A Thinner Pizza Crust Than New York Style??
Mary Hildebrandt did a really great article pretty recently about Chicago style deep dish pizza and while I have been out here in Iowa, there are a couple really great places where I have enjoyed delicious deep-dish pizza and have absolutely LOVED it. At the same time, when I lived in New Jersey for a summer, I absolutely fell in love with the amazing New York style thin crust pizza. It is one of those things where I love both of them about equally so whichever I am eating at time I am thinking, oh yeah! This one is DEFINITELY my favorite! But I think if I could only choose one of them for the rest of my life it would have to be thin crust. My pizza guy Vinny from New Jersey won me over with his chicken parmesan pizza the size of my kitchen table! :)
Recently, as I mentioned in my other article, my little family went out on an adventure to check out St. Louis, Missouri, and to get the full St. Louis experience we tried to eat any and all things that are part of the St. Louis culture. One of these things included thin crust pizza that is even thinner than New York style!
That's right, you read that right. This pizza crust was ridiculously thin! Some people describe it as almost like a "nacho pizza" because they think the crust is so thin that it is like a layer of tortilla chips with your pizza toppings on it. Other people describe it as like a "cracker" crust. I honestly wouldn't really describe it as either of these, but I guess I can see why someone might use these comparisons since it is kind of hard to describe. To me, it has the thickness of a thick home-style tortilla, think Cafe Rio for you westerners, but it is of course pizza dough and gets really crispy. Then it is topped with the usual pizza sauces and toppings of your choice.
Anyway, we just got a combination pizza and I really liked it! I know it's one of those things that people in St. Louis or people visiting either love or hate, but I really did like it. It's definitely worth trying if you are ever in that area. Have any of you ever had this super thin St. Louis style pizza crust before? What is your favorite pizza style? Chicago or New York? Or something else? I'd love to hear in the comments below.
As a final thought, when researching what the best restaurants were in St. Louis, without a doubt, Pappy's Smokehouse kept reappearing over and over as one of the favorite restaurants there. It certainly doesn't take much for my husband and I to be convinced to go eat some good barbeque so we were there! It is Memphis style BBQ and their ribs were to die for!
They have been on Man vs. Food, among other shows and have won plenty of cook-offs in Memphis for their ribs. They feature wood-smoked Memphis-style barbecue. Anyway, if you are ever in St. Louis and like barbeque, you have GOT to try Pappy's! You will not regret it. :)
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