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Pieology Pizzeria Embarks on International Expansion with Entry Into Mexico City

Pieology Pizzeria Embarks on International Expansion with Entry Into Mexico City

Pieology Pizzeria: Award-Winning Franchise Taps Mexican Partner to Meet Growing International Demand

August 19, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Pieology, the creator of personally-inspired pizzas, announces international expansion into Mexico.  The expansion will take place before the end of the year, with stores in the Polanco and San Jose de Insurgentes Sur areas of Mexico City.

“The pizza market is one of the largest in Mexico and consumers are demanding better quality, personalized offerings and new opportunities to expand their palate,” said Steve Kishi, VP of Franchise Development.  As the former VP of International Development for Carl’s Jr., Kishi oversaw the brand’s entry into Mexico and has been tasked with leading international relationships for Pieology’s newest endeavor.  “Pieology offers higher quality ingredients, customer service and a dining experience that we feel meets the Mexican consumer’s growing expectations.”

Franchise partner OPFRA S.A. de C.V., a Mexican holding company based in Mexico City, will operate the Pieology brand within the Mexican territory.  With development rights for the entire Republic of Mexico, OPFRA has committed to 47 new Pieology locations in the initial development phase, located in not only Mexico City, but the surrounding areas as well.

“The key to success in launching an international franchise is the selection of outstanding and successful business people as our franchisees,” said Kishi.  “We are excited to partner with the ownership group of OPFRA and their vast depth of professional business connections, especially in the real estate development sector.”

Owned by an established local Mexican family, OPFRA affiliates have diverse ownership of a premium supermarket chain along with several other retail and real estate businesses in Mexico, including many joint ventures and master franchise agreements with top American retail brands.  In addition to establishing a national infrastructure for Pieology, OPFRA looks forward to future expansion throughout the franchised restaurant sector.

Since 2011, Pieology has been dishing out delicious hand-crafted pizzas, growing from a simple idea to bring creativity back to pizza that now encompasses more than 100 stores across the nation with additional international expansion opportunities on the horizon.

About Pieology Pizzeria

Using only the freshest ingredients along with signature sauces and crusts, award-winning Pieology offers hand-crafted, personally-inspired pizzas in unlimited flavor combinations that are stone oven fired in six minutes or less.  Founded in 2011, Pieology was created from the simple idea to turn America’s most craveable food into an affordable and interactive experience.  Pieology’s mission is to inspire individual creativity in a positive atmosphere where guests can gather with family and friends, while enjoying their delicious pizza creations.  Along with providing great food and a memorable dining experience, Pieology is committed to making a positive difference in the communities it serves, one pie at a time.  Named the 2015 #1 Fastest Growing Chain by Technomic, Pieology is steadily expanding its U.S. footprint, with commitments throughout the country in various stages of development.  For more information, visit http://www.pieology.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


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Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

Katie's Pizza and Pasta Osteria to Host August Giveback Tuesday Event Benefiting National Council of Jewish Women

ST. LOUIS, MO/August 12, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria in Rock Hill is proud to announce their upcoming Giveback Tuesday event, which will benefit the National Council of Jewish Women. The event is slated for Tues., August 22.

Every month, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria features a local nonprofit charity and donates 100 percent of the earned proceeds from the entire day to the charity. Lunch, dinner, drinks, and carryout are all included. So far, Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria has donated more than $120,000 to local nonprofit organizations.

Funds raised from this Giveback Tuesday event will help support the National Council of Jewish Women and their annual Back to School! Store, which is a one-day event in which more than 1,300 pre-selected elementary school children walk through and choose brand new items from the organization’s pop-up store.

The money raised will help purchase clothing, backpacks filled with school supplies, coats and winter wear, shoes, and personal care items for more than 1,300 underserved children.

“We are honored to be part of Katie’s Giveback Tuesday program on August 22,” said Jennifer Scissors, a volunteer co-chair of National Council of Jewish Women’s Back to School! Store. “It’s so gratifying to see underprivileged children receive the clothing and supplies they need to start school with enthusiasm, positive self-esteem, and a readiness to learn at our Back to School! Store. We know this could not be possible without the help of local organizations and businesses like Katie’s.”

