Blind Tiger Dishes Divine Pizza in Maplewood

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The "Garden of Eatin'" pizza comes topped with house marinara, mozzarella, olives, sliced San Marzano tomatoes, mushrooms, onions, giardinera, peperoncini and fennel.

The hand-tossed, New York-style pizza is where Blind Tiger excels. We tried three of the four specialty pies (there is also a build-your-own option), and they were all excellent. The “Bolo” was topped with a sausage and beef Bolognese sauce, and there was a generous amount of meat in every bite, finished with housemade ricotta. The “Soldier of Four-Cheese” was a beautiful marriage of pizza and cheesy garlic bread. The sage brown-butter base was topped with ricotta, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano and American cheeses, then generously sprinkled with smoked garlic. Blind Tiger’s signature pizza is the “Hog Mess,” a mélange of pepperoni, salami, bacon and sausage with a spicy rib-braise sauce. The pizza sears with serious spice from jalapeños, pepperoncini, red peppers and smoked garlic. It could have been overwhelming, but the chunks of juicy pineapple gave a burst of refreshment when I was ready to cry “uncle.”

Keep reading: Cheryl Baehr's review of Blind Tiger.

Photos by Jennifer Silverberg for the Riverfront Times.

Published on February 25, 2014