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Business Description
One of TOP TEN HONORS in the Nation and St. Louis as an outstanding ""Mom and Pop"" Pizzeria. We only use the FRESHEST ingredients. Our dough is made in the store EVERYDAY! We us 100% REAL MOZZARELLA CHEESE! Honored by: USA Today, Riverfront Times, Pizza Today, St. Louis Post Dispatch, St. Louis Business Journal and AOL City Guide.
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Phone: (314) 353-1228

Phone: (314) 353-7912

TollFree: (866) 436-7835

Payment method
master card, visa, all major credit cards, amex, discover, diners club
Price Range

Fortel Pizza Den Inc

Pizza, Italian Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Specialties: Corporate Events, Business Events, Parties


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Gotta Love Fortel's

We love Fortel's at our house. When anyone brings up pizza, we know where we're going. We're stuck on the Shelley's Deluxe and have ordered it maybe 10 times without trying anything else! It's 3 meats and lots of veggies. The veggies are always fresh, the meat is in small pieces - not like other places with huge chunks of sausage that doesn't get cooked through and the sauce is terrific - not too spicy or too sweet. The Fortel's in Fairview Heights is very friendly, and kid friendly too. We're raising our 3 year old twin grandsons to know right where to go for pizza!


Some Tasty Pizza

I worked next to a Fortell's in Festus and was very skeptical to the quality of this pie as i had grown up on Imo's and was surprised at the delicious flavors of their specialty pies. My favorite was the Buffalo Chicken. Unfortunately the economy took this tasty treat away from us and now i have to travel to get my fix.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Very Rude Owner Shelly Fortel

Shelly is one of the cruelest and rudest people I have ever seen. The statements she made about 1 of her employees on Facebook are unbelievable. Judging by how she treats employees I will never go in this place again.


Provided by Citysearch - 
C minus food -- save your $$$

My wife and I dined here last week, and we're not very impressed with what they have to offer. We ordered a large tossed salad and a large three-topping pizza. The salad came in a styrofoam take-out box: the lettuce was wilted and the mushrooms were slimy with black spots. Poor quality control.

Our pizza was just OK, considering all the other places around with STL-style pizza. The crust was of average consistency, and lacked any real flavor. The sauce was syrupy-sweet (full of high-fructose corn syrup?) and overpowered the taste of the pizza. Also, although the crust and sauce were cooked, but the toppings were almost raw, which makes me believe that they pre-cook their crusts, and when they get an order they top them and return them to the oven. Not good eats.
With all the other good pizza places in town, we won't be returning here.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good, not great, for families.

I can't see brining up the local police as a reason to avoid a restaurant... In fact, the local police directed me to Fortel's tonight and then, on second thought, joined me.

Very good pizza. Thin, St. Louis style crust with a tangy sauce and real cheese. Hot peppers and cheese on the table. Free refills. (Large cheese and two drinks: $17.00.)

O.K. family atmosphere: there are lots of video games for kids, televisions everywhere, beer for the adults, crayons and placemat games for kids.

Two suggestions:

1) Instead of showing sports on all of the television screens, why not dedicate a few of them to some family entertainment? silent movies (my choice); old cartoons; little Einsteins. It would offer a bit more for the kids and give the place even more of a family atmosphere.

2) The game-room could use some updating and some more family-friendly games. War and commercialism seem to be the dominant themes here: dismember terrorists or buy a chance at a new watch. Maybe that's just what videogames are these days, though.

It seems overall that there is a fundamental tension in this restaurant: is it a pizza sports bar or a family restaurant? At the moment, these two tendencies are in conflict: Too much sports for a family restaurant and too little smoking for a sports bar.




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