Monday, June 4, 2012

Frankie Tocco's, April 2012

Frankie Tocco's

108 South Main Street, St Charles, MO 63301 (map link);
phone#; (636)947-7007

Pizza Style: St Louis thin crust.
Oven type: Gas.
The Skinny:  Ask for mozzarella,  build your own can get pricey.
Price: $9.50 for a small cheese (12in) to $16.49 for large Tocco Special (16in).
Chief Pizza eater says:  Recommended BUT.

Frankie Tocco's was recommended to me about 2 or 3 years ago, but not until recently was I able to put myself at their door.  Frankie Tocco's, making pizza's since 2005, is located towards the north end of Main Street in historic St Charles, MO and is neighbors with quite a few excellent restaurants.  We arrived around 6 P.M. to find the main dining room completely full and several people waiting for tables.  Luckily they have a second dining room downstairs and there was only 2 pizza eaters, so our wait was short.

We started the meal with a large Frankie House Salad and two plates, it could have served 3 or 4.  It had Iceberg lettuce, spring mix, tomatoes, Provel cheese and pepperoncini.  We choose the House dressing a sweet red wine vinegarette.  It was very good, even the Provel cheese.  A salad is probably the one place that Provel cheese works really well in my opinion, keep it off my pizza, and throw it at a salad.

For pizza we ordered 2, both St Louis style Thin crust as thats all Frankie Tocco's makes.  The first being a small Margherita, it had extra virgin olive oil, fresh chopped garlic, mozzarella cheese and sliced tomatoes.  The second was a small pepperoni, hamburger, Canadian bacon and onion.  I also requested mozzarella cheese instead of the Provel.  I really enjoyed both pizza's especially the fact that they make and roll the dough there.  The hand made crust makes a difference.  I think my normal pizza (lots-o-meat and onions) works better on the thin crust than the Margherita.  But even with that said I would still order it again in the future.  We saved room for dessert so that meant I had leftover pizza for breakfast the next day and after a short visit with the toaster oven it was still very good.

For dessert we choose the Tiramisu and Spumoni.  Both were about the proper size to share between 2 pizza eaters or 3-4 dainty eaters.  Both were very good, the Spumoni being my favorite.

I really enjoyed the food and the service was very good, but I have one small nit-pick.  The build your own pizzas add up quickly, a small one topping is $10.25 plus $2.00 per topping there after.  That made my small 4 topping pizza $16.25 plus tax, that's $.24 less than a large Tocco Special (5 toppings).  Outside of that...  I had a great meal.

Recommended but... beware of the build your prices, the Tocco Special is by far the better deal.

The Chief Pizza eater.

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