What’s not to love about wood-fired pizza? Seriously. My ideal ‘za has a hand-tossed crust….somewhat thin and airy with a nice little crunch on the exterior. No, it’s not a pipe dream. It exists….in Minneapolis.
We had been meaning to visit Element Pizza since it opened about a year ago. This place is TINY and is located right on Broadway Ave in NE Minneapolis, a couple of miles from our house. The Sis and Bro-in-law were in town for a few hours, so we decided to do dinner somewhere local – enter Element Pizza.
The décor was warm and cozy, with just a handful of tables. You order at the counter and the food arrives quickly. The menu at Element consists of several unique wood-fired pizzas, appetizers, and a few salads. They have several different wines by the bottle, which happened to be ½ price on Mondays and Tuesdays with the purchase of a 2 topping pizza. Score.
I opted to share a pizza with the sis and also ordered a small spinach salad to accompany it. The salad was right up my alley, with spinach, gorgonzola, walnuts, and dried cranberrires in a raspberry vinaigrette. Mmm.
The pizzas are all very unique so we had a tough time deciding which to order. We ended up going with the “Earth” – which had artichokes, salami, garlic, and basil. Remember my ideal crust? Yeah…this is it.
The hubs ordered the “Fire” pizza, which is now competing for a slot in the top 5 pizzas I have ever tried. Spicy sausage, roasted red pepper, goat cheese, and basil. WOW.
The Bottom Line
Wood-fired pizza is the only way to go in my book. They are ready quickly and the crust is cooked perfectly. The pizza at Element reminds me of another Minneapolis joint, Pizzeria Lola in South Minneapolis. We weren’t sure if we could find a comparable ‘za, but it turns out this one is even closer to home. And they DELIVER! Whaaaat? This could be dangerous.
We will absolutely be returning to Element when the pizza cravings strike again.
Yum Rating: 9.5/10