St. Louis-Style Pizza Is an Underrated Regional Pie | Food Skills

  • Published on Aug 14, 2017
  • When one thinks of hubs for great, wood-fire pizza-from Naples, Italy to Brooklyn, New York-St. Louis, Missouri isn't always the first city that comes to mind. But nestled along the Mississippi River, the Gateway City has quietly invented one of the most distinct pizza styles in America, using a smokey Provel cheese to set itself apart from the pack. Justin Bazdarich of Speedy Romeo has made it his mission to bring the gospel of St. Louis-style pizza to NYC, forcing even the most ardent East Coast pizza snobs to rethink their loyalties in the process.
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  • zaprude
    zaprude 16 days ago

    Now I really want to know what their best-selling pizza is!

  • david sanders
    david sanders 25 days ago

    Poor St Louis, always trying way to hard to stand out

  • Catherine Carpenter
    Catherine Carpenter Month ago +1

    People from the St. Louis area DON'T say "louie" it's "louis" or nothing.

  • whyarealltheidstaken
    whyarealltheidstaken 2 months ago

    Man, that is NOT STL style pizza! Crust is completely wrong, and pizza is all about the crust.. Toppings don't really matter. Your dough is too wet. It's not layered. STL style is literally like a cracker. That thin and that crispy. I have a wood oven in my yard and no sheeter or special equipment, and can make the proper crust. You need to use about 55% hydration. Then roll it out, fold it over on itself a few times, then roll it out again. Then put the toppings ALL THE WAY to the edge so you don't have that crust. Then bake for longer than you would a traditional hand tossed. The people showing off their pizzas on youtube are an embarrassment, and the people buying them up in NY are clueless.

  • ProgMaster666
    ProgMaster666 2 months ago

    I’m from the St.Louis area and I’m just shocked that a person outside of St.Louis acknowledged the existence of St.Louis

  • Brian C
    Brian C 2 months ago

    Provel is an acquired taste. I personally enjoy it. Imos is great, and Dogtown may be my personal favorite frozen pizza to get.

  • Ezra Croft
    Ezra Croft 3 months ago

    Brooklyn hipsters pizza appropriation... No where in st Louis will you find a pizza like that called St.louis style...

  • Patrick Lancaster
    Patrick Lancaster 4 months ago

    That is not full St. louis style. No crust is a must. Imo's is the best

  • K M
    K M 5 months ago

    Square cut, that's just... wrong on so many levels, everybody deserves crust.

  • Chelsea Krenning
    Chelsea Krenning 5 months ago

    How are you going to do Saint Louis pizza from a guy in Brooklyn who grew up in Kansas City??? That crust is all wrong, there is no outer ring, it's more like a cracker. You wouldn't have someone who isn't from Atlanta trying to make lemon pepper wings. All those toppings on it make it look disgusting. Just trust me if you are ever in Saint Louis please just get a small plain cheese pizza from IMOs, ( with toasted ravs)

  • bayareacutiepie
    bayareacutiepie 6 months ago

    Soooo, they use Processed cheese on pizza? That sounds like a trip to the toilet.

  • Rudie Obias
    Rudie Obias 6 months ago +1

    Haha! Speedy Romero is in my neighborhood in Brooklyn! It's really good pizza!

  • Eric Liestoh
    Eric Liestoh 6 months ago +1

    Sorry, but you can't just throw on some Provel cheese to any kind of pizza and call it "St. Louis style". There is nothing whatsoever about that pizza that is like one from St. Louis besides the cheese. If you want New Yorkers to try and enjoy St. Louis style pizza, give them the real deal, not some unrecognizable bastardization of it.

  • muzik dude
    muzik dude 7 months ago +1

    St. Louis style pizza is amazing. I'm convinced that people who don't like it simply don't want to. What's not to like? Crisp (and minimal) crust that doesn't interfere with the taste of the toppings...and that provel cheese which is so much more flavorful than bland mozzarella. For my money it beats two pounds of bread with a slathering of pizza sauce on top any day of the week.

