Vivola Express - The Everyman's Awesome Sandwich Shop

4.37 stars Review Philosophy

Vivola Express Takeaway. Fantastic local sandwich shop with top-quality meats, cheeses, and breads. The classic Italian sandwich was a 8.1/10 for $14. Expect a line of 20-30 minutes by 11:30 AM. I have no idea how Subway stays in business next door.


Table Of Contents: Experience | Food | Atmosphere | Receipt


Vivola Express garlic cheese bread

Details

  • 1911 Schuetz Rd Saint Louis, MO 63146
  • (314) 995-3900
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  • Yelp - 4.7 stars - 201 ratings
  • TripAdvisor - 4.5 stars - 21 ratings
  • Google Maps - 4.9 stars - 488 ratings

Hours

DayHours
Monday10AM–2:30PM
Tuesday10AM–2:30PM
Wednesday10AM–2:30PM
Thursday10AM–2:30PM
Friday10AM–2:30PM
SaturdayClosed
SundayClosed

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Vivola Express Experience Summary

Vivola Express is a throwback to the small delis I experienced growing up on the East Coast in New Jersey and New York. They pride themselves on the quality of the meats, cheeses, and breads they use in their recipes. The Italian Classic sandwich I had came with garlic cheese bread sourced from Pete's Bread, a local bakery, and freshly sliced pepperoni, soppressata, genoa salami, and mozzarella. All for $14, which is basically the same price as the Subway next door.

Vivola Express Front

The sandwich was huge, heavy, and delicious. It's the kind of sandwich that makes you only want to eat vegetables for dinner. It didn't beat my favorite Italian Hoagie from White's Deli in New Jersey's LBI, but it would land in the top three.

Vivola Express Menu Front

The line was maybe 15 people deep at 11:30 AM, and it took us 26 minutes to get through it. When we left at 12:30 PM, the line was 20-25 people deep. So you can expect to wait at least 30 minutes unless you arrive early.

Vivola Express Line

The Food At Vivola Express

The best part of the food at Vivola Express is the apparent high quality. They freshly slice each sandwich's meats and cheeses from a fridge in the front.

Vivola Express Italian Sub

They are constantly experimenting with new cheeses - they were giving out fresh samples of a new peperjack to everyone in line. One of the guys I was with built his sandwich around it.

The bread is all locally sourced. Vivola Express is particularly proud of the garlic cheese bread, which acts as the recommended bread for most sandwiches.

The subs were probably 8 inches long, but they packed so much meat and cheese that I was full all day. I'm on a diet, and this sandwich was the first time I felt full in three weeks. It's a great sandwich as part of a hard day's work.

Vivola Express Menu Back

They have a solid mix of peppers, Giardiniera, and all the usual toppings you'd expect at a sandwich shop. Ms. Vicky's chips and a fountain drink can round out your meal.

Overall, it was a very solid 8.1/10 sandwich and one of the best sandwiches I've had in St. Louis.

Vivola Express Atmosphere And Miscellaneous

I was able to talk to the family that owns and runs the deli for a bit. They said they serve about 200-250 sandwiches a day and have been in business for 24 years.

Vivola Express had a dozen or so tables for eating in, but a good chunk of people took their sandwiches to leave.

Vivola Express Seating

It was interesting, but 90%+ of the clientele were men - probably about 92 of the 100 people I saw over an hour. It's the kind of place where

Parking At Vivola Express

The parking at Vivola Express is straightforward. The sandwich shop is part of a small strip mall with dedicated parking. Plenty of space when the three of us ate at 11:30 AM.

Vivola Express Parking

Vivola Express Receipt

Vivola Express 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
Vivola Express 8.1 $13.00 Italian
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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