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Pizza by Red Wagon Pizza Company
Red Wagon Pizza Company
Isn’t it enough that the pizza industry is forever beholden to a delivery service model like no other restaurant segment (when’s the last time you had steak delivered or pad Thai)?
Well, some have taken this in stride and upped their game.
These locals can now bring a whole slew of fresh pies—along with the oven, the wood, and an assortment of toppings—all to your backyard, giving you a fresh, new way to indulge.
Red Wagon Pizza Company
If you can’t get to a farm for the freshest of fresh toppings, at least you can get to the farmers’ market, which is closer and usually has samples to boot. Red Wagon started with a dream, an oven, and the Linden Hills Farmers Market. Now all are three years old and kicking out crazy good farm-to-plate pizzas. Peter Campbell still has his day job, but on weekends he mans the clay oven on wheels, putting out beautifully charred and chewy crusts made with organic Sunrise Flour and topped with the fresh stuff from the market or other favorite local vendors. Get it by the slice and wander about or score a whole pie, cop a squat on the curb, and dig in. Best yet, make Red Wagon come to your backyard. 612-968-4763, redwagon-mpls.com
If you’re a taproom tripper and a pizza feaster, then you are already familiar with Little G’s, the pizza truck that is often parked at our friendly local brewery taprooms. G’s is actually the perfect pairing for beer drinkers. The pies have good ingredients but aren’t fussy. They’re everyman pies that bring a hearty sauce, a goodly amount of cheese, and a crazy college-kid whim for toppings. Little G’s isn’t afraid of a Reuben pizza, nor a hot Hawaiian pizza, nor, during Mardi Gras, an alligator pizza with Cajun cream sauce. That, with a couple of beers, makes sense. 612-558-5763, twitter.com/gsmobilepizza
Big River Pizza
These guys are on the move about town. You might find them at a farmers’ market once in a while, a festival here or a brewery there, but mostly they’ll be in your neighbor’s backyard for a family reunion or at your nephew’s graduation party. They’ve become the go-to for pizza catering from their swift brick oven, which turns out chewy Neapolitan pies such as the Lil Rooster with a beautifully poached egg or the St. Pauli Girl piled with fresh arugula. They’re solid and reliable, know how to play to guests, and create made-to-order custom pizzas on the fly that will make you a legendary party thrower. 651-497-4202, bigriverpizza.com
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Olive Pizza / Eagan
Vesuvio's / Brooklyn Center
Streetzza / Mpls. and St. Paul
Red Rover / Plymouth