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

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David Allen
You've tried a lot of the things that are undeniably St. Louisan, but have you had St. Louis style pizza, toasted ravioli or gooey butter cake?

I'm a huge fan of the pizza there. The last time I did a book signing, a pizza place that wasn't far away from the rental hall where I was signing sent me a pizza, and it was one of the top three pizzas I've ever had in my life. And I don't know what that place was called because the name wasn't on the box. And I hate that, because if I was going to go back to one place in St. Louis, it would be to get that pizza again. Honestly, pizza in Italy, one pizza in New York and that pizza's No. 3. And I'm afraid I'll never have it again. I love the style. It's so, so unique, and I hope one of these days someone will be able to tell me where the thing came from.

You'd have to actually show me the pizza, and then I'd be able to identify the body. Nothing around where I was signing was open, and I remember tweeting that I was starving in St. Louis. Somebody sent this pizza and I didn't starve anymore. It was that good.

What are your thoughts on the Provel cheese used on the pizza?

I loved it. I loved everything about it. There was absolutely no downside. Like I said, third best pizza in my life -- and I've eaten a lot of pizza. I can only hope that somebody can figure out where it came from.

Touring and moving quickly from city to city inevitably means that you don't get a lot of time to get out and eat at a local restaurants, right?

People don't realize that on tours like this, most of the food is catered. You eat at the theater because that's just what there is. I try not to eat much when I'm on the road because I'm always afraid that I'm going to get sick on something. So I'm really, really careful about what I eat on the road.

I did my first leg of my tour in nineteen cities, and I think I had one meal in a restaurant the entire time that I was out just because you don't get time. You travel at night, you get some place in the morning, you set up the show, you do a VIP event, you do the show, you pack it up, you get on a bus and you leave again. It's difficult unless someone goes down, gets something and brings something to the bus before we leave. You miss out on the local food scene. It's not an ideal situation if you're a foodie.

What kind of food do you request on sets?

I don't request anything. I take whatever's given. I usually go vegetarian when I'm on the road. I try to eat as little as I can kind of get by on. You just don't want to eat a lot. It's really restrictive. It's not fun from a culinary standpoint. Occasionally someone will bring you something. But lots of times I end up eating just whatever fans bring me.

Well, we're going to make it a point to find out what kind of pizza you had and have it there for your show.

That would be fantastic. Just don't let anyone get to it before I get to it because they'll eat it.

Interview continued on the next page.


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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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