Pies to Try

The intrepid folks at Midwest Living magazine sought out the best pizzas in cities all across the region, and they unearthed a longtime staple of The Loop neighborhood in Cicero's: both St. Louis-style (cracker-thin) and hand-tossed crusts are available, and toppings from pineapple to pepperoni. ML called out the super-rich Shrimp Scampi pizza for special honors (6691 Delmar, 314.862.0009). Elsewhere, check out: Imo's (St. Louis classic for thin crust, Provel cheese and square-cut pieces; 904 S. 4th St., 314.421.4667); fancy flatbread groaning under applewood bacon, mascarpone, pear, bleu cheese and truffle honey at Balaban's (772 Clarkson Rd., 636.449.6700); and Elicia's (thick or thin crust, and a favorite for hotel delivery; 314.771.7777).