According to this WCCO article, a recent contest surveying more than 8,000 of their viewers came up with a clear winner for Minnesota’s best pizza. Oddly enough, out of all of the pizza places this town has to offer, some of which have earned spots on top 10 lists in the country, the one their viewers may surprise you.
From the article:
Pizza is something practically everyone loves, but not everyone agrees on.
Thin crust or deep dish, anchovies or extra cheese – and who makes the best pie in town?
It’s too difficult a question for us to answer, so we put it to a vote of WCCO viewers.
More than 8,000 people weighed in, and picked a place that got its start at Cleveland and Grand avenues in St. Paul – Davanni’s.
“There’s nothing terribly romantic about the Blodgett ovens that are behind me,” Stenson said. “They aren’t the wood fired ovens, but they make really great pizzas.”
‘Really great pizzas’? Not hardy. In fact, their pizza ranks lower on my list than Pizza Man and that’s saying something. The pizza is your typical Midwestern pie with too much cheap cheese, not enough crust, and toppings that suffice on $5 Pizza‘s pies. So gross.
Now you have to wonder how a bunch of unknown pizza places such as Old World in Inver Grove and Jake’s in Willmar even got a mention on a site like WCCO. Why would such small places earn even a footnote mention when there are some world class pizza places like Black Sheep around? Either WCCO purposefully limited it to “pizza that is nasty” or the people responding were gaming the system.
What do you think about this one? Do WCCO viewers have working tastebuds if they chose Davanni’s as the best pizza in Minnesota? What parlor would you pick instead? Whatever you have to say about this one go ahead and comment on as I’d love to hear your thoughts.