Finally made it to Pizza Luce tonight. Spectacular.
In comments elsewhere on this blog at least two people have recommended Luce in the most glowing terms.
Luce has been going for 22 years in the Twin Cities and now has seven locations, including one out of town in Hopkins and one way out of town in Duluth.
The pizza is indeed more East Coast-like than any other I have sampled so far in the Cities. For one thing it came by default (i.e. without us mentioning a preference) in the traditional Eastern wedge-shaped cut, not the quantized square “party cut” that is popular hereabouts, much to my mystification.
We sat at the bar and commiserated with the bartender over this odd slicing choice. He complained that on more than one occasion he has had to re-submit an order when a wedge-cut pizza did not meet the unvoiced expectations of some party-cut aficionado.
We had a medium-sized Wild Mushroom & Arugula pizza — olive oil, fresh basil, arugula, caramelized onion, garlic, wild mushroom blend (crimini, oyster, portabella, shiitake), provolone, parmesan, and mozzarella. Luce’s crust is thin and crisp enough to support picking up a piece by the edge from the very first (very hot) slice.
Accompanied by a Surly “Furious” American IPA (see, I’m branching out here), the pizza was sufficiently filling to preclude thoughts of Luce’s tiramisu, however highly recommended that desert had been from another commenter elsewhere on this blog.
When we left the restaurant around 8:00 pm, there were more people queued up for tables than when we had arrived. On a Monday evening.