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MSP- Help my find my broccoli pizza please!

So I just moved to the area from Upstate NY and have tried several pizza places to find my favorite NY pizza staple- White pizza with broccoli and ricotta cheese on a thin crust- but all I get is laughed at when I ask for broccoli on my pizza. It is fairly common in NY so I know I am not the only weirdo that likes it. The closest I have came is a guy at Whole Foods said he would make me a broccoli pizza but it wasn't a white pizza and didn't have ricotta cheese on it. If anyone could help me find this I would be really happy- or even a NY style pizzeria would be great!! Please don't mention Punch- been there and tried that.........Thanks!

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  1. Pizza Lucé has what you want though I'm not sure if the crust is what you'd consider thin.
    http://www.pizzaluce.com/ Many locations.

    Michelangelo's Masterpizzas has the broccoli and the white sauce (alfredo) and I'm pretty sure they have the ricotta. When I lived in the neighborhood this was my pizza delivery choice. White sauce with broccoli, onions and cheddar. Cal-o-riffic and damn tasty.

    Michaelangelo's Master Pizzas
    3002 W 50th St, Minneapolis, MN

    1. I had a chicken pizza (white/alfredo) at Whole Foods and it was inedible. I literally could not begin to stomach it. Unseasoned, soupy, mess. Caution. I complained, more tactfully than the tone of this e-mail, and received no response from the store manager.

      Luce is not New York. Crust is nothing like it.

      "cal-o-riffic" means what? There's nothing particularly "california" about brocc/onions/cheddar in my experience.

      Way off the beaten path is Gioia Pizzeria in Berkeley. Exceptional broc pies. Crust just right.

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      1. re: keg

        Cal-o-riffic = calorie-laden. Yes, I'd say California is a bit off the beaten path from Minneapolis-St. Paul.

        You won't find New York pizza in MSP. See just about any Chowhound pizza thread relating to MSP. It's a well-worn subject.

        1. re: MplsM ary

          Au contraire, MplsM ary! We've had a discovery (in a Philly Cheesesteak thread, of all places). I haven't tried it personally (nor would it matter to you as I wouldn't know NY style pizza if it fell out of the sky and hit me on the head and could therefore opine only on deliciousness, but not on "authenticity"), but it seems that Danny (thanks to type2runner) thinks the pizza at Papa's is pretty close to NY style. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4423... I'm afraid I don't see broccoli pizza listed on their menu, though. Perhaps it might satisfy phimoez' NY style pizza craving at least a little? http://www.papaspizzaandpasta.com/men... I suppose you could ask if they'd add broccoli for you and see what happens. Good luck! And, if you try it, please report back.


          1. re: The Dairy Queen

            They do not have anything that even vaguely resembles New York "White Pizza" at Papa's.

            The "Tomato Pie" is the closest to NY Pizza (although the last one we had there had WAAAY too much cheese, hopefully that was a one time thing, otherwise, we'll be asking for "light cheese" in the future) but the lack of "white pizza" makes it useless to OP.

            1. re: The Dairy Queen

              Well, who'd a thunk it? That'll teach me I should read threads that don't apply to my tastes. Thanks for the heads up. It does seem that this solves only the crust portion of the equation as Papa's does not mention broccoli for any dish on their menu. BYOB could be bring your own broccoli I suppose.

              1. re: MplsM ary

                I think it would be BYOB as well as BYOWC (b=broccoli, wc=white cheese)! HA!

                Response to Danny--Sorry for the confusion. I agree that papa's doesn't seem to meet the OP's particular requirements for a white pizza with broccoli. I was specifically responding to Mary's broader comment that no NY style pizza is available in the Twin Cities at all. As I said in my post above, perhaps Papa's can satisfy the OP's craving for NY style pizza, though, it doesn't seem they can meet the specific white pizza with broccoli unless Papa's would be willing to accommodate special requests... I would hope that the information that Papa's has NY style "tomato pie" wouldn't be completely useless to the OP or others stumbling upon this thread, even though not responsive to the OP's specific question.


        2. You can get white pizza with broccoli at The Italian Pie Shoppe, although I don’t see any mention of ricotta on their menu. I’ve liked their pizza the few times I’ve had it, but I couldn’t really say if their thin crust qualifies as “New York” or not. Still, it might be worth your checking it out.....


          Uncle Ira

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          1. re: Uncle Ira

            Uncle Ira-- i made the mistake of ordering broc on my pizza at IPS once and to my dismay it was wee teensy frozen broc florets all over the pizza, not nice big chunks of fresh broc, nicely charred at the edges, as i suspect the op seeks. i was *so* disappointed! :(

            1. re: soupkitten

              soupkitten-- So sorry to hear about that. The few times I’ve been there I’ve just had the “slice of the day” and been pretty happy with it, both thin crust and deep dish. But your broccoli experience sounds like a real let down. Sorry it happened to you, but thanks for warning the rest of us.

              Uncle Ira

          2. Joey Nova's Pizzeria in Tonka Bay and Plymouth might satisfy you. They have as one of their standard pizzas, the Joey Bleu, with broccoli.

            "Joey Bleu"
            Pepperoni, Broccoli, Red Onion Gorgonzola Blue with a Garlic Olive Oil.


            1. Thanks everybody. I will have to try some of these places and see how they rate! I wanted to clarify that the white pizza I am looking doesnt really have an alfredo sauce...it is more of an olive oil and garlic sauce. We call anything without tomato sauce on it white pizza. Hehehe. If all else fails does anyone know where I can get some good fresh made dough and I can try to make the pizza myself?? Maybe an italian shop or something. The place I used to go to in NY sold pasteries, dough, cold cuts......stuff like that.

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              1. re: phimoez

                I knew about white pizza being olive oil which is why I specified that though white, Michaelangelo's uses alfredo sauce.

