I try to keep Italian dinners to a relative minimum, just because St Louis has plenty of great spots and everyone knows about them. But when a new one DOES open here out west, especially when it's something very specific like Sicilian (vs. plain old Italian), I still check it out. In this case, Vito's is a known and loved restaurant near Grand Center; but they opened a more upscale location here in the valley a few months ago and as you can imagine, it's just delicious. So a dinner is clearly in order!
Cuisine - I'm willing to bet that I needn't explain Italian food to anyone. But did you know that it was through the Mediterranean influence of the island of Sicily that many things we consider typical of Italian food - like tomatoes - became a routine part of the cuisine? And if you enjoy steak or rice or eggplant or saffron or peppers or, believe it or not, spaghetti, in your Italian food, or thick-crust pizza, you can thank Sicily as well. Of course today, the various cuisines of Italy tend to be pretty well blended, but still, Vito's does a great job of "representing" more of the Sicilian end of the spectrum! From a delicious variety of risottos and pasta, to their incredible steaks, chicken, seafood, and salads, Vito's choices are incredibly delicious. And let's not forget their pizzas, for which they are justifiably well-known, and which include both the traditional Sicilian-style plus hand-tossed crust, plus calzones. Bottom line, whether you know Sicilian from Venetian when it comes to Italian food, you will love Vito's!
Cost - Despite lots of rather high-cost Italian restaurants in the region, Vito's manages to keep their prices very reasonable. Almost all dishes run in the mid teens, with only a few steaks and seafood dishes breaking the $20 mark. You won't find much Italian food this outstanding nearby for prices this low!
Other Info - Vito's is located on the northwest corner of the large L-shaped strip center (aka Chesterfield Towne Center) on the southwest corner of Long Rd and Edison, in the space formerly occupied by Picasso's and Trattoria Branica. They are on the opposite end as Wildhorse Grill. Tons of parking right out front.
I'm looking forward to seeing lots of my west county foodies at Vito's on Monday the 12th!
Vito's In The Valley