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Old-time service, quality makes Mannino’s Market shine during holidays

Bill Simms, head meat-cutter at Mannino's Market.

Bill Simms, head meat-cutter at Mannino’s Market.

Gathering the best for the table is more than a holiday tradition at Mannino’s Market; it’s a mission to provide the freshest meats, produce, bakery and deli every day to its Cottleville customers.

Owner Carman Mannino and his staff have successfully lived up to that mission for nearly 20 years.

“We stay busy,” said Mannino, a third generation grocer who began working in the business established by his grandfather when he was a kid. “People pretty much know my story. We started out small and grew. I’ve been doing this for 50 years.

“I started when I was too young to drive to the produce market but was driving to the produce market anyway. I just love what I do.”

That love is translated into the service and quality found on the shelves and cases of the market.

Think of an old-time market, a throwback to a time when the local neighborhood market was the one-stop shop, when smaller markets had most everything you needed – that’s Mannino’s. It’s a place where you’ll find seasonal produce and fresh meats obtained from the best local sources. A full-service deli case filled with salads, cheeses, homemade sausages and Boar’s Head deli meats provides the foundation of custom-made sandwiches built on Mannino’s own fresh-baked bread.

“Lunch gets busy,” Mannino said, pointing to the deli case. “Our deli does an excellent job. We have a good variety and people love our toasted sandwiches. Our catering has also gotten big, especially for the holidays. ”

Classic sandwich and deli trays may be the cornerstone of Mannino’s catering menu, but not to be overlooked are its salad and hot options that include entrees, casseroles and veggies – classics such as Chicken Alfredo and Baked Lasagna, AuGratin Potatoes, Green Beans & Ham, and Loaded Twice-baked Potatoes. And there’s more. The rotisserie offers up whole roasted chickens, plus there’s Mama Clione’s slow-cooked beef brisket and the bacon-wrapped pork tenderloin.

“The name of the game is keeping it fresh. All our meat is Midwest meat,” Mannino said.

The meat case always is well stocked with steaks and specialty cuts, such as Mannino’s signature Beef Spiedini that is available as either sliced meat or pre-stuffed, rolled, skewered and ready for grilling.

“Spiedini meat is getting bigger and bigger every year. A lot of places don’t know how to slice it, but we know how to do it just right,” Mannino said. “And if you want your steak cut a certain thickness we can cut it. I have some of the best meat cutters right here.”

You’ll always find a meat cutter on hand to cut your meat the way you like it. Just another example of the old-fashioned, full-service few markets offer, which helps set Mannino’s apart.

With the holidays fast approaching, it’s time to order turkeys, hams, steaks and standing rib roasts. And don’t forget the pies. Mannino’s bakers are baking traditional pumpkin and pecan pies along with other popular fruit, cream and meringue topped pies.

Besides the pies, sides and meats, another sure-sign that the holidays have arrived at Mannino’s are its Christmas tress.

“We’ve been selling Christmas trees since the 1940s. Some people are going back to the old fashioned tree, because they smell so good,” Mannino said.

Thanks to Mannino’s, it’s easy to fill your home with good smells where good food and service add to the season’s best memories.

“We’re not tying to be a big store. We want to be a store like the kind you remember when you were a kid,” Mannino said. “A place where you’re treated like family. And I tell you what – our customers are like family. You get to know them and they know us. It’s a great place to be.”

More of Mannino's Market's great item selection.

More of Mannino’s Market’s great item selection.

Mannino’s Market • 5205 Hwy. N • Cottleville, MO 63338 • (636) 441-7755 • www.manninomarket.com

Hours: 8 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday and 8-a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday

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