Piece of the Pie
The proud tradition of pizza in St. Louis continues.
ST. LOUIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN a pizza-lover’s paradise, but as of late, there have been a veritable flood of new spots where foodies can nosh on a highquality slice. Here are a handful of recently opened pizzerias taking the STL favorite to new heights.
The Good Pie After five-plus years in Midtown, chef and owner Mike Randolph has moved local favorite The Good Pie to a new location in the Delmar Loop. The pizzeria still turns out the same great Neapolitan pies fans and critics alike have come to love, but now it has a lot more elbow room (about 2,000 square feet), a bigger wood-burning pizza oven and sleek interior design and decor, courtesy of SPACE Architecture + Design. 6665 Delmar Blvd., The Loop, 314.899.9221.
Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Another local favorite has started a new restaurant all her own. Katie Lee of Katie’s Pizzeria Café fame recently opened her first solo restaurant, Katie’s Pizza & Pasta in Rock Hill, along with business partner and fiancé Ted Collier. Lee’s fans will be glad to know she’s using the same Neapolitan dough she’s famous for, fired in a wood-burning oven in full view of the dining room. Lee is also playing with non-traditional toppings, like cured meats courtesy of local salumeria Salume Beddu and fresh burrata, among other delicacies, and the pastas are made by hand in-house. The restaurant is located in the Market at McKnight shopping center, touting charming design elements like unique light fixtures and green walls with patches of plants that actually grow horizontally. 9568 Manchester Road, Rock Hill, 314.942.6555.
A Pizza Story The brainchild of three Washington University staffers, this new Maplewood hotspot also specializes in wood-fired Neapolitan pies, along with a selection of apps and pastas. Chef and manager Muhammad Alhawagri, a former research assistant at Wash U, visited Italy for menu inspiration and went so far as to develop his own yeast for a truly one-of-a-kind dough, while enlisting Wash U radiologist Nael Saad into the business. According to fellow co-owner Sherif Nasser, a marketing professor at the university, the space has a casual bistro feel, thanks to touches like the vintage cast-iron table bases and art-deco elements. 7278 Manchester Road, Maplewood.
Blind Tiger at Sutton Place Co-owner Mike McLaughlin and Chef Jackson Noon were originally looking for a space to open a fine-dining concept, but when they found the expansive space at the corner of Manchester and Sutton in Maplewood, they ditched those plans and opted for a more casual experience. Blind Tiger offers up what McLaughlin calls an “NYC-meets-Neapolitan-hybrid” type of pie. The pizza feature house-made dough and sauces, cooked with high heat, that are chewy enough to be foldable a la the best Big Apple slices. There’s also a gluten-free St. Louis-style version made with rice flour. Check out the wings and ribs while you’re at it. 7376 Manchester Road, Maplewood, 314.646.8822.
Finocchiona Salame Pizza, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta
Photo credit: Christopher Gibbons