VENUE DETAILS

Pizzeria Lola

Price:

Cuisine Type:

Pizza

Serves:

Lunch, Dinner

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

No

Handicap Accessible:

Yes

Outdoor Seating:

No

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REVIEW

Pizzeria Lola has transformed me into a previously unimaginable persona: an early-bird diner.

Not by choice, either. I'm not ready to mimic the Sun City set just yet, but experience dictates that pizza hounds like me are well advised to arrive at 56th and Xerxes as soon as the doors open at 5 p.m., or risk a long wait for a table.

Yes, it's that popular. Customers are certainly flooding the place for the food -- more on that in a moment -- but I wonder if they're unconsciously drawn to the restaurant's fascinating and inspiring back story.

Like so many modern-day Americans, co-owners Ann Kim and Conrad Leifur have dared to see themselves in different careers. Kim was an actor, Leifur was in finance, and both are pizza freaks. Rather than replicate the styles they love best -- crispy, thin New York pizza for her, airy and charred coal-fired New Haven pizza for him, with soft, bubbled Neapolitan thrown in for good measure -- they decided to combine attributes from a variety of sources.

After endless hours of reading, studying, apprenticing and testing, Kim -- she's the chef, while Leifur runs the business -- has crafted a slow-fermented dough that is hers and hers alone, based on breadmaking principles and baked in a red-oak-fired, clay-lined, French-made oven.

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Where:

Pizzeria Lola
5557 Xerxes Av. S
Minneapolis, MN
612-424-8338

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