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Gerber sandwich or "Famous Gerber sandwich" is an open faced sandwich made in St. Louis, Missouri. The Gerber consists of a half section of Italian or French bread, spread with garlic butter, and topped with ham, and Provel or Provolone cheese, seasoned with a sprinkling of paprika and then toasted.
First made by the local family-owned Ruma's Deli, and named in 1973 after a customer called Dick Gerber, the sandwich has been duplicated by many other St. Louis restaurants.
Gerber sandwiches are a second common hot food associated with Provel after St. Louis-style pizza.