Regional Pizza: Imo's in St. Louis
Yesterday, I posted about our visit to St. Louis and eating at Blueberry Hill with their awesome Schlitz Beer lamps. We ate good in St. Louis and I figure I should share more. Being a pizza nerd, a visit to St. Louis isn't complete without grabbing a St. Louis-style pizza. Not familiar with St. Louis being a regional pizza style? Start here with this post on Serious Eats. It is thin, tavern-cut pizza with the most defining characteristic being that it is topped with provel cheese. Provel is a combo of Swiss, provolone and Cheddar. We ordered a medium pizza because it was an odd time of day - and we were on our way to the ballpark for a game. We had half plain cheese, half pepperoni. They lay the 'roni under the provel, so there's no cuppage or #ronicups to be found at Imo's.
This pie felt like a close cousin of Chicago tavern pizza, but since we didn't order the sausage, it is hard for me to make that link directly.
There's tons of posts/stories about Imo's on the web that give reviews, so if you want a full review, go find one of those. Even Kenji wrote about St. Louis-style pizza. This might be a good place to start.
For me and my blog here, I'm marking it down: have the St. Louis-style regional pizza style covered my bucket list of pizza eating. This is the second [pizza tourism] post that I've shared in the past month with the first being my experience at Prince Street Pizza with their Spicy Spring.