What's the best pizza in Minneapolis and St. Paul? If you are looking for style, tradition, value, or just something that tastes great with some beer after a busy day (or after a busy evening drinking beer) here's where to find the best pizza in Minneapolis and St. Paul and around the Twin Cities.
The gourmet pizza of the Twin Cities. Pizza Luce is in downtown Minneapolis, Uptown Minneapolis, Seward and St. Paul, and also in Duluth for those traveling outside the Twin Cities. High quality ingredients, made into creative but not too bizarre pizzas. Dine in at their hipster restaurants or get delivery - they are open until 2 p.m. at least most evenings. Their popularity and cool attitude means you may encounter long wait times for delivery and sketchy service at the restaurant. Great pizza if you are not in a rush.
In the heart of Dinkytown, Mesa Pizza sells over 40 varieties of pizza, some classic, some inventive, some fusions with other cuisines, some stodge piled on stodge. Macaroni & Cheese pizza? I'm a fan of their Mexican inspired pizzas, and their vegetarian pizzas are more creative than what most other pizza places offer. The deal with Mesa Pizza is that they sell all their pizzas by the slice. At $3 for a large slice, ready to go in about two minutes, they keep the college crowd very happy. They are also open until past the bars close for post-beer pizza cravings. Gigantic 20 inch whole pizzas are $22 each.
Never mind New York pizza or Chicago Deep Dish, Parkway Pizza in South Minneapolis say that they make "Minneapolis Style Pizza". That means local cheese, handmade sauce, hand ground and seasoned sausage, and the cheese on the top of the toppings. The menu isn't as wide or as wild as the gourmet pizza restaurants, but they do classic pizzas very well. Perfect when you want sausage and mushrooms, not mock duck or balsamic vinegar.
Neapolitan style pizza means thin, crispy crust, and highly traditional ingredients. The tomatoes and mozzarella cheese are high quality and the extra toppings are pure Italian in style. Neapolitan pizza is cooked very quickly at a high temperature for crispy crust and maximum flavor. There are five Punch Pizza restaurants in the Twin Cities, so if you are in Minneapolis or St. Paul there's probably a convenient one - handy since they don't deliver. And, brushing off the notion of pizza as late night food, they all close far too early at 10 p.m. Maybe the cooks need their sleep to produce such fine pizza?
Stuck on the side of the highway, but doing their darnedest to look good anyway, artist-decorated Fat Lorenzo's does pizza, pasta, and awesome hoagies to eat in, take out, or deliver. Eat in if you can, because you'll be able to have their phenomenal gelato after. There are exactly two pizzas on the menu, Fat's and Slim's, so if you don't want either, you'll have to do the creativity yourself and build your own.
Probably what an alien would make when faced with a selection of pizza toppings. Galactic Pizza offers interesting combinations include pizzas with vodka amd hemp, a shroom pizza (sadly for stoners, just a variety of regular mushrooms) and a pizza with only Minnesota-produced toppings. The pizzas are good but it's even better to get delivery for the cutesy electric delivery cars, and delivery drivers dressed as superheros.
This North Loop pizza place makes coal fired pizza. If you are a crispy pizza crust fanatic, you have to visit Black Sheep. Just in case that wasn't clear, you HAVE to visit Black Sheep for crispy excellent crusts, and classic Italian toppings.