We felt gutted when Broders’ closed. The news felt like a literal punch to the stomach. They’ve since re-opened again, offering pizza and pasta kits that you can make at home.
I’ve never been sponsored to rave about Broders. I just really love them.
A post I once wrote about the eggplant pizza.
Years ago, (actually, more like a decade!) I worked at Broders’ Cucina for a short time after college. I left with a lot more knowledge about Italian food and lingering respect for the Broders family. They gave us so many opportunities to learn and taste new things.
Lunds & Byerlys is a special place where you may walk in for only lemons and peanut butter and walk out with four frozen BOGO pizzas.
Lunds (those of us who lived here for a while may still call it Byerlys) is one of our more upscale grocery chains. I don’t shop here to save money. I come here when I want high quality deli foods or to get in and out efficiently. The customer service is good and it’s near my house. I fill in my weekly groceries here each week.
Lunds also happens to offer a good variety of frozen pizzas including local brands from around the Midwest. Seemily with more frequency Lunds offers a BOGO frozen pizza sale. Every single frozen pizza is buy-one-get-one-free. This means that you can get some of the more expensive frozen pizzas for about $4-6 each. You may even luck out and nab a Mucci’s pizza.
We buy so many frozen pizzas here that I’m starting a blog post to track them all here. Pizza brands are listed in alphabetical order:
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.
Broders’ Cucina Italiana’s Eggplant Special Pizza has been my favorite pizza for almost ten years.
I worked behind the deli counter at Broders’ during my first year after college. As employees, we were given opportunities to nearly everything from the menu and learn about the Italian food products sold in the restaurant. How are you supposed to answer customers’ questions about the menu or communicate a genuine enthusiasm foods if you haven’t tried them? Broders’ gets this.
Even though I ate a lot of food from Broders’ while I worked there, I never got tired of it. The Eggplant Special pizza was my favorite then and it is now.
Even bad pizza is good pizza. Fortunately, the pizzas I am about to tell you about are very good pizzas.
St. Louis is known for a special, cracker-thin pizza topped with Provel cheese. St. Louis-style pizza is everywhere. Provel is everywhere, too.
Jake and I have never encountered St. Louis-style pizza or Provel anywhere else during our moves or travels. When we first visited our local grocery stores, we were surprised that about half of the frozen pizza options were St. Louis-style. And if you visit an Italian restaurant, you may find that dishes you’re used to seeing topped with mozzarella are topped with Provel. Those that dislike Provel will want to read menu descriptions carefully when ordering chicken parmesan, manicotti, and, even fish! Side salads might also arrive covered in shredded Provel, sometimes up to a 50/50 ratio of lettuce to Provel.