I got so excited about about everything I ate last weekend in Washington and Augusta that I forgot to tell you about this pizza from Humble Pie.
I showed up at Humble Pie last Friday night and expected a sit-down restaurant, but it’s take out only. It operates out of a tiny storefront in a strip mall in Ladue, a swanky residential neighborhood in St. Louis. I gave everyone inside the restaurant a lot of credit, because space looked tight and they were firing up A LOT of pizza. On a hot day like Friday, that’s no small feat.
I waited for my order at a small garden table on a patio next to the restaurant. If you’re like me and can’t deal with delayed gratification, you can use these tables to eat the pizza once your order is ready. When the cashier brought out the pizza box, I couldn’t wait to open it and have the first slice.
I ordered a Hawaiian pizza, the “Wiki Waki,” with pineapple, fresh jalapeños, applewood smoked bacon, and smoked Mozzarella. I expected the crust to be thicker but the pizza is St. Louis style, so it’s as thin as a cracker.
I’m usually not a fan of cracker-thin pizza but Humble Pie made me a believer again. The crust was crispy and charred and brought out the flavor of the smoked Mozzarella and bacon. The jalapeños added some spice and the bacon paired well with the sweet pineapple. I want to eat a slice right now.
Humble Pie accomplished two things, one easier than the other. It got me to sit out in sweltering St. Louis heat and eat an entire pizza, which I probably would have done anyway. But it also got me to enjoy St. Louis style pizza again, which I didn’t think I would after years of loading up on Neapolitan and East Coast-style pies. I tip my hat to them. I can’t wait to try more of Humble Pie’s pizzas soon.