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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