In Minneapolis and Saint Paul, pizza fired in a blistering oven reigns supreme. At Punch Neapolitan Pizza—a favorite among St. Paul restaurants—purists take delight in traditional Neapolitan-style pies, topped with San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella di bufala. Black Sheep Coal-Fired Pizza ventures out a bit more with the toppings, like on the Food Network–lauded #7, made with oyster mushrooms, smoked mozzarella, rosemary, and garlic. To take the crazy toppings game up another notch, head to Pizzeria Lola, named one of the best restaurants in Minneapolis and Saint Paul by Mpls.St.Paul Magazine in 2014. Diners here love the Korean-inspired Lady ZaZa, topped with housemade kimchi, Korean-style sausage, serrano peppers, and scallions.

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