Saturday, February 26, 2011

The Pasta House Co. February 2011

The Junior Pizza Eater wanted toasted rav's for supper, and in St Louis just about the best place to get them is The Pasta House Company.

I have eaten at the Pasta House many times over the years, but never have I had their pizza.  There were three of us, but only one pizza eater.  We started with some cheese sticks and a order of Artichoke and Spinach Dip Con Crostini.  Of course we also had the famous Pasta House Co. special salad.

For pizza I ordered a small (12in) with pepperoni, meatballs, onions and anchovies.  Yes anchovies, I though I would mix it up a little.  The first thing I noticed when the pizza showed up at the table was how many anchovies it had, I have never see that many on a single pizza, ever.  Either they are very generous with the anchovies or they had a tin that had been opened for a while and needed to use them up or throw them out, I think the later was the case.  The pizza was typical St Louis style pizza with thin crust and provel cheese.  The pizza was fine, a few less anchovies wouldn't have hurt, but in the end St Louis style is just not my thing.

I will no doubt eat at The Pasta House Co. in the future but I'll stick to the pasta next time, the Rigatoni Alla Carbonara is my favorite.  It's called The Pasta House Co. and not the The Pizza House Co. for a reason.

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The Chief Pizza Eater.

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

G & D Pizzaria, February 2011

It's hard for me to pass through Columbia, MO with out stopping for pizza,  and this last minute trip was no different.  My self and a junior pizza eater arrived at G & D around 6pm on Saturday and found the place absolutely packed.

Well there was one empty table and we got it.  When we left about an hour later people were lined up around the building to get in, that should tell you something about the pizza.  Yeah it's that good.

We stared the meal with a Greek salad, full of olives, feta cheese, tomato's, onions, lettuce and a great dressing.

For pizza, the junior pizza eater requested a small cheese pizza, she said it was excellent, although not as good as the pizza I make (the last bit may have had something to do with not wanting to walk back to St Louis...).  She ate 3/4's of the pizza before calling it a day.  I ordered a pepperoni, Canadian bacon, hamburger and onions.  The line of people waiting to get in say's more about the pizza than I can put into words.  It really is great pizza and of a style all there own.

Highly Recommended.
Chief Pizza Eater.

The Good Pie, February 2011

About a week ago I did something I haven't done in a long time.  I ate at the same pizza joint for the third time in just 4 months time.  I do try to spread my return visits over a much bigger time span, but The Good Pie is just so good it couldn't be helped.

It goes something like this:  It's my birthday and I'll eat pizza if I want.  I had Family in town and they wanted to celebrate my birthday (a little early) and due to other family business we ended up just down the street from The Good Pie and the rest is history.

There were 5 pizza eaters and one junior pizza eater,  we stared with the white anchovy panzanella and the prosciutto, fried egg and bread appetizers.  Most all got the chopped salad.

For pizza we had the following:   Pizza del giorno (brussel sprouts, pancetta, pecorino and fresh mozzarella), Margherita (tomato, fresh mozzarella and basil), Sausage (tomato, sausage and fresh mozzarella), Mast'nicola (pancetta, basil, egg and pecorino) and the Prosciutto Arugula (prosciutto di parma, arugula and fresh mozzarella).

Once we had our fill and had no room for more we ordered gelato, one stracciatella and one chocolate.  Needless to say we all left fat and happy.

I could go into great detail about all the things we ate, but I will let the photos speak for them selves.  I will say just go there already!

Highly Recommended.
Chief Pizza Eater.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Year in Pizza, 2010.

I should have made this post about a month ago, but...  The photo pretty much speaks for it's self, a year worth of pizza.  Most you have seen on the site in the past year, some not.  I would also like to thank the 5000 visitors the site had last year, an increase of almost 400% over the 999 visitors in 2009.

Pizza the perfect food.
Highly Recommended.
Chief Pizza Eater.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

That was a close one!

Sorry for the interruption.  The Chief Pizza Eater for got to pay the light bill.  All paid and the lights are back on....Situation Normal, now back to our regularly scheduled pizza....

