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Nov 29, 2005 02:53 PM

Best Pizza in St. Louis . . .

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I'm in search of the best pizza in town and all around. I grew up in St. Louis on Toasted Ravioli's, Provel Cheese, Steak and Shake, and Fitz's root beer. That being said; I am now begining to doubt the power of the provel. Farrato's, my personal favorite has a crispiness of the pie that is spot on; the cheese, however seems to be more of a distraction. I enjoyed a recent pie from Imo's but ultimately settled my opinion on the fact that this pizza is more unique and not necessarily the best pie ever.

So, where is the best pizza in town? Is there something better than Farrato's? Or is St. Louis pizza greatness tied down to provel cheese?

PS - Thick crust suggestions are welcomed as well.

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  1. I think that Ami's up the street from Farrotos makes a better pie. Their "special" is spectacular.

    1. I agree that both Ami's and Farotto's are excellent, as is Fortel's.

      However, I really like the "hand tossed" style at Frank & Helen's on Olive, East of the Inner Belt...BTW, they have "broasted chicken" also and it's excellent as well.

      Lou (not Joe) Boccardi's on the Hill has to be my favorite though. Rectangular and loaded...mmmmmm.

      For delivery, Pointers can't be beat.

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      1. re: JBinstl

        Hey JBinstl, we used to go to Lou Boccardi's all the time. Great pies and the gal that owned/ran the place was fun to talk to. Our problem with the place was, we could put up with the tweed jacketed snooty St. Louis U. prof types, but one night when a limo pulled up to the front door and shall we say a "gentelman" strolled in with four scantly clad young "ladies", that did it for us. :>(
        Now, it's either Farrato's or Joe Boccardi's.

      2. Two suggestions:
        Il Vicino: in Clayton, has excellent wood-oven baked pizzas. Bonus: grownups can order the kids' sized pizza margherita! Also family-friendly, etc. NO provel--in fact, the server's come around and grate parmesan onto your pizza if you want it!

        Racanelli's: on Euclid in the CWE and in the U. City Loop. A note of caution: the Euclid location has been haphazard at dinner time: on our last visit, an employee took slices out of the fridge with ungloved hands and tossed them in the oven to heat up. The slices were a bit tired and dried out. Anyway, when their pizza is fresh, it is great. No provel here!

          1. re: Lucy B

            Rossino's, agreed. The oldest in town and still the best.

          2. 1. I was intrigued by Talayna's On The Park, where you can order your choice of crust: St. Louis crust, New York crust, Chicago crust, or Boston crust. Their New York crust was good, speaking as someone who grew up near New York.

            2. Dewey's in Kirkwood is a hot spot, very crowded, and is definitely a step above the usual pizza. They also do white pizzas