Scooping out more than 200 varieties of ice cream, The Grand Ole Creamery is prepared to satisfy a plethora of palates. The line to the popular establishment has been known to reach the street during busy hours, but customers may spend the short wait ruminating over which of the rotating cast of 31 icy treats to consume. Each patient and self-reflective patron will be rewarded with a tasty pint (a $6 value) picked from flavors such as the pleasantly cordial sweet cream, a tastefully extroverted birthday cake, or the mysterious and brooding black walnut. Grown-up diners are allowed to save supper for last with any large artisan meal-discs from the pizzeria's menu. Options include a cheese pizza with fresh homemade mozzarella (a $14 value) and up to four toppings ($1 each) can be added; the Three Little Pigs, which is peppered with sausage, pepperoni, and canadian bacon (a $17 value); or a Veggie with white sauce, topped with zucchini, eggplant, shallots, and other ground-grown treats (a $16 value). In addition to receiving gastronomic satisfaction, customers will have their nostrils serenaded by the sweet olfactory tunes of the Creamery's home-baked waffle cones, hand-rolled in the store with a chocolate malt ball buried at the bottom. Pizza is available from 4 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. through 10 p.m. on weekends.
Few Americans know this, but if a pizzeria has the V.P.N. stamp of approval, they have membership in an elite organization founded by Neapolitan pizzaiolis—that’s right, pizza makers. As a legal entity, it can give special recognition to pizzerias that follow strict guidelines when it comes to building their ovens and preparing their pizzas. By knowing who the Vera Pizza Napoletana is, you can better understand why Punch Neapolitan Pizza could be the best pizza place in Saint Paul. In 1996, John Soranno opened Punch and fulfilled a childhood dream (and probably the unrealized dream of many of his neighbors, too). In 2002, he opened his second restaurant with his business partner, John Puckett. All of the Push locations adhere to the same rules dictated by the Vera Pizza Napolentana, so customers know that when they dine with the Punch family, they are getting an authentic taste of Italy!
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Paisano’s Pizza's sauce slingers create the menu's specialty thin-crust pizzas, Stromboli, and hoagies. Breadsticks escort 16-inch signature pizzas ($19.99) such as the mediterranean pie, whose artichoke hearts sidle up to olives and feta, and whose sun-dried tomatoes resolve to avoid the sun during their next trip to the beach. The tuscan disk unites canadian bacon and fresh basil, and the taco specialty brims with tortilla chips and seasoned beef under a layer of cheddar. Bright yellow and green walls wrap around group tables, where diners can bite into hoagies ($7.29) and look out wide windows. A high red counter with individual seating supports original, vegetarian, or pepperoni Stromboli ($6.99), and allows guests to bring along their laptops, books, or imaginations.
"Your food should be something you get your hands on and become a part of," Rob Dubnecay preached to a reporter from CBS Minnesota. "Sitting back with a fork and knife is kind of boring."
Along with his brother, Chris, Rob developed his philosophy?and his palate?while growing up in Chicago, where the brothers could hone their motor skills by wrapping their hands around Chicago-style hot dogs and Italian beef sandwiches. Hoping to introduce their childhood cuisine to Minnesota, the duo founded Chris and Rob's Chicago's Taste Authority, where each week trucks haul in ingredients straight from the Windy City, such as fresh poppy-seed buns and sausages wrapped in old mobsters' hit lists. True to the authentic big-shoulders style, cooks top Chris and Rob's all-beef hot dogs with everything but ketchup: mustard, relish, onions, tomatoes, pickles, sport peppers, and a sprinkle of celery salt. The brothers have also adapted their roots to other Chicago favorites including sandwiches of sliced Italian beef, Chicago thin-crust pizzas, and Maxwell Street polish sausages.
Since 1933, Degidio's has been known for the hotspot for authentic Italian cuisine served with attention to detail. All connoisseurs of real Mediterranean food will be pleasantly surprised by the infamous ‘pizza fries’ everyone is buzzing about apart from the striking variety of antipasti, exquisite salads and scrumptious specials with a bold and spicy sauce you’ll remember for a long time. Everything comes beautifully arranged in an old-school style setting that contributes to the overall experience. It’s not too often the ambiance is as warm and inviting as the food itself, but Degidio’s doesn’t fail to impress in that aspect as well. This is nothing like the frozen pre-packaged stuff they’ve been passing for years as ‘Italian’ – it’s the real deal!