6 New Pizza Places in the Twin Cities Area (and Beyond) You Need to Know About
Mamma mia, there’s a lot of new pizza in the Twin Cities. Try them all and you’ll get a naughty geography lesson, with styles hailing from Detroit, Sicily, Argentina, New York, New Haven and a Wisconsin farmhouse. Here’s everything you need to know about the latest additions to the local pizza scene.
Facundo Defraia’s sweet and savory diamond-shaped pizzas had an instant fanbase when he launched Boludo in a tiny storefront in 2018. With a move around the corner to a much bigger space, expect that Boludo-mania continues to grow. The new spot, nicknamed “El 38”, opened on April 26 and can accommodate 25 people. Besides those distinctive Argentinian-style pies, Defraia’s expert empanadas are the other menu staple — but look for future additions as he flexes his muscles in a custom kitchen.
8 W. 38th St., MPs, 612-965-2858, boludo.com
The Sicilian-style pizzas from the team behind Estelle are actually an homage to New York, where the square slice is a popular alternative to big, fatty triangles. The 10 x 14 inch loaded pies are topped with traditional red sauce or garlic cream sauce and a variety of toppings. Or go for the heroes on freshly baked sesame seed rolls. Other intriguing menu items include the cheesy garlic bread fritters and the basic Italian-American zeppoles.
232 N. Cleveland Ave., St. Paul, 651-207-5252, husbandohsstp.com
Lyn Lake Wreck
After two successful food hall launches, the team at Wrecktangle has opened its first standalone Detroit-style pizzeria on the corner of Lyndale Avenue and Lake Street in Minneapolis. The space gives them room to breathe and add a few new tricks, such as $2 pickle wraps, house smoked brisket as a garnish, and a full bar. Additionally, they have created a space for Silver’s Market and Deli, modeled after the Hibbing store owned by co-owners Jeff and Alex Rogers’ great-grandparents, where they serve “bungles” (a bun-bagel hybrid), drinks at coffee and crafts from local makers.
703 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-444-4420, wrecktanglepizza.com
An ambitious ode to pizza in all its forms, this Golden Valley newcomer offers two types of pies (three, if you count the gluten-free option). There’s the ultra-crispy, square sea bass pie that’s at home in Minnesota, as well as a larger charcoal option, with gravy on top, with bendable slices that will make your fingers black, inspired by New Haven’s “apizza”. “Get the house combinations on either type of pie. A 110-year-old family meatball recipe rounds out the menu at this take-out spot, where you can sip wine or beer in a lounge chair while waiting for your order.
509 Winnetka Ave N., Golden Valley, 612-808-8891, lovepizzamn.com
A to Z Products & Bakery
Although not brand new, the beloved farm that uses its own vegetables and stone-ground wheat to create ultra-fresh brick-oven pies is finally back after a two-year hiatus. Pizza nights take place every other Tuesday, the first being May 3. For those doing the trek — it’s 70 miles from downtown Minneapolis — be sure to plan ahead; reservations are now compulsory and they open on the Sunday of the previous week. Yes, next week is already full.
N2956 Anker Lane, Stockholm, Wis., 715-448-4802, atozproductandbakery.com
This Hamel-Medina fixture extended to Maple Grove. In addition to pastas, wings and salads, pizza lovers can choose their own adventure with thin crust, hand and deep dish options. Really, really love pizza? The Monster Challenge is betting three people can’t finish a 30-inch, 9 1/2 to 11 1/2 pound pizza in one hour. (If they do, it’s free; otherwise, it’s $84.99.)
15511 Grove Circle N., Maple Grove, 763-270-5667, hometownepizza.com