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Jan 22, 2006 08:49 PM

Twin Cities - Pizza Flour/Restaurant Store

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I'm on a quest to make good pizza at home, and recently became intrigued with the notion of purchasing pizza flour to do so.

The research I have done suggests that it only comes in large quantities, typically purchased at a restaurant store.

Anyone have any ideas where in the Twin Cities metro area (preferably the MPLS side) (a) I can find pizza flour at all and/or (b) a restaurant supply store that might supply me as well?

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  1. Try the club stores (Costco or Sam's). They sell it in my town, but you have to buy a giant sack.

    Read the book American Pie by Peter Reinhart. It's a fantastic book on pizza and also cooking with passion and purpose.

    1. You might try Broder's deli in Mpls on 50th and Penn.
      I don't know if they have it but they make pizzas and have happily sold us pizza dough and small amounts of their fresh noodles. They may be willing to sell you a small amount of flour out of their bigger bag.

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      1. re: mnsnow

        This is a much better idea: buy fresh dough from a pizzeria. This is what I did when I lived in NYC. Commercial dough is better because it's made with kneading machines that allows them to make "wetter", i.e. more tender and flavorful, dough. When you make dough by hand at home it's inevitably too dry. This is because you have to add more than an ideal amount of flour to keep the dough workable.

        Punch has the best pizza dough, bar none. I once asked them if they would sell me dough and they said no, but I suspect I wasn't asking the right person. Maybe if you called, asked for the manager and said pretty please...

        1. re: Plautus

          Cossetta's sells their pizza dough in the deli area.
          (located on W 7th St in St Paul )

        2. re: mnsnow

          Thanks for all these great suggestions! I appreciate it.

        3. Call Sysco Minnesota. They supply a pretty large percentage of restaurants in MSP and I believe individuals can order product.

          1. v

            King Arthur makes a version of 00 flour available at Lunds or Byerly's, I think. It's called Italian-style flour and comes in 3 lb. bags.

            1. c
              Culinary Kate

              I personally think it depends on the type of pizza you're trying to make. If you're going for a good, Napolitano style pizza, there are a few things you need. It's hard as hell to find "OO" flour (and I have looked many a place) but according to my Italian cohorts, it's just a finer flour, which in the US would equate to pastry flour. Make sure you add salt to your dough, and to REALLY make a good Italian style pizza, get a pizza stone (unless of course you have a wood burning oven) and heat up your oven with the pizza stone in it, to the highest temperature it will go... Having lived in Italy, it's the closest you can come to the real thing (unless of course, you go to punch, but this is way cheaper, and totally worth while).