Cuisine: Pizza, American
Restaurant Features: Bar, Counter Service and Table Service
Locations: Downtown Minneapolis, Uptown Minneapolis, Seward & University, St Paul & Duluth, MN
Addresses & Maps:
Downtown Minneapolis– 119 North 4th Street Mpls, MN 55401 (612) 333-7359
Uptown Minneapolis– 3200 Lyndale Ave So. Mpls, MN 55408 (612) 827-5978
Minneapolis– 2200 E. Franklin Avenue Mpls, MN 55404 (612) 332-2535
St Paul– 1183 Selby Avenue St. Paul, MN 55104 (651) 288-0186
Duluth– 11 East Superior Street Duluth, MN 55802 (218) 727-7400
Atmosphere: The downtown Mpls Pizza Luce location has two sides to the restaurant, on the right is the quick-serve line where guests can order pizza-by-the-slice. On the left is the dining room where guests sit down and order off the menu. The restaurant is decorated with a collection of hand-made art, including canvas paintings and glass pendant lamps. There is also a large full-service bar on the left side.
Menu: Appetizers at Pizza Luce include Artichoke Dip, Luce Chicken Wings, Veggie Nuggets, Focaccia Katerina, Garlic Cheese Toast, and Focaccia.
Salads offered are the Caesar, Greek, Garden, Spinach, Tuna Caliente, and the Lucky Luciano.
Hoagie sandwiches include Chicken Parmiagana, Mock Chicken Parmigiana, Meatball Parmigiana, Italian Sausage Parmiagana, and Mock Sausage Parmiagana. Other hoagies sandwiches include Pesto Turkey, Muffeleta, Mock Muffeleta, Italian Combo, Chicken Dijon, Mock Chicken Dijon, Ultimate Veggie, Beef Italiano, and Tuna Melt.
Pizzas come in 10″, 12″ or 16″. You can build your own or order any of the Specialty Pizzas which include The Classic, The Luce, Baked Potato Pizza, Maximus, Shrimp al Pesto, The Bear, Spanish Chicken, Ruby Rae and Pizza Lupe.
Pasta dishes include Spaghetti, Mostaccioli, Lasagna Abruzzi, and Roasted Vegetable Lasagna.
Pizza Luce also has a nice selection of desserts including Tiramisu, Carrot Cake, Cheese Cake, Chocolate Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Bar, Rice Krispie Bar, Big Ole Brownie, and Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream.
Price guide: Salads $3-8 Hoagies $7 Pizzas $12-22 Pastas $6-9 Desserts $2-5
What We ordered: My companions and I started with the Garlic Cheese Toast and Artichoke Dip for appetizers. The cheese bread was really flavorful and baked to a golden brown, just the way I like it. The sauce was very garlicy, which I thought was great.
We also tried the Artichoke Dip, which came in a large ramekin with three loaves of warm focaccia on the side. The dip was primarily cream-cheese based with roasted garlic and some parmesan. The cream cheese flavor was quite strong. I could taste the artichoke but only mildly, as they were very finely chopped into the dip. The bread was thick and really flavorful on its own.
For our main entree we shared a medium sausage and shrimp pizza. Delicious! The crust was New York-style but slightly light and fluffy instead of chewy. The sauce was zesty and garlicy and paired wonderfully with the Italian sausage and shrimp. The pizza also had a ton of cheese on top and was overall very filling.
Service: Our server was really good and gave us some good suggestions about drinks and appetizers, and was very patient as we took our time looking over the menu.
Overall Impression: Sitting down and ordering off the menu is where it is at when it comes to Pizza Luce! Great late-night spot or place to catch happy hour too. Pizza Luce also has a brunch menu on the wekends.