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.
At Sweet Taste of Italy, the secret’s not just in the sauce—although the restaurant has a specialty homemade red sauce—because everything is made from scratch each day. The chefs whip butter, grind cheese, bake fresh, sweet italian bread, and hand slice meats to create Italian favorites with an American twist. Customers can dine in or take out heaping helpings of pasta and Toyota-sized pizzas, and catering services are also available.
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).
“You feel like you’re in a museum, or some other metropolis hotspot,” a reporter for the Minnesota Monthly said after a visit to My Burger. The article went on to praise the menu, applauding “beefy, thin burgers with good, sweet, fresh buns.” Each quarter-pound burger is prepared fresh to order, with standard toppings as well more adventurous options such as Cajun bacon. Amid crackling décor infused with pop-art influences, patrons also swap in patties made of fish, chicken, turkey, or veggies like the best friend of a lonely chef.
The staff also claims they have their french-fry process down to a science, which may be true: they were listed in Citypages’ Top 10 French Fries in the Twin Cities in 2012. Robin’s-egg-blue stand mixers churn out fresh malts in chocolate, vanilla, or strawberry, and glasses click together at the small bar, spilling rivulets of wine, hard ciders, and draft Surly.