Scott Sandler first showcased his pizza prowess at Pizzeoli in Soulard, where his magnificent Neapolitan pies won him acclaim and, last year, a spot in the STL 100’s Top 25. He sold Pizzeoli in September to focus instead on Pizza Head. Here he’s mastering New York-style crust gargantuan slice by gargantuan slice. That crust is thin but not flimsy — a key distinction given the kitchen’s generous hand with the shredded mozzarella — and conveys a gently tangy flavor. Sandler’s dedication to vegetarianism continues at Pizza Head, with faux pepperoni and sausage and, for vegan diners, cashew-based “cheese.” Punk rock influenced Pizza Head’s design, and the music is appropriately loud.
Hours: Lunch and dinner Tuesday-Sunday (closed Monday)
Last year's ranking: New this year
Must order: 2 pepperoni slices (with soda $7.95, with beer $8.95)