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Fortel's Pizza Den

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(60 Reviews)

7932 Mackenzie Rd, Saint Louis, MO 63123

(314) 353-2360

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Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
37
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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General Info
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.
BBB Rating
A+
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Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
master card, visa, all major credit cards, amex, discover, diners club
Neighborhood
Lakewood
Categories
Pizza, Italian Restaurants, American Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: American, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Specialties: Corporate Events, Business Events, Parties

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Takes Reservations: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Parking: Lot, Private

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db2498

11/09/2010

Overall
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!

jasonramo

11/08/2010

Overall
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.

Chop 4 life

06/24/2010

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Overall
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.

AluminumChef

08/05/2009

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Overall
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.

gabagabahey

07/03/2008

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Overall
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.

dn5074

02/01/2008

Overall
FORTELS PIZZA

VERY GOOD, GOOD NEW DIFFERENT TYPES OF PIZZA FORM MOST OTHER PIZZA PLACES.

mrshdl1

12/10/2007

Overall
I ate there once and really en...

I ate there once and really enjoyed it. The food was good and the atmosphere too. Great family place.

tvglaser

12/10/2007

Overall
Southwest Pizza

One of the best Pizzas I've had in a long time is called the Southwest. I love anything spicy and this is a spicy, tangy pizza with lots of pepers and garlic. You have to try it.

paulik19

11/19/2007

Overall
Sandwiches

Always liked the pizza at Fortel's but recently tried their sandwiches. Very good!

bosco100

08/11/2007

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Overall
good but not ron and shirleys

I live in fl now but used to visit Fortels since it was right around the corner from my house. Not bad pizza but Ron and Shirleys on Gravois was my favorite. I know they closed a long time ago but I still have dreams of that pie!!

sarahnub

05/30/2007

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Overall
It is what it is.

Their pizza tastes a lot like what my mother used to make. What separates Fortel's from your regular chains is that the ingredients taste a lot fresher to me...specifically the onions and mushrooms. Also, I haven't found many places that will put shrimp on pizza but this place does and it seems (and smells) so wrong but it tastes so right.

I'm usually a huge fan of Imo's but this place comes in at a close second.

jstrouth

02/04/2007

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Best pizza in St. Louis...Fortel's caters to your appetite. Wonderful people!!!

I am a transplant from Pittsburgh Pa. Believe me I had a difficult time finding good pizza in St. Louis. Everything was your everyday pizza chains. Finally, I found Fortel's, a family run Pizzaria for families. Fortel's is a great place to dine after the game. It is a great place to have any celebration. Fortel's takes pride in its product and always satisfies new and established customers. I just wish Fortel's would open a restaurant in Oakville, Mo. Thanks Fortel's, for making me feel at home in St. Louis!

baccaus

02/04/2007

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Overall
its alright

ok fortel's is alright the sauce needs a little something but it s still not like any thing special heck i'd rather if i had a choice either go to napoli's ,blackthorne,la pizza ,faraci's or even raccanelis but if i here one more person say its because they have mozzarella i'll go nuts ok seriouslly mozzarella as a cheese really has no flavor by the recipe . Simply put THEY USE IT BECAUSE ITS CHEAP!!!! But back to the point it's alright .

pd2965

08/22/2006

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Overall
Gross

The pizza is terrible. It is like they pour a bunch of suger into the sauce. It's terrible. I went with a chef freind of mine and he literally demanded his money back.

ramspassrush

05/27/2004

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Overall
WOW!

Best pizza I have ever had! Reasonably priced, game room the kids loved, and patio the adults loved. We will be back!!