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Who sells fresh sardines in St. Pete?

Save on seafood in Gulfport can order them fresh for you

Jun 12, 2014
rothdan in Florida

Where can I get Provel cheese or St. Louis-style pizza around FL?

With its wafer-thin crust; thick, sweet tomato sauce; gooey Provel cheese; and signature square slices, St. Louis-style Pizza is unmistakable. Adding cornstarch to the dough absorbed moisture and allowed the crust to crisp in a conventional oven. Because cornstarch has no gluten, it also helped to keep the crust tender.
We doctored a simple pizza sauce by adding sugar, tomato sauce, dried oregano, and fresh basil. The fresh herb wasn’t typical, but it gave the St. Louis-Style Pizza a flavorful lift. Smoky, melty Provel cheese was difficult to find outside the St. Louis area. We crafted a respectable substitute with American cheese, Monterey Jack, and liquid smoke.
Makes two 12-inch pizzas
We like to use a baking stone (also called a pizza stone), which heats evenly and helps crisp crusts, but if you don’t have one, bake the pizzas on an inverted, preheated rimmed baking sheet.
1 (8-ounce) can tomato sauce
3 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons dried oregano
2 cups shredded white American cheese
1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
3 drops liquid smoke
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons olive oil
1. MAKE SAUCE Whisk together tomato sauce, tomato paste, basil, sugar, and oregano in small bowl; set aside. Toss cheeses with liquid smoke in medium bowl; set aside.
2. MIX DOUGH Combine flour, cornstarch, sugar, baking powder, and salt in large bowl. Combine water and olive oil in liquid measuring cup. Stir water mixture into flour mixture until dough starts to come together. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface and knead 3 or 4 times, until cohesive.
3. ROLL DOUGH Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position, place pizza stone (or inverted baking sheet) on rack, and heat oven to 475 degrees. Divide dough into 2 equal pieces. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, press into small circle and transfer to parchment paper dusted lightly with flour. Using rolling pin, roll and stretch dough to form 12-inch circle, rotating parchment as needed. Lift parchment and pizza off work surface onto inverted baking sheet.
4. ASSEMBLE PIZZA Top each piece of dough with half of sauce and half of cheese. Carefully pull parchment paper and pizza off baking sheet onto hot baking stone. Bake until underside is golden brown and cheese is completely melted, 9 to 12 minutes. Remove pizza and parchment from oven. Transfer pizza to cooling rack and let cool few minutes. Assemble and bake second pizza. Cut into 2-inch squares. Serve.
MAKE AHEAD: The dough can be made in advance. At the end of step 2, tightly wrap the ball of dough in plastic and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
St. Louis-Style Pizza has a paper-thin crust. Here's how we transfer the dough from countertop to oven without tearing.

Nov 02, 2013
rothdan in Florida

Tampa Foodies - where are they?

Cafe Pointe is independent and best prepared meal in the bay area. Wake up!

Sep 11, 2012
rothdan in Florida

Tampa / St Pete Beach recommendations?

for consistent upscale food in a casual setting I recommend Sanppers. It is located around 10 blocks from the don

Nov 21, 2011
rothdan in Florida

Lousy Experience at Home Wine Kitchen, St. Louis

I had read so many good reviews and comments, I had to visit the restaurant. I also felt disappointed with the quality of the food and the price charged. While the service was good, we felt the food was not up to the reviews.

Oct 06, 2011
rothdan in Great Plains

Talk Sites

When you sub-divided all the regions....it watered down the level of conversation. Its not working

Dec 28, 2010
rothdan in Site Talk

So...What's the best thing(s) you ever ate in the St. Louis Area

I will start with the vietnamese pancake from Mai Lee
fresh oysters from Herbie's
filet of swordfish from Tony's
Nam sod Chicken from Thai Kitchen
Ribs from Pappy's
just a start

Mai Lee
Musick Memorial Dr, St Louis, MO 63144

Dec 06, 2010
rothdan in Great Plains

The Hurricane in St. Pete Beach

Hurricane is a last choice plkace for food. Nice view. Too many other options to name. Let me know what you are looking for in a restaurant

Nov 17, 2010
rothdan in Florida

ABC Seafood - St. Pete

If all 3 restaurants are good at certain dishes....what were the standout items from ABC seafood. I would like to concentrate on the bests items at ABC.....thanks

Oct 09, 2009
rothdan in Florida

What is the best seafood restaurant in Tampa Bay area?

