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 ($11.99 for personal size) smattered with sausage, veggies, and shrimp. Scoffing at pizza's flat pool of lazily floating toppings, the house-baked lasagna ($10.79) reaches to the sky, buttressed by crisp garlic toast, and the veggie hoagie ($9.99) provides a textural playground for vegivores.
Papa's menu unleashes a veritable flood of Italian-American delights, drenching customers in pizza, pasta, hoagies, burgers, soup, salads, desserts, and sides. Indulge in a preconceived pie such as the Ann Kaari, topped with chicken, bacon, spinach, and garlic butter ($15.99/medium), or bring your own Frankenpizza to life by selecting from Papa's extensive list of fresh toppings ($9.99+/small). For lighter but fulfilling fare, opt for a large chef salad topped with ham, turkey, and provolone cheese ($7.99). 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).
An unofficial estimate ventures that more than one million pizzas and calzones have emerged from Campus Pizza & Pasta’s ovens since the restaurant opened in 1959. The staff can get much more specific when it comes to the ingredients that go into each pie: they roll their own dough, mix their own sauce, and use only real mozzarella cheese that they shred onsite for the freshest flavor. Along with a selection of signature pizzas topped with classics such as sausage and green peppers or gourmet combos such as chicken and bacon with barbecue sauce, the staff whips up a selection of creatively named drinks such as the Shark Attack, which runs red with a splash of grenadine and often attracts confused flocks of seagulls.
A sports fan’s paradise, The Hole Sports Lounge is filled with opportunities to enjoy classic American bar fare in the light of flat-screen TVs. There’s a barbecue pulled-pork pizza—topped with piquillo peppers, banana peppers, jalapeños, and pineapple—over at a corner booth, sizing up the clientele, looking for the right person to share a slice with. A cheeseburger’s hunkered down at the bar, mumbling something about black Angus beef. It’s surrounded by 20 different draft beers from breweries such as Brau Brothers and Flying Dog, more than 20 bottled domestic and imported brews, and a few cocktails. If you find the chicken wings and offer them some mango-honey mustard, they might tell you about how happy hour happens every day from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. It crams one hour of happiness into two, slowing time as patrons head down Golden Gopher Avenue to catch the latest game, rack up balls on the pool table, toss around darts, or remove errant darts from a nearby video-game machine.