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

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David Allen
So what are your reading on the road to pass the time? What do you like to keep up with online?

Holy smokes, nobody's asked me that. I work a lot. My office sends me research I try to gobble up for whatever project that I've currently got going. I'll usually take a couple of novels to read in case I end up not being able to sleep at night. I took Moby Dick with me. Most of the time our Internet doesn't work, so I don't get a lot of online reading time.... A lot happened on the first leg of the tour that I didn't know about, but by the end of it I didn't know what day it was.

How about music?

I have trio with me, and we're playing my food songs as part of the show. We play five or six songs, so I spend a lot of time practicing on the bus. I've got my guitars and a little travel amp. I spend a good bit of time practicing those songs. So I'm not listening to a lot of stuff as much as I'm playing my own stuff.

What kinds of music influenced the tunes you wrote for the Edible Inevitable?

It's all over the place. We have a punk song, a country song, a lullaby, a blues number and a jazz number. And kind of a folk song. So they're just all over. Genres are all over -- everything from the Clash to Johnny Cash. Something for everybody.

What are you hoping people get out of your show?

Two hours of enjoyment. That's all I can ask. That's all I can hope for. If people come, and say, "I'm really happy I'm really went to that," my job's done. That's all I care about.

I heard in an interview that you had no intention of hosting Good Eats when you initially pitched it. And now you're now the star of your first live variety tour.

Funny how that happens, huh? I never had any intention of being in front of a camera.

Where do you see yourself in ten years from now?

Absolutely no idea. Probably in an old folks' home. No, really -- I don't have good future vision. I find that whenever I make plans, I tend to get in my own way of better things than my plans. So I try to not plan too much.

Between the show, your podcast, and hosting and producing shows for Food Network, you're clearly one of the hardest-working individuals in the business. How are you spending the break between the two legs of your tour?

I'm making Cutthroat Kitchen and Food Network Star. So I fill in between the work with more work.

How about enjoying the holidays with family?

Absolutely. Thanksgiving and around Christmastime, and my daughter's birthday which falls between Christmas and the new year, so definitely.

Do you do the cooking?

I do my share, yeah. I'm usually supervising large hunks of meat. That's kind of my specialty. I'll be doing the turkey and the big standing rib roast on Christmas. Those are mine. And I'm very good at opening at bottles of wine.

Awesome, well, thank you so much for your time. It's been an honor getting to chat with you, and we're definitely going to track down the pizza.

Thank you! And I wish you would. If you could let me know where that came from, gosh, I would sure love to have another one.

For more information on the show, including ticketing, visit the Fox Theatre website or Alton Brown Tour 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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