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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.imo­ 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). 3467 Hamp­ton Ave., 314.353.3100. Map 4-5D.


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.kakao­choco­ 7272 Manch­ester Rd., 314.645.4446. Map 4- 4B.

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