Italian Culture Still Strong on The Hill in Saint Louis

Enjoy Italian-American culture in this colorful, historic neighborhood

Benvenuto! The historic Italian neighborhood of The Hill in Saint Louis, home of baseball greats Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola, welcomes you with open arms and bids you come visit, play some bocce ball, and enjoy the best of Italian cuisine.

SEE 

Baseball great Yogi Berra grew up on The Hill, and was married in St. Ambrose Church. Built in 1926 by the Italian immigrant community, it is modeled after Milan’s Sant’Ambrogio Basilica. The Italian Immigrants statue stands outside. 

PLAY 

Enjoy a picnic at the nearly five-acre Berra Park, which also has playgrounds and a fountain right across the street from Gioia’s Deli. Bocce ball aficionados can play the game at Milo’s Bocce Garden, serving an Italianesque sports-bar menu of sandwiches, apps (including the obligatory toasted ravioli) and pizza.  

EAT 

In this legendary Italian neighborhood, Mama’s on the Hill and Charlie Gitto’s on the Hill serve classic Italian dishes with killer wine lists. Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas doles out Spanish specialties based on family recipes, and Italian dishes. 

SHOP 

DiGregorio’s Italian Market features comestibles and gifts. Herbaria makes and sells all-natural soaps and personal care products onsite. Find delicous artisanal cured meats and more at Volpi Foods, a Hill staple since 1902. 

EXPLORE

Not strictly on The Hill, the Missouri Botanical Garden is a must-see. Known also as Shaw's Garden for founder Henry Shaw, it's one of the oldest botanical gardens in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. Explore 79 acres that include a Japanese strolling garden, a butterfly garden, Henry Shaw's 1850 estate home, and one of the world's largest collections of rare orchids.

David Lancaster
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