Manzo’s Retail Store is Closing after 58 Years in business!

“It is with a heavy heart that I must announce that Manzo Importing Company* will be closing the doors to our retail store on Saturday, September 14th. I grew up working in this store and it has been a part of my life since I can remember. I will miss the smell of spices, the hum of the deli case, the taste of salty brine of the olives and fresh feta cheese, but most of all I will miss my wonderful customers whom I have had the privilege of serving through the years!

*Our USDA inspected sausage-making facility ‘Manzo’s Kitchen, Inc.’ will remain open and continue to make our famous italian sausage (salsiccia).”

–Pete Manzo, Proprietor

  • After September 14th, the public will be able to purchase our famous italian sausage via special order through our website.
  • Special orders will be available for pickup at our USDA plant at 5348 Devonshire (next door to the retail store).

We are seeking grocery and specialty retailers that wish to carry Manzo’s Salsiccia for sale in their stores!   If you love our product, please help us by talking to the owners/managers of stores that you shop at and let them know we are USDA inspected and ready to sell to them.  You can also email me the contact information of who you spoke to so we can contact them.  Thanks for helping keep this St. Louis tradition alive.  Drop me a line at pete@manzosausage.com

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24 Responses to “Manzo’s Retail Store is Closing after 58 Years in business!”
  1. Gary S. says:

    I just found you and have been buying frozen meatballs at a record pace. You aren’t going to continue to make meat balls also? I can’t buy Rosina’s or Hormel’s or the like. They are awful. There isn’t a commercial brand of meat ball that is worth a damn anywhere.

    At any rate, all the best to you and your operation. I will buy the Italian sausage when Schnuck’s or Dierbergs start to carry it.

    Good Luck!

  2. Daniela M. says:

    Pete,
    I am very sad to hear this. My family has been coming to the store for at least 50 of those 58 years. Best salciccia, mortadella, ricotta and olives around. (and many other items). I hope I can make it in to pick up some stuff before it runs out.

    I know this was not an easy decision for you. I am sure your parents are proud that you were able to keep it open this long and even prouder of the many new salciccia’s you have created. Good luck. There is only one place we will be buying our salciccia, (unless you get in stores). Have you tried Global Foods in Kirkwood, or even Trader Joes?

  3. Beth says:

    Pete,

    Very sad to hear this news. I have many happy memories of walking to your store to purchase fresh fixings to prepare supper. You will be missed.

    All the best to you in your future endeavors!

  4. Michael Yonan says:

    Pete,

    I’m so sorry to read this, although I can also understand why it’s happening. The store was one of the best things about living in Southampton. My thoughts are with you as you move forward.

    If Schnucks carries your salsiccia, I might possibly be able to get it at the store here in Columbia. (!)

    all best wishes,
    Michael

  5. Fred says:

    Pete,

    Very sorry to hear this news. We always have your ground salsiccia in our freezer and usually your raviolis. We will also very much miss your special dips, olives and great feta. Thank you for being there for us.

  6. Matina says:

    Pete, I was just talking about your store to someone & how you have so many wonderful foods. I understand your situation & know how difficult this decision was. I wish you all the best.

  7. Mary Lee C. says:

    I talked to you about this year’s ago, but it bears repeating. We used to buy our sausage at 7th street meat market which moved to Florissant, what, 50 years ago from downtown. My husband grew up with their cheese and tomato salsiccia. Then the younger generation took over and changed the recipe. Then, we bought it from Viviano’s who had a guy who made the cheese and tomato when we ordered it and then he retired. Then an Italian friend told us about you and we’ve been buying yours ever since. When Mike Viviano opened his market I told him about you. Eh! What ya gonna do? I would go to Mike Viviano and BEG if you want me to. His salsiccia is not NEAR as good as yours. Even your brats are great. So, should I order 20lbs from you now or are you sure I’ll be able to get it from you? I understand your pain. Your brother would be proud that you’ve carried on as you have. We’ll miss you.

  8. Debbie E. says:

    Hi Pete,
    I just wanted to say that I am so very sad that you will be closing the store. I have loved being able to come into your store and purchase much needed items that only you carry. I also always buy your domestic feta cheese, there is no other feta that comes close to yours.