Founded in 1985, the National Council of Jewish Women works to improve the lives of women, children, and families throughout the Greater St. Louis region. The organization helps more than 9,000 people each year and partners with more than 45 social service agencies, churches, and community organizations to identify qualifying children from low-income families whose needs are not currently being met by existing services.

Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria is open every day at 11 a.m. and features Happy Hour specials from 3 to 5 p.m. and 9 to 10 p.m. Carry-outs are also available.

For more information or to make reservations, please call (314) 942-6555 or visit http://www.katiespizzaandpasta.com.

For more information about the National Council of Jewish Women, please visit http://www.ncjwstl.org.


Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria

9568 Manchester Road

St. Louis, Missouri 63119

Phone: (314) 942-6555


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Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in St. Louis

Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in St. Louis - STLRestaurant.News

St. Louis’ Top 10 Pizza Restaurants for August 2017

St. Louis, MO/August 5, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Pizza may have been brought to the U.S. by Italian immigrants, but it’s become one of the quintessential American foods.  We each eat about 46 slices a year—or about 6,000 slices over a lifetime, according to a poll by the CiCi’s Pizza restaurant chain and reported in the New York Daily News.  And a perennial question seems to be where to go to get the ultimate slice?

That question is an especially tricky one in St. Louis, with its diverse population, culturally rich neighborhoods, and wide variety of pizza offerings.  Just the question of crust alone can get St. Louis pizza lovers into a heated debate.  Are we talking about a New York style hand tossed, a Chicago Style deep dish, a bubbly Neapolitan; a soft Sicilian square; or a thin and crispy St. Louis style?  Then comes the topic of cheese and the debate starts anew.

It’s been about a year since we addressed the issue of the best pizza places in St. Louis, so we thought it was time to take a fresh look.  We checked the customer reviews and gathered the data to find out who St. Louis diners like best.  Restaurants had to have at least 50 reviews to make the top 10.  We also limited the list to independent pizzerias (those with no franchises and fewer than three stores).  One look at the 2017 Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in St. Louis and it’s obvious a lot has changed in the last year!

It turns out St. Louis’ favorite pizza maker is also St. Louis favorite sandwich maker—sort of.  Melo’s Pizzeria in Benton Park is the little pizzeria that Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza and his son Joey Valenza built into the garage behind the sandwich shop (2438 McNair Ave).  They refurbished the space and brought in a beautiful wood-fired oven from Naples and started selling pizza in December 2015.  After just a few months, Melo’s was already becoming popular, as we talked about in an October 2016 profile.  Melo’s menu is almost as small as it’s building, but offers several enticing takes on classic Neapolitan style pizza.  We had pondered last October whether Melo’s Neapolitan pizza was on its way to becoming St. Louis’ new favorite, and it turns out that it was!

Another look at the list reveals that there’s a pizza for lovers of every style pie on this updated list.  Here are the top 10 10 pizza restaurants in St. Louis.

1. Melo’s Pizzeria (4.84 stars/61 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 McNair Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.
2. Corner Bistro (4.72 stars/220 reviews) Princeton Heights, 4993 Loughborough Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 353-1811.
3. Sauce On The Side (4.57 stars/254 reviews) Downtown, 411 North 8th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 241-5667.
4. Pizzeoli – Wood Fired Pizza Napoletana (4.56 stars/174 reviews) Soulard, 1928 South 12th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 449-1111.
5. Molldeli’s Delicatessen (4.52 stars/118 reviews) Concord, 11836 Tesson Ferry Road, Saint Louis, MO 63128, (314) 729-1800.
6. Roma’s Pizza (4.50 stars/113 reviews) Riverbend, 121 East Bethalto Drive, Bethalto, IL 62010, (618) 377-5800.
7. Flamentco’s the Place (4.48 stars/65 reviews) O’Fallon, 711 West US Hwy 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269, (618) 726-2275.
8. Boardwalk Pizza (4.45 stars/80 reviews) Ellisville, 15638 Manchester Road, Ellisville, MO 63011, (636) 238-3520.
9. Pizza-A-Go-Go (4.38 stars/111 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 6703 Scanlan Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 781-1234.
10. Peel Wood Fired Pizza (4.38 stars/580 reviews) Edwardsville, 921 South Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 659-8561.

