Pizzeria Lola

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5557 Xerxes Ave S (at 56th & Xerxes)
Minneapolis, MN 55410
(612) 424-8338
$ $
Mon–Thu, Sun: 11:00 AM–10:00 PM Fri–Sat: 11:00 AM–11:00 PM

“A Korean immigrant, inspired by the pure love of food, joy, and her mother’s own delicious cooking, quits her day job, opens an artisan pizza pie place, and names it after her dog,” notes Pizzeria Lola’s website. “Is there anything more American than that?” Probably not, unless you add expansion, which seems to be in the works as well.

Onetime stage actress Ann Kim graduated from Tony Gemignani's International School of Pizza in January 2010, and in less than a year, she’d opened Pizzeria Lola, where she serves Neapolitan-style named for her Weimaraner — wood-fired pies cooked out of a copper-clad oven under tomato-can track lighting quickly photographed by hungry food bloggers. Just a few years later, Pizzeria Lola was named the 2014 Independent Pizzeria of the Year by Pizza Today.

There are 14 pies, most of which feature combos you’re familiar with, along with less common toppings like peppadew peppers and guanciale, and add-on toppings you don’t see everywhere, like boquerones (white anchovies, likely to make converts out of anti-anchovy pizza purists) and garlic confit. Two pies of particular interest highlight Korean flavors. There’s the signature Korean barbecue pie and the Lady ZaZa (Italian red sauce, house-made kimchi, Korean sausage, serranos, scallions, sesame, and soy-chile glaze).

— Arthur Bovino, 101 Best Pizzas in America 2015, 8/6/2015

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Foursquare Tips

  • Have the vanilla ice cream with olive oil and fleur de sel for dessert.
  • You must try the homemade soft-serve ice cream drizzled with olive oil and sea salt. Amazing.
  • Pizzeria Lola pizza is a thing of beauty, especially when it's topped with three kinds of mushrooms (crimini, shitake, and portabella), two kinds of cheese (taleggio and fontina), and truffle oil.
  • The Hawaii Pie-O. Extraordinary balance and restraint makes for a pizza thats as classy as it is delicious.
  • KIMCHI pizza *drops mic and walks away*
  • Obsessed with this place. Vanilla soft serve with extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. RIDICULOUS! Salads are ideal for splitting. Everything is good. Seriously. Everything.
  • Get the Sunnyside. Soft egg plus crispy guanciale equals pure pizza bliss.
  • Get the Old Reliable and Caesar. Avoid non-red sauce pizzas. House made vanilla ice cream with olive oil is great.
  • Eggs on pizza. Enough said.
  • Great pizza here! Worth the trip and the wait! PhotoBooth is fun!
  • Best Pizza 2012: Who knew the local pizza genre needed a shot in the arm from a Korean actress cooking from a French oven in a joint named after her dog: http://bit.ly/12ytC80
  • Order a My Sha-Roni! and add Berkshire Bacon.
  • Save room for desert, the soft-serve ice cream is possibly the only thing on the menu that tops that crust.
  • Can't stop getting the La Creme followed by the DIY ice cream sandwich ... over and over ....
  • Look out for Punchy. He's in the sunnyside (which is amazing by the way). Waiting. Watching.
  • The pizza here really is one of a kind. Try the My Sha-Roni! with pepperoni and Berkshire pork sausage, or the Lady ZaZa with Korean sausage, kimchi and soy chili glaze.
  • Korean BBQ pizza is awesome!
  • Voted Best Pizza by City Pages in 2012! Try the Xerxes- Rapini, feta & olives. Or the Sunnyside- Leeks, pecorino, cured pork cheek & a sunny side up egg. Without a doubt the hottest pizza joint around
  • oted top ten pizzeria's! Recently featured on the TV show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, Pizzeria Lola is the hottest pizza joint in town.
  • Arugula salad is to die for. So is the Iowan pizza. Service and hospitality is top notch. Five stars.