care of you. If you visit Anthonino’s Taverna your visit will be appreciated and respected. Family is what this place is all about and coming from an Italian/Greek background their order of priorities and family tradition will assure these brothers success in whatever venture they take in life, but that has clearly been determined.
We want to thank Anthony for taking the time to meet with us. We hope our review helps to attract attention to their fine establishment, not that we can compete with Guy Fieri, but we hope it helps nonetheless. We RECOMMEND Anthoninos Taverna and congratulate Anthony, Rosario, family and staff on creating and maintaining such a unique establishment that is truly an asset to the community and city.
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