#44: Pizza at La Pizza

Oct 20, 2010 at 11:00 am
The pizza at La Pizza - Ian Froeb
Ian Froeb
The pizza at La Pizza
Ian Froeb
The pizza at La Pizza
There couldn't be a more fitting name for this beloved little gem of a restaurant in University City. For this East Coast expat, the pie at La Pizza is the dictionary definition of great pizza.

The crust is thin but with a crisp bottom and strong bones: It has a pleasant chew and, crucially, doesn't bend under the weight of sauce, cheese and toppings. (Though, for the true NYC experience, you can fold it in half for easier eating while walking.)

The sauce is excellent, with a true tomato bite, and the whole-milk mozzarella melts to the perfect consistency. Whichever toppings you select, you, too, might soon make the distinction. There are pizzas, and there is the pizza.

La Pizza
8137 Delmar Boulevard, University City
Slices from $2.50, whole pizzas from $11

I'm counting down -- in no particular order -- 100 of my favorite dishes in St. Louis. Some are well-known, others obscure. Some are expensive, others dirt cheap. All of them, I guarantee, are delicious. Please do not hesitate to share your own favorites via the comments thread.


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#47: Smoked chicken wings at Flavors BBQ Sports Bar & Grill
#48: Coffee and a pastry at 222 Artisan Bakery
#49: The torta ahogada at Taqueria Durango
#50: The "Morganford Mediterranean" Sandwich at Local Harvest Café & Catering

#51: Vegetable korma at Gokul Snacks & Sweets
#52: Schnitzel & spaetzle at Iron Barley
#53: Oxtail stew at De Palm Tree
#54: Pho at Pho Long
#55: Gyro at Anthonino's Taverna
#56: The Lemon Drop Cupcake at the Cup
#57: Pupusas at Tres Banderas
#58: Gumbo at the Gumbo Shop
#59: The burger at Newstead Tower Public House
#60: Quesadillas tradicionales at Milagro Modern Mexican