If you’re craving pizza but not your typical red sauce, pepperoni and cheese, there are lots of pizzerias around the Twin Cities where you can go to get your fix. The creative pizza chefs at these joints have pushed pizza pies to the limits and have put everything from kimchi to mashed potatoes to braised short ribs on a crust and served it up piping hot. The next time you’re out and about and a slice of out-of-this-world pizza is on your mind, swing into one of these five places and try something new.
Pizza Luce – Hopkins
119 N. 4th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Pizza Luce has a couple locations around the Twin Cities, but if you’re biking down the Greenway and you need a break to cool down with a craft beer and a piece of pizza, the Hopkins location is your best bet. There are a couple creative stand-outs on the menu, one of them being the baked potato pizza. There is no red sauce on this pie, but you will find buttered, garlicky mashed potatoes, broccoli, tomatoes, cheese and smoked bacon. It’s basically a baked potato on a crust.
5557 Xerxes Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55410
Chef Ann at Pizzeria Lola has something up her sleeve. It seems she can create a pizza from nearly anything. Take her Korean BBQ pizza (yum). It features grass-fed beef short ribs, mozzarella, scallions, arugula, and sesame and chili vinaigrette. This dish sounds like something you might order at a fancy restaurant, but at Lola’s it all comes to you on a hand-tossed pizza crust. Another favorite out-of-the-box pizza is the lady za za. This pie has Ann’s own recipe of kimchi, sausage, peppers and a blend of Asian-inspired flavors. It is unlike any other pizza around, which is why people line up out the door to have it at Pizzeria Lola.
2917 Lyndale Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
If getting your pizza delivered by a superhero is on your to-do list, then you simply must call Galactic Pizza. The delivery person will arrive in style with your pizza, ready for you to enjoy. As a true Minnesotan, you must order the Paul Bunyan pizza. It is very special due to the fact that everything on it was grown in our great state, from the tomatoes in the tomato sauce to the mozzarella cheese, morel mushrooms, wild rice and even the free-range bison sausage. Another interesting pizza Galactic serves up is the CSA pizza which features fresh and seasonal ingredients from a local CSA, Harmony Valley.
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Pig Ate My Pizza
4154 W. Broadway Ave.
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
If you want to ‘pig out,’ head up to Pig Ate My Pizza in Robbinsdale. The guys that brought Travail to the Twin Cities have now shifted gears a little and are showing off their latest food idea: everything pork. The cleverly named perfectly pigtacular pizza is made for the pork lover. It features sausage, prosciutto, pepperoni and bacon among a few other toppings, but the pig is where it’s at. All of this is piled onto a fluffy brioche crust and topped with charred cheese. Now that is not something to snort over.
Black Sheep Pizza
600 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, MN 55401
As the first coal-burning pizza joint in Minnesota, Black Sheep Pizza has a mission to serve pizza made with the best ingredients, use clean energy and “create the great America pizza experience for you.” If you stop in, you’ll be assured that it is living up to its standards. Black Sheep offers 10 standard pizzas, but if you are feeling creative, you can build your own pizza with over 20 topping options. With choices like hot salami, smoked mozzarella, cracked green olives and pickled peppers, one can hardly go wrong.
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Amber Ranzau lives on the edge of Uptown in Minneapolis and is a gal about town. She frequents the local restaurant scene, loves to support new and local businesses, follows the latest and greatest fashion and design trends, and she does all of this while working as an interior designer, spending time with her man, The Specialist, and taking care of her two goldfish Felix and Petunia and their tankmate Huey the Snail. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.