St Louis style
What it is: Before the massive chain pizza companies took over the Midwest, native pizza was thin, round, and cut into squares (the so-called “party cut”). It was originally served in bars as a snack, but later came to prominence as a popular kids’ birthday party meal. Imo’s in St. Louis is credited with introducing a variation of this style that subbed in a bizarre local cheese called Provel -- a blend of Swiss, Cheddar, and provolone. Locals love Provel cheese but non-natives tend to find its globby consistency unsettling. Regardless of how one feels about the stuff, it’s clearly the defining element of the style.
How to know it’s good: Provel cheese has a distinct tangy flavor, which is something of an acquired taste, especially if you’re not from St. Louis.
Where to get it: While it’s not a 100% true St. Louis-style pizza, the Saint Louie pie at Speedy Romeo is about as close as you’ll get. The restaurant even imports the Provel!
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