You will soon be able to find a slice of one of St. Louis’ favorite delis in the frozen aisle at Schnucks Markets.
Frozen pizzas from Gioia’s Deli will be available at select locations of the local grocery store chain beginning in early February. The pizzas were originally developed at the deli last spring at the beginning of St. Louis’ initial COVID-19 shutdown. Producing the pizzas helped to keep Gioia’s staff on board and paid; the deli quickly began selling over 1,000 pizzas every month.
Three different frozen pizzas will be available for purchase at Schnucks:
The Original (topped with Gioia’s famous hot salami and cheese)
The Big Italian (topped with hot salami, pepperoni and cheese)
The Hot Salami on Gioia’s Garlic Cheese Crust (featuring the same sauce Gioia’s uses on its garlic cheese bread)
“The St. Louis restaurant industry has had to be extremely creative in order to survive this pandemic,” Gioia’s co-owner Alex Donley said in a press release. “Deli Frozen Pizzas are an example of that creativity. We are so excited to have our historic brand in the frozen pizza section at select Schnucks this February.”