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More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.

5605 Xerxes Ave N
Minneapolis,
MN
US

More than 50 years go, Mike Ilitch was poised for major-league glory. An up-and-coming shortstop for the Detroit Tigers, his baseball finesse was blossoming when an injury derailed his sports career. But although the wound stunted his athletic aspirations, it steered him toward a new path, and on May 8, 1959, he and his wife opened the first Little Caesars location, a then-unheard-of carry-out-only joint. The career shift and novel technique eventually proved triumphant. Today, the pizzeria's iconic, toga-clad mascot adorns storefronts on five continents. In each shop, staffers forge the signature Hot-N-Ready pizza, a freshly baked pizza designed for instant pickup, and warm, garlicky Crazy bread. With a storied half-century under their belt, Mike Ilitch and his family strive to give back, supporting local organizations and creating their own charitable programs.

8595 Edinburgh Center Dr
Minneapolis,
MN
US

In 1973, a year after The Godfather was released, mobsters were in vogue. Godfather's Pizza took advantage of the timing?it combined the gangster mythos with delicious, thick-crust pies. The eatery's first location in Omaha, Nebraska served the classic combo pizza: pepperoni, sausage, beef, onions, black olives, mushrooms, and mozzarella cheese.

Today, Godfather's Pizza

serves specialties such as the updated Classic Combo and the pineapple- and bacon-covered Super Hawaiian at more than 640 locations. Many are dine-in pizza joints, just like the original, but others are smaller kitchens found inside airports, universities, and safety deposit boxes.

7450 Unity Ave N
Brooklyn Park,
MN
US

Family owned since 1961, Broadway Pizza and its accompanying sports bar, the Eagle's Nest Lounge, serve fresh slices and their cool-brew counterparts in an atmosphere perfect for a family meal or a night out. Called the Best Pizza in Town by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Broadway's dough discs are topped with fresh ingredients that create such cheesy masterpieces as the Broadway Special ($10.49 for personal size) smattered with sausage, veggies, and shrimp. Scoffing at pizza's flat pool of lazily floating toppings, the house-baked lasagna ($9.99) reaches to the sky, buttressed by two pieces of crisp garlic toast, and the caesar salad ($8.99) provides a textural playground for vegivores.

4106 Lakeland Ave N
Minneapolis,
MN
US

It started with a single store, opened in Fridley, Minnesota in 1964. But Dick Kempe's pizza proved too tasty for one outpost, and Chanticlear Pizza eventually spread to 14 locations in the following years. And although Dick no longer owns the pizzerias, his uncompromising standards for quality pies remain in place. Fresh dough is mixed up and hand-tossed daily. Vegetables are chopped each morning. Instead of adding sugar to their sauce, the chefs rely on the tomatoes' natural, charm school-perfected sweetness. And the from-scratch foundation is always topped with house-shredded, 100% Wisconsin mozzarella cheese.

Once the dough and sauce are ready, Chanticlear Pizza's chefs continue the process by loading them with meats and veggies. The selection of toppings range from shrimp and bacon pieces to a secret-recipe pickle blend. A splash of spicy, bourbon-tinged molasses or chunky salsa can add additional pizzazz to pizzas. Beyond circular eats, polygonal dishes as pastas, calzones, and sides of buffalo wings and garlic toast populate the menu.

2835 Northdale Blvd NW
Coon Rapids,
MN
US

The pizza experts of Linwood Pizza craft dough by hand every day to ensure a delicious canvas on which they can slather housemade sauce and fresh toppings. Their thin-crust pies bubble with gooey cheese that supports an abundance of signature pizza toppings. The Linwood Legend, for example, mixes sausage, pepperoni, and canadian bacon with mushrooms and olives. The taco pizza hoists hamburger meat and chips, and pairs taco sauce made from the tears of tacos with cool sour cream. See their full menu here.

641 125th Ave NE
Blaine,
MN
US