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Dogtown Pizza to Participate in First-Ever Pizza Festival on The Hill

Dogtown Pizza to Participate in First-Ever Pizza Festival on The Hill

This St. Louis event, Pizza Festival on The Hill, is slated for Sunday, October 8 from noon to 5 p.m.

ST. LOUIS, MO/October 01, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Dogtown Pizza, a local frozen pizza company, will be participating in the city’s first-ever pizza festival, St. Louis Square Off, Sun., October 8 at Berra Park on The Hill from noon to 5 p.m.

The festival, which is hosted by The Hill Neighborhood Association, will feature St. Louis-style pizzas from various local pizza retailers. Dogtown Pizza will present their famous hot wing pizza for public sampling.

Attendees will have the special opportunity to sample pizza from Dogtown Pizza and seven other participants, cast their votes for the best pizza, and help crown one of the vendors with the coveted title of “Best St. Louis Style Pizza.”

Aside from pizza, beer, and other refreshments, there will be plenty of music, activities for children, art, local retailers, and several samples of other St. Louis food staples to enjoy, including toasted raviolis and gooey butter cake.

“We are so honored to be a participant in this first-ever event, which honors the unique pizza culture of our city,” said Rick Schaper, owner of Dogtown Pizza. “We hope that many will come out to try our pizza, cast their votes, and have fun!”

The event is open to the public and will be held rain or shine. Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased in advance. Tickets cover admission, the first pint of beer or non-alcoholic beverage, and a square of pizza from each participant for tasting. A portion of the sales will benefit Hill 2000, the neighborhood association of The Hill.

Dogtown Pizza has been serving handmade frozen pizzas created with the highest quality of ingredients from local suppliers since 2006. Starting out in Schaper’s kitchen, Dogtown Pizza has turned into a business that employs more than 20 people and has 11 different varieties of frozen pizza stocked in every major St. Louis grocery store, including Target. Their commitment to community, family, and local businesses has remained a top priority for the company as they have forged partnerships with some of the city’s best businesses.

For more information, please visit Dogtown Pizza online at http://www.dogtownpizza.com.

To purchase tickets, please visit http://www.squareup.com/store/stl-square-off.


SOURCE: news provided by Dogtown Pizza – distributed by 24-7 Press Release – published on STLRestaurant.News by St. Louis Media, LLC

Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard Has a New Pizza Proprietor

Joanie’s To Go, Joanie’s Pizzeria been Soulard sensation for over 20 years

Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard Has New Proprietor

ST. LOUIS, MO/June 06, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) – Joanie’s Pizzeria (JP) has been a Soulard sensation for over 20 years.  Ready to take on new challenges and embark on a somewhat “normal” life Joanie Thomas, owner of Joanie’s Pizzeria has “passed the pie “.  Jeff Schneider, a veteran manager of Joanie’s has taken over the reins of this prolific pizzeria while Joanie still in charge of Joanie’s To Go (JTG).

Jeff has been a manager at Joanie’s for five years.  It has been a personal goal of his to own a bar by his 40th birthday.  Taking over ownership of the restaurant at 39, Jeff is poised to carry on a legacy 20 years in the making.

Not only will he be taking over a Soulard pizza landmark, Schneider has lived in Soulard for over 10 years and has taken an active role in the betterment of the community.

Joanie's Pizzeria in Soulard Has a New Pizza Proprietor

Joanie’s Pizzeria in Soulard Has a New Pizza Proprietor (Picture property of St. Louis Media, LLC)

She may be passing the pie, but that doesn’t mean Joanie will be leaving the Joanie’s Pizzeria family.  Joanie says she will still be around for the near future.  Schneider plans on using Joanie as a sounding board for advice on some of his future plans.  The two have developed a close relationship. Schneider says he thinks of Joanie as his big sister.  Joanie will still be in charge of Joanie’s To Go, a catering offshoot of the pizzeria specializing in delivered catering, residential & business carryout and delivery.

Joanie Thomas is Soulard born and bred.  She grew up just blocks from the pizzeria.  Joanie thinks of herself as a “city girl”, having grown up in McKinley Heights and being a graduate of St. Anthony’s of Padua High School.  The secret to Joanie’s success is her recipes. Joanie and her friend, Jim Russell worked together to create the renowned pizza recipes.

