I normally post on the Southwest board, but a couple of (long) driving trips this summer have taken us to 30+ different states. DH and I were in St Louis recently and asked locals for a downtown dinner rec. To a person, Charlie Gitto's got high praise so who were we to quibble. Off we went hoping for a great Italian meal.
I ordered gnocchi with cream and red sauce and was very disappointed with the lead-like texture of the gnocchi and Campbell's tomato soup-like sauce. DH ordered Chicken Marsala and neither of us could detect a hint of Marsala anywhere on the plate. The chicken was shoe-leather tough. He also asked for pasta to be served instead of potato and was told that "the chef would have a fit if anyone tried to change his menu". DH could eliminate the potato and order a side of plain pasta but that was the only way to get this combo. OK, that's what he did. The angel hair pasta was a wonder -- the ends of the strands were hard and the middle was mush.
I ordered a glass of Pinot Grigio to start and Pinot Noir with dinner. I got Pinot Grigio both times and when I pointed out that the Pinot Noir is a different wine and should be red I got a lot of attitude from the waiter about "... who knows with wines with the same name".
Maybe it was an off night or maybe we just didn't get it, but Charlie Gitto's downtown location was a $70 disappointment. If The Hill location is a knockout, we missed the boat because downtown was two thumbs down, way down.