by Ian Froeb
Our call for nominations for St. Louis' most overrated Italian restaurants didn't generate nearly as many submissions as we expected. (Come on, folks. We know how jaded you really are.) Still, a few names popped up, so we'll skip right to the finals.
St. Louis' Most Overrated Italian Restaurant: The Finalists
Cunetto House of Pasta (5453 Magnolia Avenue; 314-781-1135)
milkshakes: Cunetto's. I had the worst pasta ever there. Came completely drowned in a boiling hot cream sauce, but the unrecognizable meat mixture inside was ice cold. Probably won't go back anytime soon.
Rigazzi's (4945 Daggett Avenue; 314-772-4900)
scrdn: Go to Rigazzi's if you need someone to cook Chef Boyardee for you
Tony's (410 Market Street; 314-231-7007)
eaterSTL: From its reputation you would think it is worthy of a Michelin star or two or three. In fact, it is reasonable quality, but not outstanding, food; absolutely no creativity or inspiration in the menu; mediocre service; antiquated atmosphere; I could go on and on.
Zia's Restaurant (5256 Wilson Avenue; 314-776-0020)
Mr_H: Zia's. Overly sugared red sauce and "alfredo sauce" that has the taste and consistency of watered-down Elmer's Glue.
Page through to vote!
Voting runs through the end of Sunday, August 19. Because we received fewer nominations than usual, we're allowing a write-in option for this final vote. So, if you think there's a restaurant more overrated than one of these four, please suggest it.
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