Honorable Mentions are given to deserving restaurants and food crafters who didn’t make their respective top 10 lists for some reason.  Sometimes they had great ratings, but not enough reviews.  Other times they are staff favorites that we love so much we want to share them with you.  This list is a little of both. Honorable Mentions to:

The U.R.B. – Urban Research Brewery (4.71 stars/21 reviews) Forest Park Southeast, 4501 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, MO 63110, (314) 222-0143.  Pizza-by-the-slice at a research brewerie; what’s not to love?

Faraci Pizza (4.34 stars/35 reviews) Ferguson, 520 South Florissant Road, Ferguson, MO 63135, (314) 524-2675.  Old school St. Louis style pizza baked in a brick-bottom oven from recipes that date back to the early 1900’s.

Anthonino’s Taverna (4.37 stars/993 reviews) The Hill, 2225 Macklind Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-4455.  Last year’s #1 pizza place is still worth your attention.  Thick, slightly sweet, chewy crust blanketed with melty mozzarella and perfectly portioned toppings.

Bonus: In St. Louis we are fortunate to have scores of independent pizzerias, and dozens of pizza chains as well.  Some of those chains offer surprisingly good pizza—so good that we feel obliged to give a nod to the chain restaurants that do justice to this special combination of crust, sauce, and cheese.  So here are the highest rated chain pizzerias—that is, pizza restaurants with at least three locations.  The high customer review ratings indicate that there is really good pizza to be found in these mostly suburban pizza chains.

1. Papa Vito’s (4.51 stars/176 reviews) Belleville, 318 East Washington, Belleville, IL 62220, (618) 277-6200.
2. Dewey’s Pizza (4.45 stars/218 reviews) Edwardsville, 112 East Vandalia Street, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 656-2200.
3. Dewey’s Pizza (4.45 stars/204 reviews) St. Charles, 1520 South 5th Street, Saint Charles, MO 63303, (636) 724-1111.
4. Dewey’s Pizza (4.45 stars/110 reviews) Webster Groves, 122 East Lockwood Ave, Webster Groves, MO 63119, (314) 961-1000.
5. Dewey’s Pizza (4.40 stars/408 reviews) Kirkwood, 124 North Kirkwood Road, Saint Louis, MO 63122, (314) 821-7474.
6. Dewey’s Pizza (4.40 stars/402 reviews) University City, 559 North and South Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63130, (314) 726-3434.
7. JJ Twig’s Pizza & Pub (4.37 stars/92 reviews) Princeton Heights, 5600 Hampton Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 833-6700.
8. Dewey’s Pizza (4.36 stars/152 reviews) Ellisville, 1312 Clarkson Clayton Center, Ellisville, MO 63011, (636) 227-3400.
9. Pi Pizzeria (4.20 stars/771 reviews) Downtown, 610 Washington Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63101, (314) 588-7600.
10. Pi Pizzeria (4.19 stars/946 reviews) The Loop, 6144 Delmar Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 727-6633.

Celebrate National Pizza Day with STL’s Best Pizza


The Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS, MO/February 8, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dining trends come and go.  One day we’re eating fat free potato chips and wine from a box, the next we’re grabbing gluten free muffins and chai tea.  One thing that never seems to go out of style: pizza.  It’s America’s favorite food.  According to reference.com, we eat an average of 23 pounds of pizza a year, or about 46 slices.  That’s about 132 squares of St. Louis style pizza!  More than 3 billion pizzas are sold in the U.S. each year, amounting to around $37 billion in revenue.  That’s a lot of pizza!  We celebrate our beloved slice each February 9th, National Pizza Day!  So where can you go to get the best pizza in the St. Louis area?  We turned to customer reviews to find your favorites.

