Italian: Trattoria Marcella

St. Louis has no shortage of old-school Italian eateries, but brothers Steve and Jamie Komorek’s Trattoria Marcella – a local favorite since opening in Lindenwood Park in 1995 – stands out for infusing classic Italian fare with a modern American twist. Look for hand-tossed pizzas alongside regional Italian dishes including pastas inspired by southern Italy and risottos from the north, as well as classic entrées like chicken spiedini and a spin on osso buco that’s made with pork shank. (Photo by Jacklyn Meyer)

Trattoria Marcella, trattoriamarcella.com

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