Town Talk Features

The Best of … The Hill

Most famous today for its Italian markets, bakeries and restaurants, The Hill has deep roots in local history. The neighborhood was home to world-class athletes like Yogi Berra and Joe Garagiola. Today, this historical part of the city remains a tight-knit, family-friendly neighborhood for locals and visitors to explore.

Founded: 1830s

Named in honor of:  Its proximity to the highest point in the city

Notable landmarks:  St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Church

bars & restaurants

  • Café Dolce: This European-style coffee shop located in the heart of the neigborhood offers a variety of beverages and baked goods.

  • Gioia’s Deli: Opened in 1918, this is St. Louis’ oldest sandwich shop and is most famous for its hot salami sandwich.
  • Milo’s Bocce Garden: Located in a historic tavern, the menu features Italian and American fare. Bocce aficionados also can show off their skills in the garden during open play times.

  • Pizzeria DA Gloria: From pizzaiolo Joe Kurowski, this newer addition to The Hill is serving up innovative pizzas.
  • Zia’s on The Hill: For more than three decades, this local fave has paired Italian classics with imported wine in a casual, comfy setting.

local shops

  • Ciao Chow: The pet shop offers all of your pets favorite treats, toys, supplements and food.

  • Gelato di Riso: Visit for a refreshing sweet treat. Along with gelato, the shop offers baked goods and a variety of coffee drinks.

  • Herbaria: The shop offers all-natural soap made right on The Hill. All products are vegan,
    fragrance-free and have minimal packaging.
  • The Hill Antique Market: The market hosts more than 75 vendors and artisans in a renovated warehouse. Visitors can find a wide variety of merchandise, ranging from rare antiques to contemporary works.
  • KOHO Boutique: Founded by local sisters, the shop offers a selection of trendy women’s clothing, shoes and accessories.


  • Piazza Imo: The Italian-inspired piazza features hand-built gates and the Frisella Family Fountain, which was hand-sculpted by marble imported from Italy. Visitors can play chess, spend time in the prayer gardens or visit the memorial wall honoring a century of immigration.

  • Berra Park: At nearly five acres, the park includes baseball and soccer fields, playgrounds and a water feature.

annual events

  • Italian Heritage Parade and Festival: Along with the parade, the celebration includes music, food, drink, raffle baskets and a children’s play area.
  • Wine Walk on the Hill: Enjoy wine tasting throughout the neighborhood, discounts from participating shops and restaurants and live entertainment.
  • Old World Christmas: The classic holiday celebrations include visits from Babbo Natale (Italian Santa Claus), a nativity petting zoo, gift village, carriage rides and more.


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