Sunday, June 27, 2010

Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge, Stop Six.

The Sixth Stop on the 2010 Summer Binge was new to me, I first read about it last fall in the St Louis Post-Dispatch and put it on my to do list at that time.  They also made it in to the St Louis magazine's Best Pizza issue.  I went there last week only to find them closed, not deterred I returned today, and that's how Feraro's Jersey Style Pizza became stop Six on the Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge.

The Chief Pizza Eater.

La Pizza

La Pizza

8137 Delmar Blvd. University City, MO (map link);  (314)725-1230;

Pizza Style:  Hand Tossed (New York Style), Sicilian (call 24 hours in advance)
Oven type:  Gas.
The Skinny:  Won St Louis Magazine Best Pizza 2009 for a reason.
Price: $2.50 (Slice of Cheese), $11.00 (14" cheese) to $30.50 (18" The Roberto)
Chief Pizza eater says: Highly Recommended.

I was planning to go to La Pizza last summer during my Binge, but I just ran out of time, and during the rest of the year I really don't get to eat that much pizza.  After La Pizza won St Louis Magazine's Best Pizza award there was not way I would miss it again.  I had some errands to run and when I was finished at 3p.m. I called in my order,  I was told it would be about 45 minutes before it would be ready,  not a probably, but I was a bit surprised.  I arrived about 30 minutes latter and understood the time,  there was not an empty seat in the joint.  Granted it's not a huge restaurant, but there was only one person running the place and he was the pizza maker, server, cashier, and chief bottle washer.  Even though I showed up early, he felt bad that I had to wait and offered a free drink.  A pretty good first impression.

I started with a Garden Salad and the House Italian dressing.  The salad comes with Iceberg and green leaf lettuce, mozzarella cheese and tomatoes.  Simple and fresh, a good start to the meal.

For pizza I went with my favorite pepperoni, hamburger, ham and onions.  The first thing you notice when opening the box aside from intoxicating aromas is the more than generous toppings.  You get some everything in every bit.  The crust was browned nicely.  Because I had a long drive home the pizza had cooled slightly and was able to pretty much support it's self, had I eaten it at the restaurant I'm sure it would have needed a fold to support it's self.  Of the toppings the hamburger was excellent.  The sauce was also very good holding everything together.  I had a difficult time controlling my hunger, I just didn't want to stop eating.  The pizza did very well a day later in the toaster oven.

La Pizza has a full menu with two styles of pizza, hand tossed (New York) & Sicilian (they ask you to call 24 hour's in advance for the Sicilian).  You can get the hand tossed by the slice or whole pie.  There are also Salads, Cheese Garlic bread, Stromboli, Calzone and Heroes  They offer dine-in and carry-out.

Everything was great,  I will be finding excuses to go to U-city all the time, just so I can go to La Pizza.  You can't have to many slice joints either.  If you haven't been to La Pizza before make the trek it will be worth it.  If you want to eat there, just make sure and go early or be prepared to wait,  the seating is very limited.

Highly Recommended.


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge, Stop Five.

The Fith Stop on the 2010 Summer Binge was on my list, but not my intended location for the day.  The last few days have been kind of a lousy, so I was determined to drowned my self pity in Pizza.  I had wanted to visit someplace new to me, so in my aimless wandering around this afternoon I found my self at Feraro's Jersey Style Pizza in South St. Louis County, only to find it closed on Monday's.  My Day just got worse...  I tend to have a hard time deciding where to eat, so finding the place closed was just one more kick in the ribs.

I start to think about the different pizza joints between where I was and home, several came to mind but only Fortel's was on list  for the 2010 Summer Binge, so it's decided.  That's how Fortel's Pizza Den became stop Five on the Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge.  I started with a small side salad and the House dressing.  For pizza I did my favorite,(remember I'm drowning my self pity) Pepperoni, ham, hamburger and onions.  Fortel's pizza is very interesting, It's a bit like St Louis style in that they put sauce and toppings all the way to the edge, no handle on this pie, and it's cut on the square.  Similarity's stop there, the crust is slightly thicker, they use Mozzarella cheese and they put all the toppings on top of the cheese.  Speaking of toppings, they load it up.  Delicious, no matter how they slice it.

The Chief Pizza Eater.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge, Stop Four.

The Fourth Stop on the 2010 Summer Binge was a place I have visited a couple of times in the past year.  Luckily It's not far from my home as I was both hungry for pizza and to tired to drive very far.  Thats how Papi's Pizza became stop four.

