I just wanted to take this moment to write about my one of my favorite local pizzerias, Davanni’s.
Our closest Davanni’s is actually the local chain’s first of 21 pizza shops which opened in 1975.
I’m not even sure what type of pizza Davanni’s serves. It’s not New York-style and it’s not exactly Minnesota-style pizza. The crust choices include thin, traditional, and deep dish.
The deep dish (above) might not taste exactly like the classics from Chicago, but it’s something we crave from time to time. The traditional crust is my favorite.
I’m not going to claim that Davanni’s serves the best pizza in Minnesota. What I will say is that Davanni’s is like an old friend. It serves some of my favorite pizza and the pizza is always consistent.
Now that Davanni’s is our neighbor we eat there a lot.
Growing-up, we ordered pizza frequently. Back in the nineties, this meant redeeming personal pan pizzas at Pizza Hut as part of the Book It! reading program. We ordered Dominos and ate plenty of Little Caesar’s Crazy Bread. Davanni’s was special pizza. Trips here were a treat. The cheese was chewier and the crust tasted better.
Our church sold Davanni’s by the slice before confirmation classes on Wednesdays. Volunteers sold slices for the dollar on a flimsy paper plates. I loved it.
If you’re not in the mood for pizza, there’s pasta dishes, calzones and hoagies. My favorite calzone is the Hawaiian that’s filled with Canadian bacon, pineapple, white sauce, and a lot of mozzarella cheese. Add jalapeños (trust me) and dunk in the red sauce cup.
Both of us grew up eating Davanni’s hoagies. We typically order the classic meatball or Assorted (ham, smoked ham & salami) hoagie. What makes the deli meat and cheese hoagies taste so special is that they’re served on a toasted bun spread with garlic butter and topped with melted mozzarella, shredded lettuce, shaved onion slices, tomato, mayo and Italian dressing.
Here are some final things that I appreciate about Davanni’s:
- They offer delivery.
- At our location (at least), the employees are very friendly and orders are prepared quickly. There’s also a daily happy hour in their small bar area offering tap beers, wine, and discounted food.
- Their little cups of ranch are actually really good. You’d think these little pre-packaged cups of “light” ranch would taste like that terrible shelf-stable stuff, but the dressing tastes homemade. Once when I asked for a side of ranch I received a small box of ranch cups. I was thrilled.
- Davanni’s offers a reward program where you earn points from sales that you can redeem for coupons.
- Subscribing to their email list isn’t terrible. They typically don’t bug you unless they have a coupon or new offer.
- There’s usually a coupon floating around. Check the ads that come in your mail. From time to time we find an ad with coupon codes. We’ve also seen gift card packages at Costco.
Whether I need a quick dinner after a long day at work, to feed people watching a Vikings game, or a meal after a colossal spring blizzard, something from Davanni’s hits the spot.
Like a good neighbor. . .