Cuisine: Delicatessan, Pizza
Restaurant Features: Counter Service, On-Site Parking
Locations: St Paul, Woodbury, MN
Addresses & Maps:
St Paul– 619 Selby Ave St Paul, MN 55102 (651) 224-3350
Woodbury– 803 Bielenberg Dr, Woodbury, MN – (651) 702-5544
Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-10pm Fri-Sat 11am-11pm
Links: Paisanos Website
Atmosphere: The St Paul location of Paisanos Pizza & Hot Hoagies is located at the intersection of Selby & Dale, in the same building as The Louisiana Cafe. Menu boards are hung on the walls when you first walk in, so you can decide what you want while waiting in line. You place your order at one end of the counter and then pick it up at the other end when it is ready. Paisanos Pizza has tables spread out in front of several big windows that look out to Selby Ave, as well as a long bar-height table with stools that all face the windows. Decor is contemporary.
Individual Slices of Cheese, Pepperoni, or Sausage are sold during the lunch hours or you can choose from 8″ 12″ or 16″ pizzas with your choice of any combination of the following ingredients: Sausage, Canadian Bacon, Bacon, Hamburger, Chicken, BBQ Chicken, Artichoke Hearts, Fresh Spniach, pepperoni, Red Onion, Green Peppers, Jalapenos, Crushed Garlic, Roasted Garlic, Fresh Basil, Cheddar Cheese, Feta Cheese, Mushrooms, Black or Green Olives, Kalamata Olives, Sun-dried Tomato, Roma Tomato, Pineapple, and Banana Peppers.
Specialty pizza options include Classic, Tuscan (white sauce, Canadian bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and fresh basil), Caribbean (canadian bacon, red onion, fresh parmesan and pineapple), Vegetarian, Margherita, Mediterranean (sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, feta cheese, kalamata olives, fresh spinach), Bacon Cheeseburger, and Taco Pizza (seasoned beef, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, black olives, tortilla chips and special sauce).
Stromboli, Lasagna and Chicken Wings are also offered on Paisanos menu.
Price guide: Salads $6-7 Pizza Slice $3-4 Whole Pizzas $6-20 Hoagies $7-8
What I ordered: I ordered a single slice of Cheese Bread, which was pre-made for the lunch rush. The bread was really good, slightly crispy around the edges but still soft in the middle. It had plenty of garlic butter and melted mozzarella with oregano sprinkled on top. It came with a side of marinara for dipping, which was thick and had the distinct flavor of garlic and other Italian spices.
I also had a big piece of Pepperoni Pizza (sold by the slice). Very good! The crust was thin but not too crispy, and also not too chewy. The sauce was mild but had a decent amount of garlic and detectable oregano too. The pizza was covered with plenty of mozzarella cheese and ultra-thin pepperonis
Service: There were several customers in line to order food at Paisanos when I first arrived, so it took about five minutes before I was able to order. I was short on time and liked that they had pizza slices ready, so that is what I went with. A hot pizza was just pulled out of the oven just in time for me to get a fresh slice and I was able to walk out the door in less than ten minutes after arriving. The guys serving the pizza were really nice and patient with the customers.
Overall Impression: Pretty good pizza sold by the slice at reasonable prices. The hoagie sandwiches also looked good! Reasonably fast, depending on what you order.