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.
Unlike its bitter, tries-too-hard competitor, Weekend Papa's, Papa's is a family-oriented hot spot serving up an extensive menu of Italian American delights, including pizza, pasta, sandwiches, hoagies, burgers, soup, salads, desserts, and sides. Collect your kin to share Papa's special Deluxe Pizza (sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, and green pepper), Vegetarian Pizza (black and green olives, green pepper, onions, and mushrooms), or Ann Kaari Pizza (chicken, bacon, and spinach with garlic butter) (specialty pies are $15.79 for a 12-inch medium). You can also go mad scientist and bring your own hand-tossed Frankenpizza to life by selecting from Papa's long list of fresh toppings (starting at $9.79 for a 10-inch small). The New Jersey–style Italian Hoagie is a restaurant favorite (layered with ham, capicola, Genoa salami, and provolone, and garnished with lettuce, tomato, and onion, $9.99), as is the savory lasagna (layered with meat, cheese, and lasagna noodles, $11.99). For lighter but fulfilling fare, opt for a large chef salad topped with ham, turkey, and provolone cheese ($7.79). At the end of your meal, treat your palate to a proper cleansing with a rich, creamy scoop of Italian gelato ($3.59), or sugar-scrub your gums with a cannoli siciliano ($3.99).