I started with a small Papi's house salad with oil & vinegar dressing.  For pizza I went with my fave pepperoni, meatball, ham and onion.  The salad was very good, although the dressing was little lacking.  The pizza was great.  A worthy visit.

Chief Pizza Eater

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Picasso's Pizza

Picasso's Pizza

7827 Mexico Rd. St Peters, MO 63376 (map);  (636)387-1699;

Pizza Style: Hand tossed (New York), Sicilian
Oven type: Gas
The Skinny: Great pizza by the slice or whole pie. No ham or Canadian Bacon?? Closed on Sundays.
Price: $7.95 (12in cheese) to $17.00 (16in Rembrant), $2.50 (slice of cheese)
Chief Pizza eater says:  Highly Recommended.  Unless you can't live without your ham or Canadian Bacon.

I have been to Picasso's a few times since the first of the year, but I've only gotten a slice of pepperoni on those visits, so I haven't gone into detail until now.  I had seen there name in the phone book, but was encouraged to try Picasso's by the friend of a friend pizza eater.

We started with a house salad with the House dressing (creamy Italian), it's covered with tomatoes, red onions, black olives, and mozzarella cheese.  The salad, big enough for two also comes with garlic sticks.

For Pizza we had a large with half pepperoni, meatball & onion, and half pepperoni & bacon.  The slice, nicely done on the bottom,  needs some support at the end or just fold it New York style and your good to go.  It's nice and chewy at he edge, just the way I like it.  With the first bite you notice they don't skimp on the  cheese.  There's a lot of cheese, the rest of the toppings not so much but still a little bit of everything with each bite.  The meatballs, quite good are sliced on the thin side.  The sauce wasn't too sweet or spicy, it complimented the rest of the pie.

Picasso's Pizza has a full menu, with two styles of pizza, hand tossed (New York) & Sicilian.  There are also Appetizers, Salads, Entrees (pasta), Hot Sandwiches and Paninis.  They offer dine-in, carry-out and delivery (We were told so on the phone, but the web-site doesn't list it so check ahead).

All of my fellow pizza eaters enjoyed the pizza and said they would go again.  I found everything quite good also, and I'm sure I will be returning again soon.  At the very least I need to try the Sicilian pizza (thick crust).  I also like that you can get your pizza by the slice, including the Sicilian.  So whether you want a whole pie or just a slice for lunch, give Picasso's Pizza a try.  Picasso's Pizza is well worth a visit.

Highly Recommended.


Sunday, June 6, 2010

Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge, Stop Three.

The Third Stop on the 2010 Summer Binge was a place that I had wanted to visit last year but just never made it.  I'm kind of peeved at myself for not getting there sooner, as St Louis Magazine named La Pizza the best pizza in St Louis earlier this year.  I wasn't going to let it slip by this year.  So that's how La Pizza became stop three.

I Stared with a Garden salad with the House dressing, and for pizza, pepperoni, ham, hamburger and onion (my favorite combo).  All I can say is it was Great!  There was one young man working there today and when I called in the order he told me it would take 35 minutes.  I got there a little early and knew I would have to wait, but he still felt bad that I had to wait and gave me a free drink.  The pizza by the way was ready exactly when he said it would be.

Chief Pizza Eater.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge, Stop Two.

Stop 2 of The Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge, Little Caesars.  Unplanned bonus stop.

So I'm at work suffering from my broken collar bone, I was barely able to get my self dressed that morning, and there was no way I could make my lunch, actually food of any kind was the last thing on my mind.  At about 11 A.M. my co-wokers told me they were going to Little Caesars for lunch and did I want any thing?  Of course I wanted something.  $5.00 Hot-N-Ready with pepperoni please.

The best part is that I had pizza for lunch 2 days in a row for just $5.00.  Interestingly enough I found the pizza quite satisfying.  Maybe...It should be noted I was taking pain medicine at the time...

Chief Pizza Eater.

Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge, Stop One.

The Pizza Files 2010 Summer Binge has begun.  The first stop, Picasso's Pizza in St Peters.  On the menu was the House Salad with House dressing (creamy Italian), a large pizza half pepperoni, meatball and onions.  The other half was pepperoni and bacon.  There were three pizza eaters and all came away satisfied.

Not a bad start to the 2010 summer binge.  Look for more on Picasso's Pizza in the near future.
Chief Pizza eater.


Bump in the road, back on track now.

About one week ago I hit a bump in the road, literally a bump in the road.  The results of the bump in the road are documented in the image above, a broken left collar bone.  It took the wind from my sails for a bit, but I'm back and will be eating pizza again very soon.  You will see some eaten pizza photos very soon.

Chief Pizza Eater.