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15 Essential Twin Cities Pizza Restaurants

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All the best in crust, cheese, and toppings
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Everyone has an opinion when it comes to the perfect pizza. Thin crust/thick crust/whole wheat or even fried crust? Should the shape be a traditional triangle or a Minnesota-made square? How much and how seasoned should the sauce be? Then there are the myriad of toppings available. It’s enough to make a decisive person’s head explode. All styles are welcome on our list, but these select slices are the best of the Twin Cities take on the pizza.

Pizzas are listed in geographical order from west to east.

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1. Pig Ate My Pizza Kitchen + Brewery

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4124 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN 55422
(763) 537-7267
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The Pig is back and bigger than ever after a move down the street in Robbinsdale. The pizza has never been better with unctuous toppings, the showmanship of a cloche reveal tableside and the straightforward comforts of crust, sauce, and cheese.

A personal sized pizza topped with crisp-edged salami and a drizzle of white sauce
Grab a slice in the new, bigger PAMP
Jes Lahay/Eater Twin Cities

2. Pizzeria Lola

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5557 Xerxes Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 424-8334
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Anne Kim’s South Minneapolis restaurant has been the hotspot since opening in 2010. Standouts include The Korean BBQ pizza topped with beef short ribs, mozzarella, scallions, arugula, sesame, and soy-chili vinaigrette and The Sunnyside with guanciale, pecorino, cream, leeks, topped with two organic eggs, sunnyside up. Fans love to snap pictures in the photo booth and always save room for warm chocolate chip cookies. (Dine in or take out only.)

The Lady Za Za
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3. Red Wagon Pizza Company

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5416 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419
(612) 259-7147
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From the beginning when Red Wagon was a mobile operation popping up at farmers markets, the pizzas have always been topped with the best ingredients - often locally sourced. The restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite with an unmatched beer and astoundingly priced wine selection.

An irresistible siren call to the Armatage neighborhood
Red Wagon Pizza Company/Facebook

4. Burch Steak

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1933 Colfax Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 843-1500
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The James Beard Award-winning Isaac Becker basement pizza joint specializes in wood-fired crust pizzas. Toppings are adventurous. The pizzas are available in the lower level and can be ordered upstairs inside the steakhouse.

There’s something satisfying about eating pizza in a basement
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5. Wrecktangle Pizza

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729 N Washington Ave #102
Minneapolis, MN 55413

This newcomer has been a hit right out of the gate. Wrecktangle Pizza does a Detroit-style pizza, which means a thick, but light crust, leavened over several days to give it a foccacia-like chew, is baked in a sheet pan. The edges of crispy cheese are part of what make this style of pizza making so special. Chef Jeff Rogers goes wild with the ingredients, from curly pepperonis topped with a hot sauce spiked honey, to a pizza topped with tater tots and creamy mushroom sauce to mimi Minnesota’s favorite hotdish.

A rectangular pizza topped with tater tots, creamy sauce, an a pickle wrapped in ham garnish
Tater tot hotdish meets pizza
John Yuccas/Eater Twin Cities

6. Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza

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600 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401
(612) 342-2625
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The North Loop's Black Sheep opened in 2008 and other locations soon followed. The pizza place is well known for its blistered crust, plus simple-sounding toppings (like chicken and pickled peppers) that add up to more than the sum of their parts. Added bonus is their craft beer selection and frequent brewery firkin tapping events. 

Coal fire fuels this place
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7. Young Joni

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165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 345-5719
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Ann Kim is the mighty Queen Za with her third restaurant, Young Joni. It doesn’t matter what they throw on that perfectly stretched, charred dough, it’s always delicious. Get creative while ordering, or stick with the classic; those little round pepperonis that curl up into cups win our hearts every time.

Ann Kim inside Young Joni.
Queen ‘Za inside her empire
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8. Surly Brewing Co.

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520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
(763) 999-4040
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Get down on Surly’s take on New Haven-style a’pizza with its charred crust and perfectly thin, but not-too-thin crust. Grab one up in the brewery or take one down to eat on the lawn outside the taproom.

A flour-covered chef presents a blistered crust with cheese and toppings
A’pizza
Surly/Facebook

9. Mavericks Pizza

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1215 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 698-3439
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This petite eatery in St. Paul just off 35E on Randolph Avenue. So, it’s easy to get in and out and get that hot pie home. The crust is the closest thing to a proper NY slice in the city and the judicious amount of irresistibly seasoned sauce serves as a bed for the pepper and fennel studded sausage.

A little spot with big pizzas
Maverick’s/Facebook

10. Pizza Luce

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1183 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104
(651) 288-0186
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Pizza Luce has multiple Twin Cities (and Duluth) locations and was one of the first around town to do innovative toppings. Opened in 1993, serving whole wheat crust the restaurant quickly became known as one of the first to hire people with plenty of visible tattoos and piercings, serving the late night post-bar crowd and being a haven for vegetarian and vegan options that go beyond the sad can black olives and green peppers that are ubiquitous at so many other places.

