Imo’s exemplifies St. Louisstyle pizza with its cracker-thin crust and use of provel cheese (an exclusive St. Louis blend of cheddar, Swiss and provolone). The immensely popular brand has pizzerias all over the St. Louis area (find the one nearest you at www.imospizza.com) and a souvenir-packed Imo’s Retail Store at 17th and Delmar, downtown, 314.571.5139, Map 2-1B.
If you are into cured meats and other gourmet comestibles, do not miss this shop, hailed as the home of the “best salami in the country” by Forbes magazine. Traditional methods and premium ingredients make the salami, coppa, guanciale and other goods standouts. Come at lunchtime for antipasti, sandwiches and seasonal specials. Open 11 am- 6 pm Tu-Sa (lunch served 11 am-3 pm Tu- F, 11 am- 4 pm Sa). www.salumebeddu.com. 3467 Hampton Ave., 314.353.3100. Map 4-5D.
JOHN VOLPI & COMPANY
Located on The Hill, St. Louis’ storied Italian community, Volpi makes its legendary cured meats in St. Louis (since 1902) and sells them at the landmark storefront at 5258 Daggett, where you’ll find prosciutto, capocolla, coppa, salsiccia, feline, salame, fuet, finocchiona toscana, mortadella, guanciale and so much more. 3145.772.8550, Map 4- 4E.
The chocolatiers here are serious about their chocolate concoctions, whether dark, milk, white or even lavender- or chipotle-laden. While the product may end up whimsical, the kitchen chemistry is focused on making unbeatable products: truffles, confections, barks, drink mixes, ice creams, marshmallows and more. Open M-Sa 10 am-7 pm, Su noon-5 pm. www.kakaochocolate.com. 7272 Manchester Rd., 314.645.4446. Map 4- 4B.
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