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