The uber-popular pizzeria recently opened a second location in Kirkwood.
When Pi owner Chris Sommers spoke to ALIVE last summer, he mentioned that he thought the Kirkwood location, then in the works, might alleviate the crowds at the original pizzeria on Delmar. Nope. Though the space is larger, long waits have quickly become the norm for anyone arriving after 4:30pm.
But the pizzaand the new milkshake barare well worth the wait. Sommers cleverly tweaked each location just enough to make it worth visiting on its own merits. The Loops Pi is hip and modern; Kirkwoods pays homage to classic pizzeria style (think checkered linens). Both serve tasty cocktails, but then there are the dreamily delicious milkshakes at Kirkwoodfrom peanut butter cookie dough to classic strawberry made with real strawberries, crafted in house and concepted by dessert guru Mathew Rice (formerly of Niche). Back of the house, Pi has gathered an impressive list of consultants, chefs and managers, among them names that may be familiar to local foodies: Tex-Mex scion Coby Arzola (Agave and Chuy Arzolas) and sommelier Chad George (Eclipse and Monarch). All that aside, what keeps people talking about Pi is the pizza. In that department, Kirkwood might just trump the others with its classic thin-crust margarita featuring fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil (10935 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, 314.966.8080).
Chef Mathew RIce
Photo credit: Photo by Carmen Troesser