Pi

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As I promised earlier on Twitter, I’m writing about none other than Pi! Also known as 3.14159265…oh, you get it.

I remember when I was in the 7th grade, we had a huge project in my Algebra class. It was a math scavenger hunt of sorts. There were 50 questions, and some of them involved things like figuring out the height of our flag pole in front of the school, measuring the circumference of the rotunda in our building, and finding the first 100 digits of Pi.

Nowadays, with the power of Google, a project like this would take less than an hour. But back in 1997? It took weeks! I ended up going to the library and looking up a book (using the dewey decimal system – now who remembers that?) where I found it there. Ah, those were the good old days…

Oh! Where was I? Right – Pi!

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A friend and I visited a few weeks ago, during my vegan challenge. I heard that Pi had some fantastic vegan pizza, and I had to give it a try! There are a few locations in St. Louis – University City, The Central West End, and Kirkwood. We visited the Kirkwood location.

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Oh, and it’s President Obama’s favorite pizza joint! That’s gotta count for something, right?

Anyway, we arrived around 8pm on a Saturday night. Ideal pizza eating time, if you ask me.

The place was packed, but we only had to wait about 10 minutes for a table. Not bad!

We were quickly seated, and I ordered one of these:

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A Bell’s Hopslam. Now I don’t know much about beer, but I do know what I like, and I loved this! It was smooth, kind of fruity, and really hoppy! I used to hate hoppy beers; now I kind of love them.

Since we were doing the vegan thing, we went with their thin crust (vegan) instead of deep dish (not vegan). We topped it with vegan Daiya mozzarella, green peppers, portabella mushrooms, and Match italian “sausage”! Match is a delicious meat substitute that looks (and tastes!) like the real thing.

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Yum. It certainly looked tasty!

Taste-wise, it was just okay. I’m not a fan of thin crust pizza (I prefer a chewier, thicker dough), so the crust didn’t impress me; it was very crispy and cracker-like. The toppings were fresh, and I thoroughly enjoyed Pi’s thick, sweet tomato sauce.

But the cheese? It tasted vegan, and not in a good way. The texture was just way off. It’s hard to describe; it was tacky and gummy, like glue. I don’t blame Pi for this at all – I blame the cheese. Nothing beats the real deal, unfortunately!

While the weird cheese didn’t deter me from digging in, it was enough to turn my friend off; he just couldn’t get past the texture, and I don’t blame him.

Luckily, Pi had something that we both loved: Vegan cookies!

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These babies were totally delicious and totally vegan. Yummy chocolate chip cookies with a creamy filling? Yes, please! Remember these?

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They tasted just like Little Debbie Oatmeal Crème Pies! But with chocolate chips. I wish we would have ordered another set of these – they were that good!

Time for scores!

Food: 3 stars (out of five)

Ambiance: 5 stars

Service: 5 stars

Value: 3 stars

Pi was a little on the expensive side, but the ingredients were fresh and tasty, so I can forgive that. I definitely want to give Pi another try now that the vegan challenge is over!

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  • Very thoughtful review. I see lots about Pi on Twitter and we are going to have to try it sometimes. Luckily, I’m not a vegan so I can have real cheese 🙂

    • Stephanie

      Thanks Robyn! Let me know if you give it a try — I’d love to know what you think! 🙂 I’m going to revisit now that I’m done with the vegan challenge 🙂

  • I love Pi! I definitely recommend going back now that you have free reign over the menu 🙂

    • Stephanie

      Thanks Natalie! I will! 🙂

  • I love the concept of your blog. My bf LOVES the St. Louis area. I haven’t tried vegan cheese but I have a feeling I wouldn’t be a fan.

    • Stephanie

      Thank you! Vegan cheese is really…interesting. Give it a try, but just know that it’s NOTHING like real cheese. My boyfriend hated it! 🙂 Thanks again for reading and visiting!