Black Sheep Coal Fired Pizza – St. Paul

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We are going to be the Black Sheep here…

Why am I saying “we”? Because all three of us who dined at Black Sheep Pizza in St. Paul before our Gaelic Storm Concert last weekend felt the same way…

What’s the hype all about?

Is it that they are supposed to have gourmet ingredients?

Is it the “coal fired pizza” thing?

We just don’t get it.

It certainly wasn’t bad… but it wasn’t anything special. When a restaurant is receiving so many accolades throughout the Twin Cities and people keep touting that this place is a gem, we had to test to it out.

Our Experience:

While there were a couple of great local beers featured, it wasn’t enough to wow our dining experience.

We ordered the Meatball, Ricotta and Garlic Pizza as well as a Build-Your-Own Pizza with sausage and mushrooms.

Top: Sausage & Mushroom
Bottom: Meatball, Ricotta & Garlic

They were both good. But not exceptional. We all felt they were lacking flavor. Occasionally, I would get a little bite of garlic or a taste of ricotta that would just light up that specific bite, but that experience was scarce, as was the sauce.

In fact, I seemed to be the only one who had those exceptional bites. In addition, the sausage was disappointing. It might be because I expect little chunks of sausage with fennel {especially when it is labeled “fennel sausage”} instead of thin slices. We didn’t taste the fennel either.

We left satisfied, but not impressed. We met friends out for drinks afterward and when we told one friend our experience {incidentally, my friend Jared}, he was in complete shock. “Did you get the Meatball, Ricotta and Garlic Pizza?” he said. “That’s one of my favorites!” When we told him that we did and thought it was virtually flavorless, he blinked like a deer in headlights.

So I got to thinking… Maybe Black Sheep was just having a bad night. Maybe we need to give them another chance.

Have you been to Black Sheep Pizza in Minneapolis or St. Paul?

If so, what was your experience like?

Or… What’s your favorite pizza?

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6 responses »

  1. Sad to hear that. I’ve been there and really enjoyed the pizza! Next time you want to go, let me know. I would suggest giving them a second chance. 🙂

  2. I had their chopped salad and loved it so much I ordered one to go, with extra dressing because I like it so much. I ordered it with extra garbanzo beans for the added fiber and protein.

    And, I just happen to be eating my own salad I made with the extra dressing right this moment.

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