Pizza in Mendota Heights

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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.

1532 University Avenue West
Saint Paul,
MN
US

The cooks at Restaurante La Laguna craft housemade Mexican dishes each day. They fill 14-inch flour tortillas with meats, mozzarella cheese, and fresh salsa for their signature burritos, and they serve skirt-steak strips with onions, tomato, and jalapeños to create another specialty, bistec a la Mexicana.

441 Robert St S
Saint Paul,
MN
US

When a national chain delivered him a pale imitation of a pizza, Eddie Lane thought, “I can do better than this.” The winner of more than 37 Minnesota State Fair ribbons put his money where his mouth was, laboring away until he perfected Pizza Three's stone-cooked thin-crust pies. Eddie and his culinary team craft more than 10 specialty, veggie, and chicken pizzas ranging from classic pepperoni to a loaded-baked-potato pizza topped with garlic mashed potatoes and bacon. Their culinary innovation extends to dessert with the s'mores pizza, a chocolate-, graham-cracker-, and marshmallow-topped pie that evokes memories of sitting around campfires in the Coliseum. Chefs also fold pizzas into calzones, douse wings in award-winning barbecue sauce, and whip up pastas from some of Eddie's Blue Ribbon–winning recipes.

1556 Selby Avenue
Saint Paul,
MN
US

Everyday at Eden Pizza, the kitchen buzzes with activities that are crucial to each pizza?s tempting taste. Behind the scenes, the eatery?s team routinely chops fresh veggies for toppings and makes fresh dough from scratch. Diners can order pizzas with traditional toppings such as sausage, pepperoni, and green peppers, or taste the culinary creativity in specialty pizzas such as the Gunslinger with hot sauce, pickles, banana peppers, and a holster for each slice. Aside from pizza, visitors can also take a bite out of salads, chicken wings doused in 15 different sauces, and cool breezes, if they?re eating outside on the patio.

629 Aldine St
Saint Paul,
MN
US