Great Italian Food / Relaxed Atmosphere.
Bar Italia is definitely one of my favorite spots in St. Louis. It's located in the Central West End and I've shared this spot with many friends who thanked me for the suggestion. :)
Food & Drink: Good variety of choices from appetizers to main courses. A few favorites: For appetizers the Caprini, goat cheese with crushed chili pepper and virgin oil, and olives and the Caponata, Sauteed eggplant marinated with vegetables, olives capers and raisins. For main course try the tortellini; the best that I’ve had! I’m not a big chicken fan but my niece loves the Pollo e Spinaci, Poached chicken on spinach with gorgonzola, toasted pine nuts, raisins in a balsamic vinaigrette. If they have the Veal Ragu special that’s one you will not want to miss or one of the many fish specials. Good wine selections and great coffee choices from the cappuccino to the espresso martini.
Atmosphere: International flare with a casual fine dining environment. The decor has a warm modern feel.There are several dining areas to choose from; the bar area - which I like as it is great for people watching, the balcony is good for a more intimate dinner and the patio is great for an outdoor experience that has a heated tent for colder seasons.
Service: The staff is very attentive and knowledgable on wine and food selections. I always feel welcomed and enjoy meeting people in the restaurant from the customers to the staff.
This place is a mediocre of all restaurant , its the worst ....the owners are rude and smelly and they have no idea what ITALIAN CUISINE IS
WAKE ST LOUIS THIS PLACE IS .....FAKE / OVERRATED .
Rats in the kitchen ....Don't Come Hungry..Its Unclean ..
THIS Place is unsafe / UNCLEAN .
The food WAS COLD AND NOT COOKED WELL .... prepared SOMALI AN WAY NOT EVEN CLOSE TO ITALIAN .. IT is SMALL portions!! FOR WHAT YOU pay for So get a salad and eat a lot of their free bread bc the pasta won't fill you up. The outdoor seating is hot and smelly tons of bugs.... they really cram a lot of tables out there. I ate with my sister one night, and felt as if I was eating on top of the people sitting next to us. Throw a 2x4 between the tables and it would have been considered a party of 4. So if you have to go to Bar Italia, be aware this place is fake FAKE FAKE , NOT EVEN ITALIAN ITS SOMALI AN RUN BY RUDE SOMALI AN ...go SOMEWHERE ELSE ITS A WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY !!!!!
THIS IS THE WORST !!! ITS NOT ITALIAN ITS BAR SOMALIA ....
VERY BAD SERVICE" / Horrible Food !!
This place is the worst in the CWE We were under the impression that this place were "fair to good". We were a party of four. After more than a reasonable time to be waited on, finally "someone" approached our table and took our order. "not bad", but nothing compared to the real thing, I wonder if the Chef has ever been in Italy..anywhere..and doing what? LOL This Place is a joke , they are SOMALI WANA BE ITALIAN ....WELL THEY HAVE PLENTY OF ROOM TO WORK ON THAT . THE FOOD TASTE SOMALI AN ...., certainly not ITALIAN cooking!. We asked for catsup( as a joke!) and our "waiter". said "no, we do not have catsup"... and there was no salt nor pepper!...The problem is his manager. and poor training. The waiter's answer should have been.."no sir, I'm sorry, but I'll get it for you". and regarding salt and pepper?...what is the story?...maybe charge "extra" for those items...and should include a clause stating".."We are just learning".We are customers, you are employees. We pay you for your service...unfortunately we paid for a mediocre Midwest attitude, poor service and UNEATABLE SOMALI AN cuisine
The best patio in STL. Amazing ambiance, locally sourced produce, and an awesome menu. Four words: Red Wine Shallot Marmalade
If "Linger" means "Wait Forever" this is the spot to Linger.
We (me, my wife and our well-mannered four-year-old) dined on Valentine's Day evening. We'd called ahead to check on table availability and were told 30+ minute wait, but we arrived 10-15 minutes later to a half-filled restaurant. But yes, we waited another 5-10 minutes to be seated (no bar area for waiting was apparent or offered).
We ordered two glasses of wine and water which arrived in about 10 minutes, and placed an expedited order for our son. Then another 10 minutes until our orders were taken. Waited 10 minutes and asked for water. Waited another 10 minutes to have water replenished.
After 50 minutes and still with no food beyond our son's now finished meal and lukewarm & mediocre bruschetta, we sought an explanation and asked for a complimentary dessert to reward our son for his patience. The server appeared to assent but didn't speak an answer.
After another five minutes and seeing so food being served at nearby tables, we recognized that further waiting would result in an unacceptably long meal not only for our son but also for us. We asked the maitre d' for our orders as carry out instead; he conferred with our server, but didn't indicate a response to us. Another few minutes passed and we instead asked a second matire d' for our check.
Five more minutes passed. Seeing no results, and hearing no resolution I didn't wait for a credit card payment o be completed, left an appropriate cash payment on the table for the food we'd been served and we headed to the door. Upon our exit, we received (finally) apologies from three staff and were thrust a bag containing the two adult meals (but not dessert for the most patient of us three!) and we departed hungry, tired and frustrated at a dining experience that began with much promise but failed in Bar Italia's failure to make amends for a very slow kitchen this night and recognize that not all diners on Valentine's Day want to "linger" over a two-hour meal.
Perhaps when tables are in shorter supply and must be turned regularly to keep the revenue flowing, service here is acceptable. But not on this night.
Love this place. I love this place. It is by my work. The food is fantastic and teh prices are reasonable. I try to think of any reason to dine here! The ambience is unbeatable.
Great location, service needs improvement. Dinner's excellent, but waitstaff has a stuffy attitude...be prepared for this. St. Louis has lots of great options for Italian- so the quality of service should match the quality of the food. Otherwise, a fun location with lots of other bars and restaurants nearby.
One of the best in the city. Easily on a par with anything on the hill, and more sophisticated to boot. Late night drinks on the patio are a must when the weather allows.
Buono da mangiare!. Best Italian I've had outside of Italy. Nice ambiance, great/friendly service, amazing food. We had bruschetta, the portabello soup, a creamy tortallini, and an amazing beef dish. The wine was wonderful and our waiter was extremely knowledge. He recommended the wine, spoke intelligbly about the menu selection and desserts. He even comp'd us an after dinner apertif. It's a must eat.
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