Review by: Michael Stern

Amighetti’s is a serve-yourself sandwich shop that has become a beloved culinary institution on “The Hill,” St. Louis’s old Italian neighborhood. Eating here is casual and fun, especially on a pleasant summer day. Place your order at the window and wait for your name to be called. Find yourself a seat, indoors or out, and feast on a legendary Italian sandwich.

The cold cuts are fine, but what puts this sandwich into the stratosphere is bread — bread baked next door. There are several varieties, but for sandwiches, Amighetti makes a beautiful torpedo loaf with sturdy insides ready to be loaded with slices of ham, roast beef, Genoa salami, and cheese, garnished with shreds of lettuce, and a special house dressing that is tangy and a little bit sweet. Those are the elements of  the famed Amighetti special. Other fine sandwiches are available, including a garlicky Italian hero, roast beef, and a three-cheese veggie sandwich – all recommended in no small part because of the bread on which they’re served.

Each sandwich comes wrapped in butcher paper inscribed with Amighetti’s undeniable motto: Often Imitated, Never Duplicated.

What To Eat

Amighetti Special

Popodoro Soup

Toasted Ravioli


Amighetti’s Recipes


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