Gioia's Deli - The Hot Salami Sandwich Is A Meaty Marvel

4.3/5 stars Review Philosophy

Gioia's Deli Takeaway. A meaty marvel. 7.8/10 sandwich. Eating this sandwich is a joyous experience. 24oz total with 8oz of meat is one of the biggest sandwiches in St. Louis. $14.36 with tax and tip. Order ahead online to avoid a wait. Expect 1 minute per person in line and then another six for the sandwich to be made. Seating inside and outside. Fun Italian deli experience and decorations. Can be incredibly busy. Parking is simple in a dedicated lot or on the street, depending on the location. There's no L in the name despite what my brain says.

Table Of Contents: Experience | Food | Atmosphere | Receipt | Comparison Table

Gioia's Deli Big Shot


  • 1934 Macklind Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110
  • (314) 776-9410
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  • Yelp - 4.6 stars - 478 ratings
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  • Google Maps - 4.8 stars - 2,141 ratings


Monday10 AM–4 PM
Tuesday10 AM–4 PM
Wednesday10 AM–4 PM
Thursday10 AM–4 PM
Friday10 AM–4 PM
Saturday10 AM–4 PM


Gioia's Deli Sandwich Stats - The Hot Salami

Size: 10" long x 3" high x 3" wide

Weight: 24oz

Meat Weight: 8oz

Base Cost: $12

All In Cost: $14.36

Time to Order: 1 minute per person in line

Sandwich Perp: 6 minutes

Gioia's Deli Experience Summary

Gioia's Deli is my OG St. Louis sandwich experience. It was my first fancy sandwich when I moved here in 2019 after searching "Sandwiches near me." And up until my St. Louis sandwich adventures, it was my go-to for a Saturday lunch or contractors working around the house.

Gioia's Deli Front

While not the best sandwich in St. Louis, Giola's boasts the biggest - the Hot Salami is a meaty marvel tipping the scales at eight ounces of meat, with my particular sandwich hitting an impressive 24oz overall. You can jack it up to 26oz if you order the Hot Salami and Roast Beef for an extra $1.

Gioia's Deli sandwich

The giant size alone makes it an absolute joy to eat. I haven't had that much fun with each bite with any other St. Louis sandwich.

However, when it comes to flavor, the Hot Salami - their signature choice - is somewhat underwhelming. It's not hot enough, and it doesn't have enough flavor to stand out amongst the rest of the ensemble. Overall, I give the sandwich a 7.8/10 and on my list of the best sandwiches in Saint Louis. A very worthy neighborhood joint that won't leave you disappointed.

Gioia's Deli menu

The Food At Gioia's Deli

My go-to sandwich is the signature Hot Salami sandwich.

Hot Salami is a St. Louis thing, but the flavor reminds me of Taylor Ham from breakfast sandwiches in New Jersey (or pork roll if you're from South Jersey).

Gioia's Deli height

The texture of the meat is fantastic. It's almost airy but gives a complete mouth feel. Like literally makes your mouth feel full. Feel for it the next time you have it.

Unfortunately, while the flavor is good, it's not intense enough for the rest of the sandwich. The meat gets lost in the sea of very good toppings.

Gioia's Deli sandwich meat weight - 4oz

The 'hot' in its name is somewhat misleading as it barely registers on the heat scale, maybe a .75 out of 5. My suggestion to Gioia's would be simple - amplify the salami's flavor profile, and the sandwich moves from a 7.8 to an 8.5.

Not that I have any idea how one amplifies a salami's flavor profile.

Gioia's Deli size

The toppings - standard lettuce, pepperoncini, oil, vinegar, and non-spicy giardiniera - create what is essentially a solid Italian sub. In my experience, they are top-of-the-line freshness and are definitely a net positive to the sandwich experience.

Gioia's Deli sandwich insides

The bread is St. Louis sandwich standard - it does's job of holding the sandwich together without being memorable. Another place that would up its sandwich quality by simply using Union Loafer bread.

Assuming it could fit all the meat in it.

Gioia's Deli sandwich bite

As a note, my buddy opted for a half-roast beef, half-hot salami sandwich that clocked in at 26.1oz for $13. So, if you go that route, an extra 2oz of something for $1.

Also, grab some Ripplin Red Hots or Goat Kicker chips to round out the St. Louis experience.

Gioia's Deli sandwich vs tennis ball size

Gioia's Deli Atmosphere And Miscellaneous

Giola's system of service efficiency works swiftly, with only a 9-minute 8-second wait despite being third in line.

That broke down into 3:44 time-to-order followed by 5:23 seconds of prep time. They call your name when your order is ready.

Gioia's Deli register

To avoid any variability, I usually order online before I head over. Their square website lets you set a pickup time, so I normally order for my designated time in the morning. The minimum wait can be only 15 minutes, but I mentally prep at least an hour as sometimes it's super busy.

I noticed they had two registers, but only one cash register was open during my visit. On a busier day, I hope both registers will be open as that would significantly reduce wait times. I've seen mega lines at the Creve Couer location when I go to pickup.

Gioia's Deli waiting area

The shops themselves have a typical, cozy deli atmosphere. My experiences at the Creve Coeur location and the one in the Hill have always been met with friendly service.

There are a half dozen seating options in both locations I've been to. The Hill location has outdoor seating which becomes an additional perk in warmer weather.

Gioia's Deli tables

And for the love of god, my brain will not stop adding an L to make it Giola's. This review has seen me fix that typo…every…single…time.

Gioia's Deli line menu

Parking At Gioia's Deli

Parking poses no problem at both locations I've been to. There's a dedicated parking lot at the Creve Coeur location and ample street parking around Berra Park in The Hill.

Gioia's Deli parking

Gioia's Deli Receipt

Gioia's Deli receipt

Sandwich Size Comparisons

PlaceSandwich ScorePriceTypeOverall WeightMeat WeightLength
Blues City Deli 9.7 $10.50 Roast Beef 13.7 5.2 8.0
Carl's Deli 9.3 $11.95 Pastrami 14.3 9.6 6.0
Legrand's Market & Catering 8.8 $10.49 Special 11.4 7.6 8.0
Parker's Table 8.7 $13.00 Special 9.0 4.8 5.0
Nomad 8.3 $14.00 Pastrami 13.6 7.6 6.0
Gioia's Deli 7.8 $12.00 Italian 24.0 8.0 10.0
Eovaldi's Deli 7.2 $11.95 Italian 27.8 13.8 9.0
Mom's Deli 7.1 $9.50 Special 16.9 9.8 9.0
Lion's Choice 7.0 $7.89 Roast Beef 7.7 5.4 4.0
Adriana's on the Hill 6.9 $13.50 Roast Beef 17.0 6.8 12.0
Snarf's Sandwiches 6.4 $13.50 Italian 24.4 5.6 12.0
Pickles Deli 4.1 $10.99 Special 8.3 3.6 6.0
Fozzie's Sandwich Emporium 2.1 $12.95 Roast Beef 15.0 6.8 6.0
Protzel's Deli 1.9 $13.00 Pastrami 12.8 6.8 6.0

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