PizzaRev, a Buffalo Wild Wings-backed pizza joint, is better than you might expect

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Last week, PizzaRev, a fast-casual pizza chain from California, opened its second Minnesota location in Edina. Buffalo Wild Wings -- which recently invested in Dallas' Rusty Taco chain -- owns the franchise rights to PizzaRev in Minnesota, as part of its effort to diversify within the fast-casual market. PizzaRev's first Minnesota location opened in Hopkins on May 14.

To be frank, we didn't have the highest hopes for PizzaRev. The build-your-own pizza concept isn't exactly new and the setup sounded too much like a Subway adaptation for us to fully trust the quality of the final product. We were wrong. Mostly.

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Emily Eveland

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Upon arriving at PizzaRev we were immediately greeted by a man we can only assume was the manager, based on his overwhelming enthusiasm for the PizzaRev system. He gave the full spiel to each new customer who entered: PizzaRev makes 11-inch pizzas with as many toppings as you want for $7.99 and within three minutes. He advised that we skip the menu and instead go down the line to choose from their sauces (white, red, and olive oil), cheeses (mozzarella, vegan, blue, ricotta, and feta), and 30 additional toppings (including spicy chorizo, crumbled meatballs, fennel seeds, and artichoke hearts). To streamline the process, each PizzaRev employee is assigned to a different station.

PizzaRev caters to vegans and the gluten-free crowd with a gluten-free crust ($2 extra) and vegan cheese ($1 extra). The menu also helpfully points out which toppings contain gluten.

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We opted for a create-your-own pizza and the Fennel & Sausage pizza, one of PizzaRev's nine "Our Way" pizzas, and for the create-your-own 'za, we went with white sauce, mozzarella, ham, spinach, and garlic.
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While we checked out, another employee added our personal pizzas to the large wood-fired over near the register. Within two minutes of sitting down, we were served our pizzas.
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As with any create-your-own establishment, the quality of the food largely depends on your ability to combine flavors. If you think anchovies, pineapple, barbecue sauce, and blue cheese sounds like a good idea, you're going to have a bad time. Though we too experience the heart-beat-skipping excitement of having a massive variety of toppings at our fingertips, we suggest you stick with the simple.

For the variety and cost, PizzaRev's pizzas are actually pretty damn good. Though we can't envision ourselves making the trek to Edina solely to stop at PizzaRev (we save that kind of pilgrimage for Hello Pizza), it's a great option for folks in the area and likely to be a saving grace for parents with a horde of picky kids to please. Case in point: During our visit, the woman in front of us ordered 11 personal pizzas, each with different specifications. And though it was only their second day of business, PizzaRev took the onslaught in stride, churning out the full order within 10 minutes.

PizzaRev is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m.

PizzaRev
7529 France Avenue S
Edina, MN
952-831-0337

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28 comments
Danae Curtis
Danae Curtis

I unfortunately have a bad review. I took my twins to the Hopkins opening. Saltine cracker crust over-cooked, hardly any sauce, and cheese/toppings not even warm in the middle of a tiny pizza. :(

Courtney Chirpich
Courtney Chirpich

If you want to bring a gun to fully enjoy your pizza no one wants you there anyway. Or anywhere.

Nick Orlick
Nick Orlick

Kimmie Kajok Totten why? Because that pizza won't shoot itself into slices.

Nick Orlick
Nick Orlick

Do they have a no guns policy too? If so I will go for sure. Just like bdubs.

Christopher Rohling
Christopher Rohling

Good job Bdubs LOL! ,had to do something ,ya wings Suuuuuuck! Good luck in the Pizza game ...

Dan Mason
Dan Mason

Lots of people carry everywhere they go so its important to know if an establishment respects the second amendment or disregards our freedom because they don't understand the world that we live in.

Helder Francisco Vieira Gomes
Helder Francisco Vieira Gomes

Why do you need a gun to eat pizza? What happens if a robber man or terrorist guy comes into the establishment? Then what are you going to do? Keep on eating your pizza like a sheep? No, you need to blam-blam in order to continue to eat your zza-zza!!!

Carol Dean
Carol Dean

Love Minnesota lived there 18 yes the cold and ageing was a deciding factor for leaving

Heather Schluter
Heather Schluter

Rossilynd sounds like its right by Q's. We should have a two part lunch date and hit both lol

Shayne O'Neil
Shayne O'Neil

When you say "za", you lose all credibility.

Abhishek A Sawal
Abhishek A Sawal

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Matthew Martin
Matthew Martin

I love the one in Hopkins. The price alone is worth a try

Will Donovan III
Will Donovan III

It sucked. The crust is like a water cracker and the sauce was nothing special. I wish something better would've come into my neighborhood.

Reier Erickson
Reier Erickson

Because nothing is worth going unless you can bring your best friend, your gun, with you.

Akil Pathan
Akil Pathan

Friends I Got 100 Rs Free Recharge Only in 5- 10 Minutes Visit-- WWW.RECHARGE200.TK

Marc Churchill
Marc Churchill

Do they have a no guns policy too? If so I will go for sure. Just like bdubs.

Michael Fleming
Michael Fleming

This is a knockoff of Mod Pizza out of Seattle. Which is also acceptable za, but the crust is compromised a bit with a kind of odd texture (designed for non-pros to handle). http://modpizza.com

Shayla Nicole
Shayla Nicole

I fell in love with pizza rev when I was living in socal and was beyond stoked to hear they were opening here too. I've been like.... 4 times haha

Liesl Weber Darnell
Liesl Weber Darnell

Gotta love the comments on these articles, always good for a chuckle.

Dan Berges
Dan Berges

Do they have a no guns policy too? If so I will never go. Just like bdubs.

MJ Lexvold
MJ Lexvold

How does it stack up to Solos Pizza Cafe? I'll give it a shot... but I dunno, I really love me some Ring of Fire from Solos.

ajlalk3
ajlalk3 topcommenter

That cracker looking crust seems awful. Mmm, pizza toppings on a saltine cracker!

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