Jess Maceli has seen how the sausage is made. And he's not fazed in the slightest.
For the last 10 years, Maceli and his wife, Renee, have held onto the dream of opening an Italian market and deli in the tradition of Pallucca's Meat Market and Deli, where Jess spent countless hours as a kid in Frontenac, the small southeast Kansas town with a significant Italian-American heritage.
He didn't work there, but Maceli says he basically "grew up" in the multigenerational family-owned shop. Miceli's Market and Deli, which recently opened inside the former Miller Mart at 3300 W. Sixth St., now sells the same brand of Italian meats (Volpi, a St. Louis-based company) Maceli remembers seeing behind the deli counter at his old Frontenac stomping grounds.