Take friends or family to Pompeii so you can swap slices and try several of these chewy, fresh personal pizzas featuring homemade mozzarella and locally grown toppings. Each is blistered to a slight crunch in a 750-degree stone oven within this historic Elk River building.
Pompeii's mainstays include a Margherita ($5.95) with fresh tomato sauce and bright basil, the classic ($5.95) with oregano-infused red sauce, and white pizzas made with creme fraiche ($7.95 to $9.50). With crust this good, toppings don't need to be fancy. Seasonal pizzas show off ingredients like spring asparagus, sun-dried tomatoes, garlic and spinach. Unique mango chutney pizza blends sweet with heat. The menu highlights more than a dozen wines (with suggestions for pairing), plus seasonal salads and a list of paninis.
If you eat too much, walk it off by strolling along the Mississippi River, shopping for local art or browsing through antiques in the downtown district where Pompeii makes its home. You'll want to make room to go back and try the delicious, tangy-sweet lemon dessert pizza, slathered with a layer of creme fraiche and topped with lemon sugar.