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Authentic Neapolitan Pizza in the Twin Cities

Authentic Neapolitan Pizza In The Twin Cities

Punch Pizza

There are plenty of great pizza places in the Twin Cities, but Punch will always have a special place in my heart. Now with eight locations across the metro, their first location, which opened back in 1996 in St. Paul’s Highland Park, is my favorite. Co-founders John Soranno, who grew up in Milan, and John Puckett, one of the founders of the regional chain Caribou Coffee, hit the jackpot when they introduced their stellar Neapolitan-style pizzas to the nearly pie-deprived Twin Cities residents. The one size 10-inch pizzas are topped with San Marzano tomatoes, fresh buffalo mozzarella and tons of other fantastic ingredients, then fired in a wood-burning oven at 800 degrees for 90 to 120 seconds—the perfect amount of time to get that great blistery crust.

Punch Pizza Mattozzi

While I love all the pizzas, I’m partial to the Toto, topped with arugula, prosciutto, goat cheese, cracked red pepper and garlic, and the Salame e Funghi, with salami, mushroom, garlic, fontina and oregano. Order it uncut if you’re a fan of folding your pizza like a New Yorker, or Doppio-style, with extra San Marzano tomatoes, olive oil and extra mozzarella di bufala.


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Photographs by Linda Soranno.


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