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ma'at Jan 22, 2006 08:49 PM

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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    St Paul Susie Nov 22, 2010 11:32 AM

    I've found the 00 imported flour at the Saint Paul Cheese (grand and snelling) and by the case on amazon

    1. Davydd Nov 18, 2009 03:42 PM

      It is the 00 flour you should look for. King Arthur is a good brand. There is an imported Italian 00 brand but the name escapes me. Unless you are in business or plan to make a lot of pizzas at home and I mean a lot, you should buy in the smallest quantity to satisfy you. If not, your flour will not stay fresh. The main thing is not the flour but how you prepare it. A three day cold ferment changes the flour tremendously and if you are not baking on a stone at high heat what flour you use will not make a lot of difference. If you want to get deeply involved in trying to achieve making your ultimate home pizza, Pizzamaking.com is a must for advice.

      http://www.pizzamaking.com

      I'm still working at it myself.

      http://web.mac.com/davydd/Site/Comfor...

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        gizmoprof Jun 8, 2013 10:25 AM

        Caputo is probably the brand you're thinking of.

        King Arthur only sells via their web site, at $3.50 a pound, plus shipping, it is expensive.

        The newly renovated Cosetta's (downtown St. Paul) also has 00 flour in their market. Don't know the price.

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        nanchatte Nov 16, 2009 07:26 PM

        Delmonico's Italian Foods
        1112 Summer St NE, Minneapolis, MN
        (612) 331-5466‎

        Best place to get 00 flour or directly from Punch Pizza.

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        Punch Pizza
        3226 W Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55416

        Delmonico's Italian Foods
        1112 Summer St Ne, Minneapolis, MN

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        1. re: nanchatte
          Davydd Nov 20, 2010 04:19 PM

          I searched for this thread and it says its under the Atlanta board. It belongs under Minneapolis/St. Paul.

          Anyway, a couple of updates. One, Delmonico's Italian Market does indeed sell 00 flour. I paid $5.95 for a 5 pound bag today. Secondly, I checked out pastry flour at a food coop. Their pastry flour will not rise according to them so I question it for pizza dough. Maybe they meant not self-rising.

          My last two pizzas were Margherita pizzas at Punch Pizzeria in Wayzata, MN and Ristorante Les Gaga Pizzeria in Naples, Italy. Punch holds its own but the four pizzas I had in Naples and Rome were superb.

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            karykat Nov 22, 2010 11:58 AM

            They might have meant that dough with their pastry flour wouldn't rise because pastry flour has less gluten. Gluten creates the springy strands that support a risen loaf.

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          Culinary Kate Jan 26, 2006 02:19 PM

          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).

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            venus_de_mpls Jan 23, 2006 08:52 PM

            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.

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              MSPD Jan 23, 2006 10:09 AM

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

              www.syscomn.com

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                mnsnow Jan 23, 2006 09:12 AM

                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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                  Plautus Jan 24, 2006 01:34 PM

                  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...

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                    Faith Lubitz Jan 24, 2006 03:57 PM

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

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                    ma'at Jan 24, 2006 09:07 PM

                    Thanks for all these great suggestions! I appreciate it.

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                    JB Jan 22, 2006 09:34 PM

                    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.

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