If you’re a St. Louisian, you’ve probably heard of Pi Pizza. Pi is primarily known for their take on Chicago Style pizza, and they are renowned for their work. They do Chicago pizza so well that Chicago native (and former president of the United States) Barack Obama took a great liking to Pi and there is now even a Washington D.C. location.
‘Zza Pizza + Salad is the newest venture from Chris Sommers, the founder of Pi Pizza. It’s a pick-your-toppings-order-at-the-counter type place in a similar style to Mod Pizza, Pie Five or Crushed Red. All pizzas & salads are $9 no matter what you put on them.
'Zza opened on March 3 at 11:00 AM and Big Rush’s own Clayton Clark was the first one at the door, arriving around 10:50 and spearheading a line of 5-10 people.
I showed up right around 11:00 and we were joined by our friend Nancy! Between the three of us, we ordered three pizzas and a salad. You can pick your own toppings but ‘Zza also provides a good list of 7 salads and 9 pizzas to choose from. All of us picked an item from the menu:
I got the STL Summer (Provel, onion, jalapeño, spicy sausage, parsley), Clayton got the Postrio (Smoked gouda, mozzarella, red onion, bbq chicken with sweet baby ray’s sauce, cilantro) and Nancy got the Margarita (basil, fresh mozzarella, flake salt). Nancy and Clayton also split the So Very Berry salad (mixed greens, strawberries, smoked blue cheese, sunflower seeds, fresh basil, berry vinaigrette).
First, the Salad, which I didn’t eat any of: The salad is served in a bowl and looks pretty moderate in size. Upon unpacking though, it turned out to have a TON of stuff in it. These salads are huge and are definitely deserving of the $9 price tag. They could be a meal. Clayton and Nancy both loved the salad, and the smoked blue cheese was particularly remarked upon as adding a great element.
On the pizza end of things, all the pizzas were very good. The oblong crusts were all crispy and delicious, and all the toppings were of high quality. I particularly loved the sausage & jalapeños on my pizza.
Overall, this was a great lunch experience and I’d choose to go to ‘Zza over the numerous competitors in the area. There are several more pizzas on the menu I can’t wait to try and the prices are very reasonable. ‘Zza is located on Skinker (282 N. Skinker) in the same hard-to-find-parking building as Kayak Coffee & Bobo Noodle House.