Outside of Missouri, many people don’t know about the culinary masterpiece that is toasted ravioli. These amazing fried raviolis are so incredibly tasty that you can find them on most menus in the St. Louis area and they’ve begun to work their way across the Midwest into more restaurants. St. Louisians will tell you that these tasty treats were made here first.
Just like many of the best dishes known to man, toasted raviolis were created by accident. In 1940 at Oldani’s Restaurant one of their chefs dropped a few boiled ravioli into hot grease. They decided to send the mistake out to the bar and the customers loved them. Now, decades later we still can’t get enough of those fried stuffed pasta pillows! No matter where you live in Missouri, you can find a tasty plate of toasted ravs. However, we’ve gone ahead and compiled some of the best places across the state where you can enjoy this famous Missouri dish.
1. Charlie Gitto's on the Hill - St. Louis
Charlie Gitto's is an Italian landmark synonymous with fine dining. The owners claim that their restaurant was the location where toasted ravioli was first created in the 1940's when a different restaurant once operated there. The ravioli here are crisp, fried to perfection, and dusted with cheese. You'll love the t-ravs and everything else that comes out of their kitchen. They're open everyday for dinner only. Find Charlie Gitto's on the Hills at 5226 Shaw Ave., St. Louis, MO.
2. Lombardo's Trattoria - Facebook
Since 1934, Lombard's has been serving fantastic, authentic cuisine. Today Lombardo's is known for their award winning, over-sized toasted raviolis. You can get their ravioli stuffed with beef or with spinach and cheese. Lombardo's is open Lombardo's is open for lunch Wednesday thru Friday and they're open for dinner daily. Check out the amazing toasted ravs from Lombarto's at 201 S 20th St., St. Louis, MO.
3. Cupini's - Kansas City
Culpini's opened in 2003 in hopes of providing Kansas City with fresh made pastas at an affordable price. They have quickly become the top spot for authentic Italian in the Kansas City. The toasted ravioli at Cupini's is made fresh daily, lightly breaded, and fried to perfection. They're open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. On Friday and Saturday they're open from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. and closed on Sundays. Cupini's can be found at 1809 Westport Rd.,
Kansas City, Missouri.
4. Garozzo's Ristorante - Kansas City
Garozzo's is one of the most well reviewed Italian restaurants in Kansas City. Michael Garozzo, the owner, was raised in The Hill neighborhood of St. Louis and brought his dream of owning a restaurant to the Columbus Park neighborhood in KC. You'll flip for their perfectly plump raviolis. Garozzo's is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 10, Friday from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m., Saturday from 4 p.m. until 11 p.m., and Sunday from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Try Garozzo's at 526 Harrison St, Kansas City, MO.
5. Sidebar - Columbia
For the biggest and most uniquely flavored toasted raviolis in the state, you'll want to track down Sidebar. This one-woman show brings her tasty ravioli to different locations all across Columbia. You can also find them at the farmer's market, where you can buy frozen raviolis to make at home. Find out where Sidebar will be popping up next by following them on
6. Bambinos Cafe on Delmar - Springfield
Bambinos is voted as one of the five best restaurants in Springfield year after year. Their original location on Delmar, is tucked back into the Phelps Grove neighborhood. You'll get the welcoming feel that reminds you of a great home cooked meal every time you visit. Their toasted ravioli These crisp beef filled raviolis are perfectly paired with a side of marinara. Bambinos Cafe on Delmar is open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon until 9 p.m. Visit Bambinos Cafe at
1141 E Delmar St.,
7. Zia's - St. Louis
Zia's is one of the most well known Italian restaurants in the St. Louis Hill neighborhood. Zia's opened their door in 1985 and has had a loyal following ever since. Their toasted ravioli is topped with parmigiana and served with a sweet marinara sauce. Find Zia's at 5256 Wilson Ave.,
St. Louis, MO.
8. Mama Toscano's Ravioli - St. Louis
Mama Toscano's is where Italians go for ravioli. They make two different kinds daily. One is perfect for boiling and the other is breaded and perfect for frying. Their stuffing is 90% meat that they butcher, grind, flavor, and stuff into the dough by hand. Stop by their location for lunch or get their products to take home and cook later. Mama Toscano's is closed on Sundays and Mondays. They're open for business Tuesday through Thursday from 7 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and Friday/Saturday from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mama Toscano's Ravioli is located at 2201 Macklind Ave.,
St. Louis, MO.
9. Ciao - Cape Girardeau
Ciao serves authentic, delicious Italian cuisine. In addition to great food, you can also enjoy fine wines at Ciao. Their toasted ravioli is considered "St. Louis" style and is served with their special house made marinara sauce. Ciao is open for dinner everyday except Sundays. Ciao is located at 1650 N Kingshighway St. Ste 102, Cape Girardeau, MO.
10. Madison's Cafe - Jefferson City
Madison's Cafe serves fine American, Italian and eclectic cuisine in a comfortable but upscale environment. Madison's is the go-to destination in Jefferson City for a special night out or celebrations. Madison's toasted raviolis are so tasty. Not only are they meat stuffed but they're also served with a meat Bolognese sauce. Madison's is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., and Saturday from 4:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Madison's Cafe can be found at 216 Madison St., Jefferson City, MO.
Have you tried any of these tasty toasted ravioli dishes? Where is your favorite place for toasted ravs? Tell us about it in the comments below.
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