Topping our list is Melo’s Pizzeria in St. Louis’ historic Benton Park neighborhood.  You could call Melo’s the little pizzeria that could.  After just over a year in business, Melo’s authentic wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizza has become St. Louis’ favorite.  But then, Melo’s is another project by Blues City Deli owner Vince Valenza, whose sandwich shop was just named to Yelp’s Top 100 Places to Eat List for 2017.  (Second year in a row!) Melo’s came about after Valenza bought the building and lot he’d been leasing for the deli (in 2013).  The brick garage behind the sandwich shop was fully restored, including installation of a blue-tiled, wood-fired oven from Naples.  Vince’s son Joey Valencia applied his baking skills, and in December 2015, Melo’s Pizzeria was born.  Melo’s offers classic Neapolitan style pizza made with simple, high-quality ingredients.  What’s not to love?

Like the rest of America, St. Louis loves pizza. Our customer review-based top 10 shows we love it in all its various forms: hand tossed, deep dish, Neapolitan, and of course, St. Louis style.

Here are the top 10 pizza restaurants in St. Louis:

1. Melo’s Pizzeria (4.92 stars/50 reviews) Benton Park, 2438 Mcnair Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 833-4489.
2. Corner Bistro (4.5 stars/200 reviews) Princeton Heights, 4993 Loughborough Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63109, (314) 353-1811.
3. Pizzeoli – Wood Fired Neapolitan Pizza (4.5 stars/161 reviews) Soulard, 1928 South 12th Street, Saint Louis, MO 63104, (314) 449-1111.
4. Pizza-A-Go-Go (4.4 stars/100 reviews) Lindenwood Park, 6703 Scanlan Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63139, (314) 781-1234.
5. Mama Toscano’s Ravioli (4.4 stars/60 reviews) The Hill, 2201 Macklind Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 776-2926.
6. Anthonino’s Taverna (4.3 stars/873 reviews) The Hill, 2225 Macklind Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63110, (314) 773-4455.
7. Pastaria (4.2 stars/850 reviews) Clayton, 7734 Forsyth Blvd, Saint Louis, MO 63105, (314) 862-6603.
8. PW Pizza (4.2 stars/296 reviews) Downtown, 2017 Chouteau Ave., Saint Louis, MO 63103, (314) 241-7799.
9. Tavolo V (4.2 stars/215 reviews) The Loop, 6118 Delmar Blvd., Saint Louis, MO 63112, (314) 721-4333.
10. Twin Oak Wood Fired Pizza & BBQ (4.1 stars/290 reviews) Brentwood, 1201 Strassner Drive, Brentwood, MO 63144, (314) 644-2772.

In order to make the top 10, restaurants had to have at least 50 reviews.  Since we were looking for the really special establishments, they also had to be locally owned, independent operations.  Each of these pizzerias offers a unique product in a distinctive setting that makes eating a pizza a special experience.

Since there are always a few great restaurants that don’t quite make our strict Top 10 criteria, but still offer an uncommonly good dining experience, we have a few Honorable Mentions to add.

So shout outs go to:

Flamentco’s the Place in O’Fallon, Illinois has 4.5 stars with just 48 reviews.  They’re located at 711 West US Hwy 50, O’Fallon, IL 62269. (618) 726-2275.  With just a few more reviews, they could have landed high on the Top 10 list.  This one is worth watching.

Both Peel Wood Fired Pizza locations. The Edwardsville pizzeria has 4.5 stars with 236 reviews. It’s at 921 South Arbor Vitae, Edwardsville, IL 62025, (618) 659-8561. The O’Fallon, Illinois location at 104 South Cherry Street has a respectable 4.0 stars with 155 reviews, (618) 726-2244.

All six St. Louis area Dewey’s Pizza locations, which each have 4.5 stars, showing a consistency in product and service that is rarely seen.  There are Dewey’s Pizzas in Webster Groves, University City, Ellisville, St. Charles, and Edwardsville, but it’s the Kirkwood store (124 N Kirkwood Road, 314-821-7474) that’s most popular.

Check out any of these fine restaurants to celebrate #NationalPizzaDay February 9, 2017, or any time you want a great pizza.

An Authentic Slice of Jersey in South St. Louis – Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza

Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza

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.

Contact Information:

Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza

Owners: Nancy and Jon Feraro

7704 Ivory Ave.

The Patch/Carondelet

St. Louis, MO 63111

(314) 256-0500


11726 Baptist Church Rd.

Concord Village

Sappington, MO 63128

(314) 843-3456