An 8,500-pound wood-fired oven is the key to twinOak Wood-Fired Fare's signature pizzas, coalescing fresh sauces and inventive toppings into singular pies that bake at temperatures of more than 900 degrees. The classic pizza is simple—it bears a coat of basil, mozzarella, and tomato sauce—whereas more adventurous pies, such as the Loco Taco, with seasoned ground beef and housemade salsa, show off pizza's versatility and flair for the dramatic. Other savory eats include baby back ribs, wraps filled with wood-fired chicken, and five leafy salads, all of which pair with a St. Louis–centric beer list.
Right on the corner of Clayton and Tamm, in St. Louis' Dogtown neighborhood, the smell of delicious New York–style pizza and the sound of laughter draw passersby into Felix's Pizza Pub. Owners Tom Galbraith and Steven Kolb share a friendship that goes back to first grade, as well as a deep respect for the New York–style pizza: crispy on the bottom, chewy on top, and never too thick or too thin. Chef Andy Roesch whips up these tasty pies from handmade dough, crowning them with fresh toppings such as Italian-style sausage, basil, sundried tomato, and caramelized onion. Diners can also sink their teeth into slow-cooked baby back ribs, wrap their hands around shredded-beef sandwiches and shredded-pork sandwiches, or dip some of Felix's trashed wings tossed in jalapeno ranch.
Guests pair these feasts with cold beers and cocktails. Monday night they sing karaoke, and each March, people rise early and head to Felix’s to stake out prime viewing spots along the Dogtown St. Patrick's Day–parade route, which runs right past the pizza pub.
Skate World offers a family-friendly venue for active adults and equally restless kids to spend a day swiftly circling a smooth, polished rink. Speedy swivelers can strap on their choice of regular, speed, or inline skates, and take the floor with siblings, friends, or first dates, wondering whether or not to quote Xanadu. Post-skate, tired gliders can rest weary feet and refuel internal engines with a slice of pizza and cold drink from the snack bar. A healthy form of exercise for all ages, roller-skating can help languid loafers get back on their feet and remind them what it feels like to wear shoes again.
At Bono's Pizzeria, the kitchen staff rolls its pizza cutters through pies sized up to 16 inches and dressed with a variety of meats and veggies. The eatery outputs eight specialty pizzas plus the ever-savory temptation of 10-inch Chicago-style deep-dish pizzas. Other savory bites include orders of toasted ravioli, penne and meatballs, and cannoli.
A'mis Italian Restaurant garners compliments from area natives and transplants for its kitchen's mastery of regional pizzas ranging from hand-tossed New York–style pies to Chicago–style pizzas baked in a deep pie dish. St. Louis pizzas sport a thin-crust base that's sprinkled with a blend of provel cheese and mozzarella. All pizza dough is baked fresh every day in a brick oven. Entrees also include steak and pasta dishes, as well as lighter dinner options, such as grilled chicken or poached cod, that give diners fewer calories and grant increased aptitude for speaking in fishtongue.
Some spots that feature expedient services, such as human egg timers and express zombie groomers, don't want patrons to stick around too long. At Bellacino's you'll get quick service without feeling rushed. Televisions and patio seating set the St. Louis outpost of this national chain apart from others, making it a place to gather with friends. The menu is full of speedy savories including oven-baked grinders, crisp salads, and pizzas. Indecisive diners can marry together two cultural eats with the taco pizza, a doughy round topped with taco meat, onions, a cheddar-mozzarella cheese blend, salsa, olives, fresh lettuce, and tomatoes ($6.99 for 8 inches, $13.59 for 12 inches, and $18.29 for 16 inches). Vegetarians can opt for the veggie grinder, a finger-friendly feast with green peppers, onions, mushrooms, cheese blend, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo ($5.49 for 9 inches, $10.29 for 18 inches). The light menu, packed with sandwich options clocking in at 9 grams of fat or less, has healthier versions of classics (turkey, chicken, roast beef). Beer and wine, also available at this location, make substantial companions to the quick cuisine.