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Fortel's Pizza January 2011

Once again my coworkers hit me in the soft spot.  "Hey were getting Fortel's for lunch, are you in?"  How can I say no?

I got the lunch special 9 inch pizza with pepperoni and hamburger, it comes with a small salad and soda, all for about $8. 

Fortel's does their own take on the St Louis style pizza, thin crust cut on the square with sauce and toppings all the way to the edge, but instead of Provel cheese they use real mozzarella.  Another difference is that they make the dough everyday, not all St Louis style joints do, and it does make a big difference.

Of course the pizza was great.  Just another reminder that there is great pizza at every turn in St Louis.

Highly Recommended.
Chief Pizza Eater.

Homemade Pizza January 2011

I decided to start the year of right with homemade pizza, not something I do very often.  So over the New Year weekend I made about 12 pizza's.  The photo above is the highlights. 

The guest list for these events is short and very exclusive.  The waiting list on the other hand is quite long.  Not to be a braggart, but I'm pretty good at making pizza.

Besides the homemade dough and tomato sauce the ingrediant list included the following: 
  • Fresh Mozzarella.
  • Salami (two kinds locally made and sliced by me).
  • Pepperoni (again sliced by me).
  • Prosciutto.
  • Bacon, Bacon and more Bacon.
  • Sweet Italian Sausage.
  • Mushrooms.
  • Red Onions.
  • Bell Peppers.
  • Arugula.
  • Olive Oil.
  • Chopped Basil.
  • and three Fresh Eggs.
One of the pizza's that stands out was the  olive oil, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto and arugula (top center of photo).  Of course the bacon, egg, cheese and olive oil was also excellent.

If you can get on the guest list, it's worth what ever it may cost.

Highly Recommended.
Chief Pizza Eater.

Racanelli's December 2010

Routinely it doesn't take much cajoling to get me to order pizza, and that was pretty much the case when my coworker asked me if I wanted to order pizza.  It was very fortunate that I didn't have lunch with me that day...

After a short time we decided on Racanelli's.  I ordered my usual  pepperoni, ham, meatball and onion.  my coworker ordered pepperoni and bacon, a combination that seems to be popular in the Saint Louis area.

The pizza arrived in about 30 minutes, hot and ready to eat.  It was as usual quite good.  For the price I wouldn't mind seeing a few more toppings on the pie, otherwise a pretty satisfying pizza.

Chief Pizza Eater.

The Good Pie, December 2010.

Having the day off to take care of some personal business and having completed that business early, I asked my wife and part-time pizza eater if she would like to go out for lunch.  To my surprise she not only said yes, but she suggested that we go to The Good Pie and check out their lunch specials (see previous visit here).  So we did.  I believe the lunch specials run Monday thru Friday 11A.M. to 1:30P.M. but recommend calling ahead to make sure.

We squeaked in just under the wire, I think it was 1:29 when we sat down.  My fellow pizza eater ordered the pizza del giorno (daily special) with a chopped salad.  The chopped salad had a creamy garlicky dressing (made with raw egg, so maybe the same as the Caesar) romaine lettuce, olives and pepper rings.  Spinach pizza was the daily special, it had spinach, garlic and pecorino (cheese).  I believe it also had olive oil.  The bite of chopped salad I had was excellent, On my next visit I will have to get it.  The spinach pizza wasn't bad either, but due to a traumatic childhood event, not something I would ever order for my self.  I ordered the salami pizza and Caesar salad. As with my previous visit the Caesar salad was excellent.  The salami pizza had tomato, Genoa salami and fresh mozzarella.  On my previous visit my pizza seemed a little wet, at the time I suspected it was the buffalo mozzarella (there water buffalo you know!), so I made sure I got fresh mozzarella.  My salami pizza was great.  The tip of the slice still needed some support when they first brought, but after it cooled slightly it could hold it's own.  I know I just said my pie was great, but that really doesn't do it justice,  it was probably one of the best pizza's I've ever eaten

On that note I don't feel I can add anything else worthwhile.  So do your self a favor, open your mind and eat some pizza from The Good Pie.

Highly Recommended.
Chief Pizza Eater.