42: Slice from Hello Pizza

You should be familiar with this by now. It isn't the sophisticated glamour girl all decked out in Fendi and golden hair weaves who you want! It's the quiet, mousy little sister with the heart of gold in well worn sneakers who is the true girlfriend material. Don't let her get away because you're too enamored with the hair weaves! You'll be sorry.

Ann Kim's beloved, refined, and all grown up Pizzeria Lola gets all the love, but to us, it's unassuming little Hello Pizza and the slices they sling that truly deserve our affections.

See also: 43: Lengua Burrito from El Taco Riendo

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There are no NYC slice joints that really stand up to their namesake in this town, no matter how many inferences to the city they stamp on the signage.

Hello is the closest we've had without crossing any state lines, though Edina can admittedly be a journey -- in this case, a worthy one.

You'll find nice flop and crisp chew with their own signature airiness in the crust; we heartily recommend the Hello Rita (Margarita) to get the full experience out of just one slice. Hand-crushed tomato sauce, good mozz, olive oil, basil, and Sicilian oregano come together for reliable classic harmony.

Extra points for serving it up on a faux paper plate in a room that's just ever so slightly on the wrong side of comfy -- fluorescent lights encourage movement after all, and others need to get that seat. Better yet, wait until the weather cooperates and grab one of the few coveted sidewalk chairs. There's no better summertime ritual. Pop back in for an olive oil with fleur de del soft serve for a restorative ending.

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