February 15, 2020

A Slice Of 'Zza (Best Pizza)

What would we do without the genius people of Italy coming up with a simple, yet effective way to stuff our faces with delicious ingredients? How did people survive before there was a pizza to devour? Ok, so it's not a serious question to ask yourself, but I sure am thankful for their creativity and addition to the culinary world (in more ways than 1).

There are multiple ways to prepare the perfect 'zza and the only one I'm really not a big fan of is the Chicago deep dish. Aside from that, I'm not going to say no to a tasty slice of pizza. I certainly have my favorite style and I think you'll quickly pick up on that as you start to read through my picks for the best pizza this side of the Atlantic AND Mississippi. 

There is no reason to separate the best pizza into their respective styles, you can either make a solid pie or you can't. Let's start making your mouth water and help you figure out where you're getting your next pizza from.

We're going to start at a place located in the Nordeast Minneapolis neighborhood called Young Joni. Owner, Chef and James Beard award winner, Ann Kim is doing things right with her exceptional pizza. There is something absolutely special about these wood fired masterpieces and a place that you'll crave on a regular basis. My go-to is their YOLO - house red sauce, mozzarella, fennel sausage, Nueske’s bacon, pepperoni (pictured above). Check out Ann's other spots - Pizzeria Lola and Hello Pizza. 

Heading east into downtown St. Paul near CHS Field sits our next pizza superstar, Big River Pizza. Another wood fired spot where the pizza is so good, there's typically not much leftover for taking home to enjoy the next day. Chef and Owner, Steve Lott and his team have never failed to deliver a great tasting 'zza and a regularly visited spot. This happens to be my wife's favorite spot. Nothing better than their classic sausage and pep. 

Next up is a place found in the Maplewood called Tono Pizzeria & Cheesesteaks. I've reviewed these guys for their outstanding Philly's and currently topping the charts over on our Philly List and  finally ordered up a pizza. This culinary family that has been fused together with love from Sicily and Philly is making some delicious hand tossed, brick oven pizzas that anyone can enjoy. 

Time to head into the north woods of Minnesota, Baxter to be more exact. Wait, did you think this was strictly a list for the Twin Cities? Not a chance when the pizza is as good as the pizza is at a place called Boomer Pizza. Owner and Chef, Chris Moran knows the pizza world in the Twin Cities having lived here before heading back home and knows how to make some insane tasting wood fired creations. Planning your next vacation to the Brainerd Lake's Area anytime soon? Make sure you add Boomer's to your must try list.

After that stop in the north woods, we're back in the Twin Cities and making a trip over to.... We're going to leave this spot open for now... There are some places that are on the radar that could easily take down the next place that would have most likely been placed in the top 5. Where are those places you ask? Glad to share with you - Pig Ate My Pizza, Pizzeria Lola and Maverick's.

Those are the places you should consider spending most of your time at, but there are others out there that are certainly worthy of a visit as well and those places are;
  • Vivo Kitchen in Apple Valley has some delicious wood fired pizzas. My kids never have leftovers. 
  • Mama's Pizza in St. Paul and serving up some of the best tasting classic oven baked thin crust. 
  • Cossetta's on West 7th in downtown St. Paul is serving over-sized slices that could be enjoyed by 2 people. Definitely staple in the city.
  • Old World Pizza in Inver Grove Heights has had a cult following before the name change from a Pizza Factory and a mile east of the current location. 
  • Red's Savoy Pizza with multiple locations and another classic thin crust out of the oven. 
  • Pizza Luce, another with multiple locations has a decent brick oven pizza and is absolutely not Minnesota's Best Pizza according to their website. 
  • Punch Pizza has plenty of locations to choose from. Enjoy the flavors, but tends to always be a soggy center!
With plenty of other options out there, we will continue to explore the offerings and report back to our followers. Until then, enjoy the 'zza!

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