At Pizzeria Lola in Southwest Minneapolis, the first thing one notices is the huge copper-plated wood-burning oven. The oven fills the room with the aroma of the pies, with their deliciously chewy crusts and artisan toppings.
The menu includes everything from a good oldMarinara for $8 to the Lady ZaZa for $15, which includes Korean sausage with house-made kimchi, serrano peppers, soy chili glaze, scallions and sesame oil.
The starters have something for every taste, from meatballs with crostini for $10 to roast asparagus, blue cheese and saba for $7.
Especially recommended is the simple pleasure of homemade vanilla soft-serve with extra-virgin olive oil & fleur de sel (cacao nibs can be added for another dollar). They also serve a good selection of wine and micro-brews.
The restaurant was opened just last year by Ann Kim. During dinner rush, there's often a line waiting outside the door. Diners who want a guaranteed immediate seat can show up a little earlier. They also take reservations.
Pizzeria Lola is located at 5557 Xerxes Av. S., Minneapolis. It's open Tuesday-Thursday from 5 p.m.-10 p.m.; Friday from 5 p.m.-11 p.m.; Saturday from 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; and closed Mondays.