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Looking for Ledos PIzza dough recipe

Would anyone have access to Ledo's Pizza dough recipe...or any ideas how to improvise a regular pizza dough recipe to make it more "pastry like" ?

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  1. For many years, this was the only pizza we could find in DC (I'm talking about the 1950's).

    Google "St. Louis Style Pizza" and you'll find more recipes than you ever thought you'd find.

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    1. re: wayne keyser

      Originally from MO, and worked at Imo's once. I don't think St. Louis and Ledo's has much in common. Especially on the crust side of things, but also of course the cheese. I have been to the original Ledo's, and have good memories, but it didn't jog any linkage to St. Louis. Just curious about the reference - I do trust and follow your posts and am just wondering about the linkage.

      1. re: Dennis S

        From my understanding, this style of pizza (with a crackery crust that is neither Chicago deep dish or NY slice, sliced in squares) emerged in the 1950s.  Italian Inn, Pizza Oven, Dough Roller,  and The Broiler share this style which I believe was the result of a restaurant supply company that sold a particular kind of pizza oven made for use with this type of low-yeast dough. I have also seen this style of pizza in various Ohio and Pennsylvania bars and restaurants, albeit with differences in sauce and cheese, not unlike St Louis' tendency to use Provel versus Ledo's use of smoked provolone. Regional variances would extend to shape of crust as well; "cafeteria tray" versus the usual round; as well as sweetness of sauce and butteriness of crust. There's a place in Cleveland that noted for the massive amounts of butter that they roll into their dough. A comprehensive study of the origins of cracker-crust pizza is long overdue.

        1. re: monkeyrotica

          Just wanted to add Leonie's, Pizza Kitchen (local chain), and Stained Glass Pub as purveyors of Maryland pizza.

          1. re: Mister Big

            Also the Pizza Oven (the original one is still open, in Riverdale) and my old hometown retaurant, the Irish Pizza Pub.

            1. re: 4X4

              It's been a while, but doesn't Grotto Pizza in Delaware have a crackery/biscuity crust? Not as thin as Ledos, but not floppy like NY slice.

        2. re: Dennis S

          Dennis S - Google it, look at pictures, see what you think then. I don't have anything to actualy link it to St. Louis other than being told so here on this board a long while ago. I could always be wrong but the descriptions I found online match my memory fairly well. Crackery crust, very little cheese, always in a thin-cardboard box (board about the weight of a cereal box, always floppy, darn it!).

          I've heard monkeyrotica's story here before, about the pizza-oven salesman, and thought it charming. Before I got to Ledo's, this board advised me of a takeout in Arlington (now apparently gone) where I could get it ... which I did. When it came, before I paid, I couldn't resist a peek. When I closed the box, the cashier asked what was wrong, because I had tears in my eyes. "I haven't seen this in 50 years", I said. She replied that hald of the staff had been there at least 40 years. It sure was good, though I knew that many others would not find it to their taste.

          Anyway, regarding what monkeyrotica said about regional variations ... I expect that there will be variations from restaurant to restaurant, just as there are with other styles. But the crust texture is what I remember most fondly.

      2. Pillsbury Classic Pizza Crust comes very close to the consistency, albeit it's a bit too biscuity for my taste. Butter improves it.

        1. I ate the one & only original Ledo's when I went to
          University of MD. The only true Ledo's, not franchised all over, is in
          Colle Park on Knox Street. Check it out

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          1. re: tapmj

            The original is on University Blvd in Adelphi, right next to College Park. But wherever you get Ledo's, nothing is quite like it with the rich sauce, pastry-like flaky, crispy crust and thick slices of pepperoni! On of the few things I miss from DC.

            1. re: bison77

              The Adelphi shop closed a few years back. They moved closer to U of M off Route 1. They made a big production about moving the ovens, but I don't think the quality is nearly as good.

          2. Not familar with this type of za, but a quick search of pizzamaking.com linked to this:
            http://www.pizzamaking.com/thincrust.php

            1. I moved 1200 miles away from College Park and went crazy looking for comparable pizza here in the midwest - especially when Ledos quit overnighting half baked pizzas that I could finish at home. I think I have the answer for those of us "ex pats" that need our fix but can't get back to CP enough. The sauce can now be bought on line from Ledos. I believe the crust is a pastry dough. I make it once or twice a year with classical pastry dough. It's almost spot on. Classical pastry dough involves layering flour and butter by repeated folding and rolling out. You have to refrigerate regularly to keep the butter cold. Done right you end up with 1000 layers of alternating flour and butter. Problem is, as you can imagine, classical pastry dough takes hours to make and then oozes a lot of butter in this application. None the less, it gives you your fix. Be sure to use big chunks of pepperoni and precooked bacon for toppings. I also use Sargentos 5 Italian cheeses. Next time, I'm going to try one of the quick classic pastry recipes you can find on line. You use a blender to kind of layer the butter and flour. I would also experiment with a little less butter if you go classical pastry dough. You'll be surprised how close it is to the real deal even in a conventional home oven. We should start a club of displaced Ledos pizza lovers and swap recipes and pictures. By the way, did you ever go up the street .....????? When the line at Ledos was just too long?

              1. Yeah. Leonis was the restaurant up the street I was trying to remember. Their crust was thin and crackery. Always considered it a major step down from Ledos but went their occasionally when getting close to game time and the Ledos line was down past the grocery store. While the new store on Knox is close, it's not quite the same. Probably mostly a loss of the atmosphere, plus I was told they refurbed the ovens when they made the move.

                1. From the replies i have seen, I might try a pie-like crust at home instead of regular pizza dough. The sauce will be the problem. I just can't justify the costs involved with shipping that kind of stuff.