I have a 7-year-old and a 9-year-old, so we eat a lot of pizza, and we're constantly on the lookout for new places to try. Keep reading to see which pizza spots in Minnesota have been recognized as the best by experts at Food & Wine and The Food Network.

Exciting news for pizza lovers – there's another spot coming to Minnesota. I bet my kids will love it too because this Iowa-based chain is known for both its delicious pizza and ice cream. The pizzeria from the Hawkeye state recently revealed its plans to open multiple locations in Minnesota.

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An Iowa-based pizza chain has plans to open six new locations in Minnesota by late 2024 or early 2025. Read more about the expansion below.

Here are the pizza joints that are already open and being recognized as the best in the state.


Mama's Pizza at 961 Rice St, in St Paul, has been open for nearly 60 years and was recognized as #1 in the state by the food site Eat This Not That!

Pizzeria Lola is located at 5557 Xerxes Ave S, in Minneapolis was selected as the top spot by Reader's Digest and Food & Wine.

Black Sheep with two locations in Minneapolis - 2550 Nicollet Ave S. and 600 Washington Ave. N. was selected as the best pizza in MN by The Food Network.

Taste of Home says the Persian Beef with Tomato, Feta & Harissa Pizza at Black Sheep is the BEST pizza on any menu in Minnesota. 

Iowa-based Pizzeria Will Open Several New Locations in Minnesota


According to Happy Joe's Wiki page, the pizza chain was founded in Bettendorf, Iowa in 1972 by Lawrence Joseph "Happy Joe" Whitty, a former Shakey's Pizza manager.

Happy Joe's menu includes a variety of pizza choices, wings, pasta, sandwiches, and ice cream. Also, each restaurant features an arcade area for guests to enjoy.

Most of Happy Joe's establishments are in Iowa, but there are two operating in Minnesota (Crookston and New Ulm), with an additional six coming soon to the Twin Cities area. Pizza Marketplace reported about the expansion and says the restaurants are scheduled to be open by late 2024 or early 2025

Tom Sacco,  the company's "chief happiness officer", CEO, and president said, "It's a great time for entrepreneurs to join the Happy Joe's family. Our customers and franchisee candidates have taken notice of our new look in stores and online, leading to plenty of interest in owning a Happy Joe's. With more locations coming to Minnesota and beyond, we'll be serving up pizza, ice cream, and smiles to more and more communities!"

16 Minnesota Pizza Joints Reviewed by Barstool Sports

Founder of Barstool Sports, Dave Portnoy, isn't just known for his blog, he also has a popular video series called One Bite where he reviews different pizza joints. These are the 16 that he's reviewed in Minnesota in order from lowest to highest rating.

Gallery Credit: Carly Ross