(Photo and review by Kip Welborn.)
When travelers pass through St. Louis, one place that they love to go is to “The Hill.” Here, in an area nestled between Hampton Ave, Southwest Ave., and Kingshighway in the City of St. Louis, is the place the Italian American community in St. Louis calls home, and the place where you will find some of the greatest Italian eateries anywhere on the planet.
Many of these eateries — Cunetto’s, Charlie Gittos, Gian Tony’s, to cite a few –are known nationally, and all of them serve fantastic food. Most do not take reservations, however, so it can be a long wait at dinnertime.
Which is what brings me to Favazza’s (5201 Southwest Ave. St. Louis, Mo.; (314) 772-4454). It is a place where you rarely have to wait for a table, and when you do, there is a nice bar area to do so. Any wait you might have is well worth your time, as Favazza’s serves up some of the best food St. Louis has to offer, and the service is always first rate. It is a smoke-free environment and is a nice place for a romantic evening or to take the kids.
The dinner menu prices range from $9.00 to $25.00. The entrees will fit the “taste” of every palate, from the fish lover to someone who just wants a good steak. The prices are in line with most of the restaurants on The Hill, as are the portions, which are usually large enough to serve you for two meals. Before the meal, they bring out the “bread” two ways: plain, with olive oil and butter available, and toasted garlic. The wine and beer lists are extensive, and they have a very nice white house wine.
I am particularly fond of their Chicken Parmesan ($16.25), which is a healthy sized chicken breast doused with just the right mix of cheese and sauce, complete with a side order of your choosing (red or white pasta or a twice baked potato). The Chicken Prosciutto is also fine, and my wife, Quinn, loves the Tortellini.
For the Route 66 traveler, it is extremely easy to get to Favazza’s: At the intersection of Chippewa (Route 66) and Kingshighway turn right if you are heading West, left if you are heading East. Take Kingshighway to Southwest (approx. 2 miles). Turn left on Southwest. Take Southwest just up the “hill”, across a short bridge, and it is on the right side of Southwest at the corner of Southwest and Marconi. Parking is available on the right side of Marconi just past the intersection. It will provide the Route 66 traveler–and any other traveler–with a dining experience to remember.
For more information, visit the restaurant’s Web site.
Route 66 Spirit: B (it is not on Route 66 but it is a “mom and pop” place that has been in the Favazza family since the beginning)