    I will so miss being able to just drive a few minutes from my home to get all my must needed items, including lebanese bread, grape leaves, spices, gyro meat, sausages etc.
    I wish you good luck in your new endeavors and will greatly miss you and your store.

    A loyal customer for years,
    Debbie E

  9. Ron A. says:

    Does this mean that Manzo’s Pizza Sauce will no longer be available? Or will we be able to get it at the sausage factory? We have to drive 100 miles to get to you from Rolla, MO. Hope to get up there this week for more sauce before you close. Is there still pizza sauce available at the store?

    Thanks for all the years, my mom had shopped at your store when I was just a little kid. So sad to see it close.

    Ron A

  10. Suzanne P T says:

    I can’t believe it! Why! I grew up with your store too! I remember your dad and brothers too! I am so sorry to hear that. Where am I gonna get my favorite foods!

    Boo Hoo!

  11. Rob says:

    I am sad to hear the news but best of luck to you and your employees.
    I have really wanted to take your sausage making class as its a huge interest of mine. Any chance you will still have one or a way I can come and learn? Do you have recommendations on equipment that is good for home use?
    Any help you can offer would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

  12. Alexandra G says:

    I’m so sorry to hear this!! I’ve loved your store for years — you will be missed in the neighborhood and STL at large. Next trip to the grocery store, I’ll make sure to mention carrying your salsiccia — I’ll get the name and number for your reference, too.

    Best of luck to you, and thank you for sharing such delicious, quality food with STL,

  13. admin says:

    I should still be able to sell the pizza sauce by special order. They are sold by the case. 6 in a case. But i will need 2 weeks lead time. As with everything now on, it is a special order item and you will need to give advanced notice and I can get it for you, so send me an email ahead of time.

  14. admin says:

    Thank you Lexi… We are looking for retailers to carry the product and we appreciate your help.

  15. Elinor & Michael W says:

    I can’t imagine not having your sausage, pasta sauce, tortellini, etc in our freezer. Your food has been a staple at our house for years and there won’t be a way to replace it. We have looked forward to shopping at your store and seeing the same nice people behind the counter for so long that I suppose we took it for granted. And that memorable dinner in your store!! I guess we should feel lucky we got to that one but we always assumed there would be more we could bring our friends to

    And you—we will miss you personally.

    Michael and I both hope the future has wonderful things in store for you–as you have provided wonderful things for us.

    Elinor and Michael

  16. Daniela M says:

    I am very sad to hear this. My family has been coming to the store for at least 50 of those 58 years. Best salciccia, mortadella, ricotta and olives around. (and many other items). I hope I can make it in to pick up some stuff before it runs out.

    I know this was not an easy decision for you. I am sure your parents are proud that you were able to keep it open this long and even prouder of the many new salciccia’s you have created. Good luck. There is only one place we will be buying our salciccia, (unless you get in stores).

    Have you tried Global Foods in Kirkwood, or even Trader Joes?

  17. admin says:

    Gary, after we close, a full list of what will be available for special order will be on our website, so please stay tuned http://www.manzosausage.com

  18. admin says:

    We are USDA inspected and ready to sell. We are looking for both retailers and distributors. Tell your local grocers that you do business with about our product and let me know who you spoke to and a contact number and we will follow up. The future of Manzo’s salsiccia is in our customers hands! We appreciate your help.

  19. Terry T says:

    So sorry to hear this news – you have been a staple in the neighborhood for quite some time. I have enjoyed your sausage, your pasta, sandwiches and just having your store so close — Good Luck !

  20. jr says:

    Very sorry to hear this. We have always bought our freshly grated cheeses and olive oil at Manzo’ and the salsiccia. Everything was good and fresh. It is good to know the salsiccia will still be available but very sorry to hear we won’t be able to purchase our grated cheeses or olive oil there anymore.

  21. Laura says:

    This makes me sad. I have been going to Manzo’s for many years. What is going to happen to the delicious olive salad? Will we still be able to order that on your website?

  22. Laura says:

    This is very sad indeed. My family has been shopping at Manzo’s since I was a kid.
    Will we still be able to purchase your famous olive salad? I hope so ! Good luck to you
    And God bless 🙂

  23. admin says:

    yes, our olive salad is available for special order along with our salsiccia. It is currently on our online order form.

  24. admin says:

    yes Laura, our olive salad is available on our online order form at http://manzosausage.com/wordpress/?page_id=674

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