When COVID-19 temporarily shuttered restaurants around the region, many began looking for new ways to boost their bottom line and keep their employees on the payroll. Enter frozen pizza, which gives restaurants an easy, economical way to get their food into customers’ hands. And with diners spending more time in the kitchen, take-and-bake pizzas allow restaurants to still get a slice of the pie.
Three words: hot salami pizza. Gioia’s Deli, the beloved St. Louis sandwich shop, now offers three of its most popular sandwiches in the form of frozen pizza: The Original (hot salami, cheese and pepperoncini), Spicy Daggett (hot salami, chopped coppa, chopped capicola and giardiniera) and Porknado (hot salami, chopped ham and bacon). Gioia’s sells approximately 200 pizzas a week, and owner Alex Donley says the company did not have to lay off any commissary crew members as a result. The frozen pizzas can be ordered online at gioiasdeli.com and picked up at the location on The Hill or in Creve Coeur.
Gioia's Deli, multiple locations, gioiasdeli.com
Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria
You can now bake a signature wood-fired pie from Katie’s Pizza & Pasta Osteria at home. When COVID-19 hit, the renowned St. Louis-area restaurant started selling frozen pizzas for local delivery as a way to protect its employees’ livelihoods. The idea was so successful that Katie’s soon launched delivery throughout the Midwest. Head to katiespizza.com to order pizzas in flavors such as lemon-asparagus, artichoke-black garlic, meatball or burrata Margherita; orders are shipped on Mondays and Tuesdays and arrive at your doorstep within one to two days.
Katie’s Pizza and Pasta Osteria, multiple locations, katiespizzaandpasta.com
Garbo’s Pizzeria in Springfield, Missouri, has been offering frozen versions of its St. Louis-style pizzas for local fundraisers for approximately a decade, but the popular pizza joint didn’t start selling them to the public until the pandemic hit. The restaurant relies almost entirely on dine-in service, so co-owner Laine Scholz says the frozen pizzas were a way to keep the business alive. The 12-inch thin-crust pies are available in flavors such as cheese, pepperoni and barbecue chicken, or you can choose two toppings and create your own.
Garbo's Pizzeria, 2101 W. Chesterfield St., Springfield, Missouri, 417.883.9010, garbospizzeria.com
The Big Slice
The Big Slice brings a taste of The Big Apple to Springfield, Missouri, with its giant, cheesy slices of New York-style pizza. The pizza place, which has two locations in town, now offers 14-inch frozen pizzas ranging from classics such as cheese and pepperoni to creamy spinach and The Burt Reynolds (ham, bacon, onion and pineapple). Want to play with your food? The Big Slice also sells dough and sauce for customers to make their own pizzas at home.
The Big Slice, multiple locations, thebigslicespringfield.com