(410 Market St., 314-231-7007)

Regarded for years as the best Italian restaurant in all of St. Louis, Tony’s has earned this reputation the hard way. Tony’s has been serving downtown diners for more than 40 years. Entire generations of families were raised on Tony’s. Order the signature dish — Lobster Albanello — and you won’t be disappointed. Yes, Tony’s really is that good.

Photo by Monica Mileur