Vito's Sicilian Pizzeria & Ristorante

by Gayle Wilson

For those looking for reasonably priced and tasty, authentic Italian food to enjoy before or after an event in the Grand Center Art and Theater district, Vito’s is a fine option.

This family-owned and operated restaurant welcomes diners with a comfortable ambiance that underscores its Sicilian authenticity with its red-checkered tablecloths draped with brown butcher paper. On a recent visit (our third), we were greeted and seated promptly in accordance with our early evening reservation (highly recommended on theater event nights). Our server quickly took our drink order from their full-service bar and returned with fresh-baked, warm bread that was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It was perfect for dipping on a small plate of just-poured balsamic and olive oil. It teased our appetites as we perused their well-balanced full Italian menu with a range of seven appetizers (averaging $7 each), many pizza options, four entrées and 13 pastas ranging from $12 to $18. After debating the merits of their five dinner salads, we shared a crisp tricolor salad of leaf lettuce, shredded mozzarella, tomatoes, red onion and black olives—perfectly finished with Vito’s light house dressing.

The pizza varieties are broad including design-your-own, Sicilian thick crust styles, and four pies made from whole wheat crust. We threw caution to the wind and ordered their whole wheat crust pizza with sundried tomato pesto and spinach and hoped it wouldn’t have that all-too-common cardboard flavor that can come from whole wheat. We were pleasantly surprised and the pizza was perfectly cooked. We wished though that we’d asked for light cheese, as it was a bit heavy. The wood fire cooking gave it a crispy and tasty finish. Having sampled many pies in three years I lived in Italy, my pizza standards are high; Vito’s consistently passes with flying colors.

This pre-theater meal was plenty for two to share and be satisfied--especially after noshing on bread. We paid our very reasonable bill of $42 (plus tip) for a salad, pizza, a beer, wine and coffee and were on our way to enjoy a Powell Hall event all in 75 minutes. (Vito’s is about 4 blocks from Powell Hall, so just one spot on Lindell can take care of parking for the whole evening.) We look forward to a return visit by early summer to experience more delectables on Vito’s outdoor patio.

Location: mid-town St. Louis, SLU Campus

Address (click for map): 3515 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63103



Phone: 314.534.8486


Hours: Mon-Wed       11am-10pm

            Thu                 11am-11pm

            Fri                   11am-mid

            Sat                   4:30pm-mid

            Sun                  4:30pm-8pm

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