I first heard about St Louis-style Pizza when the restaurant Speedy Romeo opened in Brooklyn.
What makes St Louis-style pizza different is that it’s made with Provel, a processed cheese consisting of provolone, Swiss and white cheddar. The pies are also cut differently. (More on that later.)
On the long trip home from our trip to Argentina and Uruguay, we had a long layover in St Louis. I planned a few things to do with the time including trying St Louis-style pizza where it’s from! (This was planned prior to our flight being cancelled.)
After doing some reading and asking around, I settled on trying out Imo’s Pizza.
Imo’s specializes in St Louis-style pizza and was founded back in 1964. It’s expanded greatly since then. (Wikipedia mentions that there’s 90+ locations in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas.)We caught an Uber from the airport to the Imo’s Pizza location next door to Busch Stadium. We took a look over the menu and decided to order two pies- one plain and the other with toppings.
It took around 15 minutes for the pizza to arrive and we couldn’t wait to dig!
I always like to start off by trying the plain pie. This give you the opportunity to taste all of the basic ingredients without them being hidden by toppings.
The crust is cracker thin and the pie is cut in what I call a party cut which is great for sharing. Look closely and you’ll see the rows of horizontal and vertical cuts. Each piece is either square or tiny triangle.
The cheese is definitely the strongest flavor on the pie. The Provel has a tangy flavor and is a bit gooey when it’s hot. Once the pie cools down, the cheese congeals a bit.
I don’t remember the sauce well but it was definitely a more subtle flavor.Here’s a good shot which shows how cracker- thin this style of pizza is.We also ordered a Deluxe pie minus the mushrooms. This pie was topped with sausage, onion, green pepper, bacon and cheese.
Kim and I really enjoyed this pie due to the tasty flavor combinations. We’ve rarely ever ordered a pizza with more than 1 topping and with this pie , the variety really tasted great.
Imo’s Pizza really hit the spot. Kim, Lucas and I loved this pizza. Keep in mind, this is nothing like typical pizza we’re used to. It probably wouldn’t compete with any decent slice in NY but it serves a purpose and I respect the different style.
If Imo’s was available close to home, I could totally see ordering it from time to time while watching a game with friends. St Louis-style pizza is a fun, sharing pie due to the way it’s cut and I’d love to try it again if I ever return to St Louis.
Have you tried St Louis-style pizza. If so, what did you think?
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