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Monday, March 11, 2013

Pi Pizzeria's "Grove" Pizza: One of 100 St. Louis Dishes You Must Eat Right Now

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At a quick glance the "Grove" ($17 for a 12-inch pie, $21 for a 16-inch pie) looks like your standard pepperoni pizza. But the thinly sliced cured meat atop the thick blanket of melted mozzarella is actually sopressata from St. Louis' own Volpi Foods, both spicier and earthier than pepperoni. The tomato sauce packs a serious chile kick. And if that isn't enough heat for you, the "Grove" also features slices of pungent red chile.

The crust plays a supporting role -- literally, of course. This is no small feat, given how much sauce and cheese tops it. Though very thin, it still lends the pie a hint of the deep-dish pizza's trademark cornmeal texture, a little spongy, a touch gritty. It helps lessen, if barely, the heat.

If you are at the Kirkwood or Delmar locations, however, I suggest pairing your "Grove" with a milkshake for chile relief, not to mention maximum caloric enjoyment.

Is there a dish that you think belongs among the Gut Check One Hundred 2013? Let us know!

See Also: The Gut Check One Hundred 2013 (So Far) - Famous Szechuan Pavilion's Spicy Wonton Soup (Novice) or Yu Shan Pork (Advanced) - La Tejana Taqueria's Goat Soup - Hendricks BBQ's Ribs - Sauce on the Side's "Costanza" Calzone - Siete Luminarias' Guanajuato-Style Carnitas - Fork & Stix's Khao Soi

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