1934 Macklind Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
An institution on the Hill since 1918, Gioia’s Deli began its life as a grocery store but is now a sandwich shop. Gioia’s is most famous for its hot salami, or Salam de Testa: a thick, soft salami made from beef and — yes — pork snouts. The flavor is rich and earthy and delicious. Try it on its own or in the “Italian trio” with mortadella and Genoa salami, peperoncini, onions and cheese on toasted garlic bread. Gioia’s salsiccia is tasty, too, especially when smothered with melting mozzarella cheese.
Husband introduced me to this place during a recent visit to his parents. He used to eat there practically every day when he worked in downtown StL. Ok, so the place is pretty shabby, there are ridiculously long waits at lunchtime, seating is woefully inadequate, and the service is neither the friendliest nor the quickest ever, but the subs are to die for. The salami is sooooo tasty, and their Italian dressing is really different and totally delicious. We always make a point of going to Gioia’s when we’re in the area.