America, the land of opportunity and… pizza? Although Italian, it seems as though our culture has really adapted to the pizza craze and as it has become threaded into our lives. “Pizza and a movie?, Pizza and a football game?, Having friends over? Pizza?”. These phases we have all heard countless times as pizza has become embedded into our lives. However, for many of us, like me, Pizza Hut just doesn’t really cut it anymore. Why stuff ourselves with artificial fast food junk when our country has plenty of alternatives to enjoy the classic American meal.
While I’m always on the look out for a new good pizza places, I’ve secured my favorites in the Minneapolis area. If you live in the Twin Cities or planning on visiting, I highly recommend you give both Punch Pizza and Hello Pizza a shot.
Punch Pizza is a local chain with multiple locations spread out across the metro. It is one of the only places where you can get real and authentic Neapolitan pizza. It might not be quite as good as the stuff you’d find in Italy, but it’s pretty darn close. A favorite among many, you can order to eat in or take out. The wait is relatively short and the place is quite casual. It has a sort of casual Italian street cafe feel to it. I’m not sure if you can go wrong with any of the pizzas but my personal favorite is the Margherita Extra. It’s similar to the classic Margherita ( which is also delicious) but instead of regular mozzarella, it has buffalo mozzarella and whole cooked cherry tomatoes on top of it.
Margherita Extra from Punch!
Completely different from Punch, Hello offers great gourmet New Style Pizza in a fun and quirky setting. I’m not even sure what to interior is suppose to imitate, but I do know that it is cool. They have a photo booth in a corner where you can pay an extra dollar to get a string of pictures and post it around the walls of the place. As for the pizza, I would recommend the Sicilian which is a thicker square piece with blobs of fabulous sauce, cheese and basil or the Hello Rita which is an Americanized Margherita. I’ve also heard the Hello Trinity is good too. They have a great salad called Smoky Greens which is a salad topped with blue cheese, onion, pine nuts and delicious dressing. Oh and save room for some irresistible soft served ice cream complete with your choice of toppings that include salted caramel and salted olive oil (it is actually very good).
The funky interior of Hello.