Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza offers two locations
St. Louis, MO/January 29, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza – Everyone has their own ideas about what makes a great pizza. It’s probably one of the most debated dishes in St. Louis. There’s the great crust debate, thick or thin, crispy or chewy. Then there’s the dispute over sauce—should it be a little sweet or a little spicy; tomato-based or olive oil? And then the issue of cheese—should the mozzarella be aged, fresh, or smoked? Should it be blended with the likes of parmesan, fontina, Muenster, provolone, or Romano? Or should we just use provel? Everyone knows the classic St. Louis style pizza has a thin and crispy crust, slightly sweet sauce, and that locally invented provel cheese. St. Louis natives have had to defend our signature pizza so often that many may not realize that other pizza debates even exist. Sure we know that deep dish pie they sell in Chicago is a cause of contention (can you really call it pizza if you eat it with a fork?), but it’s not the only style to spark regional conflict. For instance, there’s the squabble over New York style pizza versus New Jersey style pizza. Yes, Jersey style pizza is a thing, and you can check it out yourself at one of Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza locations in South St. Louis.
So what’s the difference between the chewy crusted New York style pizza and the chewy crusted New Jersey style pizza? An old pal from Jersey used to tell me the difference was in the water. But Feraro’s Pizza owner Jon Feraro has said a Jersey style crust is slightly thicker than New York style. And the sauce is richer and sweeter. St. Louis natives might not notice those subtle differences, but they will still appreciate the chewy, tasty East Coast pie.
Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza is a mother and son operation. Both Nancy Feraro and son Jon are from New Jersey. They spent their summers along the boardwalks of the Jersey Shore, and opened Feraro’s in order to bring these wonderful memories to St. Louis diners. Everything is authentic Jersey—from their homemade pizza to specialties like Taylor Ham sandwiches and Zeppole. These flavors come straight from the coast. The restaurant is hung with images that transport customers to the Jersey Shore, and they even pipe in Bon Jovi, Sinatra, and the Boss.
Feraro’s is fabulously fresh pizza. That’s because everything is made from scratch. They even grate the mozzarella cheese themselves. The crust is perfectly crisp on bottom because of the brick-bottom oven they use, and it’s wonderfully chewy because of traditional hand-tossing. In classic northeastern style, the pizzas are large (14, 16 & 18 inch pies). Order just a slice or a whole pie. The giant 18″ pizza specials add to the atmosphere with names like The Boss (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, onions, bell peppers, black olives, and garlic), The Soprano (pepperoni, Italian sausage, meatballs, ham, and smoked bacon), Old Blue Eyes (a white pizza with ricotta, garlic, mozzarella, parmesan, and a drizzle of olive oil), and The Jersey Style (smoked ham, fresh tomato, onion, hot peppers, and garlic).
Besides pizza, Feraro’s does justice to rolled stromboli sandwiches and to calzone too. They offer a respectable toasted rav, plus fresh salads, garlic knots, cannoli and zeppole (Italian donuts). They also do spaghetti. Get it with classic tomato sauce, or have meat sauce, or meat balls, or sausage, or mushrooms. By the way, those meatballs (mom’s recipe) are available as sliders or on a sandwich, and of course, on pizza!
Feraro’s outgrew their original Soulard location (1862 South 10th Street), and in September 2013, they moved to a more spacious spot at 7704 Ivory Ave. in the Patch/Carondelet neighborhood of South St. Louis. The south city location offers dine-in, carry out, and delivery with two bars and a music venue. The extra space lets Feraro recreate a little of that Jersey Shore fun in his south city restaurant. The Patch location is closed on Mondays. They’re open Sunday, plus Tuesday – Thursday from 11:00 a.m. – 10 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Feraro’s second location in Concord Village at 11726 Baptist Church Road in Sappington has a slightly smaller menu, offering carry out and delivery only. The South County location is open seven days a week: Sunday – Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday – Saturday from 11 a.m. – 11 p.m.
St. Louis-style pizza lovers will find Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza is a big, chewy, flavorful slice that you can actually fold without breaking. (Really, who knew you should fold pizza?) They’ll find a little bit of a party feel too, like a vacay up east. Jersey transplants, like my friend, will find Feraro’s is a slice of home.
Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza
Owners: Nancy and Jon Feraro
7704 Ivory Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63111
11726 Baptist Church Rd.
Sappington, MO 63128