In 1999 Pope John Paul II paid a visit to little ol' St. Louis. He saw the Arch. He saw the cathedrals. And then he made a special pilgrimage to north city's Hyde Park neighborhood and grabbed some sausages at Piekutowski's European Style Sausage. He bit into a slice of Krakow sausage and announced that his world had just been rocked. Recall: J.P. was a Pole. He knew what he was talking about. As a sign of their appreciation, the owners put up a white plaster bust of His Holiness in the back of the shop. Now, there's no guarantee that you will fall as deeply in love with the Krakow sausage as did the Pope. You may favor the Polish sausage. Or the bratwurst. Or the kielbasa. All are handmade from the same recipe current owner Ted Piekutowski's father used when the shop opened in the 1940s. There is also no guarantee that anyone will put up a plaster bust in your honor, no matter how ardently you declaim your love of Piekutowski's sausages. But isn't it worth making a visit to find out?
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