  • Left Bonapartist
    Left Bonapartist 8 months ago

    I'm from St. Louis and I hate our pizza

  • Cecil Harris
    Cecil Harris 8 months ago +1

    Wtf. Y'all mfs chill. St. Louis style pizza ain't for errbody. That's my home and I had pizza all over. And they all good in they own way. Actin way too ignorant thats fasho. Dick in Tha booty ass mfs that's how y'all sound. Str8 gay!!

  • cool cool
    cool cool 8 months ago

    St. Louis has some fantastic regional food, I can't image a life without toasted ravioli and good 'ol St. Louis style pizza (from Cecil Whitakers bc they're superior to Imo's in terms of STL style)

  • DeltaUnderscore
    DeltaUnderscore 8 months ago

    As an STL resident, provel cheese is one of the most vile creations known to man.

  • Sevensliders
    Sevensliders 9 months ago +1

    My girl's from St Louis; had Imo's in one of my visits.
    Should have that again; loved that pizza to bits. Gotta get accustomed to Provel.

  • Suki Tsukiko
    Suki Tsukiko 9 months ago +1

    He is definitely not wrong. St. Louis pizza is probably one of my favorite parts about living in St. Louis. Gotta have me some Imo's. XD

    FEARS 9 months ago +1

    Okay that bugged me. The pizza isn't thin enough, there's a visible crust around the edge, and no one went for the corners. The corners are the best part.

  • Yo Dixon
    Yo Dixon 9 months ago

    Nobody in St. Louis would eat this pizza, this is not real St. Louis pizza...IMOs or Cecil Whittaker's is the only place to get real St. Louis pizza!!!

  • Rizon1985
    Rizon1985 9 months ago

    If only Americans knew what cheese is.

    ShoeTELEVISION 9 months ago +1

    This pizza was sooooo good. I'm in love with Provel now

  • Kwhyell
    Kwhyell 9 months ago +6

    "ITS IMPOSSIBLE TO MAKE PIZZA OUTSIDE OF NEW YORK CITY" - every annoying new yorker on pizza videos

  • slapstick01
    slapstick01 9 months ago

    Provel would be comparable to using Velveeta instead of Cheddar or processed white american cheese instead of mozzarella. Good for some things, NOT PIZZA, or anything you want to put in your mouth hole.

  • myriadcorp
    myriadcorp 9 months ago +2

    Leo's Pizza in KC. I can't eat it anymore because I am lactose intolerant. Last time I had it was decades ago. I would love to eat it again but then I would be laying naked on the bathroom floor. I can make my own pizza at home using Kraft Cheese because it's lactose free.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      how does it compare to Johnny C's in Shawnee? KC represent!

  • Daniel Kandi Snooker
    Daniel Kandi Snooker 9 months ago

    Sean, PLEASE, do yourself a favour! Go to Amsterdam (in europe!) and head to the restaurant "De Nachtvacht" , order their Large ribs (prolly smallsize for americans as its 500grams or so) BUT.... the flavour....! It rivals and surpasses most ribs. I know 2-3 americans that swears by these as the best in the world, and thats sayin alot. So if in Amsterdam, look that restaurant up!

  • Dutch Mill
    Dutch Mill 9 months ago +1

    Good god this looks amazing

  • TheVargTrain
    TheVargTrain 9 months ago

    St. Louis style pizza is literally the worst thing I've eaten in my goddamn life. I would have been better off punching myself in the dick for an hour than eating a whole slice of that utter shit.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago


  • TheJuiceMan
    TheJuiceMan 10 months ago

    Why did I watch this when I'm hungry af

    IX SHADOW IX 0 10 months ago

    I'm from St. Louis

  • Kyrstin Stoneking
    Kyrstin Stoneking 10 months ago

    Nah St. Louis style pizza is trash.

  • kitty friend
    kitty friend 10 months ago +1

    I'm not even gonna lie, this looks so fucking good

  • Rocket Raccoon
    Rocket Raccoon 10 months ago

    So nobody likes St Louis is what i'm getting.

