Mama's on The Hill

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In a Nutshell

  • Handcrafted menu items
  • Co-taught by owner & manager
  • Courses last up to 2 hours
  • Located on The Hill

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Contrary to popular belief, when the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie, that's a lawsuit. Enjoy Italian cuisine without fear of physical reprisal with today's Groupon: for $25, you get an Italian-culinary class at Mama's on The Hill (up to a $50 value). Choose from the following dates and times:

  • Saturday, June 18 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, June 18 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 9 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 16 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 23 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 23 at 2 p.m.
  • Saturday, July 30 at 10 a.m.
  • Saturday, July 30 at 2 p.m.

At Mama's on The Hill, culinary students learn to handcraft a savory selection of Italian cuisine under the seasoned tutelage of Italian chefs during Saturday cooking classes. Co-taught by the establishment's owner and general manager, each with more than two decades of experience preparing Italian cuisine, the 90-minute–two-hour classes teach participants proper Italian-cooking techniques such as sturdily stacking lasagna layers or using manicotti binoculars to spy on competing kitchens. Students collaborate to compile a flavorful spread of Mama's on The Hill menu items such as bruschetta, chicken spedini, or Mama Campini's original chicken lasagna. At the completion of each culinary conquest, newly proficient cooks can sample their flavorful fare and take home recipe cards to use in kitchens or attach to bicycle spokes.

Mama's On The Hill

According to many members of the close-knit Italian community on The Hill, it was at a restaurant called Oldani's in the early 1940s that a clumsy chef dropped a piece of pasta in frying oil and created the first toasted ravioli. That dish went on to become a Saint Louis specialty, and Oldani's went on to become Mama's On The Hill, rechristened by matron Mama Campisi, who took it over in 1982. When Mama's sons, John and Frank, had to give up the restaurant in 2005, Lance and Andrea Ervin jumped at the chance to take over the culinary landmark. They reopened it in 2006, retaining many of Mama's original recipes as well as the crisp signature pasta.

Ivory and black stripes upholster padded chairs in the understated dining room, where a set of glowing candles are ensconced in a stone fireplace. Here, Mama's special recipes still serve as blueprints for many of the house sauces, including the marinara and parmesan cream. Salmon entrees are drizzled with her chianti-balsamic glaze, and deep-fried shrimp do cannonballs into her cocktail sauce.

Mama's famous fare also lures avid diners to enroll in culinary classes taught by kitchen staff. In the currently running sauces class, up to 20 students set pots a-simmer in groups of five, fueled by appetizers, snacks, and pep talks given by freshly cracked bottles of wine.

Customer Reviews

Great food arrived hot!
Tiffany R. · January 4, 2017
Stay away
Shelly M. · January 17, 2014
Really enjoyed and will be back.
Debra G. · February 16, 2013
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    The Hill

    2132 Edwards Street

    St. Louis, MO 63110

    +13147763100

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