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Pizzas at Pizza Luce
Pizza is a birthright of the young.
It fuels sleepovers, sustains tween athletes between tournament games, and exists as a general equalizer among the many stomachs that must be filled by parents every day. Here are our faves for kids:
Three little girls sitting at a table wearing tiaras shriek when they see the Galactic Pizza delivery man in the back room. “There he is! There he is!” Galactic Pizza has costume-wearing superheroes delivering pizza, which is righteous no matter how old you are. (One literally caught a purse thief years ago.) But the pizza is also out of this world and heroic on its own time: The Paul Bunyan is a native-Minnesotan pie with free-range bison sausage, morel mushrooms, and crispy wild rice. Shazzam! The Pizza Bianca’s artichoke hearts and organic goat cheese get the perfect sprinkling of sun-dried tomatoes. Ka-pow! The thin, crispy, chewy crusts always come with just a perfect dusting of cornmeal: Pizza lovers assemble! 2917 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-824-9100, galacticpizza.com
The metal music is blaring, the servers are tatted up, and the families are everywhere. Yes, Pizza Lucé, one of the originators of edgy local pizza, is the perfect spot for your leather-jacket-wearing toddler. Vegan or gluten-free? No prob. There’s a kids’ menu, but let’s face it, your kids wear ironic brewery shirts and are going to want to try the regular stuff. Go for the Spanish Chicken pizza with mushrooms, smoked gouda, toasted garlic, and just the right amount of marinated chicken. Or try the Sprimp al Pesto, because why wouldn’t you love what tastes like shrimp bruschetta in pizza form? It’s been 20 years and Lucé still rocks hard. Now it’s evolved and doing so for the next generation. Seven metro locations, including 3200 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-827-5978, pizzaluce.com
For $2 you get a seriously large slice of cheese, pepperoni, or a combo (with olives, green peppers, mushrooms, sausage, and pepperoni). For $10 you get an 18-inch pizza. Ten bucks! The crust is decent, the cheese is decadently milky and remarkably caramelized in spots, and the pepperoni has a nice bite to it. Sure, this is what couples leave for the kids and the babysitter, or where dads bring the kids when mom is out of town, but you know you’re disappointed if there’s none left in the fridge when you get home. It’s OK to admit it: You took the kids to Costco for dinner and you love that pizza. 11330 Fountains Dr. N., Maple Grove, 763-494-8050; 5801 W. 16th St., St. Louis Park, 763-582-9603; 12011 Technology Dr., Eden Prairie, 952-943-4800, costco.com