Who serves the best pizza pie in Minnesota? It's really a matter of taste. But one ranking out this week gives the title to Punch Pizza.
Business Insider recently listed what it considers the best pizza in every state, based on "expert reviews and local recommendations."
This is what they had to say about Punch:
"Punch Pizza crafts its authentic Neapolitan pies using techniques steeped in tradition. Wood-burning ovens create the perfect crust and fresh mozzarella di bufala and crushed tomatoes add simple yet powerful flavor."
Punch has received its share of accolades over the years, including a shout-out from actress Meryl Streep.
It also got some very public praise from President Barack Obama, but not for its pizza – the president mentioned Punch Pizza's owners in his 2014 State of the Union Address for their decision to voluntarily raise their employees' minimum wage to $10 per hour.
The first Punch Pizza opened in St. Paul in 1996, and there are now nine locations in the metro area.
Here are the pizza joints that Business Insider chose as the best ones in our neighboring states:
Iowa: Gusto Pizza Co. in Des Moines.
North Dakota: Rhombus Guys, three locations including Fargo and Grand Forks.
South Dakota: Monks House of Ale Repute, Sioux Falls.
Wisconsin: Zaffiro's Pizza, Milwaukee.