I am a little hesitant to revive this 7 1/2 year old thread that I found while searching the phrase "toasted ravioli." I was looking for a home for my picture and recommendation from my discovery this past weekend in Saint Louis. The banter above is priceless, though, and would hate to ruin it with a food recommendation! :)
Still, I may have found the best toasted ravioli (T-ravs, apparently, to the locals) in all of St. Louis. This place, believe it or not, wasn't even open when the snark on this thread was happening back in 2005!
I can't say that Stellina Pasta
would meet many folks' definition of "Roadfood," as it is more of a modern Italian restaurant, as opposed to the classic red sauce joints found on The Hill. That said, I am thinking, in particular, my friend zataar
would love this place. Cutting to the chase....
Like most places in St. Louis, Stellina is not particularly expensive. I believe that the toasted ravioli were about $8 for the plate of five, with a small salad. The menu at Stellina changes every day, and I was told that they make the filling for the toasted ravioli just about every other day, so there are never any frozen ravioli being served. This filling included mozzarella, ricotta and basil. I should have taken a cross section photo, but got caught up in the eating and not in the photo-taking. I assure you, these were not gummy in the middle at all. The filling binded together, for sure, with the help of the melted mozz, but I would never call these gummy. The sauce was the previously described "St. Louis sweet." I am thinking that this may be a MO/IL thing? My ex-wife was from the Peoria area and she sweetened her red sauce with cinnamon. This tasted very similar - and I like it.
I would heartily recommend Stellina Pasta for their Roadfood-approved, regionally-appropriate, made famous in Saint Louis, toasted ravioli - and to try some of their other, more eclectic modern takes on Italian food.