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Pizzeria della Piazza hits the spot with a pizza that’s hot

Natives of Cahokia, the Piazza-Hugger clan opened their first pizzeria in Decatur about fifteen years ago, when the Hugger nephews were still in grade school. It was called Gordo's Pizzeria, and John and Ann ran the business until they started a family and decided to sell it and take day jobs.

Perhaps that's why, on their return to the business, they've created a restaurant that's so kid-friendly. The main dining room features a few video-game consoles and one of those machines where you try to pick up a stuffed animal by maneuvering a metal claw. There's a kids' menu — all the usual suspects, chicken strips, fries and the like — because, as John Hugger puts it, "Kids can't always wait for their food."

Adults who can't wait would be well advised to call in their orders ahead of time, even if they're planning on a sit-down meal. Not only will this cut down on your wait time; it'll help the Piazzas realize their goal of expanding their operating hours back to what they were before.

Jasmin Okanovic works behind the scenes, making pies that are well worth the wait.
Jennifer Silverberg
Jasmin Okanovic works behind the scenes, making pies that are well worth the wait.

Location Info


Pizzeria Della Piazza

5100 Daggett Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110-3010

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: St. Louis - Tower Grove

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Pizzeria della Piazza
5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-762-9100.
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Fri.-Sun.

Thin-crust pizzas $6.25 and up Pan pizzas $9.25 and up Stuffed pizzas $10.25 and up

"Turnover's a big thing here," says John Hugger. "You can't flip tables here in a half-hour, or even an hour, when the pizzas take that long to make."

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