June 1, 2012 |

2012 June: Did You Know? / Places That Rock

By Pizza Today

Save the date: Slice of Hope 2012 takes place Friday, October 12.

The Hot 100 Independents (our list of The new Pizza Today America’s most successful indy operations) control roughly $491 million in revenue.

Vermont has 204 pizzerias

iPad and Android tablet apps

 are being downloaded at a rate of 100 per day.

Places That Rock // Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza / Roots Homemade Pizza / Milo & Olive
Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza
600 Washington Ave. N.
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55401
(612) 342-2625


Sitting in the middle of the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Black Sheep has its sights on the business market, even prominently displaying an “Office Delivery” tab on its homepage. A second location has opened in St. Paul. The coal-fired pizzeria made the Food Network’s “50 States, 50 Pizzas” list. Black Sheep sources local produce and makes its own fennel sausage and meatballs. The No. 5 features fennel sausage, hot salami, onions and cracked green olives for $20.50 (16-inch). A few enticing ingredients to build a pizza include goat cheese, oyster mushrooms, roasted red peppers and salt-packed anchovies. Olives roasted with rosemary and garlic ($7) makes a great appetizer option. Black Sheep tweets a daily market salad like the roasted beets with mache, feta and romesco.
Roots Homemade Pizza
1924 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60622
(773) 645-4949


Roots pays homage to its home region with a Midwest-only beer list (70 beers) that features the likes of Goose Island, Bell’s and Metropolitan. Its appreciation for brew can be found in its dough, as well: Dark-roasted malt, the pizzeria’s website declares, gives the crust a richer, more complex flavor and extra tender/ chewy texture. Dubbed “Quad Cities” style — referring to communities west of Chicago on the Illinois/Iowa border, the pies are scissor-cut into strips. Highlighting Roots’ menu, the Taco pizza features taco-seasoned house made sausage, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and taco-seasoned chips ($27 for a 16-inch). The house-made sausage can also be ordered as a corndog or wrapped in a blanket. Roots has created a root beer and serves it bottled for $3 or as a float for $6.
Milo & Olive
2723 Wilshire Blvd.
Santa Monica, California 90403
(310) 453-6776


Milo & Olive is part pizzeria, part bakery. It blends a perfect combination: rustic pastries and fresh made breads — classic baguettes, three-cheese cheesebread and whole wheat potato bread — and wood fired artisan pizza featuring local farmers market produce and sustainable meats. The Spring Asparagus pizza features green garlic, Calabrian chilis, spring onion, farm egg and pecorino ($17). The House-Made Pork Belly Sausage is topped with braised greens, tomato and mozzarella ($17). For $2 to $4 more, add arugula, a farm egg, anchovies or prosciutto. The neighborhood shop has an intimate, cozy feel with two communal tables, open kitchen and bar seating in front of the make line. Pizza and pastries –– what more could anyone ask for?