Joanie would like to thank all of the customers that have become part of the Joanie’s Pizzeria family.  According to Joanie, without them, Joanie’s Pizzeria would not have been the success and neighborhood land mark it now is.

The change of ownership became official in May 2015.  Although ownership has changed, Joanie’s famous recipes have remained the same.  As manager, Schneider created several popular specials.  Those specials are going to remain in place.  The one change he has made was to develop more of a late-night crowd.  He just had a brand new Patio Bar built for the 2017 Patio Season.  The Grand Opening was Sunday, June 4th.

Joanie’s To Go
804 Russell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63104
Phone: (314) 865-5800

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Imos’ Named One of the Best Pizzas in America

Tasting Table Picks Imo’s Pizza as One of the Best Pizzas

St. Louis, MO/May 23, 2017 (STLRestaurant.News) Best Pizzas – Every pizza lover within 100 miles of the Gateway City is familiar with the classic thin-crust pizza dubbed St. Louis-style.  And we all know “the square beyond compare” that is the granddaddy of St. Louis-style pizza, Imo’s.  Now, this iconic St. Louis pizza company is getting some national props.  The editors at the foodie website Tasting Table have included Imo’s pizza on their recently published article The Best Pizzas in the Country.  The list span coast to coast and included everything from deep dish to Neapolitan, chewy New York Style and St. Louis’ unique thin crust.

The Imo’s crust is a puzzle to East Coast pizza lovers, who can’t seem to grasp the concept.  While pizzas born in New York or New Jersey are all about the flavor and texture of their chewy, hand-tossed crusts, Imo’s thin crust shifts the focus to the incredible toppings.  The editors at Tasting Table describe it this way, “Unlike most other styles, the Saint Louis version swaps yeast for baking powder in its crust, which yields a cracker-like consistency reminiscent of saltines in the best way possible.”  Am I the only one who’s tired of reading/hearing this crispy, delicious crust described as a “cracker” crust?  A saltine’s got nothing on this crust, which is crispy, but more akin to unleavened flat-bread than any cracker ever made.

The editors at Tasting Table also seemed to appreciate the unique qualities of Provel® cheese, which tops all Imo’s pizzas.  The much-maligned, processed cheese is a blend of cheddar, Swiss, and provolone, but with it’s own savory flavor.  It was invented by Costa Grocery (now Roma Grocery on the Hill) in collaboration with the Hoffman Dairy Company of Wisconsin (now part of Kraft Foods) in the 1940s specifically for use on pizza.  The inventors were looking for a white cheese that would melt really well, but not be stringy they way mozzarella is when diners bite into it.  Provel has a buttery texture at room temperature, and a low melting point, allowing it to spread gooey goodness all around the toppings.

One thing the Tasting Table article didn’t mention was the other toppings that go into an Imo’s pizza and helped this mom-and-pop shop grow to around 100 stores over the last 50+ years.  St. Louis-style pizza is also known for its rich, slightly sweet tomato sauce, and Imo’s version is no exception.  When the crust is this thin and crispy, the sauce becomes the foundation of flavor, so it has to deliver just the right balance of sweet tomato and aromatic seasonings.  Then, unlike the pepperoni world of other pizza places, an Imo’s Deluxe is topped with Italian sausage, mushrooms, onions, green pepper, and the crispiest bacon found on any pizza.  This combination of toppings makes Imo’s Deluxe pizza really special. (Sure, you can get pepperoni too, but this is Imo’s signature pizza.)

The secret to holding all those toppings, which go edge to edge, is in the cut.  Imo’s may not be the first thin-crust pizza in St. Louis.  And it’s certainly not the first to use Provel cheese, but Ed Imo, a tile-cutter by trade, who founded this iconic pizza company with his wife Margie in 1964, made the square, or tavern-cut pizza famous in St. Louis and the surrounding area.  By cutting the pizza into three-to-four-inch squares, the thin crust is able to stand up to the heavy toppings.  This cut also has an amazing side-effect, pizza corners.  Yes, with a square cut, the round pizza has little triangle-like corners offering a crispy tidbit with a smear of sauce, a smattering of cheese, and a bite of sausage and bacon. It’s the two-bite, go-to piece for pizza lovers in the know.

