Sauce on the Side
My love affair with pizza knows no bounds. Pizza in the morning, pizza in the evening, pizza at supper time. That's going on my tombstone.
I went to college at Tufts University, which is located about 20 minutes from downtown Boston in a working class area called Medford, Massachusetts. It was here in Medford that I discovered that sometimes pizza is not large and flat. Sometimes pizza is folded in half and baked, like a gigantic Hot Pocket. It was here that I found the infamous calzone.
Fueled by alcohol, laziness and...other stuff...my roommates and I became obsessed with the Andrea's House of Pizza buffalo chicken calzone. It was one of the most unhealthy things you could eat: dense, buttery pizza dough filled with fried chicken tossed in hot sauce, then served with a side or two of bleu cheese dressing. Do you feel your arteries clogging?
It took me awhile to get to St. Louis' calzone spot, Sauce on the Side, but I made it!
Sauce on the Side has two locations: one downtown and a newer one in Clayton, which I visited.
Sauce on the Side has salads, but I don't give a damn! I was there for calzones and calzones I ate. I approached the counter where you order and politely requested one Buffalo Chicken Calzone for my right hand and one Buffalo Chicken Calzone for my left hand. Unfortunately, they do not carry such a thing. After throwing a brief but energetic tantrum, the cashier told me her favorites off the actual menu. We decided on [symple_highlight color="blue"]The Duke[/symple_highlight] and [symple_highlight color="blue"]The Constanza[/symple_highlight].
The Constanza, below, was the more traditional of the two. Inside that perfect looking shell was eggplant, roasted garlic, mozzarella and then the hard hitting threesome of ricotta, garlic honey oil and the King of the Iron Throne of Pizza, peppe-fucking-roni. It came with the house red sauce for dipping.
The Duke was our non-traditional choice. It was filled with BBQ chicken, Applewood smoked bacon, corn salsa, smoked cheddar, mozzarella, smoked chili oil and served with BBQ ranch. We also decided to get a side of their queso because queso typically makes everything better.
Both calzones looked good upon external examination. Browned dough. It felt crunchy but had some give to it. I held my breath and began to cut them in half...
Glory, glory, hallelujah! When you cut a calzone open and the toppings just start oozing out, you know you're getting something good. The Constanza dipped in the red sauce was a winner. All together, it tasted like pizza. At first I thought the sheer amount of ricotta was going to be simply too much cheese, but then I thought about the idea of there being too much cheese and smacked myself across the face.
The Duke did not disappoint either. It sounded like it was going to taste like the southwest and - surprise! - it did. I would never have ordered this as a pizza, but as a calzone I was totally down with it. I don't know why that is. Double standards. I need to make an appointment with my pizza psychologist Lil Roni over at Two Pizza Pals.
As expected from its ingredients, this was a smokey, summery calzone. The BBQ ranch went well with it, as did the queso (though the queso was not the best I've had), but I thought it was pretty dang tasty on its own. It was a little lukewarm on the inside, though.
I'm nervous whenever I try a new pizza-related restaurant. Bad pizza makes me depressed. Good pizza becomes an addiction.
Sauce on the Side does their calzones right. Everyone who told me to go was right. The staff was friendly, service was quick and I left full. However, they are seriously lacking in the buffalo chicken calzone department. Please tweet at them to add it. Thanks.
7810 Forsyth Boulevard
Clayton, MO 63105