Minneapolis o.g. creative pizza chain
Pizza Luce/Facebook

11. Muccis Italian

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786 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 330-2245
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Mucci’s offers Montanara crust which has a crispy yet chewy crust imparted from a quick deep-fry before being topped and baked. Toppings range from straight-forward to a fried chicken pizza that has to be tried at the original Saint Paul location to be believed.

First the crust is fried
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

12. Punch Pizza Grand Avenue

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769 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105
(651) 602-6068
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With several locations around the Twin Cities, Punch is known for its super-quick, made-to-order, wood-fired super-thin crust pies. These are best to eat on site, because of the delicate nature of these pizzas.

punch pizza
Quickly served Neapolitan pizzas
Punch Pizza/Facebook

13. The Fitz

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173 Western Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102

This Cathedral Hill bar got a makeover from chef Justin Sutherland and the menu focus now is on pizza. The deep dish is the kind of cheat day decadence that people arrange plans around. Named for neighborhoods and loaded with an obscene amount of cheese this is a major pie to satisfy serious cravings.

Deep dish pizza tins line up on the bar at the Fitz
Several styles of pizza are served in this St. Paul bar, but the Chicago-style deep dish is rare treat outside the windy city
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14. Cossetta

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211 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102
(651) 222-3476
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The original Cossetta’s Italian deli opened in 1911, selling the same Italian sausage that graces the St. Paul institution’s pizzas today. Order a whole and it’s a choose-your-own-adventure, picking from a host of traditional toppings atop scratch, hand-kneaded crust. By the slice is available with either sausage, pepperoni, or plain cheese, plus a three-topping slice special of the day.

This slice is built for folding
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15. Big River Pizza

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280 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101
(651) 683-2186
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The Lowertown pizzeria serves wood-fired pizza and serves “Minne-politan,” a take on Neapolitan pizza. Just across from the St. Paul Farmer's Market, Big River uses locally sourced toppings from places like Shepherd's Way Farms, Red Table Meats and other natural, non-processed, regional ingredients.

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Lowertown’s best food fired pizza
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1. Pig Ate My Pizza Kitchen + Brewery

4124 W Broadway Ave, Robbinsdale, MN 55422
A personal sized pizza topped with crisp-edged salami and a drizzle of white sauce
Grab a slice in the new, bigger PAMP
Jes Lahay/Eater Twin Cities

The Pig is back and bigger than ever after a move down the street in Robbinsdale. The pizza has never been better with unctuous toppings, the showmanship of a cloche reveal tableside and the straightforward comforts of crust, sauce, and cheese.

4124 W Broadway Ave
Robbinsdale, MN 55422

2. Pizzeria Lola

5557 Xerxes Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55410
The Lady Za Za
Pizzeria Lola/Instagram

Anne Kim’s South Minneapolis restaurant has been the hotspot since opening in 2010. Standouts include The Korean BBQ pizza topped with beef short ribs, mozzarella, scallions, arugula, sesame, and soy-chili vinaigrette and The Sunnyside with guanciale, pecorino, cream, leeks, topped with two organic eggs, sunnyside up. Fans love to snap pictures in the photo booth and always save room for warm chocolate chip cookies. (Dine in or take out only.)

5557 Xerxes Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410

3. Red Wagon Pizza Company

5416 Penn Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55419
An irresistible siren call to the Armatage neighborhood
Red Wagon Pizza Company/Facebook

From the beginning when Red Wagon was a mobile operation popping up at farmers markets, the pizzas have always been topped with the best ingredients - often locally sourced. The restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite with an unmatched beer and astoundingly priced wine selection.

5416 Penn Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55419

4. Burch Steak

1933 Colfax Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
There’s something satisfying about eating pizza in a basement
Burch/Website

The James Beard Award-winning Isaac Becker basement pizza joint specializes in wood-fired crust pizzas. Toppings are adventurous. The pizzas are available in the lower level and can be ordered upstairs inside the steakhouse.

1933 Colfax Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55403

5. Wrecktangle Pizza

729 N Washington Ave #102, Minneapolis, MN 55413
A rectangular pizza topped with tater tots, creamy sauce, an a pickle wrapped in ham garnish
Tater tot hotdish meets pizza
John Yuccas/Eater Twin Cities

This newcomer has been a hit right out of the gate. Wrecktangle Pizza does a Detroit-style pizza, which means a thick, but light crust, leavened over several days to give it a foccacia-like chew, is baked in a sheet pan. The edges of crispy cheese are part of what make this style of pizza making so special. Chef Jeff Rogers goes wild with the ingredients, from curly pepperonis topped with a hot sauce spiked honey, to a pizza topped with tater tots and creamy mushroom sauce to mimi Minnesota’s favorite hotdish.

