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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  • Sharts MatthewP
    Sharts MatthewP Day ago

    A great frozen pizza option in local stores.

  • TheFanboy420
    TheFanboy420 16 days ago

    Nope. Nope nope. Land of 10,000 nopes. The ONLY reason you can call that a St. Louis pizza is because of the cheese. Your crust is too thick and your toppings do not go all the way to the very edge of the pizza. But, leave it to a hipster Brooklyn pizza joint to try. 3/10.

  • 31446963048
    31446963048 2 months ago

    Your crust is to thick, adjustment for NY eaters?

  • zaprude
    zaprude 4 months ago

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

  • david sanders
    david sanders 4 months ago

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

  • Catherine Carpenter
    Catherine Carpenter 5 months ago +1

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

  • whyarealltheidstaken
    whyarealltheidstaken 6 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 6 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 6 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 7 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 8 months ago

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

  • K M
    K M 9 months ago

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

  • Chelsea Krenning
    Chelsea Krenning 9 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 10 months ago

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

  • Rudie Obias
    Rudie Obias 10 months ago +1

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

  • Eric Liestoh
    Eric Liestoh 11 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 11 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 Year ago

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

  • cool cool
    cool cool Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Sevensliders
    Sevensliders Year 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 Year 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 Year 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 Year 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 Year ago

    If only Americans knew what cheese is.

    ShoeTELEVISION Year ago +1

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

  • Kwhyell
    Kwhyell Year ago +7

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

  • myriadcorp
    myriadcorp Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Daniel Kandi Snooker

    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 Year ago +1

    Good god this looks amazing

  • TheVargTrain
    TheVargTrain Year 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.

  • TheJuiceMan
    TheJuiceMan Year ago

    Why did I watch this when I'm hungry af

    IX SHADOW IX 0 Year ago

    I'm from St. Louis

  • Kyrstin Stoneking

    Nah St. Louis style pizza is trash.

  • kitty friend
    kitty friend Year ago +1

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

  • Rocket Raccoon
    Rocket Raccoon Year ago

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

  • RMF
    RMF Year ago

    Wow!!! My dicks rock solid from watching that

  • MrAlex3132003
    MrAlex3132003 Year ago

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

  • Jay Williams
    Jay Williams Year ago

    get that Memphis bbq

  • Corruptus
    Corruptus Year ago

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

  • Kashmoney99
    Kashmoney99 Year ago

    Square party cut? You mean Chicago cut!

  • Ro G
    Ro G Year 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 Year ago

    Get Tyler on here

  • josh lee
    josh lee Year 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 Year 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 Year ago

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

  • remnbig31
    remnbig31 Year ago

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

  • nemt
    nemt Year ago

    I can't wait to try this.

  • Captain Murphy
    Captain Murphy Year ago +1

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

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M Year 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

    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 Year ago

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

  • DrDoomTheOptimist

    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 Year ago

    Looks interesting. Weird repeat about the cheese.

  • TheAIDSofYoutube
    TheAIDSofYoutube Year ago +1

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

  • Sebastian Shammer
    Sebastian Shammer Year ago +2


  • Scott J
    Scott J Year ago

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

  • Ryan Oliver
    Ryan Oliver Year ago

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

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M Year ago

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

  • Changeling Prince
    Changeling Prince Year ago +2

    314 gang

  • Jeremy Kantor
    Jeremy Kantor Year ago

    I have never seen a St Louis pizza that doughy

  • Subaruuu12
    Subaruuu12 Year ago +8

    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 5 months 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 Year ago +5

    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 Year ago

    wtf is this, white people?

  • toastedtiresify
    toastedtiresify Year 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 Year ago

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

  • SuperCoolDude
    SuperCoolDude Year 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 Year ago

    This looks like fucking trash.

  • UltimateDrDoom
    UltimateDrDoom Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Evil Morty
    Evil Morty Year ago


  • Tom Foolery
    Tom Foolery Year 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 Year ago


  • ngemoules
    ngemoules Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Russian Bot
    Russian Bot Year ago

    Square cuts are for squares

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M Year ago

      bernie sanders likes his pizza cut in squares i assure you

    • K Price
      K Price Year ago

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

  • Jimmy Brickey
    Jimmy Brickey Year ago

    this video shows an overpriced imos

    • Stevie M
      Stevie M Year 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 Year ago +8

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

  • Balsam Kamar
    Balsam Kamar Year ago

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

  • Tywithay
    Tywithay Year ago

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

  • Jens9807
    Jens9807 Year 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 Year 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 Year ago

      squares are so friendly and great at parties!

  • SweatyBoner69Hoobastank

    This is glorified Chuck e cheese pizza

  • Nic nonymous
    Nic nonymous Year 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 Year ago


  • LiquidDevil,Inc.
    LiquidDevil,Inc. Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Mecha T-Rex
    Mecha T-Rex Year ago

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

  • Jeffery Duke
    Jeffery Duke Year ago

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

  • M G
    M G Year 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 Year ago

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

  • Mayor Doctor
    Mayor Doctor Year ago

    Looks like a dope pie

  • CPalermo900
    CPalermo900 Year ago

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

  • Ace theSuperVillain

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

  • Do Work
    Do Work Year ago

    Get penis on here !!!

  • Henry Alvizo
    Henry Alvizo Year ago

    This doesn't even compare to totinos

  • Triston Charge
    Triston Charge Year ago

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

    • B.A. Steffens
      B.A. Steffens Year ago +1

      The sausage is obviously prepped and cooked beforehand.

  • TheBaesment
    TheBaesment Year 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 Year ago +1


  • Bww Irving
    Bww Irving Year ago +1

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

  • Parker Lewis
    Parker Lewis Year ago

    Toledo Ohio has some damn good pizza. Dont sleep.

  • dargonlord x
    dargonlord x Year ago

    Looks good but the square cut is a gimmick.

  • FeltDownHard
    FeltDownHard Year ago

    "rich umami flavour"
    shut up jerry

  • x1PMac1x
    x1PMac1x Year ago

    Never had this, but it sounds interesting.

  • Walter White
    Walter White Year ago +4

    nice ad video you fucks

  • Cypeq
    Cypeq Year ago

    Provel is not a cheese.

  • PineSolAround
    PineSolAround Year ago

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

  • MusingsofaJay♡
    MusingsofaJay♡ Year ago

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