Lunch is a dying art—except at the holidays. Whether we are packing in as many activities as possible, or slowing things down enough (once the decorating and shopping are done) to take a break, it seems the lunch crowd picks up just a bit.
It was evident at Adriana’s on the Hill. We’ve been there when they were busy (which is almost always), but it seems holiday appetites were in full swing. Still, while the counter person was busy, she took plenty of time to let us discuss our options with her.
We chose the Nana’s Special, figuring we’d get the best of good Italian style roast beef plus salsiccia (mild Italian sausage). She let us in on a secret—order it with the cheesy garlic bread and you get a wonderful mix of flavors on your sandwich, for just a little extra. It comes with a marinara sauce that tastes like it was just ladled out of an Italian Nana’s kitchen, too.
If you have a huge appetite, you can probably down it all–or have your companion get a second sandwich so you can try two different ones. The meatball, we know from past experience, is outstanding. The Joe is great if you want a more traditional Italian sub. Or try any one of the sandwiches, salads, pizza, or combos.
Smaller appetite? Take a friend and split the sandwich–add a dessert, like the St. Louis specialty, ooey gooey butter cake, if they have it. Let that melt in your mouth and you’ll forget all the holiday errands you have yet to do!
Keep in mind this is definitely a lunch place—hours are 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day except Sunday.
We initially found Adriana’s when we asked the proprietor of the Missouri Baking Company for a lunch recommendation one day. She crooked her finger at us and said, “Adriana’s. It’s the best.” Let’s just say, she knows her food!