Sauce on the Side
When it comes to quick Italian eating, these guys are the calzone kings. They make a masterful art piece of a sad delivery afterthought. Each of the locations feel unique to the neighborhood it’s in and brings with it a clean and modern touch. The 8th Street location backs up to a gorgeous patio allowing both outside or inside dining. The Grove location has all the charm of the neighborhood with huge windows, several rooms worth of space, and an awesome steampunk inspired table that we couldn’t get enough of. The Clayton location is covered in beautiful murals and artwork that give a musical vibe, representative of the rich blues history of the city. The atmosphere at each location is laid back and casual. With the sauce on the side, it would make a great first date, anniversary, or Netflix fuel night.
On to the food! Why is it on the side? Well, that would have to do with the baking process. If there was sauce on the inside of the calzone, then the dough wouldn’t be able to bake properly and you’d have a portion of it uncooked and another part burned. Don’t worry if any of their specialty calzones don’t quite do it for you, you’re welcome to build your own from their tasty list of ingredients.
Now because I’m so nosy, I wanted to see what went into making the calzones. Not because I could ever replicate the process, (I can’t cook – so I have deep respect for those we can!) but because I am a huge fan of the “How It’s Made” show and it was all in the name of research! First off, you can actually see them making their own dough just behind the counter. Super fresh and fluffy, just like a good calzone should be.
Once the dough is portioned out, they flatten it out a bit and start to add all the great ingredients. In this case, I ordered the “Cock-A-Doodle Noodle”. In went the mac n cheese, chicken, pancetta, provel, mozzarella, and green onions. Then the calzone gets folded up and put in the pizza oven to fluff up. When it comes out, it’s brown and crispy on the outside and warm and cheesy on the inside. The balance of the chicken, pancetta, macaroni, and all the cheeses was so wonderful. Not to mention the Buffalo Butter as the dipping sauce on the side. 😉
Overall, I can comfortably say that I bought about 4 calzones last week and I’m not even a little ashamed. They were amazing! I went with the safe option, in my opinion, the “Meat Me in St. Louie” … three times. It was awesome! I met a few other people there as well and they ordered their calzones from the “Fold” menu, where you build your own. Remi ordered hers with tomatoes, basil, mozzarella, and spicy red sauce to try to imitate a margarita pizza of sorts. And Ollie played it safe with a cheese blend and red dipping sauce. They said it was the first time they had been there, but that they loved it and would definitely be back soon. Maybe we’ll get to catch each other there again, but in the meantime – I’ll try not to play favorites and branch out more. Next up, The Nutella Banana calzone…because fruit is healthy! 😀
Until next time!