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Thursday, October 28, 2010

#41: The "Bucktown" Pizza at Pi Pizzeria

Posted By on Thu, Oct 28, 2010 at 1:00 PM

A slice of the "Bucktown" pizza from Pi - IAN FROEB
  • Ian Froeb
  • A slice of the "Bucktown" pizza from Pi
I'm as guilty as anyone of contributing toward the hoopla surrounding Pi. President Obama declaring it his favorite pizza. Chris Sommers and crew cooking in the White House. New locations in St. Louis and, soon, in Washington, D.C. Gut Check has covered it -- perhaps exhaustively.

Still, it's damn good pizza. The "Bucktown," one of the deep-dish varities, is my favorite.

The core toppings of the "Bucktown" -- mozzarella, chicken and sun-dried tomatoes -- would make a pretty good pizza by themselves. But Pi goes an extra step, adding artichoke hearts, red onion, red bell pepper, green olives and even a few cubes of feta cheese.

It should be too much, but it works, balancing the heaviness of the chicken and cheese with the tartness of the tomatoes, the sharpness of the onion, the saltiness of the olives and feta.

Of course, most reviews of Pi mention its signature cornmeal crust. With good reason. It's fantastic: the exterior crisp, the texture and flavor of the interior like a cross between focaccia and frybread. How it manages to support the many toppings of the "Bucktown" will take even more exhaustive discussion to figure out.

Pi Pizzeria
Multiple locations, including 6144 Delmar Boulevard
$18 (small), $23 (large)

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.


#42: Pla song kruang at Basil Spice Thai Cuisine
#43: Chori pollo at Mi Ranchito
#44: Pizza at La Pizza
#45: Fried chicken at Young's Restaurant & Ice Creamery
#46: The Philly Cheesesteak at 9th Street Deli
#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

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