Gioia’s Deli, located on the 1900 block of Macklind Avenue, was awarded the America’s Classics award from the James Beard Foundation. Each year since 1998 the James Beard Foundation Awards Committee has recognized our nation’s beloved regional restaurants. Distinguished by their timeless appeal, they serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities. We anoint these locally owned restaurants with a James Beard Foundation Award and designate them as America’s Classics. Gioia’s Deli received the award and is said to “have timeless appeal and are cherished for quality food that reflects the character of their community” by the James Beard Foundation.
Owner Alex Donley says Only five are given out a year, and it’s a nationwide award. It’s a big deal, it’s like winning an Oscar if I was a movie. The award is not only his but the many generations that came before him, who shared this secret recipe. Gioa’s Deli is uniquely St. Louis and they have served the sandwich called the hot salami sandwich over 100 years and it has become a St. Louis institution.
Gioia’s Deli On The Hill is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Saturday. They also have a Downtown location on Pine street open from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Don’t forget to locate their food truck