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St. Louis locals are all about their t-ravs. As for the exact origin of the toasted ravioli, there are multiple stories floating around. The most widely accepted is that a chef accidentally dropped raviolis in hot oil instead of boiling water. A few restaurants on our list claim to be the original toasted ravioli joint, and it’s really hard to choose the best! Here’s our list of the top 10 spots for toasted ravioli in St. Louis.
Trattoria Marcella makes giant, pillow shaped toasted raviolis with a crispy shell. They are fried only lightly, and you can still taste the flavor of the fresh pasta dough used to make them. These raviolis are stuffed to the brim with a blend of beef, veal, pork, spinach, onions, carrots and spices. This special combination gives them a rich and hearty flavor. Trattoria Marcella is also known for its thick marinara dipping sauce, which is equally deserving of accolade. Combined with all of the other delicious dishes available here, Trattoria Marcella is undoubtedly one of the best Italian restaurants in St. Louis.
3600 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63109, United States +1 314-352-7706
Stellina Pasta Café serves simple Italian dishes made with high quality, carefully sourced ingredients. Some of its dishes include salads, sandwiches, and handmade pasta. Stellina Pasta Café is a great place to try toasted ravioli particularly if there are vegetarians among you. Their remarkably tasty toasted ravioli sometimes comes filled with ricotta and spinach while on other occasions they offer toasted raviolis with stuffed cauliflower or cheese, and ones with three onion filling. Keep in mind that the menu changes by season. For dessert, try the bread pudding with sweet potato ice cream or the lemon tart. Stellina Pasta Café also serves brunch.
3342 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63139, United States +1 314-256-1600
Rigazzi’s is a fun and casual Italian-American establishment mainly offering pizzas and cocktails. Of course, they also make some delectable toasts raviolis garnished in cheese and fresh basil. Some evenings you can even get this appetizer half price while enjoying live music, making Rigazzi’s one of the best value spots to eat ravioli in St. Louis. This is the kind of spot for a laidback afternoon or evening with friends or place to eat before heading to a St. Louis Blues hockey game. Rigazzi’s recently added a pleasant outdoor veranda, perfect for warm days.
4945 Daggett Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, United States +1 314-772-4900