The Hill is a special St. Louis neighborhood. Home to early immigrants from Northern Italy, the streets, buildings, and businesses of The Hill preserve much of St. Louis’ Italian heritage. Italian cuisine forms the backbone of this iconic neighborhood, with amazing restaurants seemingly on every corner.
Larry Fuse Jr. has carved out his own corner - or corners, rather - on the Hill with his two restaurants, Lorenzo’s Trattoria and Gelato di Riso. Fuse was born and raised on The Hill, and opened Lorenzo’s Trattoria in 1999. Lorenzo’s is The Hill’s only Northern Italian restaurant, and while they still serve the tomato- and seafood-heavy dishes popular in Southern Italian cuisine, they specialize in decadent meats and creamy pastas. Expect to leave with a full belly and a smile on your face.
Fuse’s newer addition - Gelato di Riso - is not really new at all. The small gelato shop founded by Suzy Reis has been a staple of The Hill since 2009. Fuse bought Gelato di Riso from Reis in 2011 and has continued to serve gelato made in-house using her recipes. The gelato is delicious and velvety smooth, making it the perfect treat for a hot summer day.
As one might expect from someone who was born on The Hill, grew up on The Hill, and set up his businesses on The Hill, Larry Fuse Jr. is extremely committed to the people of The Hill and of St. Louis, generally. Both Lorenzo’s Trattoria and Gelato di Riso joined GiftAMeal in August 2018, and together, a whopping 2055 meals have been gifted from the two restaurants. That is an incredible impact for the course of a single year.
If you have never been to The Hill, now is the perfect time to get out of the house and explore some of St. Louis’ rich heritage. And if you have been to The Hill before, you know you want to go back. Stop by Gelato di Riso and grab a tasty bowl of gelato to enjoy as you walk on a sunny day. Then once you have worked up an appetite, head over to Lorenzo’s Trattoria and get an introduction to Northern Italian cuisine. Just don’t forget to gift a meal before the food coma hits!
Lorenzo’s Trattoria is located at 1933 Edwards St. St. Louis, MO 63110, and is open Monday through Saturday 5pm - Close and Sunday 4:30pm - 8:30pm. Gelato di Riso is located at 5204 Wilson Ave. St. Louis, MO 63110, and is open Monday through Thursday 8:30am-9:30pm, Friday 8:30am - 10pm, Saturday 9am - 10pm, and Sunday 9am-9pm.
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