Unique toppings and a relaxed atmosphere make Katie's Pizza a top pick for pizza lovers in St. Louis.Photo courtesy Katie's Pizza.
Pizza. For some — heck, most — it is the perfect food.
A warm, supportive crust meshed with a flavorful sauce encapsulating your favorite toppings and topped with cheese. How could you go wrong?
When it comes to St. Louis and pizza three things come immediately to mind: squares, not wedges; wisp-thin crust; and Provel cheese, the latter two of which have as many flag wavers as they do detractors.
But there’s much more to the area than just St. Louis-style pizza (sorry, Imo’s). With so many options it will make your head spin, here is a collection of can’t-go-wrong-pizzerias.
Peel Wood Fired Pizza Peel Wood Fired Pizza, which has locations in O’Fallon, Illinois, and Edwardsville, Illinois, is the product of locals returning to the region to give back. Brandon Case and Patrick Thirion both left the area to learn their culinary trade and have brought back their knowledge to share with others. The Peel pizza crust is very light and tasty and there are plenty of gluten-free options on the menu.
Peel Wood Fired Pizza is located at 921 South Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville, IL, and 104 South Cherry Street, O’Fallon, IL. Call 618-659-8561 for the Edwardsville location and 618-726-2244 for O’Fallon.
Pi Pizzeria Pi is by far one of the more popular chains in the city, with multiple locations throughout the city and county. Mixing both deep dish and thin cornmeal crust, Pi delivers a flavor that is unique to St. Louis. You can’t go wrong with thin crust Lincoln Park pizza, and a deep dish South Side Classico. Pi Pizzeria has several locations throughout St. Louis.
PW Pizza PW Pizza focuses on fresh seasonal ingredients prepared and served in a unique, creative atmosphere. There is plenty to choose from on the menu with not just pizza but calzones, appetizers, salads, soups and desserts. PW Pizza locally sources ingredients including vegetables, cheeses and cured meats whenever possible and focuses on quality first and foremost. In addition to the classic varieties, PW Pizza has vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.
PW Pizza is located at 2017 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, MO. Call 314-241-7799.
Katie’s Pizza Rock Hill’s Katie’s Pizza is quickly making a name for itself with its unique take on pizza toppings and relaxing atmosphere. The husband and wife team of Ted and Katie Collier are churning out award-winning artisan pizza that focuses on a modern interpretation of regional Italian cuisine using local, seasonal ingredients. Let the kids eat the basics while you try the pear and prosciutto.
Katie’s Pizza is located at 9568 Manchester Rd., Rock Hill, MO. Call 314-942-6555.
Serra’s Pizzeria Maryland Heights’ Serra's Pizzeria was founded in 1970 and has been family-owned and operated ever since. The hand-tossed, oven-baked pizzas have Provel cheese as the standard (though it can be swapped out for mozzarella). Serra’s sweet sauce is rumored to have its origins from Sicily.
Serra's Pizzeria is located at 12218 McKelvey Rd., Maryland Heights, MO. Call 314-739-0881.
Ami’s Italian Restaurant Since the early 1980s, Ami’s Italian Restaurant has prided itself on its in-house dough and the option of having either Chicago, NY, or St. Louis-style pizza. The kids will love to nosh on the cheese garlic bread; the massive 19-inch family-style pizza will help fill up your biggest group.
Ami’s is located at 3728 Monticello Plaza, O'Fallon, MO, and 9824 Manchester Rd., Webster Groves, MO. Call 636-329-8787 for the O’Fallon location and 314-963-1822 for Webster Groves.
Brett Auten has been stringing together sentences since the mid-1990s. He currently lives in St. Peters with his wife, two kids, three dogs, and a cat. A graduate of Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Brett spends his down time playing guitar, writing about mixed martial arts, and searching for the perfect taco.
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