History

Salvatore DiGregorio

Salvatore “Sam” DiGregorio – we love you! This site is dedicated to you in loving memory. To the best Husband, Father, Grandfather, Brother, and Uncle a family could ask for. We could not have done it without you.

Salvatore DiGregorio was born in Lercara Friddi, Sicily on March 3, 1932, to Francesco and Guiseppa DiGregorio. The DiGregorio’s had eight children. Due to World War II, work was scarce and the family moved to Liege, Belgium when Sam was 14 years old.

He married Theodora (Dora) on September 15, 1951. In June 1954, Sam and Dora moved to St. Louis with their two small children, Guiseppa and Francesco.

In June of 1971, Sam seized an opportunity and started a small corner grocery store on “The Hill”.  He worked long, hard hours with his family, now including Antonia and Giovanni, by his side.

The DiGregorio family is known for their Italian Salsiccia and patrons came not only from St. Louis, but from all over the country for speciality meats, such as veal, braciole and spedini. Restaurant owners began purchasing DiGregorio’s products.  As the business grew, the family expanded their product line with items such as precooked sauces, frozen pastas, meatballs, spedini, 38 different types of sausages, and much more.

Today, DiGregorio’s is owned and operated by Dora and her three surviving children: Frank, Toni, and John.  Working together, the second generation continues to grow and expand the business’s retail, wholesale, and manufacturing operations. And, their children—Sam and Dominique, Sam and Giovanni, Michael and Michelle—are proud to learn from their grandparents and parents—with many of them working various aspects of the business. In business for over 45 years, customers come from all over the country to shop and visit with the Mrs. DiGregorio and the family.

DiGregorio’s consists of three divisions: Retail, Wholesale, and Manufacturing. The retail store, remodeled and expanded in 2004, is located on the corner of Marconi and Daggett. The USDA inspected manufacturing facility is located on Shaw Avenue.  The Wholesale department, which houses our main warehouse and offices, is located on Marconi Avenue.

The retail store and online shopping via our website attracts food lovers and gourmets of all ages and ethnicities. The USDA inspected manufacturing facility continues to produce a variety of quality Italian specialties including sausages, meatballs, spedini, pizzas, pastas, and sauces.  We also produce custom manufacturing of Italian products available for private labeling. Products manufactured by DiGregorio’s Foods Products are created using authentic family recipes and the finest ingredients.

In May 2014, Sysco St. Louis acquired the distribution division of DiGregorio’s Food Products.  Sysco is the exclusive supplier of DiGregorio’s Food Products to our foodservice customers.  This includes DiGregorio’s Italian sausage, meatballs, pure grated cheeses and much more. Our relationship with Sysco will continue to provide our customers with familiarity, quality, consistency, depth, variety, value, and innovation. Sysco will continue to play an important role in delivering our products to our foodservice customers. DiGregorio’s Food Products will continue to operate our Retail and Manufacturing divisions.

We sell a variety of meats, cheeses, and pastas including precooked sauces, frozen pastas, meatballs, spedini, 38 different types of sausages, and much more. We carry only quality products such as Volpi, Boar’s Head, Isola, Stella, Stanislaus, Racconto, De Cecco, Regina, A. Bommarito Wines, Lavazza Coffees, and many more. We strive to bring you excellent food products, competitive pricing, delicious recipes, and personalized customer service.

We appreciate your business and look forward to working with you for many generations to come!