East Coast Pizza - Chesterfield, MO
A slice of the east coast in Chesterfield
With a name like East Coast Pizza, I was intrigued!
Leaving Long Island in 2012 was a difficult choice. I was moving away from one of my sisters, my grandmother, my uncle and other family, friends, bagels...pizza. I was stoked to find another place in St. Louis offering the type of pizza I had come to love over so many years: east coast style.
When I'm looking for a new place to add to the list for the blog, I always skim Yelp reviews, along with checking out the menu. Though provel cheese is widely used on pizza in this area, I'm not really a fan. It melts into sort of a...molten mass. When it's in "rope" form and not melted, I love it on a salad. This being a St. Louis pizza blog though, I'll feel compelled to visit a provel joint at some point!
Chesterfield, Missouri is a busy, rapidly expanding, ever changing spot, with a multitude of food and shopping areas. East Coast is a stone's throw from huge anchor stores, including Lowe's, Home Depot, Wehrenberg Theatre and Sam's, along with a number of smaller retail outlets. A huge parking lot surrounds the restaurant, so finding a spot was easy. Outdoor seating is located in front and plenty of tables sit inside, where you can enjoy pies in air conditioned comfort.
A staggering alcoholic beverage selection
Upon walking in, I was pleased to see brick ovens and was amazed at the overabundance of thirst quenchers. A huge variety of bottled beers were lined up along the counter: Urban Chestnut, Angry Orchard, Guinness, Kraftig and Kona - just to name a few. They also offered red and white wine, along with Pepsi products. A most excellent selection! (Bill & Ted, anyone?)
I went with a super St. Louis choice: a Budweiser.
Checking out the colorful chalk menu boards, I noted that the list of toppings was pretty standard. Given the choice of a 14" or 16" pie, I ordered the latter because leftover pizza is the breakfast of champions. I went with half and half: cheese on one side and the other, a New York Specialty pie; the Mediterranean White pizza. It consisted of mozzarella, garlic, olive oil, spinach, sun dried tomato, artichoke hearts, roma tomatoes and Parmesan cheese.
As a side note, one of my pet peeves is the nickel-and-diming associated with extra toppings, though it may be my multiple visits of late to fast casual pizza places that have spoiled me, in terms of adding anything and everything at no extra cost.
Choosing a wide padded booth near the counter, I was dismayed to see chairs stacked up on nearby tables. Why? Having worked in food-service for a number of years, I understand (and appreciate) chairs going up to mop under the tables, however, with the layout of the restaurant being open, it gave off a negative vibe, as a few things entered my mind:
- It made me wonder if the staff was lazy; was it done so there would be less cleaning to do at the end of the night?
- Chairs on tables typically signal that a place, or a section, is closed - it was pre-dinner rush
- Were they not expecting a lot of people that night? Does that say something about the food?
- I know what usually rests on those chairs (bottoms) and now those areas are up on the table where food is consumed
So yes, people wear clothes when they sit on chairs in restaurants (usually), but for me, seeing the chairs up affected my entire perception of the place - before my food was even delivered.
Speaking of bottoms...
For me, one of the best parts of a pie is the bottom. Sure, cheese matters, but the crust has to be right. East Coast nailed it with a beautiful, perfectly crisp crust, with a nice, consistent light brown, along with speckles of slight charring.
Simply delicious! I devoured two slices of cheese and one of the Mediterranean White. The latter was a bit underwhelming in flavor, with unseasoned canned, versus marinated, artichokes. The spinach was abundant, though - it was a pie perfect for Popeye!
Overall, I was highly impressed with the cheese half and would definitely go back to try other menu items. They offer several reasonably priced lunch combos from 11 am - 4 pm, with a nice assortment of options.
For just $8, you can get a fountain drink and two of the following: house salad, Greek salad, Italian salad, cucumber tomato salad, Caesar salad, soup (seasonal), 1/2 cold sandwich, 1/2 counter calzone, 1/2 counter Stromboli, slice of counter pizza (excludes stuffed) side of spaghetti or toasted ravioli (5). That's a terrific deal.
Next time, I need to try the garlic knots and a cannoli!
What else do they have?
Way more than just pizzas. Check out the full East Coast menu for:
- Starters & Sides
- Soups & Salads
- Kids Menu
TIP: Grab a Family Dinner for only $29.25 - you get a 16” one topping New York pizza, a large house salad and three fountain drinks.
East Coast Pizza
1730 Chesterfield Airport Road
Chesterfield, MO 63005