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St. Louis pizzeria catering to president

April 8, 2009 at 11:39 AM
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ST. LOUIS, April 8 (UPI) -- 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."

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