Black Sheep is the oddball making all the right moves. At multiple locations (two in Minneapolis, one in St. Paul, and one at the airport), these pizza pros sling pies from a coal-fired oven, which yields a crisp-yet-chewy crust with a bit of crackling char. Fan favorites include the meatball, ricotta, and garlic, along with the spicy Persian beef with harissa and feta—but truth be told, a slice of straightforward cheese and sauce pizza here is as satisfying as they come. One more trick up Black Sheep’s sleeve is the Sicilian: a 16-inch square pie with cheese, sauce, and extra virgin olive oil that gets baked to crispy perfection. Buy it by the quarter, half, or whole, or grab a taste during happy hour, when discounted mini slices are available. There’s a pie here for every persuasion.
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