St. Louis Eats: Pi Pizzeria, presidentially-approved food and fare

The deep-dish, Chicago-style pizza served at Pi Pizzeria has captured the hearts and taste buds of critics and food magazines alike.  The restaurant gained popularity when President Obama visited St. Louis and ordered pizzas for his staff, prompting the opening of a new location in Washington, D.C. this fall.

With four permanent locations in the St. Louis metro area, including Kirkwood, the Delmar Loop, the Central West End and one on wheels, the Pi Truck, there is no need to stress about getting that needed pizza fix. The prices for either a thin crust or deep dish pizza may be a bit steep, but signs show these conceptions have failed to deter people from swinging by for a hearty meal and a drink or two.

A pizza, thick or thin, can cost anywhere from $11 to $20, deppending on the topping selection. “The deep dish pizza caught me totally off guard,” student John Kozlik said. “It only took two slices to fill me up.” To accommodate, the upper-end prices are much larger slices of pizza, as many Chicago-style pizzas live up to. Drinks, on the other end, have people calling Pi’s “Green Hour” one of the best happy hours in the city. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, Pi offers varying drink specials at every location, not to mention their lengthy list of draft beers.

Not only has this restaurant become a hot spot for happy hour fiends, but they serve breakfast every day starting at 6 a.m. Their “almost famous” breakfast pizza is popular among many hot and cold breakfast items, such as waffles, biscuits and scones.

Pi has become a staple to St. Louis dining. One might crave a simple sit-down meal with friends, or be found using Twitter to locate the official Pi Truck (@PiTruckSTL) that could be stationed anywhere in St. Louis. This pizzeria is unlike many in the industry, with trendy happy hour specials and hours of operation that are not common. Like a typical college student, Pi believes that pizza is good at anytime of the day.

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