Lidia Bastianich Is a Fan of Provel (and St. Louis-Style Pizza)

St. Louis style

From Imo's, St. Louis. [Photograph: Martin Kalfatovic]

Zoinks! None other than Italian cooking maven Lidia Bastianich gives her seal of approval to provel, the, ahem, unique cheese used on St. Louis–style pizza:

Bastianich is referring to the flavor profile that provel adds to Imo's pizza, probably the first time in history that the word "umami" has been used in the context of St. Louis' trademark cheese.

There's a recipe for St. Louis pizza in Bastianich's new cookbook, Lidia's Italy in America. [via Ann Pollack (aka Lemons)]

See Also
Imo's Pizza: St. Louis' Inexplicably Addictive Pie »
Farotto's, St. Louis: Thin, Sweet, and Provel'd »
American Regional Pizza Styles »