Back in February, I highlighted Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza as one of the finest pizzas in St. Louis, and for good reason. It is an honest-to-goodness East Coast pie - a thin crust with a hint of sweetness in the dough, a strong sauce with notes of oregano and marjoram and a layer of cheese and toppings that test the strength of a slice as you fold it.
For as good as the full-size pies are at Feraro’s, though, I keep coming back for the lunch special at the South County location: a 10-inch personal pizza with a single topping for $5.50. A bargain for sure - possibly one of the best lunch deals in St. Louis - but in all honesty, it has little to do with the price and everything to do with being a standout pizza, hidden in a small pizzeria tucked into a strip of storefronts in South County.
Pulled steaming from the oven, each personal pie is every bit as good as its larger counterpart, perhaps even a bit superior. The skirt of the personal pie generally gets a better crisp than the larger pies, which tend to have a softer, more forgiving underside. The difference shows when slices are folded, where cuts from a large pie gently bend into a canoe, the smaller personal slices actually fold in half like the covers of a book. A golden hue makes its way around the curve of the pizza collar - the crust - from baking in a bank of gas ovens. A jagged line of crimson tomato sauce acts as a line of demarcation between dough and swaths of creamy mozzarella.
A final word of advice: Order this - actually all - pizza "to stay," to be eaten in the pizzeria. Sure, it takes a bit more time. But, for folks who honestly care about pizza, there is nothing better than eating a pie where it's made, and there is no better way to ensure that the first bite of your lunch pizza is the one that blissfully burns the top of your mouth.
Feraro’s Jersey Style Pizza, 11726 Baptist Church Road, South County, 314.843.3456, and 1862 S. 10th St., Soulard, 314.588.8345, ferarospizza.com