Whether eating in or ordering delivery, these Twin Cities pizzerias are the best of the best

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By Lauren DeLapa

Award-winning restaurants and incredible eateries are engrained into the culture of the Twin Cities. From New American cuisine to global grub, the options are seemingly endless. But the one thing that brings the Twin Cities back to its roots is the wide array of restaurants serving up comfort food, especially pizza. When searching for foods that any palate will find pleasing, one of the many pizzerias located in Minneapolis or St. Paul is guaranteed to satisfy. Check out our favorite Twin Cities pizza spots below!

Pizza Lucé

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With multiple locations in both Minneapolis and St. Paul, Pizza Lucé is both a pizza-lover’s and vegan-eater’s dream. The restaurant offers a wide-range of special pizzas from the Fire Breathing Dragon (sweet chili sauce, spicy Jerk chicken, pineapple salsa, green onion, mozzarella and smoked Gouda cheese) to Baked Potato Pizza (garlic baby red mashed potatoes, broccoli, fresh-diced tomatoes, cheddar cheese and chopped bacon). These are just two of 15 specialty dishes that Pizza Lucé has on their menu. And for diners who are vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free, the options are equally as limitless. Vegan cheese, meat substitutes and gluten-free crust are all available upon request.

Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza

Known for its iconic coal ovens, the Black Sheep restaurants located in Minneapolis and St. Paul serve up speciality pizzas that curb any craving. What makes this pizza joint stand out from its competitors has to be its unique toppings selection. Patrons can pick from fennel sausage, smoked mozzarella, capers, pickled peppers and Persian beef along with traditional toppings like pepperoni and meatballs, just to name a few from the list of 28 choices.

Pizza Nea

Pizza Nea can easily be defined as the up-scale member of our favorites list. The Minneapolis establishment divides their pizza menu into two separate sections: pizza rossa (red pizza) and pizza bianca (white pizza). Totaling 24 decadent dishes, this pizza is nowhere near typical. Guests can try the Capricciosa off the pizza rossa menu (sautéed portabellas, artichokes, prosciutto, sausage, capers, mozzarella and basil) or opt for the Con Uovo (two eggs, black pepper and Parmigiano-Reggiano) from the pizza bianca selections.

Pizzeria Lola

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After being featured on the Food Network hit Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, this Minneapolis eatery has made its claim as the best of the best for Twin Cites pizza. At Pizzeria Lola, their clever pizza names draw you in, and the incredible pizza keeps you coming back for more. Fan favorites include the My Sha-Roni! (house red sauce, mozzarella, natural-casing pepperoni & house-made fennel sausage) and the Hawaii Pie-O (house-cured bacon, fresh pineapple, mozzarella, provolone, cream and serrano peppers). The same mind of Pizzeria Lola also created Hello Pizza and Young Joni. Each pizzeria has its own style, so make sure to visit them all.

Punch Neapolitan Pizza

Spread across the Twin Cities, Punch Neapolitan Pizza is all about its namesake. The simplicity of Punch’s neapolitan pizza is what makes it so great. All it takes is two toppings, fresh mozzarella and crushed tomatoes, to create their signature dish. Their best-selling pizza, the Margherita Extra, includes exactly this with fresh mozzarella di bufala and crushed tomatoes from Mt. Vesuvio. Punch is all about authenticity, and that’s exactly what customers get when they sit down and order a slice at this casual dining spot.

Want to learn about about pizza in the Twin Cities? Take a look at our piece on Minnesota pizza farms!


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