WATCH: Jon Hamm, Jimmy Kimmel Argue Over St. Louis-Style Pizza

09/26/2013 at 01:08 PM ET

Jon Hamm on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Don’t invite Jimmy Kimmel to a pizza party in St. Louis anytime soon.

Calling the city’s unusual take on the classic Italian food “terrible,” the talk-show host challenged Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm, a St. Louis native, to a taste-test on Jimmy Kimmel Live Wednesday night.

First, the funnyman gave Hamm a slice from Imo’s, the Midwestern city’s popular pizza chain that makes its pies St. Louis-style. What’s the difference? Unlike deep-dish Chicago pizza and thin, leavened New York pizza, St. Louis-style pizza is made with a thin, cracker-like crust without yeast, a sweet tomato sauce and tangy provel processed cheese. Instead of triangles, slices are cut into squares.

As the actor munched on an Imo slice, Kimmel asked, “How does that taste?”

“Like eleven World Series victories,” Hamm joked. “Delicious.”

Then he tasted the other, more traditional, pie, which Kimmel said he made the night before at home. (Side note: Kimmel clearly knows his stuff when it comes to pizza prep. He expertly drizzled a little extra-virgin olive oil, sprinkled Parmesan cheese and added fresh basil leaves on top before serving.)

“Please be honest,” the host said, “and tell me which pizza you think is better.”

“This is delicious pie,” Hamm said, taking another bite of the homemade variety, “but I’m going with Imo’s,” much to Kimmel’s disappointment.

“We have a lot of weird stuff in St. Louis,” the actor admitted. “Have you ever had toasted ravioli?”

—Nancy Mattia

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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