  • RMF
    RMF 10 months ago

    Wow!!! My dicks rock solid from watching that

  • MrAlex3132003
    MrAlex3132003 10 months ago

    I'd obviously have to taste it to believe it, cause what I've seen, it looks gross.

  • Jay Williams
    Jay Williams 10 months ago

    get that Memphis bbq

  • Zdeněk Veselý
    Zdeněk Veselý 10 months ago

    Well.. at least it's thin. The square cuts triggers my OCD though.

  • Kashmoney99
    Kashmoney99 10 months ago

    Square party cut? You mean Chicago cut!

  • Ro G
    Ro G 10 months ago

    So St. Louis pizza is a marketing tactic that started a few years ago? Got it.
    And it's called tavern pizza if its cut into squares, losers, not "party pizza."

  • LlamaLife
    LlamaLife 10 months ago

    Get Tyler on here

  • josh lee
    josh lee 10 months ago

    ive worked at imos when i was 18 n theres no chedder at all in provel...... its 2parts provelone and 1 part mozzarella blocks being shredded and mixed in....... and ppl the best way to enjoy imos pizza who says its crap try dipping the pizza in the house italian dressing... it makes it more delish

  • Caitlin Guardino
    Caitlin Guardino 10 months ago

    Born and raised in St. Louis city...yes this has Provel, but that crust is so wrong...also never call it St. Louie. Nice to know hipsters in NYC are cashing in on shit that they know nothing about. Also this kid is from KC, they know nothing about good St. Louis style pizza, this is so sad and depressing to watch.

  • Drahkas
    Drahkas 10 months ago

    What the heck is a "pickled chilli"? Is he trying to say jalapeno?

  • remnbig31
    remnbig31 10 months ago

    Oh ffs its fucking pizza, its not fucking rocket science...

  • nemt
    nemt 10 months ago

    I can't wait to try this.

  • Alex Peterson
    Alex Peterson 10 months ago +1

    Yeah naw this isn't gonna become a thing anytime soon.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago +1

      ive been eating it in KC and the 'nois (land o lincoln) since '84 BRUH its already a THING! quite a THING! would A.Lincoln steer us wrong? no i dont think so.

  • InstantRamenAllDay
    InstantRamenAllDay 10 months ago

    As someone from st.louis this is not st.louis style pizza. St.louis style is covered edge to edge with no crust, and also has a more cracker like flaky crust, not a doughy pizza crust.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      lets just say midwest delectable... enjoy, not argue my pal

  • DrDoomTheOptimist
    DrDoomTheOptimist 10 months ago

    Pizze look like the utmost expression of deliciousness and quality specific to St Louis even if the "cheese" is highly highly processed, but where can I get that awesome Grateful Dead printed tee??? PLEASE!

  • Unholyentity17
    Unholyentity17 10 months ago

    Looks interesting. Weird repeat about the cheese.

  • TheAIDSofYoutube
    TheAIDSofYoutube 10 months ago +1

    not real st louis style pizza
    the crust is a lot thinner

  • Sebastian Shammer
    Sebastian Shammer 10 months ago +2


  • Scott J
    Scott J 10 months ago

    Sex and pizza...even when they're bad-they're still pretty doggone good!

  • Ryan Oliver
    Ryan Oliver 10 months ago

    Looks tasty but I don't get why anyone would square cut a circle pizza.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      to enjoy with a large group of poor people so that everyone can sample a piece of heaven

  • FrostGod Yeet
    FrostGod Yeet 10 months ago +2

    314 gang

  • Jeremy Kantor
    Jeremy Kantor 10 months ago

    I have never seen a St Louis pizza that doughy

  • Subaruuu12
    Subaruuu12 10 months ago +7

    I have homies from St. Louis and they always told me the crust was almost like a cracker... This look like a NY pizza with provel cut into squares...

