Some neighborhoods pack in the provisions, laying out a menu of options within walking distance of your front door. Nowhere is this more the case than The Hill, dubbed one of the country’s top Italian neighborhoods by celeb chef Mario Batali. This tight-knit neighborhood—with historic single-family homes around $150-160s on average—includes many authentic Italian eateries alongside staples like Modesto and Mamas deli just to name a couple.


There are also Italian markets for the at-home cook, like DiGregorio Food Products, Inc., which are family-owned and operated like many of The Hill’s businesses. Next onto Clayton, sample from more than 80 restaurants running the gamut from seafood at Oceano Bistro to Southern European at Araka. Don’t miss a great steak at 801 Chop House or Mortons.


Next the Central West End, savor seared duck at Moxy Bistro, or relish natural ingredients on Terrene’s, have sushi and a great drink at Subzero. Other neighborhoods not to forget like The Grove, Lafayette Square, and Maplewood also boast their share of mouth-watering fare, including Five, Eleven Eleven Mississippi, Planters house, and Monarch, respectively.


Usual Suspects: The Hill, Clayton, Central West End, Downtown


And Don’t Forget: The Grove, Lafayette Square, Maplewood