Reader: St. Louis-style pizza? Ketchup on a saltine

Categories: Cafe Society

Lori Midson
We've all heard of Chicago-style deep-dish pie and a New York slice -- but St. Louis pizza? That's what Marc Kak says that he and his partners, wife Stacy and Matt Leiss, are bringing to Denver with Arch Pizza, which just opened on just East Colfax Avenue and will soon add two more spots to the mini-empire. With St. Louis-style pizza, the crust is cracker-thin, covered with a combo of processed cheeses -- Swiss, provolone and white cheddar, trademarked as Provel -- and, perhaps most important, the finished pizza is cut into squares. Yes, it's different -- but is it good?

See also: First look at Arch Pizza, serving St. Louis-style pizza in Park Hill

Says YayWhiskey:

Good luck to them -- but as far as "St. Louis style pizza," it's ketchup on a saltine topped with Elmer's glue.

I'd much rather have a slinger.

Have you ever tried St. Louis-style pizza? What other regional pizzas have you found in Denver? And which are any good? Post your suggestions below -- and read many more comments about St. Louis pizza here.

Location Info

Arch Pizza - CLOSED

6110 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Restaurant

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Finally got around to checking this place out yesterday for lunch.  It's identical to what anyone could make at home if they have crust, provel and sauce shipped from Imo's in STL.  Pretty much everything at this place is shipped from IMO's, except for the veggies.  It's pretty crazy that someone can open a restaurant when they don't make a single thing fresh, but I'm not complaining.  I like it, it doesn't taste like a fresh made pizza from Imo's, not even close, but it does satisfy the provel craving.  The crust is the big difference.  Crust is always made fresh at Imo's locations.  Imo's will ship pizzas actually made at an Imo's location, baked until it's about half cooked, then frozen.  That's the only way to get a pizza that's close to what you'd get in STL.  I live in West Highland, so City Pizza in Arvada is pretty much the exact same distance from my house as this place, but I'll be back.


I've visited St. Louis a couple times and really enjoyed their style of pizza. They are also big on toasted ravioli which Arch is also serving up.

Provel is a processed cheese somewhat like Velveeta so for some true connoisseur not using 100% natural mozzarella is going to be a turn off. But for the rest of us wanting to mix it up this will be a tasty treat.

ScubaSteve topcommenter

I had St Louis style pizza when I last visited St Louis and really enjoyed it.  I now make it at home occasionally. I'll give Arch Pizza a try.

Eddie Horn
Eddie Horn

Congrats to the owner! We live close to this location and can't wait to try it! For the person who said its like a cracker with should be happy something new is opening up in Denver. Its a style....and denver has a million just adequate pizza places. Arch pizza...kick butt and welcome to denver!


I stopped by this place last night with my 2 young kids.  We stood at the counter for 5 minutes while Dude 1 took orders on the phone.  Dude 2 never looked up from his register or otherwise acknowledged our existence or that of another customer waiting to order a pizza.  It was meat cooler-cold in the restaurant.  We left and went up the street to Oblio's where we had great pizza and service.

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