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Oct 19, 2009 02:18 PM

Fine Cheeses and Charcuterie in St. Louis

Where can I find artisanal cheeses and charcuterie in St. Louis? I'm going to visit my sister, who lives in Clayton, and would like to find guanciale or pancetta to make carbonara.

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  1. Artisanal cheeses are available at The Wine & Cheese Place in Clayton as well as at Whole Foods and at The Wine Merchant, also in Clayton. I'll be curious to hear who has guanciale or pancetta. You may find these also at Wine & Cheese Place. I'd also check at DiGregorio's or Viviano's on The Hill. Let us know what you find.

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    1. re: alan

      I'll second The Wine and Cheese Place. You can pick up Armando Batali's Salumi there, for example.

      If you are around on a weekend, you can see what Salume Beddu is offering at the Tower Grove market. He's a local producer.


      1. re: sheriffblalock

        I get guanciale regularly from the Salume Beddu folks, and I find it quite delicious. Of course, I've never had another version so I don't have much to compare it to.

      2. re: alan

        DiGregorio's and Viviano's both sell Volpi's products. Neither has guanciale and neither sells imported pancetta.

      3. Definitely try the Wine Merchant.

        1. Velda,
          I know DiGregorios, www.digregoriofoods.com has pancetta although I'm not sure if it is imported or domestic. It is a small italian market with a large variety of both local and imported sausage and cheese located on the Hill in South St. Louis. If you go there on a Saturday morning you could swing down to Soulard Farmers Market for the local eggs you mentioned in another post.

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          1. re: STLLifer

            For the best salami in the area go straight to the source Volpi Salmaria. It is in the hill. They are St Louis's best kept secret and are on the original Muffaletta at the Central Grocery in New Orleans.

            1. re: STLLifer

              DiGregorio's carries both domestic and imported pancetta, also some very good imported speck.

            2. Check out Salume Beddu [the Salumeria], located on 3469 Hampton Ave. in South St. Louis. Very artisanal Italian salumi: coppa, salame, pancetta, guanciale, lardo, ciccioli... Also, great cheeses, olives, imported pastas, excellent selection of antipasti. salumebeddu.com

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              1. re: lardum

                I am so excited to find out where to buy guanciale locally - thank you! Just got back from Italy and the real deal bucatini all'amatriciana needs guanciale! Grazie mille.

                1. re: chinitav

                  I went to Volpi's on Thursday -- they make and carry guanciale. I bought some, haven't used it yet. Will report.