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Palumbo's Pizzeria in Highland Park.

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Fudist Aug 22, 2011 02:21 PM

Very underwhelming experience at this new Pizzeria. I ordered the Carne Amante which is supposed to contain Italian Sausage, Salami, Pepperoni, Mozzarella, Tomato Sauce, Green Pepper and Onion. This Pizza (if you can even call it that had the texture of a Digiorno frozen Pizza and less toppings than a Totinos party pizza. Virtually ZERO cheese and Italian Sausage,and 3 rounds of Pepperoni.I wouldn't recommend this place to anyone. Little Caesars across the road makes better pie seriously.

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Highland Park
St. Paul, MN, St Paul, MN

  1. daniellempls Aug 22, 2011 03:09 PM

    Good to know. I had driven past and raised an eyebrow before. Can't say I would indulge in Litlle Caeser's. But thanks for the review.

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      Fudist Aug 23, 2011 10:54 AM

      I'm not above throwing 5 bucks away for a quick lunch fix at Little Caeser's in a pinch once in a while when pressed for time at work. That being said a pizzeria should never have an off night. Especially when they have the "finest ingredients" at their disposal. Seriously it's not hard at all to throw some sauce, toppings and cheese on a rolled out ball of dough and pop it in the oven. These guys are deceiving the public to a point where people are expecting "Punchesque" pizza and getting frozen quality in return.

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        The Dairy Queen Aug 23, 2011 11:54 AM

        Oh gosh. If you're in that neighborhood and need pizza, don't go to Little Caesar's. Go to Carbone's on Randolph between Snelling and Fairview. It's solid, square cut MN pizza. (And not necessarily associated with the other Carbone's around the metro. They split up at some point in the past...). It's not Punch or Black Sheep, but it's way better than Little Caesars. It's real food, for starters.

        ~TDQ

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          Fudist Aug 23, 2011 06:22 PM

          I live in Highland but never eat at the Little Caeser's over here but at my work the guys a lot of times spring for Little Caeser's and I really don't have a choice since I don't drive. Most of my coworkers are younger and don't appreciate good Pizza. Anyway that being said Grandpa Tony's and Skinner's are as good as Pizza gets around this neighborhood aside from Punch. Still need to try Black Sheep but WILL NOT be going back to Palumbo's because it is garbage.

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            The Dairy Queen Aug 24, 2011 12:25 AM

            Trying to remember if I've ever had Skinners pizza. Only the fried chicken, I think. Maybe I should try the pizza one of these days.

            You know Grandpa Tony's has new ownership and will be changing its name and menu soon? They've already changed the pizza, and not for the better unfortunately. Brad started a thread on it about a month or so ago...

            ~TDQ

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      steve_in_stpaul Aug 22, 2011 04:43 PM

      I hope it was an off night. Palumbo's has seemed to get at least decent reviews out of a number of other sites.

      1. The Dairy Queen Aug 22, 2011 07:26 PM

        So disappointed to read this. It looks cute from the outside and the signage makes it sound ambitious.

        ~TDQ

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          zfwp Aug 22, 2011 10:44 PM

          palumbo's is o.k. ..... which, i am afraid. is not good enough. with the the demise of dino's and the new ownership of grampa tony's it looks like hard times for saint paul pizza maniacs....

          (i appear to be an equal opportunity pizza lover because the aforementioned joints offer/offered differing styles... gosh i am enlightened... )

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          Brad Ballinger Aug 23, 2011 02:46 PM

          I've been to Palumob's once (shortly after they opened). The pizza was okay (not as bad as described above). But it took a loooong time to arrive. I'll attribute that to kinks that still need to be worked out.

          The owner was pimping the salmon pizza, so I'll give that a shot next time. Would love to see it succeed, especially given the loss of Grampa Tony's, and not knowing what Joan's in the Park will end up being. Carbone's is only okay in my book. Sauce too sweet, and they use canned mushrooms.

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            The Dairy Queen Aug 23, 2011 02:49 PM

            Still better than Little Caesar's, though.

            ~TDQ

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              daniellempls Aug 24, 2011 02:23 PM

              You know, TDQ- I admit Ihave not had Little Caeser's since the 90s and the rediculous commercials with kids and old people. I'm not interested in buying one, but maybe some day someone at my work will pick one up so I can try and remember if it tastes the same. Not likely, but you never know.

              I would go to Carbone's.. or Punch since it is in the neighborhood, too.

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                mncharm Aug 30, 2011 12:44 PM

                Italian Pie Shoppe is a quick jaunt down the road as well. Best deep dish around, and the thin ain't shabby, either.

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                Italian Pie Shoppe
                7107 42nd Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55427

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            bethanyg Sep 1, 2011 10:03 PM

            Went today and don't think it was as bad as all that, just not bowled over by it. I've never liked that space and they have not done much for that, and I found the pizza somewhat dry and bland (just the margherita, I found the others had too many toppings for my liking). But the gelato was great, they seem to be making an effort, and the owner was very friendly. It's not going to be on top of my list, but I'll go back.

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