Those days of cheese or pepperoni pizza have gone, and meat lovers can grasp onto slices of pizza with so many more choices. Pizzerias and cafes have embraced the long range of meat toppings available for pizza accessorizing. And because pizza will never go out of style, new restaurants and recipes keep turning out awesome meat-heavy pies. So when that carnivore craving hits, head out to any of these great meat-loving places.

Fat Lorenzo’s
311 W 84th St.
Bloomington, MN 55420
(952) 888-3282
www.fatlorenzos.com

With two locations in the Twin Cities, Fat Lorenzo’s turns out some amazing and award-winning meat heavy pies. This hip joint features a traditional pizzeria with cool murals on the walls painted by a Minnesota artist. Eat in or take out the Carne Pizza, a pizza loaded with bacon, sausage, pepperoni and meatballs. Or dive into one of the specialties: a pizza topped with clams. Other meats served as requested include chicken, Jalapeno bacon, salami, turkey and dozens of other meat and cheese options. You’ll find huge slices and homemade gelato for dessert!

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza
600 Washington Ave. N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 342-2625
www.blacksheeppizza.com

Any pizza lover will go nuts for Black Sheep Pizza but the meat lover will be especially impressed. Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza has three locations in Minnesota that make sure the meats they put on their pies are top notch. They take special care to cook each pizza to perfection and treat each topping like a delicate work of art. Try one of their menu pizzas that include fennel sausage and hot salami, chicken, meatball or their Persian beef and harissa pizza — spicy! Grab a side order of grilled meat while you’re at it, they have spicy lamb and beef steak to go beside your meaty slice.

(credit: Richard Fleischman)

(credit: Richard Fleischman)

Pizzeria Lola
5557 Xerxes Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 424-8338
www.pizzerialola.com

If you can get a table, this place is worth checking out for an unusual and amazing meaty pie. With a Korean chef and an oven that cooks each pizza to perfection, Pizzeria Lola’s menu looks a little pretentious but will certainly be on your favorite restaurant list after you try it. Try a house specialty with great meat choices like homemade fennel sausage, beef short ribs, handmade meatballs, in-house cured bacon and prosciutto. Even if you’re trying to be vegetarian, you will be too tempted to try these pizzas to stay plant-friendly. Get a picture in their photo booth while you’re there to remember the moment you had such a great meal!

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Vi’s Pizza 
107 North Main St.
Biwabik, MN 55708
(218) 865-4164
www.vispizza.net

Just because it’s up in the Iron Range and serves a community of less than 1200 doesn’t mean the pizza isn’s fabulous. Enjoy great meat-lovers pizzas from a fun neighborhood bar and grill with a cool outdoor patio, pool tables, darts and a great atmosphere. Meaty toppings range from chicken to shrimp but the best is the classic pepperoni and sausage. The combination of fresh meats, along with Vi’s secret sauce recipe and perfect crust, is worth heading up north for.

(credit: Red Wagon Pizza)

(credit: Red Wagon Pizza)

Red Wagon Pizza Company
5416 Penn Ave. S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 259-7147
www.redwagon-mpls.com

The chef at Red Wagon grew up making and eating pizza, so it is only natural that he knows how to turn out a great pie. With farm-to-table ingredients and a fantastic attention to detail, these pizza’s are a carnivore’s delight. Go beyond your usual meat toppings and try the Bahn Mi, a pizza topped with braised pulled pork. Also on the menu is the BBQ option, topped with smoky bacon and BBQ chicken. Other meat selections include chorizo, housemade sausage and pepperoni. All cares regarding cholesterol will melt away as you enjoy these meaty treats.

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Andrea Wodele is a freelance writer who has lived in the Twin Cities for the last 10 years. Her hobbies include exercising, driving kids around, watching Minnesota sports, and reading self-help literature. Examiner.com.

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