MOD Pizza - St. Charles, MO
Fast, casual, delicious
Last summer, I was fortunate enough to attend the grand opening celebration for this location. I was super impressed that day and went a handful of times afterward. Deciding another visit to MOD Pizza was in order, I headed over to St. Charles.
Located across the street, and just a short walk, from Lindenwood College, no doubt it's a hot spot for a quick reprieve from hitting the books. It's got a great vibe, outdoor seating, over 30 topping choices and super friendly employees.
MOD was founded in 2008 by husband and wife, Scott and Ally Svenson, in their hometown of Seattle. They were inspired by their own search for quick, affordable, wholesome restaurant options for their growing family.
Spreading MODness means a lot of things, but mostly it means treating their employees (aka the MOD Squad) right. By putting people first, they strive to be a force for positive change in their lives and the communities they serve. From above-industry pay and benefits to hiring people with special needs – including people in need of a second chance – their ethos is deeply rooted in acceptance, opportunity and development.
Oh, my garlic!
I walked into the joint smack in the middle of the lunch rush on a rainy Friday, with roasted garlic on the brain. From door to counter took about 15 minutes, but it was well worth the wait. One thing I love about MOD is that all the toppings you want are the same price - no nickel and diming for extra cheese (and boy, do I love cheese).
I ordered the MOD - 11" pie, but had the option to choose a Mini - 6" or a Mega - 11", which is comprised of two crusts stacked together. My name was then scrawled on the brown paper my dough sat upon. On went the red sauce, mozzarella cheese, roasted red peppers and roasted garlic. Then more mozzarella cheese, salt, pepper and oregano. Side note: I later regretted the addition of the salt, as it seemed my chosen toppings had added enough on their own.
A Tornado Alley Amber Ale, brewed by the Charleville Brewing Company in St. Genevieve, Missouri, rounded out my meal.
As my custom creation baked, I sat at a long, tall wooden table, noting the availability of Coca-Cola products and iced tea. It was ready shortly and I could hardly wait for it to cool down before digging in. The cheese was abundant, the sauce was well proportioned, and the crust was nicely browned.
The roasted garlic was creamy and flavorful - perfect.
Cool things MOD also offers:
- Convenient online ordering for a multitude of locations
- Seasonal pies, such as the Crosby, featuring roasted asparagus, mild sausage, house-made red sauce, mozzarella and finished with a tangy-sweet fig glaze
- The custom radio station that plays in every MOD Pizza location is also available online, 24/7
It was a nice experience overall once again, though if I've got one chief critique, it's this: I'd love it if they found an alternative to YELLING out the name of the guest whose pie is up. It's completely intrusive, especially in an already raucous environment, with nothing in the way of sound deadening. In addition, I've got a fairly unique name that is often misunderstood, misspelled and mispronounced. With so many quieter options, it would be great if they'd adopt the plastic table tent doo-dad system, with the numbers on it, along with a food runner to locate your table and deliver it, versus auctioning off food.
With locations in 24 states and the UK, including 10 in Missouri, I'm excited to see that MOD is opening a new location close by in Maryland Heights.
Their pizza is tasty and their topping options are abundant. If only they would stop yelling...
TIP: Check out the MOD blog for tasty stories.
1988 1st Capitol Drive
St. Charles, MO 63301