Punch Neapolitan Pizza

Pizza, Italian
$ $
704 Cleveland Ave S (btwn W Eleanor Ave & W Highland Pkwy)
Saint Paul, MN 55116
(651) 696-1066
4:00pm - 10:00pm
4:00pm - 10:00pm
4:00pm - 10:00pm
4:00pm - 10:00pm
4:00pm - 10:00pm
11:00am - 10:00pm
11:00am - 10:00pm

Described by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine as home of “the area's definitive authentic Neapolitan pizzas,” Punch Neapolitan Pizza combines a thin crust, “a modest amount of toppings, and a luscious San Marzano tomato sauce to make a restrained but satisfying pie.” Punch (almost named Bruni, until the owner’s wife stepped in) was a success soon after John Soranno founded it in Highland Park in 1996, and it has since become a Minneapolis-St. Paul pizza icon, partly because Caribou Coffee co-founders John and Kim Puckett fell in love with it and partnered with Sorrano. There are now 9 locations of what they’ve called their favorite restaurant.

Punch is all about quality, and it turns out excellent pies. Peruse the menu and you’ll see that they have had some fun, detailing the anatomy of a Neapolitan pizza (frame-blackened blisters, fresh mozzarella, crushed tomatoes), and laying out their pies under headings like “For Those Who Get It,” “Those Who Really Get It,” and “Double Your Pleasure.” But know that the Margherita Extra (fresh mozzarella di bufala, crushed tomatoes from Campagna and Mount Vesuvius) is their most popular one, and that the newest pizza is the Bufalina with mozzarella di bufala, arugula, and prosciutto (no crushed tomatoes).

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



  • Punch was just featured on man vs food. Go watch the episode and mark this tip as done.
  • Punch salad a must. Toto pizza if you like a little kick of heat.
  • Fantastic pizza, even without cheese (the Marinara is quite good if you love garlic). The buffalo mozzarella is not vegetarian.
  • This is the best pizza in the city.
  • No corking fee! Bring a bottle of wine.
  • Try the Toto. With a light touch of cheese, peppery arugula, and the bite of garlic and red pepper, this pie is all business.
  • The Toscano is delicious!
  • Punch Pizza locations have many "special offers" only announced through Facebook, Twitter and other social media. Become a friend or follow their Twitter accounts to get the deals.
  • Punch Salad for lunch!
  • order your pizzas "wet" or "neopolitain style". it's fantastic - a little more olive oil and tomatoes.
  • Go to Punch with a date. Get two small salads (don't share - you'll get more focaccia this way) and a doppio Toscano to share.
  • Great woodfire pizza plus it's BYOB so great spot to bring a bottle of wine to.
  • The Salame E Funghi is super flavorful, highly recommend
  • It was extremely loud and both my boyfriend's and my pizzas were overwhelmingly salty.
  • The best in twin cities!
  • Their pizza crust is unbeatable and service is fast and friendly (though there may be a wait to be seated). Great for families.
  • Check out Punch Neapolitan Pizza as seen on Man vs Food Nation
  • It's not just the pizza. The salads are good, and the wine list is a moderately priced, pizza-friendly dream come true
  • Lunch is served Saturday and Sunday only.
  • Sooooo Yummy!

Nearby places

750 Cleveland Ave S (at Pinehurst Ave W)
2034 Marshall Ave (Cleveland)
2057 Ford Pkwy (at Cleveland Ave S)