729 N Washington Ave #102
Minneapolis, MN 55413

6. Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza

600 N Washington Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55401
Coal fire fuels this place
Black Sheep/Facebook

The North Loop's Black Sheep opened in 2008 and other locations soon followed. The pizza place is well known for its blistered crust, plus simple-sounding toppings (like chicken and pickled peppers) that add up to more than the sum of their parts. Added bonus is their craft beer selection and frequent brewery firkin tapping events. 

600 N Washington Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55401

7. Young Joni

165 13th Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN 55413
Ann Kim inside Young Joni.
Queen ‘Za inside her empire
Katie Cannon

Ann Kim is the mighty Queen Za with her third restaurant, Young Joni. It doesn’t matter what they throw on that perfectly stretched, charred dough, it’s always delicious. Get creative while ordering, or stick with the classic; those little round pepperonis that curl up into cups win our hearts every time.

165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

8. Surly Brewing Co.

520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
A flour-covered chef presents a blistered crust with cheese and toppings
A’pizza
Surly/Facebook

Get down on Surly’s take on New Haven-style a’pizza with its charred crust and perfectly thin, but not-too-thin crust. Grab one up in the brewery or take one down to eat on the lawn outside the taproom.

520 Malcolm Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414

9. Mavericks Pizza

1215 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
A little spot with big pizzas
Maverick’s/Facebook

This petite eatery in St. Paul just off 35E on Randolph Avenue. So, it’s easy to get in and out and get that hot pie home. The crust is the closest thing to a proper NY slice in the city and the judicious amount of irresistibly seasoned sauce serves as a bed for the pepper and fennel studded sausage.

1215 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

10. Pizza Luce

1183 Selby Ave, St Paul, MN 55104
Minneapolis o.g. creative pizza chain
Pizza Luce/Facebook

Pizza Luce has multiple Twin Cities (and Duluth) locations and was one of the first around town to do innovative toppings. Opened in 1993, serving whole wheat crust the restaurant quickly became known as one of the first to hire people with plenty of visible tattoos and piercings, serving the late night post-bar crowd and being a haven for vegetarian and vegan options that go beyond the sad can black olives and green peppers that are ubiquitous at so many other places.

1183 Selby Ave
St Paul, MN 55104

11. Muccis Italian

786 Randolph Ave, St Paul, MN 55102
First the crust is fried
Katie Cannon/Eater Twin Cities

Mucci’s offers Montanara crust which has a crispy yet chewy crust imparted from a quick deep-fry before being topped and baked. Toppings range from straight-forward to a fried chicken pizza that has to be tried at the original Saint Paul location to be believed.

786 Randolph Ave
St Paul, MN 55102

12. Punch Pizza Grand Avenue

769 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN 55105
punch pizza
Quickly served Neapolitan pizzas
Punch Pizza/Facebook

With several locations around the Twin Cities, Punch is known for its super-quick, made-to-order, wood-fired super-thin crust pies. These are best to eat on site, because of the delicate nature of these pizzas.

769 Grand Ave
St Paul, MN 55105

13. The Fitz

173 Western Ave N, St Paul, MN 55102
Deep dish pizza tins line up on the bar at the Fitz
Several styles of pizza are served in this St. Paul bar, but the Chicago-style deep dish is rare treat outside the windy city
The Fitz/Facebook

This Cathedral Hill bar got a makeover from chef Justin Sutherland and the menu focus now is on pizza. The deep dish is the kind of cheat day decadence that people arrange plans around. Named for neighborhoods and loaded with an obscene amount of cheese this is a major pie to satisfy serious cravings.

173 Western Ave N
St Paul, MN 55102

14. Cossetta

211 7th St W, St Paul, MN 55102
This slice is built for folding
Foodspotting

The original Cossetta’s Italian deli opened in 1911, selling the same Italian sausage that graces the St. Paul institution’s pizzas today. Order a whole and it’s a choose-your-own-adventure, picking from a host of traditional toppings atop scratch, hand-kneaded crust. By the slice is available with either sausage, pepperoni, or plain cheese, plus a three-topping slice special of the day.

211 7th St W
St Paul, MN 55102

15. Big River Pizza

280 5th St E, St Paul, MN 55101
big river pizza
Lowertown’s best food fired pizza
Big River Pizza/Facebook

The Lowertown pizzeria serves wood-fired pizza and serves “Minne-politan,” a take on Neapolitan pizza. Just across from the St. Paul Farmer's Market, Big River uses locally sourced toppings from places like Shepherd's Way Farms, Red Table Meats and other natural, non-processed, regional ingredients.

280 5th St E
St Paul, MN 55101

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