Ryan Skyles was living in Italy when he got the call from Mike Randolph about the Good Pie (6665 Delmar Boulevard, University City, 314-899-9221). "I was working in a hostel in Rome, near the train station, when Mike called. He said he was opening the Good Pie and asked if I wanted a job. At that point, I was homesick and ready to come back. OK, actually I was out of money."
The Good Pie pizzaiolo didn't set out to Italy with the intention of learning about pizza. During his year in Rome and Tuscany his experience of classic Italian pies came from eating them, giving him enough information to discern what makes them so special. "[In Italy] it's all about simplicity," Skyles explains. "American pizza gets heavy. It's all about three kinds of meat and extra cheese. Italian pizza, our pizza -- this sounds funny -- is healthy."More »