Renee Steve

Punch Woodfire Pizza
704 Cleveland Ave South
St. Paul


Date of Review
November 4, 2000


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  • Ham, Mushroom and Basil Pizza $9.25

Wow living in the metro area I of course have heard about this restaurant. It always makes the lists. I really thought there was no way it would be as good as everyone said it would be. But this is a case where everyone is not wrong.

We arrived at 5 p.m. luckily were on our way to an event that started at 7 p.m., so we needed to eat early. We got one of the last tables. By 5:15 every table was taken and by the time we left at 6:30 p.m. there was at least 30 people waiting to be seated.

I like most Americans like pizza, but I don't love it. In general, I am a crust person, if the crust is good, I like it, if not I can take it or leave it. This crust was excellent, the topping was excellent and not too many to cover up the great crust. I could see why so many loved their pizza. It helps of course that they are in a popular neighborhood with a few universities nearby, but I think any neighborhood would benefit from such a place.

  • Salami, Sun Dried Tomatoes, Olives and Oregano $9.75

You walk into Punch Woodfire Pizza and you realize that it's a trendy place. The restaurant opens at 5:00 p.m., we arrived at 5:09 p.m., and the place was full by 5:15 p.m. By the time we finished, the line was out the door and the wait was at least one-half hour.

This is an excellent date place too. It's bright, trendy, and noisy. It's a place to be seen. The noise makes you concentrate on your conversation even more. To top it off, it's a pizza place, so you don't have to unload a c note on your first date.

My Palermo Pizza was excellent. It comes with salami, sun dried tomatoes, olives and oregano. The price is right and the portion is large. On a future visit, I would recommend sharing a salad and pizza (if you and your companion can agree on a salad and pizza). Who knows? It could be the start of a beautiful relationship.

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