April 8, 2009

St. Louis pizzeria catering to president

One of the partners behind a St. Louis restaurant says he is thrilled with U.S. President Barack Obama's request for a pizza feast from the eatery.

Ryan Mangialardo, who founded St. Louis' Pi eatery, said he is excited to fly to Washington to prepare first-hand pizzas for Obama and his family, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch said Wednesday.

What can you say? Mangialardo, 27, said. It's incredible.

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., recalled that Obama tried Pi's pizza in October during his presidential campaign and instantly became a fan.

Now the president has scheduled a long-distance delivery of Pi pizzas for Friday and Mangialardo is salivating at the chance to use the White House's full-service commercial kitchen.

From what it sounds like, it's the top of the line, Mangialardo told the Post-Dispatch. They should have everything I need there to make the pizza happen.