A Pizza Story Cooks Up Wood-Fired Neapolitan Pizzas in Maplewood

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"Fantasy" pizza with tomato sauce, prosciutto de parma, fresh burrata and arugula. | Photos by Mabel Suen
  • "Fantasy" pizza with tomato sauce, prosciutto de parma, fresh burrata and arugula. | Photos by Mabel Suen

In June A Pizza Story (7278 Manchester Avenue; 314-899-0011) opened in Maplewood serving Neapolitan wood-fired pizzas alongside a full bar. With each pie, former Washington University professors Muhammad Alhawagri and Sherif Nasser aim to serve up crisp, charred crust and a supple interior, topped with fresh ingredients.

See also: A Pizza Story Will Serve Neapolitan Pizza Cooked Up By Two Wash. U. Professors

Co-owners Muhammad Alhawagri and Sherif Nasser.
  • Co-owners Muhammad Alhawagri and Sherif Nasser.

Of the pizzas, Nasser recommends his two favorites: the classic margherita with tomato sauce, mozzarella and basil as well as the "Fantasy" with tomato sauce, prosciutto di Parma, fresh burrata and arugula. The menu also offers a salads, fried calamari with puttanesca dipping sauce, charcuterie and cheese boards, a couple of pasta dishes and gelato made by local chef Francesco Velocci.

The dining room.
  • The dining room.

A Pizza Story's current hours are Tuesday through Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12 a.m. and Sunday from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. For more information, visit the A Pizza Story website or follow it via Facebook.

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Pear salad with arugula, blue cheese, toasted pecans and honey-oregano vinaigrette.
  • Pear salad with arugula, blue cheese, toasted pecans and honey-oregano vinaigrette.
The wood-fired oven.
  • The wood-fired oven.
Fried calamari with puttanesca dipping sauce.
  • Fried calamari with puttanesca dipping sauce.
The bar.
  • The bar.
A selection of wine.
  • A selection of wine.
Another look at the dining room.
  • Another look at the dining room.

Assorted cheeses, dried fruit and nuts.
  • Assorted cheeses, dried fruit and nuts.
Alhawagri's photography adorns the walls.
  • Alhawagri's photography adorns the walls.
Another look at the pizza kitchen.
  • Another look at the pizza kitchen.
The liquor selection.
  • The liquor selection.
The patio.
  • The patio.
Now open in Maplewood.
  • Now open in Maplewood.

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