The Best Pizza in the Valley

Variety is the “slice” of life in the St. Croix Valley.
Bricks Neapolitan Pizza in Hudson fires up a margherita pizza.

Minnesotans and Wisconsinites CAN agree that pizza is delicious no matter how you slice it. There are brick-oven pies, New York-style slices, deep-dish delights and everything in between. So go ahead and reap the saucy rewards of your abundant river valley, one cheesy bite at a time.

Ordinary Average Guy

QuickFire Pizza
What’s wrong with ordinary? It’s familiar, comfortable and reliable. QuickFire Pizza believes in pushing the boundaries of “ordinary.” Pizza artist David Terwey says that when it comes to making pizza, “We do it right. All of our products are imported from Italy or locally made in Stillwater, [including] our olive oil from Stillwater Olive Oil.” With ingredients so fresh, it’s little wonder that a pizza as delicious as the Ordinary Average Guy tastes so inspired. Created by owner Ryan Lettner, this pie is a meaty mania of Italian sausage, pepperoni, prosciutto, smoked bacon, red onions, and a kick of jalapenos and Cajun sauce topped with mozzarella $10.99.


Bricks Neapolitan Pizza
Imagine if every cheeseburger you ordered came with an official seal of authenticity from a national institution to preserve the art of the perfect sandwich. While this may seem far-fetched, the Italian pizza gurus here take the full measure to ensure margherita pizza perfection. Bricks Neapolitan Pizza has been certified by the Associazone Verace Pizza Napoletana, an organization based in Naples, whose job is to ensure that any pizza created as a “Neapolitan” adheres to traditional standards. Owner Kevin Bordenave says fresh basil and mozzarella bring out the flavor of the crushed San Marzano tomatoes, which is all you need for a bit of Italian tradition $9.50.

Breakfast Pizza

Kozy Korner
Most of us relish the chance to sleep in. However, this extra hour or two comes at the risk of missing breakfast. Luckily, Kozy Korner has your back. Owner Ryan Nelson describes the Pizza Scramble as a breakfast experiment, a deep-dish pizza with a hollandaise sauce, ham and bacon, mixed with scrambled eggs and hash browns under a blanket of melted cheddar cheese. The secret is in the crust, with fresh dough made daily. For sports fans, the first drink is free at the start of the weekly game to customers wearing sports apparel, which means Vikings and Packers fans alike can share in the revelry. Pizza, $18.50 medium.

Greek Delight

Red’s Savoy Pizza
Most people are familiar with New York- and Chicago-style pizzas, but there is a third option: Midwest style. Red’s traditionally serves up thin-crust pizzas with a famous spicy sauce, a hallmark of the originality of this Twin Cities pizza place. It’s a combination of traditional pizza making with new and diverse ingredients that make the Greek delight a “Minnesota-style” pizza. Freshly cooked gyro meat gets slathered with creamy tzatziki sauce and is topped with fresh onion and tomato for a flavor partnership that’s almost as strong as putting Canadian bacon on a New York pizza $12.95, regular.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Grand Pizza
A delivery pizza can be the perfect dinner solution after a stressful day at work, or when you simply run out of groceries. Break the mold and treat the family to a night of dining in at Grand Pizza. We recommend the BBQ chicken pizza. Marinated chicken is covered with tangy barbecue sauce and spread across a white sauce with fresh onions. Bubbling mozzarella and cheddar cheeses layer the top with spicy jalapenos for a touch of zing. Another excellent choice is the spinach and artichoke Alfredo pizza, which also comes with fresh broccoli and tomato for a delicious vegetarian alternative Each pizza is $14.49, 12”.

Minnesota Fats

Fold it, bend it or roll it; part of the fun of eating New York-style pizza is how you get those big slices into your mouth. Victoriano’s has brought a pizza beast from the East Coast to Stillwater, and it is known as the Minnesota Fats. Forget about that diet because this pizza is pure indulgence. A meat medley of Canadian bacon, sausage, beef, pepperoni, chicken, and crispy bacon is piled high with chopped onions and peppers for a flavorful finish. Mozzarella and fresh thyme complete this cavalcade of goodness $20, large 14”.

All’ Arugola

Luna Rossa Trattoria Wine Bar
The pizza at Luna Rossa Trattoria Wine Bar in Stillwater comes with a touch of class. Seeking to elevate the pizza dining experience, the all’ arugola offers a flurry of refined flavors. It is made with goat cheese, fresh arugula and garlic, and tangy pepperoncinis. You also can’t go wrong with the Calabrese pizza. The prosciutto, artichokes, olives and fresh basil that flavor this select pie really come to life with a glass of Fontella Chianti. Pizzas, $11.99 each, $9 wine.

Taco Pizza

Dough Boys Pizza

At Dough Boys Pizza in Hudson, owner Chad Hoyt says, “We do everything homemade and offer a superior level of service.” This assurance guarantees the care put into these delicious pies. In the taco pizza, ground beef and cheese come together with all of the usual taco suspects; chopped lettuce, diced tomatoes and onions, all finished with sliced black olives and crushed tortilla chips. The taco seasoning is sprinkled into the sauce to create a unique flavor profile. $13.45, 10” pizza.