Help Alton Brown Find the Mystery St. Louis-Style Pizza that Stole His Heart

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Live music, large-scale food experiments, colorful puppets and even stand-up comedy make up Alton Brown Live!: the Edible Inevitable Tour, set to hit the Fox Theatre (527 North Grand Boulevard; 314-534-1111) on Saturday, February 1. The production comes from Peabody and James Beard award-winning Food Network celebrity-turned-icon Alton Brown, most renowned for his uber-educational culinary brainchild Good Eats as well as hosting Iron Chef America. Brown stops into town for the second leg of his tour, and from what we're told, things will get messy.

Read on for our Q&A phone conversation with Brown to preview the event, and help us in our quest to figure out where he got some of the best pizza of his life on a past visit to St. Louis.

Gut Check: So just to verify, you've been to St. Louis quite a few times, including on your show, Feasting on Asphalt, when you visited Forest Park to check out some World's Fair myths. You've been to Ted Drewes, a lot of our doughnut shops and even our neighbor across the river, Alton, Illinois, that gets pronounced differently from your own name.

Alton Brown: Well, you know. They all just apparently revel in being wrong. That's OK by me.

I saw that you also have a St. Louis-style pork rib recipe featured on an episode of Good Eats.

That's true.

So what are your impressions of St. Louis and its food, just in general, throughout all of your visits?

St. Louis is the crossroads of the country, you know. It's really tough to do a cross-country trip across America in any direction and not come through St. Louis. It's almost impossible. When you look at a map, it really is kind of the crossroads of America. I think that your town takes food seriously while not taking itself seriously which is kind of refreshing. There's nothing stuck up about St. Louis or about the food there that I've noticed.

How does the doughnut and restaurant scene here compare to ones you've experienced in Atlanta or anywhere else for that matter?

LA has got a big doughnut scene. You guys have a big doughnut scene. New York has a big doughnut scene. I wouldn't say that Atlanta has up-and-coming doughnuts. It has a couple good places, but that's about it. It's really difficult to compare and contrast because, quite frankly, I haven't eaten at enough restaurants in St. Louis to be able to address the food scene there in a comprehensive way.

But what does Brown think of our pizza?

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Michael G Muckian
Michael G Muckian

Provel cheese seems to be unique to St. Louis pizza. I did not like it at all-- only pizza I never finished! (The one I tried was from a chain named Imo's.)

Christian Anderson
Christian Anderson

I lived in St. Louis for 7 years. Besides "mediocre," what exactly is "St. Louis style" pizza?? I never found a place that could equal Chicago or New York? Sorry for the snark, but I am also serious--is there a distinctive feature of the Loo style, besides everyone naming their favorite spot?

Ashli England
Ashli England

Kevins Place on Cherokee is great STL pizza Blackthorn is on a way different level and so tummy as well... I suggest a double header day!

Michael Jarvis
Michael Jarvis

Helen's pizza on Michigan by River Des Peres back in the 70s and early 80s.......I still remember the taste and the ripping the greasy paper wraper ......best St. Louis style pizza. ..ever!!!

Emily Pearce
Emily Pearce

Luke, you are an asshat. Fuck you, and we know. STL style pizza is gross. So we said what our favorite pizza place was. Go stab yourself in the throat.

Luke Niere
Luke Niere

Deep dish is not st Louis style!

Luke Niere
Luke Niere

Blackthorn is Chicago style you idiots

Mike Carlson
Mike Carlson

Its probably schottzies. They have the best thin crust pizza anywhere!

Marlene Krouse Hutchison
Marlene Krouse Hutchison

It's obviously a matter of opinion, but if you want to tell me what is "legit," I'll listen. I've certainly tried more than just Imo's though. Regardless, cracker-thin crust and provel cheese just don't make a great pizza in my opinion.

Johnny Roughnutz
Johnny Roughnutz

Ya like B. Mild said you don't anything about good food.

Jeff B. Mild O'Phalen
Jeff B. Mild O'Phalen

If you like IMO's just buy the Dierbergs brand frozen pizza's. It is the same thing.

Jeff B. Mild O'Phalen
Jeff B. Mild O'Phalen

Haha, not funny. You obviously have never had legit St. Louis style pizza. Probably just IMO's.

Kitty Takingbackmyhonor Miller
Kitty Takingbackmyhonor Miller

Pirrones, meglios, anthoninos, talaynas......all basically the original luigis style, though only meglios actually uses the luigis recipe

Stacey Heitz
Stacey Heitz

I hope it wasn't a Saullos's or Ponticello's. Perhaps someone should send him an Angelo's. They are located on Parker Road and it is the best pizza in town. Pirrone's Pizzeria Florissant ranks a close second now that Saullo's have closed up shop.

Mark Winchester
Mark Winchester

Well, he said it was good. So Imo's is out, right Cameo?

Deb Woods
Deb Woods

LoL - okay that explains such a strange post. I won't give them an Imos argument but I will say Pi is way overrated & overpriced. But he did say he was faint with hunger so pretty much ANY OL CRAP IN A BOX will do when one is THAT hungry.

Soozi Mikulas
Soozi Mikulas

Take him to Angelo's Pizza is Florissant. Small, family owned for over 20 years. It's literally the best pizza you will ever have.

David Revelle
David Revelle

They already figured out that it was from Pi, though my guess would have been Montebello's.

Erica Keating
Erica Keating

It was pizza from Pi. It's in the comments below the article. :)

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