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Punch's Toto pizza: 100 Favorite Dishes, No. 97

Punch Pizza: serving up huge flavors in 90 seconds flat

Punch Pizza: serving up huge flavors in 90 seconds flat

Maybe it's the top-notch ingredients, from the San Marzano tomatoes to the imported mozzarella di bufala. Or maybe it's the crust--thin yet chewy and speckled with char from its 90-second stint in an 800-degree wood-fired oven. Whatever it is, when you bite into your first Punch Pizza, you know: All pizzas are not created equal.

From its ridiculously fast service to its popular pizza promotions (where it's not uncommon to find customers jammed 20 deep on the sidewalk in frostbite-inducing temperatures), there are reasons aplenty to love Punch. And now, here's one more: the Toto pizza.

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At $11.25, the Toto is the priciest pie on the menu; however, once you taste it, you may never go back to Margherita again. Punch drapes its signature San Marzano tomatoes and fresh mozzarella with razor-thin slices of prosciutto that turn chewy and crispy in the oven's searing heat. Liberal dollops of goat cheese add tangy creaminess, while slivers of roasted garlic, pungent leaves of arugula, and a sprinkling of cracked red pepper provide zest. The blistered and charred crust is perfect for dipping in Punch's peppery extra-virgin olive oil. Who knew pizza could be so transcendent?


PUNCH PIZZA
8353 Crystal View Rd., Eden Prairie 952.943.9557

210 E. Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
612.623.8114

3226 W. Lake St., Minneapolis
612.929.0006

802 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis
612.331.3122

Goat cheese and prosciutto: A match made in heaven

Goat cheese and prosciutto: A match made in heaven

704 Cleveland Ave. S., St Paul
651.696.1066

769 Grand Ave., St Paul
651.602.6068

1313 Wayzata Blvd. E., Wayzata
952.476.7991

Punch website

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 98: Stockholm Pie Company's peanut butter fudge cream pie
No. 99: Dogwood Coffee Co.'s macchiato
No. 100: Al's Breakfast buttermilk pancakes