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'Top Chef' star opens his new pizzeria in St. Paul

Justin Sutherland is putting his stamp on St. Paul.

A chef-turned-TV star-turned-entrepreneur has opened his latest restaurant in St. Paul on Monday.

Justin Sutherland, a former contestant on the Bravo TV show, is the brains behind the opening of The Fitz, a pizzeria located in the revamped space of what was formerly Fitzgerald's in St. Paul's Cathedral Hill neighborhood.

On the menu are as many as 16 pizza creations, as well as ribs, a signature burger, salads, and a selection of cocktails and other beverages.

Of those pizza dishes, the Twin Cities Eater reports that it's the 3 Chicago-style deep-dish options that have been getting the most buzz, with reviewer Joy Summers saying The Fitz has a "serious contender for the best deep dish this side of Michigan Avenue."

Since his turn on "Top Chef," Sutherland has seen his profile undergo a stratospheric rise, and he's proving to have a keen business eye as he became managing partner of the Madison Restaurant Group.

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The group is already behind St. Paul haunts including the Handsome Hog, Eagle Street Grille, Gray Duck Tavern, Public Kitchen & Bar, and Green Lantern.

And Sutherland has been leading the way expanding its reach not only with The Fitz, but also the opening of the Ox Cart Arcade in Lowertown and Fire & Whiskey in New Richmond, Wisconsin.

What's more, he's planning to relocate his former restaurant – Stillwater's Pearl & The Thief – to Minneapolis.

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