    • Woogie 9605
      Woogie 9605 Month ago

      they don't use yeast at Imo's for the crust. I was told they cut it in squares because you cant fold it as a triangle, but I never remember ever wanting to fold up a piece of pizza. Just what I heard. If you look online, they say the founder of Imo's used to lay tile for a living and he liked squares. Just a little trivia for ya

  • Purna Khatiwada
    Purna Khatiwada 10 months ago +4

    I live in st.louis and this pizza is sht compare to what I eat, st.louis pizza is awesome and freaking good.

  • high horse
    high horse 10 months ago

    wtf is this, white people?

  • toastedtiresify
    toastedtiresify 10 months ago

    Close but no cigar. Gotta take the sauce and ingredients all the way out to the edge. It looks decent though.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      what can we expect from NYC tho... they dont know any better to be fair

  • SuperCoolDude
    SuperCoolDude 10 months ago

    I'm all for pizza, but screw the "party cut". If you can't grab a slice without having any crust, then it defeats the point of pizza. It should be portable without making a mess, I don't want to have to hold on to chunks of molten tomato or cheese.
    The default is triangles for a reason!

  • ryanowns5
    ryanowns5 10 months ago

    This looks like fucking trash.

  • UltimateDrDoom
    UltimateDrDoom 10 months ago

    STL pizza isn't pizza. It's a fucking saltine cracker with tomato sauce and provel cheese. GTFO with this nonsense.

  • immanuel duran
    immanuel duran 10 months ago

    I used to work here do not eat there mad rats in the basement lol

  • Evil Morty
    Evil Morty 10 months ago


  • Tom Foolery
    Tom Foolery 10 months ago

    What a joke. They cut it into squares for no reason other than to be unique. They're trying waaayyy too hard to be different. Square cuts are stupid and illogical.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago


  • ngemoules
    ngemoules 10 months ago

    Well first off we don't say St. Louie here, only foreigners say that. Second, why couldn't you get someone actually from St. Louis or based here that makes this style?

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      its hard to find someone that committed to provel to move to NYC

  • Super Soviet
    Super Soviet 10 months ago

    Square cuts are for squares

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      bernie sanders likes his pizza cut in squares i assure you

    • K Price
      K Price 10 months ago

      Super Soviet slices are for dikes who love slices. They're called slykes.

  • Jimmy Brickey
    Jimmy Brickey 10 months ago

    this video shows an overpriced imos

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      but Imos is already so overpriced (in KC) Monicals is also overpriced if you're in Illinois. Midwest living is so hard when you enjoy the finer things in life

  • snappy6688
    snappy6688 10 months ago +6

    That crust looks all wrong for a STL style pizza. That's not necessarily a bad thing though.

  • Balsam Kamar
    Balsam Kamar 10 months ago

    what the hell is up with that cowboy hipster walking around in the background at 1:25

  • Tywithay
    Tywithay 10 months ago

    I hate pizza cut into squares. The middle pieces have no crust, so they're just a floppy mess.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      get out of town

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      whaaaaa its the best part

  • Jens9807
    Jens9807 10 months ago

    Why the fuck do some american slice their pizzas in squares? It's fucking retarded. Slice into eights instead and have equally sized pieces with crust to hold so you don't get too greasy on your fingers.
    I just don't get why you would rather have squares?
    Edit: Oh okay I watched the video and heard that it's the St. Louis way but I have seen it in other places that I'm pretty sure weren't St Louis style pizzas. Either way it really stupid

    • Jens9807
      Jens9807 8 months ago

      nah I don't see it. Triangular slices are way better and u can hold the crust so u don't get too greasy on your hands. Plus everyone get a slice that looks about the same with both crust and pizza

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago

      squares are so friendly and great at parties!

  • SweatyBoner69Hoobastank
    SweatyBoner69Hoobastank 10 months ago

    This is glorified Chuck e cheese pizza

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago


  • Nic nonymous
    Nic nonymous 10 months ago

    Chicago deep dish lasagna. New york style paper thin pizza. St louis
    style frankenpizza. I will stick to papa johns or little ceasers.

