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Mar 29, 2011 05:52 AM

State of Pizza in Minnesota

from The United States of Pizza and Serious Eats:

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

    Galactic Pizza
    2917 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55408

    1. 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.

      1. 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

          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.

          1. re: LiaM

            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

            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

              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.

              1. re: Foureyes137

                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.

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

              1. 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

                  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.