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Luca "Luigi" Meglio

1927 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Luca "Luigi" Meglio Obituary
Meglio, Luca Luigi 11/22/1927 08/28/2014 On the morning of August 28th at his home, Luca Luigi Meglio passed away at the age of 86. Luca was a St. Louis native born to Italian-immigrant parents. He graduated from Southwest High School in 1945 and proudly served in the Marine Corps during WWII. He exemplified the Corp's reputation for honor and strength throughout his life. In 1953, Luca founded the first of four Luigi's full service Italian restaurants and married Sylvia. Luca and Sylvia were blessed with three loving daughters. During this time Luca was a true entrepreneur known for hard work, hospitality, and great food. He started with family recipes and the first rectangular thin crust pizza with homemade ingredients and provel cheese. He invented the first conveyor belt driven pizza oven, opened what was a new concept in the 1950s - a frozen pizza factory, and brought the first Las Vegas type signage to St. Louis, the iconic Luigi's Martini Glass sign. At the height of his restaurant career, Luigi's was known city wide as the place to go. His brothers helped him manage the four locations located across St. Louis City and County which employed 750 St. Louisans. After closing the restaurants in 1981 Luca began a new business adventure in commercial property management (Meglio Investments). Luca is known for his charismatic personality and love of family and friends. He will be held in loving memory by his siblings, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and many friends. He will be truly missed. Services: Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m., August 31, 2014 at KUTIS Funeral Home, 10151 Gravois Rd. Mass will be held at 10 a.m., September 1, 2014 at St. Claire of Assisi, Ellisville with procession to Resurrection Cemetery.
Published in St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Aug. 31, 2014
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