st. louis, mo 63103
when i heard that paul and wendy hamilton, owners of vin de set and the excellent eleven eleven mississippi were opening a pizza place in st. louis, i knew a stop there would be in my future. taking its name from the first letters of the names of the husband and wife team, pw pizza is situated in the same building as vin de set and moulin events, and serves up a variety of unique pizzas as well as sandwiches, calzones, salads, and appetizers.
arriving a few minutes past noon, we were greeted and led to the only unoccupied table in the busy dining room. pw has a decent wine list as well as about ten craft beers on tap and many more in bottles. the space is nice overall, and has that industrial loft feel going on with the exposed ducts and brick walls. i thought that the mirrors above the pizza prep stations were a nice touch, and i only wish i had gotten a picture of a pie being made.
my beer choice was the st. louis brewed six row whale (wheat+pale=whale). a hybrid of sorts, this was a very balanced and easy drinking beer overall with neither the malt or hop flavors pushing their way to the forefront.
our first bites at pw came in the form of "pop's meatballs". these were good, but there was nothing about them that set them apart form meatballs i have had in the past. the marinara sauce was pleasant and had a nice little kick of spice to it. i would probably opt for the dry rubbed wings should i return to pw.
we also split the wilted spinach salad, which was made with spinach, mushroom, egg, red onion, and a warm bacon dressing. like the meatballs, this offering was good, but nowhere near great.
with there being several awesome sounding pies available, carrie and i were excited to hear that pw was able to accommodate a half and half order. this made things slightly easier, and we ended up with half "the wolf" and half "pulled piggy". the wolf was tomato sauce, house made fennel sausage, pepperoni, applewood smoked bacon, caramelized onion, green pepper, roasted garlic, and mozzarella. the pulled piggy features house bbq sauce, pulled pork, caramelized onions, slaw, and gruyere cheese. both halves were excellent, with the piggy being my preference and the wolf carrie's. as good as the toppings were, it was the crust that really brought it all together for me, being puffy, chewy, and just plain delicious overall.
full from the pie, carrie and i decided to split a desset. coming highly recommended by our server, our choice was the peanut butter satin pie. this was basically a smooth and creamy peanut butter mouse with a bit of chocolate ganache on a thin graham cracker style pie crust. splitting the dessert proved to be a wise decision, as the portion was very large and extremely rich. this is one of those desserts that i could order again and again.
after settling the bill and perusing the attached wine and beer shop, carrie and i headed for home. although we may have been a bit let down by the starters, pw delivered where it really counted...the pizza. with several other unique options to explore, i think it is safe to say that pw has joined the good pie, pi, peel, and cicero's in our st. louis area pizza repertoire.