January 31, 2017

Here's Where to Find Awesome Pizza in St. Louis

We can generally all agree that pizza is a gift from heaven -- but not all pies are created equal. That's why we've rounded up the places where you can get some of the greatest pizza in St. Louis. From Neapolitan to New York-style to, yes, that locally beloved cracker-thin crust, here are are the St. Louis pizzas to put on your food bucket list. Editor's note: This gallery was originally published in 2017, but updated in 2018 to remove two places that have closed and include some good newcomers. 

We can generally all agree that pizza is a gift from heaven -- but not all pies are created equal. That's why we've rounded up the places where you can get some of the greatest pizza in St. Louis. From Neapolitan to New York-style to, yes, that locally beloved cracker-thin crust, here are are the St. Louis pizzas to put on your food bucket list.

Editor's note: This gallery was originally published in 2017, but updated in 2018 to remove two places that have closed and include some good newcomers. 

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Pizza Head
3196 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 266-5400
Pizza Head offers New York-style pizza so perfect it could bring a tear to the eye of even the most hardened East Coaster. A simple cheese slice, for instance, is everything you want in a pizza — chewy crust, tangy tomato sauce with just a hint of garlic and herbs, and gooey cheese that is so molten it burns the roof of your mouth. It's perfection. This punk pizza joint also offers cashew cheese and faux meat options, making Pizza Head the premier STL destination for pizza-loving vegetarians and vegans.
Photo courtesy of Mabel Suen
Pizza Head
3196 S. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 266-5400

Pizza Head offers New York-style pizza so perfect it could bring a tear to the eye of even the most hardened East Coaster. A simple cheese slice, for instance, is everything you want in a pizza — chewy crust, tangy tomato sauce with just a hint of garlic and herbs, and gooey cheese that is so molten it burns the roof of your mouth. It's perfection. This punk pizza joint also offers cashew cheese and faux meat options, making Pizza Head the premier STL destination for pizza-loving vegetarians and vegans. Photo courtesy of Mabel Suen
Katie's Pizza and Pasta
9568 Manchester Rd.
Rock Hill, Missouri
(314) 942-6555
or
14171 Clayton Rd.
Town and Country, MO
(636) 220-3238
There are two Katie's these days, as chef Katie Collier is growing her empire (she also has a meal-kit company, Vero Pizza & Pasta). The charismatic chef is known for her delicious salads and pastas, but her pizza is second to none, with delicious farm-to-table combinations like fig and squash and Brussels sprouts. Meat lovers won't be disappointed, either: Try a Salume Beddu pepperoni with preserved lemon and buckwheat honey and leave happy. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Katie's Pizza and Pasta
9568 Manchester Rd.
Rock Hill, Missouri
(314) 942-6555
or
14171 Clayton Rd.
Town and Country, MO
(636) 220-3238

There are two Katie's these days, as chef Katie Collier is growing her empire (she also has a meal-kit company, Vero Pizza & Pasta). The charismatic chef is known for her delicious salads and pastas, but her pizza is second to none, with delicious farm-to-table combinations like fig and squash and Brussels sprouts. Meat lovers won't be disappointed, either: Try a Salume Beddu pepperoni with preserved lemon and buckwheat honey and leave happy. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Black Thorn Pub
3735 Wyoming St.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 776-0534
No, it's not a pizzeria -- but Black Thorn Pub serves amazing pizza. Go here, and your deep-dish cravings will be satisfied. Photo by Jenna Murphy.
Black Thorn Pub
3735 Wyoming St.
St. Louis, MO 63116
(314) 776-0534

No, it's not a pizzeria -- but Black Thorn Pub serves amazing pizza. Go here, and your deep-dish cravings will be satisfied. Photo by Jenna Murphy.
PW Pizza
2017 Chouteau Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-7799
PW Pizza is owned by the couple behind Vin de Set and 1111 Mississippi -- which is a good sign backed up by some outstanding pizza. PW Pizza also offers a vegan cheese substitute and gluten-free crusts for the picky eaters in your life. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
PW Pizza
2017 Chouteau Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63103
(314) 241-7799

PW Pizza is owned by the couple behind Vin de Set and 1111 Mississippi -- which is a good sign backed up by some outstanding pizza. PW Pizza also offers a vegan cheese substitute and gluten-free crusts for the picky eaters in your life. Photo by Jennifer Silverberg.
Pirrone's Pizza
Locations in St. Peters and Florissant
Another great place to try St. Louis-style pizza is Pirrone's. You won't find pre-made crust here -- every pizza is made to order. Enjoy! Photo courtesy of Instagram / ashleycaito.
Pirrone's Pizza
Locations in St. Peters and Florissant