                I know there are a lot of Lucé haters on this board but I've never been one of the cool kids. I'd give them a whirl if for no other reason than to get the toppings you specified in your original post.

                1. re: phimoez

                  I love the pizza crust they make, then sell frozen, at Buon Giorno in Lilydale (again, I don't know anything about NY style pizza--all I can say is this crust tastes delicious to me). It's been awhile since I've been there, though, so unless another 'hound who has been there more recently than I have can confirm they still offer it, you might call over there to confirm before you make the trek. Cossetta's on West 7th in St. Paul might sell frozen (or even fresh) crust, too, but I've never tried it. Again, you might give them a call. All things being equal, I prefer Buon Giorno over Cossetta's.

                  Good luck!


                  1. re: The Dairy Queen

                    I can confirm that they have the best dough you can buy in the Twin Cities area. Had it earlier this summer.

                  2. re: phimoez

                    Cossetta's in downtown St Paul sells fresh pizza dough balls. I've eaten and can vouch that it's tasty. We used it to make calzones.

                    1. re: Uisge

                      Calzones......mmmm. I ordered a calzone since I have moved here but it had tomato sauce in it. I have never had a calzone with sauce in it- usually it is on the side. Is that someone common here?

                  3. While its not DiFara's in brooklyn (i know you said you were from upstate, but ive waited 2+ hours for Dominic's masterwork and there is no comparable pizza on the planet) Golooney's makes a pretty good pie. They claim to be "east coast" but im not entirely sure what their take on that would mean, but i DO know they make a mean white pizza - its actually my favorite of theirs. I used to think Luce's pizza was usually just ok, until someone made me order the pizza with garlic mashed potatoes on it. what next, you say? a rice sauce for pasta? despite the flagrant carb-on-carb action that pizza is damn good (and certainly cal-o-riffic, as it were), and im pretty sure you can get broccoli on it. perhaps if you were flexible on the ricotta versus spuds front this could be up your alley - even if it isnt a one for one replacement of what youre missing. (i cant believe i just admitted to internet strangers that i love potato pizza, but its true).

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                    1. re: tex.s.toast

                      I could go for the white pizza with zucchini.....yumm! Actually one of my
                      favorite pizzas is carbonara- with pancetta and peas (I do actually eat things
                      other than veggies). Reading about the pizza with mashed potatoes reminded me of a the ziti pizza that has become pretty popular in my hometown. Imagine a whole pizza covered in ziti and extra cheese and sometimes they add meatballs........tastes way better than it sounds!

                      1. re: phimoez

                        my first sarcastic remark to my insistent girlfriend when she was initially trying to get me to order the potato pizza was "what next, pasta on pizza". i should have assumed it was already being done, but i would have guessed in paula dean's kitchen, not upstate new york.

                        1. re: tex.s.toast

                          You should check out Cossetta's for the ny-style deli and grocery. They
                          do sell fresh pizza dough for cheap and it is quite good. They also do
                          make something pretty close to what I've seen in nyc for pizza-
                          including the guys throwing the dough up in the air. But generally the
                          pizza they make is with red sauce,sausage, typical stuff. And too salty
                          for my taste. But if you ordered a whole pizza they might do a white with broccoli and ricotta. They certainly have ricotta in the place!
                          ps I'm from Schenectady- where did you come from?

                          1. re: faith

                            I will have to try Cossetta's for some dough!  I am from Saratoga Springs!! Nice to talk to someone from the same area as me. Any foods or place you miss from our area?? I am looking for a Bella Napoli (but hopefully better) type place to get some Italian pastries.

                            1. re: phimoez

                              Oh man, I love Saratoga Springs.

                              Italian pastries are few and far between around here. Buon Giorno, mentioned above, has a nice pastry case with wonderful tarts, cakes and bars. Buon Giorno is no secret, but the pastries (and very nice Italian cheese selection) aren't talked about nearly enough. They also hand-fill cannoli to order and, in my opinion, they are the far and away winner in MSP. I don't know upstate NY cannoli, but these compare favorably to the many I've sampled around NYC.

                              Come to think of it, another well-kept secret there is their brick oven pizza. Their web site is no longer up but I wonder if they might have a few white pizzas.

                              1. re: phimoez

                                cool, Saratoga Springs, birthplace of potato chips! For Italian
                                cookies, I have to say that I think Broder's deli has several kinds,
                                including some from Troy, NY- might even be from Bella Napoli.
                                I can't recall the name now, but it was one I remembered from living in Schenectady, made me LOL. Broder's deli is worth visiting for the ny deli-ambience-they might do a white broccoli pizza too.

                                As for foods I miss, not too much as I haven't lived there since
                                1971! I miss more from Philly which is my more recent home.
                                Such as cannolis, good hoagies, Chinatown... But enough
                                whining. Welcome to the Twin Cities , keep us posted on your
                                food adventures here!

                      2. I used to live in Upstate NY (Syracuse). I would say a close equivalent would be Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge in NE. They offer a white wine/garlic sauce, and broccoli is one of the toppings available. It's not what I usually order there, so I can't personally vouch for that particular combination, but if you order it at least they won't laugh at you. Sadly, they don't offer ricotta, but they do have goat cheese.


                        Psycho Suzi's Motor Lounge and Tiki Garden
                        2519 Marshall St NE, Minneapolis, MN 55418

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                        1. re: Loren3

                          I did try Psycho Suzi's with my BF but we did not have a good experience. The pizza was fine but our waitress was rude and seemed annoyed to be dealing with customers. We ordered a pizza and cheese curds and it was like $40.........The patio looks cool for drinks so I may give them another chance. I did see them on Diner's, Drive-In's and Dives and they seemed cooler on the show then in reality.