Discovered in 1953, pizza is the only food to have been eaten on the moon, blessed by a pope, and endorsed by Olympic marathoner Gezahegne Abera—the "triple crown" of food honors. With today's Groupon, $10 gets you $20 worth of pizza, pasta, and more at Joanie's Pizzeria in historic Soulard. Split a savory pie with your pals over beers and catch Joanie's shuttle to sporting events, or prove that opposites attract while you and your sweetie eat vastly different individually sized pizzas. Let the friendly staff of this family restaurant fill your belly full of fresh fare with artistic flair.
Pizzas are the paint palettes of culinary artists the world over, where fundamental ingredients are mixed into evocative and flavorful combinations. Let Joanie's Pizzeria color your insides with vibrant green spinach, yellow squash, and red tomato sauce, or commission your own artwork from the maestros of the pie. Make your own medium double crust ($13 + $1.25 for extra ingredients such as Italian sausage, eggplant, and jalapenos) or try one of Joanie's specialty pies, including Joanie's favorite veggie (spinach, yellow squash, mushrooms, onions, and roasted garlic, $16.95 for a large thin crust), Johnny's special meat pie (hamburger, pepperoni, bacon, and double cheese, $18.45 for a large thick crust), and Franco's Cajun pride (Cajun-seasoned ground beef, green pepper, onion, black olives, and cayenne, $9.95 for a personal thin crust).
The calzone is the ultimate, personal piece of pizza art, its beauty folded secretly into golden dough, revealing itself only to the scrupulous eater. Like the now-famous image of an early anthropomorphic turtle that x-rays revealed to be painted under the Mona Lisa, the calzone holds mysteries that beg onlookers to dig deeper. Joanie's calzones are stuffed with mozzarella, ricotta, and your choice of two ingredients ($7.50). Try a surrealist pineapple-and-olive calzone, or go with a pre-Raphaelite combo such as pepperoni and tomatoes. In addition to pizza and calzones, Joanie's Pizzeria offers appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and pasta, such as baked lasagna ($8.25), cheese fries ($4.25), and a muffalata ($7.25).
- The original is a hand-tossed pie with Mozzarella. For those of you who are not big Saint Louis style pizza people this is your spot. We recommend the "Franco’s Cajun Pride" or the "Sherriff Rudy’s Double Bacon Cheese Burger". No better way to kick off or end an evening in Soulard. Trust us, it’s fantastic! – STL Recommendations
- I've been going there for years-very regularly-and have never had anything less than absolutely stellar service from the very talented and efficient waitstaff. – ESW, Urbanspoon
- The thin crust pizza is unbeatable. It is thin and crisp but flavorful, unlike many other thin crusts! We have made Joanie's part of our game day ritual when going to Cardinals games. – apple80, Citysearch
What Are Turtles Hiding?
A calzone is like a pizza folded over onto itself in order to hide its soft insides, just like a turtle, or a sketch of an early Ninja Turtle painted over with a famous work of art. What else can be found inside the tough shell of the secretive turtles?
- Spare ears
- Lymphatic system stolen from a cheetah
- American pride
- Second, formal head for black-tie affairs
- Incorrectly trapped genies
- Early draft of the Constitution written by time-travelling Dick Vitale
- Locator beacon originally clipped to consumed dolphin
- Bones of a fast-talking hare
- Gallon of toxic ooze that turned four brothers into humanoid karate masters
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