The "Lincoln Park" would have been a total success were it not for the burnt crust. As it was, the vegetable toppings — garlic, tomato, very thinly sliced zucchini and fresh basil — were excellent. Each retained its individual flavor while meshing well with mozzarella and feta cheese.

Service is a crapshoot. Servers took our orders promptly enough, and our food arrived at a reasonable pace, but at other times our servers seemed distracted. They took too long to bring a drink from the bar or, when one person ordered a second beer, neglected to ask if the others at the table were ready for another. It's especially notable because, if anything, Pi seems overstaffed.

Many servers wear T-shirts that have Pi's logo on the front and on the back the motto, "Green is the new black." This refers to Pi's commitment to being an environmentally friendly restaurant. A certificate on the wall credits Pi with a significant carbon offset (a measure of how much of a reduction in carbon-dioxide emissions is caused by Pi's operation), though you are more likely to notice its dedication in small details: To reduce waste, the bar serves beer on draft, but not in bottles. (The beer list is standard, the wine list brief.)

Provel done well? Easy as Pi.
Jennifer Silverberg
Provel done well? Easy as Pi.

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Pi Pizzeria-Delmar Loop

6144 Delmar Blvd.
University City, MO 63130

Category: Restaurant > Pizza

Region: Delmar/ The Loop

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Pi
Lincoln Park (9-inch/12-inch)...$16/$20
South Side Classico...$17/$22
Bucktown...$18/$23
6144 Delmar Boulevard; 314-727-6633
Hours: 5 p.m.-midnight daily.

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I commend the restaurant's efforts. Are the T-shirts a little pretentious? Maybe, though they are a sobering reminder that even in 2008 a business that sees its duty to the planet as something more than a few recycling bins is still worthy of special mention.

Now if only Pi could find a way to convert Provel into automobile fuel. That'd be worthy of a Nobel Prize.

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