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Monday, February 11, 2013

Pizzeria Lola

Last week, my family and I finally tried the ever famous Pizzeria Lola, a new wood-fired pizza joint off of 55th and Xerxes. I first heard of Pizzeria Lola on the Food Network show, "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives." I was imediadlety excited to try this Minneapolis favorite once I saw they serve a Kimchi and Korean style pizza! The restaurant is designed for families and fun, with its own photo booth, bright whimsical decor and casual service. They do not take reservations and are ALWAYS busy, so be sure to arrive extra early. We tried their Sunnyside, Lady ZaZa and Korean BBQ pizzas. The Sunnyside pizza is served with two sunyside-up eggs which bake in the wood-fired oven as well as La Quercia guanciale, pecorino, cream, and leeks. This pizza was my favorite because it was simple yet packed with flavors of creamy cheese, rich egg yolk and bright leeks. The Korean BBQ pizza was also delicious, made with beef short ribs, mozzarella, scallions, arugula, sesame and a soy-chili vinaigrette. I loved the sweetness of the beef paired against the salty soy glaze. Lastly, the Lady ZaZa pizza as featured on the Food Network is made with house-made kimchi, Korean sausage, serrano peppers, scallions, sesame and a soy chili glaze. I have to admit, the kimchi was surprisingly too overpowering for me. Kimchi is such a strong flavor in itself, it was hard to taste anything else on the pizza. For dessert, I had to try their homemade vanilla soft serve drizzled with fruity extra virgin olive oil and sea salt. Believe me when I say that olive oil and ice cream DO GO TOGETHER! The flavors of sweet, salty, nutty and fruity pair beautiful together creating a unique treat. I highly recommend trying this local favorite, and don't miss out on dessert!

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