Find Your Favorite Pizza Styles in Missouri

May 13, 2019

Like the selection of toppings at your favorite parlor, there are a variety of pizza styles found across the U.S. In fact, one food-focused website says there are at least 24 varieties from which to choose.

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While pizza is among most people's favorite foods, not everyone is aware of the different styles you can find in the state. So here's a quick breakdown of just a handful of the styles and a few great places to find them in Missouri.

New York Style - Noted for its generous, triangular cut and thin crust, this style is generally folded in half - almost to the shape of a taco shell - while eaten. A slice or two usually fills you up. Try a slice of sausage and green pepper at Brooklyn Pizza in Fulton.

St. Louis Style - Thanks to the cracker-like thin crust, square slices and the laboratory concoction that is Provel cheese, this style has plenty of loyalists ... and detractors. Popularized by the Imo's chain, order up a hamburger and bacon from the Fourth Street location in downtown St. Louis.

Deep Dish - Often referred to as Chicago style, deep dish offers a thick crust and abundant toppings. One slice may not fill you up, but you'll be questioning whether or not you need a second. Get the Delmar, which includes Pappy's barbecue sauce, at Pi Pizzeria in St. Louis' Central West End.

Greek - Baked in a pan, Greek-style pizza generally has a thin crust, a light layer of sauce and cheese and a boatload of toppings. The folks at Arris' Pizza Palace have been serving pizza-hungry Jefferson Citians and visitors since the 1960s. If you're protein starved, order The Hercules: ground beef, Canadian bacon, pepperoni, Greek sausage and breakfast bacon.

Neapolitan - One of the most specialized pizzas due its traditions, this style must be cooked at a very high temperature in a wood-fired oven and use San Marzano tomatoes grown in Italy. You'll be hard pressed to find a more traditional pizza than the Margherita (mozzarella cheese, basil, olive oil and sea salt) at Il Lazzarone Pizza in St. Joseph.

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