While Salt Rock is a fun upscale restaurant, it certainly is not a good culinary restaurant.
Being close to the water we lack a top rated seafood restaurant. Cafe Ponte would be my recommendation

Aug 08, 2009
rothdan in Florida

Best Restaurant in St Pete area? Gulf Bistro Review

Thanks for the update, can't wait to go this fall

Aug 06, 2009
rothdan in Florida

Blue Parrot St. Pete Beach

I agree food is sub par at best. Better for drinking not eating. Stay away

Jul 21, 2009
rothdan in Florida

Best Restaurant in St Pete area? Gulf Bistro Review

sounds great, I'm away from the beach for the summer but can't wait to check it out. I have also spent a lot of time in france . The ris de veau sounds great. Thanks for the heads up

May 28, 2009
rothdan in Florida

Herbies 72 in STL

I great choice. great food , great ambiance....one of the best most fun restaurants in St. Louis

Fresh seafood in the St. Pete area.

2 places that I are excellent, Reef's fresh fish in Indian Beach and Shaners Land and Sea in Pas-a grille. They have great line catch norwegian salmon, dover sole filets from boston, fresh local red snapper and fresh red and black grouper

Feb 17, 2009
rothdan in Florida

Seafood Bday Dinner in STL

Oceania in Clayton has great seafood period !!!

Near the Don?

2 nice restaurants very close is Snappers and Mad Fish, moderate prices mid 20's Plenty of options close to the Don. Enjoy the great beach and area

Jan 15, 2009
rothdan in Florida

St. Pete Beach - best sub sandwich shop and best pizza

Alberico's Pizza & Pasta
(727) 367-7799 · 7863 BLIND PASS RD · SAINT PETERSBURG, FL 33706

Fortunato's Italian Pizzeria
(727) 363-7900 · 7736 BLIND PASS RD · SAINT PETERSBURG, FL 33706

Genero's around 22 and Gulf
Bueno's Pizza in the dolphin shopping center on the beach

Aug 18, 2008
rothdan in Florida

Tampa/St. Pete Fishmongers?

Reef's in Indian rock ( across from the Lobster pot) have cut fresh tuna that I used for sushi was great. Call the owner to coordinate . I have also bought Norweigan salmon froze it for safe eating, then defrosted it in the refrig over night.

Aug 07, 2008
rothdan in Florida

Visiting Creve Coeur...

drive to clayton 15 min. many restaurants but my current favorite is Oceano ( great seafoodand appitizers)

Clearwater: Where would you eat before a show at Ruth Eckerd?

no question Ponte Grille is great check it out on the internet. They also have the best restaurant in the bay Ponte cafe

May 08, 2008
rothdan in Florida

The Basics: How to Make a Three-Egg Omelet

my suggestion is the keep the pan moving back and forward, it help the eggs from sticking. It never fails to produce the best omelets. I hate to admit it I learned that from Martha Stewart

Apr 17, 2008
rothdan in Features

STL - Katie’s Pizzeria Café?

Joe Pollack wrote a review

STL: need many recs.

Since you will be moving to U City go to Mai Lee for Vietnamese. It is far superior and the original vietnamese in St. Louis

St. Louis/U. City: Recs. re Chinese Noodle Cafe

Mai Lee a fan favorite and the king of vietnamese in St. Louis most likely is staying at its current location. Things can change but that is the latest

Food Channel's due

Emeril contract was not renewed after negoitations. Another chef leaves for good reasons


Nov 26, 2007
rothdan in Food Media & News

Don Cesar/ St. Pete

Snappers or Black Palm are better restaurants opened on sunday. Both are within blocks of the Don

Jul 16, 2007
rothdan in Florida

Need Monday night dinner in St. Pete Beach

Snapper or their sister restaurant Mad fish ( which takes reservation) both in my opinion are better with sea food. Enjoy

Jul 01, 2007
rothdan in Florida

oceana bistro, clayton, mo

thanks for the update I plan to check it out next week. A good seafood restaurant is always needed

oceana bistro, clayton, mo

I'm very interested to hear other comments. I plan to visit in the very near future and would love more feed back