“The Hill” St. Louis’ Little Italy

Jun 10, 2013 937

When the fire hydrants begin to look like Italian flags with green, red and white stripes, you know you're on "The Hill". With an Italian American style all their own, featuring Provel cheese and fried ravioli, there's an unmistakable St. Louis flair in this town's Italian flavor.

Settlement of what's now called "the Hill" began in the 1830′s, but the area boomed later that century with the discovery of rich clay mines. The expansion of clay pits and plant production brought Italian immigrants from northern Italy and Sicily to St. Louis and they settled north of the city on the Hill, named for being close to the highest point in the area. Able to find work within the neighborhood, the immigrants, first, bought houses and, then, started businesses — grocery stores, bakeries, restaurants, barber shops and tailor shops, to name a few.

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Fonte: Jovina Cooks Italian

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