In just about every city and town in Minnesota, there’s at least one pizza place that tirelessly cranks out pies for hungry diners. Many of these are local and national pizza chains that are known for their consistent quality and taste. But there are plenty of incredible mom and pop pizza joints in Minnesota, too. These spots may not have a national following, but they are the unsung heroes of local pizza.
1. Latuff's Pizzeria - Plymouth
Latuff's is a well-known - and well-loved - spot in Plymouth. People love the restaurant for its great prices, large menu of specialty pizzas, and fantastic taste. Their thin crust pizza is fantastic, and they have a large menu of other Italian dishes as well.
Address: 10820 Highway 55, Plymouth.
2. Mr. Pizza - Rochester
Mr. Pizza is so good that it's stood the test of time for more than 50 years. Established in 1963, this crowd-pleasing pizza place serves up classics alongside fun specialty pizzas. Try pepperoni or taco; either way, it's going to be delicious.
Address: 1729 South Broadway, Rochester.
3. Mike's Pizza & Pub - East Grand Forks
East Grand Forks may not seem like it would be a hot spot for pizza, but this little town may surprise you. Mike's Pizza and Pub serves up pizzas alongside other tasty options like seafood and burgers. But it is the pizzas that truly shine. Made from scratch with fresh ingredients, they are sure to impress.
Address: 411 2nd Street Northwest, East Grand Forks.
4. Cassini's Pizza - Cottage Grove
This family-owned pizza place has been in business since 2000. In the 17 years since, they've honed their craft and come up with a winning pizza recipe. The prices are reasonable, the toppings are generous, and the service is friendly. What more could you want?
Address: 8711 East Point Douglas Road South, Cottage Grove.
5. Ronnally's Pizza - Woodbury
Ronnally's Pizza has been in Woodbury for 43 years. In fact, it's the oldest restaurant in town! They are known for their crisp, thin crust, homemade sauce, and made-to-order sides. They still operate out of the same store that first opened in 1973, so be sure to eat in for a truly special experience.
Address: 1560 Woodlane Drive, Woodbury.
6. John's Pizza Cafe - St. Paul
This spot in St. Paul is considered by many to be one of the best pizza places in the Twin Cities. They've been cranking out amazing pizzas since 1987, and their fan base has only grown. John's pizzas are available with hand-tossed, deep pan, or thin crust. All of the choices are delicious, as are the wide varieties of specialty pizzas available for eat-in or takeout.
Address: 616 Como Avenue, St. Paul.
7. Nino's Pizza - Maplewood
Nino's is a small, family-owned operation that may not look like much from the outside. But their handmade dough, family recipe sauce, and fresh toppings add up to truly mouthwatering pizzas. If you live in the area, they have free delivery.
Address: 2251 East Larpenteur Avenue, Maplewood.
8. Jake's Pizza - Albert Lea
Jake's Pizza is small, but its owners and staff go above and beyond to make delicious pizzas. If you stop by, you can expect thin crust, gooey cheese, and small-town prices. It'll be served up in a cozy atmosphere that you can make yourself at home in.
Address: 126 West Clark Street, Albert Lea.
9. Pagliai's Pizza - Mankato
Pagliai's is Mankato's oldes tpizzeria. They have been in business since 1969, and many locals swear by their fantastic pizzas. From BLT to Philly Steak, the menu has nearly two dozen specialty pizzas. You can also add a sandwich, spaghetti, or a salad to complete your meal - or save for leftovers.
Address: 524 South Front Street, Mankato.
10. Donatelli's - White Bear Lake
Donatelli's is an Italian restaurant with a large menu of favorite dishes. Classics like lasagna and spaghetti are great choices, but you're going to want to try the pizza. The menu has lots of great options, including the Heart Stopper, which was included on an episode of
Diners, Drives Ins, & Dives. It includes sausage, pepperoni, ground beef, ham, and bacon smothered in cheese. Yum! Address: 2692 County Road East, White Bear Lake.
11. Vitta Pizza - Duluth
Vitta Pizza is a local spot known for its Neapolitan style pizzas. Italian tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and homemade dough go into a wood-fired pizza oven. The pizza that comes out is heavenly. Daily specials mean something new is on sale every day, and a welcoming environment ensure that your visit will be a good one. On your next trip to Duluth, be sure to stop in.
Address: 307 Canal Park Drive, Duluth.
Have you ever been to any of these mom and pop pizza joints? Let us know your favorite in the comments below.