The Imo’s story goes like this: Ed and Marge Imo, who were Catholic, had a habit of ordering pizza at 11:30 p.m. on Fridays and going out to pick it up, so they could have meat on their pizza as soon as the Friday fast ended at midnight.  One night, it occurred to them that it would be even better if they didn’t have to venture out so late, and could have their pizza delivered to them.  It was a stroke of genius.  The Imo’s opened their pizzeria at Thurman and Shaw Avenues, offering delivery of their favorite, South St. Louis-style pizza to their neighbors.  Pizza delivery was a new and welcome concept in St. Louis in 1964.  And we’ve been devouring this square-cut, thin-crust, Provel-topped pizza ever since.  It really is a St. Louis original, and arguably one of the best pizzas in America.

Contact Information:

Imo’s Pizza
Founders: Ed and Margie Imo
Imo’s Pizza Executive Office
800 North 17th Street
St. Louis, MO 63106
Phone: (314) 822-0443


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Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in St Louis

Top 10 Pizza Restaurants for September 2016

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) Top 10 Pizza Restaurants – America loves their pizza and St. Louis is no different.  St. Louis loves their pizza so much that they even developed St. Louis Style Pizza.  While nobody is sure who created what we all know as St. Louis Style Pizza, there is little question as to who popularized it.  Imo’s Pizza is what the community thinks of when they hear St. Louis Style Pizza.

Since the beginning of St. Louis Style Pizza many have come along to modify, improve and market it to the community.  St. Louis Style Pizza is known as a thin cracker type crust, is cut into squares and uses a special cheese that is blended primarily for the St. Louis market called Provel pasteurized processed cheese.  Provel is made blending provlone, swiss and white Cheddar and it is trademarked.

Nonetheless, we were discussing the best pizza restaurants according to a well-known database that is available to the public.  Therefore, our results are supported by our documents and not biased.

Top 10 Pizza Restaurants in St. Louis, MO for September 2016 are:

  1. Anthonino’s Taverna – also ranked #8 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 402 reviews result in a 4.5 Star 
  2. Pi Pizzeria (Washington Avenue) – also ranked #17 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 334 reviews result in a 4.5 Star
  3. Pasteria – also ranked #22 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis and ranked #1 of 50 restaurants in Clayton – 294 reviews results in 4.5 Star
  4. Pi Pizzeria (Delmar Blvd) – also ranked #50 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 422 reviews result in a 4.5 Star
  5. Dewey’s Pizza (Kirkwood) – also ranked #53 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 176 reviews result in a 4.5 Star
  6. Dewey’s Pizza (North & South Rd) – also ranked #60 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 215 reviews result in a 4.5 Star
  7. Caleco Restaurants & Bar – also ranked #68 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 591 reviews result in a 4 Star
  8. Guido’s Pizzeria & Tapas – also ranked #78 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 169 reviews result in a 4.5 Star
  9. TwinOak Wood-Fired Far – also ranked #89 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 76 reviews result in a 4.5 Star
  10. Angelo’s Taverna – also ranked #101 of 2275 restaurants in St. Louis – 155 reviews result in a 4 Star

While you may or may not agree with the rankings they are based on thousands of reviews as you can see and it is publicly verifiable.  When it comes to pizza we all have our own individual taste, but one thing we can all agree on is that we love our pizza.


Dogtown Pizza

Dogtown Pizza, St. Louis, MO

ST. LOUIS, MO: (STLRestaurant.News) – while not a restaurant, Dogtown Pizza has become a household name in the St. Louis, MO region as it is available in many retail establishments around town.  They are a locally owned frozen pizza company celebrating 10 years of business and has recently announced that they have added a new flash freezer streamlining their pizza making process without changing their traditional process.

After eight (8) months of planning, four (4) days of installation and a full single day of testing the project was complete enhancing their freshness by preserving the flavor that they are know for.  This will help to lock in the flavor of the pizzas almost immediately.

Previously, their old unit would take up to 15-45 minutes to freeze a pizza while now the improved unit will freeze a pizza in two minutes allowing for more pizzas to be made in a day increasing their output.  The freezer takes up approximately 200 square feet giving them more room for growth.  Another St. Louis success story.

Contact information:

Rick Schaper, Owner

Dogtown Pizza

8014 N Broadway

St. Louis, MO 63147

Phone: ( 314) 802-7001

Email: info@dogtownpizza.com

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