Yesterday I went out with six of my coworkers to visit one of the top rated pizza places in MSP, Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza located in North Loop (Warehouse District) only a few blocks from Target Field.
We walked in at around 11:45 and were quickly seated at a long table quickly created for us. We were immediately provided with menus, water, and asked about other drinks. Our server was patient, answered all of our questions confidently and knowledgeably, and did everything correctly from start to finish. We eventually placed our orders from the very tasty looking menu:
Large #4: Meatball, Ricotta and Garlic ($20)
Large #7 and #10 (half/half): Oyster Mushroom, Smoked Mozzarella, Rosemary and Garlic ($22), Cheese and Garlic ($13) both are without sauce
Small #3 and #7 (half/half): Hot Salami and Dried Chili Pepper ($9) and ($13)
Small #5 and #9 (half/half): Fennel Sausage, Hot Salami, Onion and Cracked Green Olives ($11), Fresh Tomato, Green Pepper and Kalamata Olives ($11)
Being that Black Sheep’s style can naturally be compared to other Neapolitan pizza places (Punch and Pizza Nea) I must admit that up until this point everything, aside from the ordering format, was very similar to the other popular pizza places. However, as soon as the pizzas arrived on the table it was clear that Black Sheep is completely and utterly different and brings pizza to a whole different level.
The pizzas themselves were much larger than I expected. While they put the sizes on the menu, I was still surprised at how large they were. In addition to the physical size, I was in awe of the amount of toppings covering each pie. Punch, while far less expensive, is stodgy and stingy and Nea, which many feel is a direct competitor to Black Sheep, is definitely less interested in piling on the extras.
The crust was crispy, yet fluffy, and had a gorgeous and inviting char which had my mouth watering.
At first bite I was amazed that I was able to taste each individual ingredient clearly. Even with the hot salami covering each and every slice, I was able to easily identify the cheese’s excellent flavor underneath. After one bite of each the #3 and #7 I was in love–head over heals in love. I later excitedly recounted the experience to my wife and said, “it’s the Corner Table of pizza,” and if you’re at all familiar with that review you will realize just what that means. If not, let me sum it up for you this way: RUN RIGHT NOW to Black Sheep. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Just go directly to Black Sheep and eat and eat and eat and eat some more.
By the end of our long lunch I tried the #3, #4, #5, and #7. While the #3 (hot salami and dried chilies) was my run away favorite (and it wasn’t due to the chilies people), each type of pizza was exceptional in every way. They stand head and shoulders above Punch and should make Pizza Nea shudder in fear over their excellent command of the genre. Simply and utterly amazing.
Overall Black Sheep was far and above the single best pizzas I have ever eaten. While I do not claim to be a pizza eating professional by any means, this is a pizza place which I will make the 30 minute drive to eat at time and time again because it’s worth every last little penny The Budget Nazi provides.
Have you ever eaten at Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza in Minneapolis? If so what did you think of it? What did you order? Based on the menu items and additional toppings allowed, what would you like to see on the pizza of your dreams? Whatever you have to say about Black Sheep pizza in the Warehouse District go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear what you have to say.
Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza
600 Washington Ave N
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Sunday – Thursday: 11:30 AM – 10:00 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11:30 AM – 11:00 PM
See all the pictures from Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza in Minneapolis on Flickr here.