Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ma, Pa and a Slice of Pie

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Ma, Pa and a Slice of Pie

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Mom and Pop pizza places don't have Super Bowl coaches making sales pitches or a delivery system that rivals a pace car on the NASCAR circuit. What they do have are booster seats, cold draft beer and jukeboxes, all of which are reasons that they are often filled with families. The neighborhood joints compete with national chains by offering atmosphere and a quality product at reasonable prices.

Good homemade pizza can be found almost anywhere around town. The pizzas come in a number of varieties, but most are the thin-crust kind commonly called the St. Louis style. The pizzerias that provide the thin-crust variety usually make their own shells and sauce, grind their own meat and cheeses and cook their product in brick ovens.

"We get mostly families coming in here and we make everything we put on our pizza," said Elena Serra, who with her husband, Nick, own Nick and Elena's Pizzeria at 3007 Woodson Road. "Our pizza is thin-crust and we sell a lot of supremes {sausage, pepperoni, onion and mushroom}."

North County is an area that seems to have an abundance of places that serve tasty pizzas such as Ferrante's Italian Restaurant, 3347 Parker Spur, Saullo's Pizzeria, 11046 Larimore, and Pirrone's Pizzeria, 408 St. Anthony. All use provel cheese.

Pirrone's, which seats 96, is owned by Jay Jaworski and Rick Puckett, who bought the place from Tony Pirrone in 1989. They said that 50 percent of their business is carryout. At Christmas, they offer pizza with Santa.

Saullo's, which seats 32, is owned by Stan Saullo, who has made pizza for 25 years. His daughter, Fran Benenati, runs the pizzeria with her husband, Jerry. Fran said the secret at Saullo's, which has an 85 percent carryout business, is that only her dad and husband cook the pizza. Obviously, they are a winning combination, because on a Friday or Saturday night, there is sometimes an hour wait for a carryout order. …

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