Another great place to try St. Louis-style pizza is Pirrone's. You won't find pre-made crust here -- every pizza is made to order. Enjoy! Photo courtesy of Instagram / ashleycaito.
Dewey's Pizza
Locations in University City, Webster Groves, Kirkwood, Edwardsville, St. Charles and Ellisville
This small Midwestern chain has pizza you don't want to miss. You can choose one of Dewey's creative combos or make your own and decide between white and red sauce. Dewey's offers gluten-free crust, too. Photo courtesy of Instagram / thefoodiefriend.
Dewey's Pizza
Locations in University City, Webster Groves, Kirkwood, Edwardsville, St. Charles and Ellisville

This small Midwestern chain has pizza you don't want to miss. You can choose one of Dewey's creative combos or make your own and decide between white and red sauce. Dewey's offers gluten-free crust, too. Photo courtesy of Instagram / thefoodiefriend.
Cafe Piazza
1900 Arsenal St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 343-0294
The bulk of Café Piazza's menu is made up of pizzas, courtesy of the massive, four-ton deck oven nicknamed "Big Mamma" that serves as the restaurant's workhorse. The searing hot, wood-fired behemoth allows the thin-crust pies to crisp up and get little specks of char around the edges — not quite as extreme as a Neapolitan pie, but approaching it. In that sense, the Margherita is inspired by, not a replica of, the quintessential Naples pizza. A simple crushed tomato sauce coats the dough, which is topped with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. More like the hybrid of a New York-style slice and a classic Margherita, it may not be traditional, but it is solid.
Photo courtesy of Mabel Suen
Cafe Piazza
1900 Arsenal St.
St. Louis, MO 63118
(314) 343-0294

The bulk of Café Piazza's menu is made up of pizzas, courtesy of the massive, four-ton deck oven nicknamed "Big Mamma" that serves as the restaurant's workhorse. The searing hot, wood-fired behemoth allows the thin-crust pies to crisp up and get little specks of char around the edges — not quite as extreme as a Neapolitan pie, but approaching it. In that sense, the Margherita is inspired by, not a replica of, the quintessential Naples pizza. A simple crushed tomato sauce coats the dough, which is topped with mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and fresh basil. More like the hybrid of a New York-style slice and a classic Margherita, it may not be traditional, but it is solid. Photo courtesy of Mabel Suen
’ZZA
282 N. Skinker Blvd.
314-696-8585
or
54 N. Euclid Ave.
(314) 300-8700
'Zza serves seriously good pizza. It jumps ahead of the pack with the ideal thin crust, at once delicate and crisp, firm and chewy. It's a base that works well for simple varieties, like the classic margherita, which allows the bright tomato sauce to shine. Fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes make this a solid riff on the Neapolitan classic.
Photo courtesy of Mabel Suen
’ZZA
282 N. Skinker Blvd.
314-696-8585
or
54 N. Euclid Ave.
(314) 300-8700

'Zza serves seriously good pizza. It jumps ahead of the pack with the ideal thin crust, at once delicate and crisp, firm and chewy. It's a base that works well for simple varieties, like the classic margherita, which allows the bright tomato sauce to shine. Fresh mozzarella, basil leaves and a sprinkle of sea salt flakes make this a solid riff on the Neapolitan classic. Photo courtesy of Mabel Suen
Pizzeoli
1928 S. 12th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 449-1111
This wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is a must-try in Soulard. Everything from the dough to the cheese is made fresh and in-house. Founder Scott Sandler also started Pizza Head on South Grand; he later to sold Pizzeoli to new owners, who added meat-based options. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Pizzeoli
1928 S. 12th St.
St. Louis, MO 63104
(314) 449-1111

This wood-fired Neapolitan pizza is a must-try in Soulard. Everything from the dough to the cheese is made fresh and in-house. Founder Scott Sandler also started Pizza Head on South Grand; he later to sold Pizzeoli to new owners, who added meat-based options. Photo by Mabel Suen.
Adriana's
5101 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 773-3833
When you're talking about Italian cuisine in St. Louis, you can't go without mentioning The Hill. But that's just one reason to try the pizza at Adriana's, a small, family-owned lunch cafe that calls the neighborhood home. It's also delicious. Photo courtesy of Instagram / angela_creek.
Adriana's
5101 Shaw Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 773-3833

When you're talking about Italian cuisine in St. Louis, you can't go without mentioning The Hill. But that's just one reason to try the pizza at Adriana's, a small, family-owned lunch cafe that calls the neighborhood home. It's also delicious. Photo courtesy of Instagram / angela_creek.