I've said that its hopeless for me to try to make equally good Italian food in America or Scotland or anywhere outside Italy without the really really good local Italian ingredients that make Italian food so spectacular. I make pretty good pizza, but there's a huge gulf between solid-pretty-good and close-your-eyes-sigh-reminisce-for-years good.
There are two places in Minnesota that you can get pizza that good: Pizzeria Lola and Punch Pizza. I don't know how that do it... that stuff is goooood.
Say hello to Lola. I LOVE Lola!
There's been a lot of press about Lola since it opened in 2011. Loads of other people have written about it online. That blockhead Andrew Zimmern (the worst) is a fan. It's also been on Dives, Drive-ins, and Dives.
Their menu is awesome and its clear that they've put a lot of thought in it. The Forager, above, is my favorite - crimini, shitake, and portabella mushrooms, taleggio, fontina, tarragon & truffle oil. Its baked in a gorgeous wood fired copper oven that makes charred, crisp, chewy, beautiful crusts. If you love mushrooms, this is just luscious.
I know a lot of people who don't like mushrooms (weirdos) so I'd recommend the the Sunnyside (La Quercia guanciale, pecorino, cream, leeks & two organic eggs sunnyside up), La Creme (Italian red sauce, shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano, cream, olive oil & basil), or anything really.
Get a pizza, beer, and get your hands messy with the DIY ice cream sandwich. I come here every time I'm home. It makes me kinda mad that I pay the same amount of money (~£10 / $16) for bland pizza in St Andrews.
So much love for Lola. Best pizza around.
Address:5557 Xerxes Ave SMinneapolis, MN 55410
Phone: (612) 424-8338
Opening hours:Sun - Thurs: 11am – 10pm
Fri & Sat: 11am – 11pm