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M 8 months ago


  • LiquidDevil,Inc.
    LiquidDevil,Inc. 10 months ago

    Damn, Sean- there's a typo in the title. It says "St Louis-Style Pizza Is an Underrated Regional Pie". It should read "St Louis-Style Pizza is Fucking Disgusting".

    First off, it's a pizza with the consistency of a key lime pie.
    Secondly, it's a round pizza pie with square pieces.
    Get that shit out of Brooklyn and go back the fuck to St. Louis. NYC has great pizza- we don't need this shit.
    btw, stop saying people in Brooklyn love it. Say hipsters love it. At the prices of the food at Speedy Romeo (in Bed=Stuy), you are not feeding the locals. You are feeding the hipsters.
    Sorry Sean. No hate to you. I love Hot Ones, but I've just got to represent for real NYC pizza.

  • Gustaf Järvi
    Gustaf Järvi 10 months ago

    pizza with oh mami flavor is real italian cousine, not that fake mama mia bolognese shit

  • Mecha T-Rex
    Mecha T-Rex 10 months ago

    I can see why it's underrated. It looks terrible.

  • Jeffery Duke
    Jeffery Duke 10 months ago

    You had me until you added pickled shit to the pizza.

  • M G
    M G 10 months ago +1

    I live in STL. That pizza look great. This is not exactly st louis style being that the crust is too nice. st louis style has the "cardboard" crust. I generally prefer a New York or Chicago style, but I also enjoy st louis style.

  • whitesonar
    whitesonar 10 months ago

    Call it what you want, I'd call it delicious!

  • Mayor Doctor
    Mayor Doctor 10 months ago

    Looks like a dope pie

  • CPalermo900
    CPalermo900 10 months ago

    So you made a normal pizza with traditional italian ingredients apart from the swiss cheese and the square cut

  • Ace theSuperVillain
    Ace theSuperVillain 10 months ago

    Provel is disgusting. It's got the consistency and most of the flavor of boogers.

  • Do Work
    Do Work 10 months ago

    Get penis on here !!!

  • DonaldTrumpSmokes Crack
    DonaldTrumpSmokes Crack 10 months ago

    This doesn't even compare to totinos

  • Triston Charge
    Triston Charge 10 months ago

    So you're cooking pork in 90 seconds? No thanks.

    • B.A. Steffens
      B.A. Steffens 10 months ago +1

      The sausage is obviously prepped and cooked beforehand.

  • TheBaesment
    TheBaesment 10 months ago

    If you are going to StL, do yourself a favor and get Feraro's pizza. Or Pappy's BBQ. Or Southern's hot chicken. Just don't go to Imos. Place is trash.

  • Bww Irving
    Bww Irving 10 months ago +1


  • Bww Irving
    Bww Irving 10 months ago +1

    🌟 *-Square Party Cut-* CHICAGO STYLE CUT PIZZA MATE XD

  • Ryan Read
    Ryan Read 10 months ago

    Toledo Ohio has some damn good pizza. Dont sleep.

  • dargonlord x
    dargonlord x 10 months ago

    Looks good but the square cut is a gimmick.

  • FeltDownHard
    FeltDownHard 10 months ago

    "rich umami flavour"
    shut up jerry

  • x1PMac1x
    x1PMac1x 10 months ago

    Never had this, but it sounds interesting.

  • Walter White
    Walter White 10 months ago +4

    nice ad video you fucks

  • Cypeq
    Cypeq 10 months ago

    Provel is not a cheese.

  • PineSolAround
    PineSolAround 10 months ago

    Loki thought this guy was Ray Romano. His pies look 👌 I'm sure everbody loves them

  • MusingsofaJay♡
    MusingsofaJay♡ 10 months ago

    I see cheese, meat, pepperes, crust, I eat. Yall complain too much.

  • Mek Moregreen
    Mek Moregreen 10 months ago

    It's a good pizza but I wouldn't have it all the time.
    NY style is still the best.
    Chicago pizza well that's trash.