Join Riverfront Times Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

We Admit It: St. Louis-Style Pizza Is Really Just Chewy Nachos

Posted By on Tue, Aug 21, 2018 at 10:33 AM

click to enlarge From up close, it could be anything. Anything delicious, that is. - PHOTO COURTESY OF MARTIN KALFATOVIC / FLICKR

Shit, they’re onto us. The whole world has been trashing St. Louis-style pizza for decades, but here in the Lou we just munch away and wonder why anyone would try to create drama over the simple joy of shoveling something so tasty into our mouths. They're haters, we've long said, and that just leaves more for us to eat!

But now it seems that Atlas Obscura has divined the truth. The travel site posted a story claiming that St. Louis-style pizza, with its thin yeast-free dough and usage of Provel (which, “legally-speaking, isn’t even cheese”), is really just nachos.

They wrote:
For those who have a hard time accepting pizza they don’t understand, consider this theory: Perhaps St. Louis–style pizza, with its crisp crust, fake cheese, and hefty supply of toppings is actually more similar to nachos than pizza.

Serious Eats was on top of this conspiracy theory years ago, pointing out that the square-cut of St. Louis-style pizza makes it even more nacho-like, noting that “unlike standard pizza, you don't have to commit yourself to more than a bite at a time. Just lean in, grab a square, down it, and lean right back to enjoy the game.”

Atlas Obscura confirms it ... and even points out just how tasty our native pie can be once you're in the right mindset:
With a little change in expectation, by the time you pull that second gooey, square-shaped slice from its box, the technicalities of traditional pizza might be the furthest thing from your mind.

So, OK, fine. It’s nachos. It’s a slab of warm, thick, chewy, share-with-your-friends nachos.

But if St. Louis-style pizza is really just nachos that you can have cheaply and safely delivered right to your door when you're drunk then we have just one question: What’s the problem?

Yep. Nachos on demand is the dream scenario for many Americans, and we St. Louisans get to live it. So don’t be jealous hater, just pass the red pepper flakes and hoist up a square.

Now if you'll excuse us, the nacho delivery man is arriving.

Email the author at
  • Sign up for our weekly newsletters to get the latest on the news, things to do and places to eat delivered right to your inbox.
  • Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Riverfront Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of St. Louis and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep St. Louis' true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 14, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2020 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation