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scoopG Mar 29, 2011 05:52 AM

from The United States of Pizza and Serious Eats:


  1. NugarifiK Mar 29, 2011 07:30 AM

    Thanks for posting this scoopG. I have to try Galactic Pizza sometime soon.

    Galactic Pizza
    2917 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

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      kevin47 Mar 29, 2011 08:30 AM

      I'd knock a couple off that list and replace them with John's and Papas, but I don't think that's the idea anyway.

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        alpa chino Mar 30, 2011 03:30 AM

        Is it just me, or has Pizza Luce just gone to the dogs. I had one of their pizzas this winter at the Franklin location, and it didn't taste like the pie I had at the Lyndale location a few years back. It's horrible now.

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        1. re: alpa chino
          LiaM Mar 30, 2011 05:23 AM

          I order Luce on a fairly regular basis - it's the only place that delivers to my area at the time of night that I tend to order pizza - and I find it to be pretty variable in quality. Sometimes it's great, most of the time it's okay (in my opinion). On one or two occasions, it has been kinda poor. I think it probably depends on who's working or maybe how busy they are.

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            kevin47 Mar 30, 2011 08:33 AM

            Their dough can be really floury, which often leaves it tasting dry or burnt. I don't know if it's gone to the dogs so much as the novelty of the funky toppings has worn off.

            I stick with the baked potato pizza when I go there. Guilty pleasure.

          2. re: alpa chino
            isfahani Mar 31, 2011 02:56 PM

            It's not just you. Naturally when companies get bigger, the quality will suffer. I really miss the old early 90's downtown Luce when they made everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) by hand.

            1. re: alpa chino
              Foureyes137 Apr 12, 2011 06:43 AM

              Same as it ever was as far as I can tell.

              I submit that the advent of better choices over the last 5 or 6 years has simply changed our expectations of what pizza can be. Luce has never been great, it's good enough and they deliver.

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                LiaM Apr 13, 2011 12:26 AM

                I think this is absolutely true. Back when people thought "oh wow, sun-dried tomatoes! pesto! fancy!" Luce seemed amazing. Now that Pizza Hut has those things, it's not so impressive.

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              AmityGuy1 Apr 8, 2011 11:43 AM

              What about Broder's? It is probably the most authentic NY slice you can get in the TC.

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                SteakKnife Apr 8, 2011 06:37 PM

                Thank you for posting this! I found that Pizza Luce delivers to my work and so I tried The Luce and the caesar salad. Both were good, far better than what I normally get delivered.

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                1. re: SteakKnife
                  isfahani Apr 10, 2011 10:49 PM

                  What about Broder's... urk. Myself, I got a whole pie for takeout once last year. It was easily the worst pizza - NY style or not - that I have ever had. Honestly would have enjoyed a tombstone frozen more.

                  Speaking more to the OT, upon the suggestion of some fellow chowhounds, I ordered 3 pies from John's Pizza Cafe, and while I thought that they were kinda room temp upon delivery, they were exactly on time and very very good and I will gladly recommend them. The vegetarians especially enjoyed the Farmer's Fantasy (not at all what you think it might be from the description) and the Spicy Caribbean Chicken was a hit with all the meat eating hot food lovers.

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                  SarahInMinneapolis Apr 12, 2011 06:31 AM

                  My two cents. Galactic was once great, but I think they've dumbed it down the last few years (skimping on ingredients). Pizza Luce is vastly overrated. Broder's by the slice is hit or miss. I've always thought there's room -- at least in the Uptown area -- for a better quality delivery pizza, and really good NYC-style pizza by the slice.

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                    gryffindor249 Apr 12, 2011 11:54 AM

                    In St. Paul, try Eden Pizza (especially the Bloody Mary pizza...only open evenings) and the new pizzeria at the Grand Old Creamery (only open evenings, except Saturday and Sunday lunch)


                    Eden Pizza
                    629 Aldine St, Saint Paul, MN 55104

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