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Fat Lorenzo's

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(28 Reviews)

5600 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417

(612) 822-2040

Today: 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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General Info
Established in 1987, Fat Lorenzo s is an eating establishment that specializes in Italian cuisine. Its d cor features murals painted by local artists. The restaurant offers a variety of food items, such as starters, appetizers, salads, pizzas, hoagies and pasta dishes. Fat Lorenzo s serves a range of chicken items and beef selections. The restaurant s menu also includes spaghetti, garlic cheese bread, lasagna, hamburgers and steaks. Additionally, it provides various catering services. Fat Lorenzo s is located in Minneapolis.
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amex, master card, visa, all major credit cards, diners club, discover, cash
Price Range
Nokomis, Diamond Lake
Pizza, Italian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Caterers, Restaurants
Other Information

Cuisines: Caterers, Family Style, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Wi-Fi: No

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Parking: Street, Lot, Private

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average


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Fat Lorenzos

Wonderful sauce on their pizza but the breadsticks are what really make this place special. For rjose of you arguing over whether this place is better tham Luce, it is. Luce has the shrimp pesto but Fats is flavorful




Sorry excuse when they can't understand where to deliver, they say it's not I'm their area( 3 miles from rest.) not worth the trouble to even see if their food is any good



Provided by Citysearch - 
Incredible 1st visit

We recently moved to Edina and were told to try Fat Lorenzo's for a great pizza. They were totally right. We waited 20 minutes to be seated, but it was so worth it. The ingredients tasted like they just picked them and the crust was cooked to a soft slightly chewy bit of perfection. We also tried the Gelato Itialian Ice Cream, don't leave there without trying it, you won't be sorry!!
See you soon FL



Provided by Citysearch - 
da best around

this guy disagrees with the comment refuting the claim that Fat Lorenzo's is better than Luce. I live two blocks from the Luce in uptown and must say that I wouldn't even rate it top 3 in Mpls. I would rate Dulono's better even just in uptown. As for Fat Lorenzo's: this place brings the coolest dining environment, the friendliest service and the best tasting grub together better than any other pizzeria in this city. The aesthetics of the place are fantastic with its muraled italian landscapes and cherubs adding a sense of true escape to the dining experience. However I cannot stress enough that this is THE BEST PIZZA I HAVE HAD IN MINNEAPOLIS. No bs, no elite neo-beatnik foodie chef attempts to over spice/over garnish/over combine flavors and toppings. This place does pizza the way it was meant to be done, with a solid, simple family recipe that was formulated to get it right, and therein succeeds.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The yocal that says this place is better than Luce is WAY off.

OK, the pizza here is better than average, but at the recommendation this place is better than Luce is insance. Bland sauce, doughy crust, sparse ingredients, come on man!



Provided by Citysearch - 
It doesn't get any better in the Twin Cities

Not only does Fat Lorenzos have excellent pizza, but they also are in a very cool building with great service.

The staff has been friendly every time I've been there. The crust on the pizza and the sauce are both top shelf.

Good stuff!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Family Pizza Joint

This is a great little restaurant to get take out, delivery or take the kids to. Its not fancy by any means, but the staff is friendly, the prices are reasonable, the delivery is quick and the food is pretty darn good. Its not diet....they pile on the cheese! The meatball hoagie is the best in town and I love their pizza sauce!

Its noisy and fun and great for kids.

The other reviewers that are looking for gourmet shouldn't be going to this little neighborhood joint. Leave it to the rest of us in the city!!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Great Hoagie

Pizza ok for a real Italian, but for all american city boy, toppings scarce, too much tomato sauce, little
flavor except tomato sauce. However, the steak and cheese sandwich is 'to die for'. A Hot Hoagie
thats toasted, full flavored, red dipping sauce, a real taste treat. Plenty of melted tasty cheese, don't forget
extra pepperocini's (sp?)....Prices moderate to high for takeout food. Eat in is a questionable experience.
Overall, if you already know what you like on their menu, you're safe.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not recomended for children

No Bendy straws..... minus one point.



Provided by Citysearch - 
i likey

this is the best cheapest pizza there is i would pay 500$ for it hmmmmmmmmmm PIZZA!!!!!!!!oh yea
i highly reccommend this to all the retards that cant read

Wayzata Guy


Provided by Citysearch - 
The search continues

I've been searching for the perfect pizza in the Mpls/St Paul area for years and have yet to find it. It was not found here either. The crust was a little thicker than I like, the cheese was bland, but the toppings were fresh and good. There were actually chunks of tomatoes in the sauce, which is good.

If you are in the neighborhood, try it.



Provided by Citysearch - 
User review by aalkins

This is a great little place if you love pizza it always crowded but it worth the the Waite, and would it be crowded if it wasn't good? It has the pest pizza that makes others seem bla and the serves is great once your seated. I would suggest to take it to go on Friday night.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Not a destination Restaurant

If you're in the area, this is a good place to go. Food, service, and atmosphere is slightly above average. It's good, accurately priced, but not worth making a trip to this place.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Fun Little Place

Fat Lorenzo's is a great place to take the kids. The pizza and sandwiches are very good. Service is always excellent. It is amazing how many pizzas go out of the place while you are sitting there waiting for yours. They are busy at times but the food is worth the wait. And their prices are pretty comparable to other good pizza places.



Provided by Citysearch - 
The beer redeems

In general the resturant is cramped, but cozy. The pizza is average, and could be considered a bit cheesy. However, the great selection of beers and the neighborhood atmosphere puts this pizza place in the ""reccomended"" section. If you're in the south Minneapolis area and need your beer and cheese fix I can't think of a better place. Pizza snobs should look elsewhere.



Provided by Citysearch - 
pizza TERRIBLE here

People do NOT know pizza in this town, thus al the good reviews. Anyway they have other good stuff and great atmosphere. Pizza is WAY OVERRATED and any good piiza reviewer of this place has never had a good pizza. Soggy and greasy and way too cheesy. just disgusting IMOHO.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Just get A bread Stick!

At my work I recommend this restaurant to everyone who comes in from out of town, it is way to close to my office. Then when they say they are going to check it out I always find the time to join them. When my wife and I ride our bikes on the Mpls. chain of lake we stop in frequently. I always suggest starting with a fresh baked Bread stick. It is over 18 inches long and comes with the perfect marinara, caution when eating by yourself this may just fill you up. They have too many quality items on their menu. I have the strumboli appetizer and dont share, or one of their hoagies, so I have never had their Pizza?



Provided by Citysearch - 
You'll Be Glad You Did!

Pleasant setting with ""neighborhood"" atmosphere. Food was incredible and the friendliness even more so. It's view of Lake Nakomis adds a special touch to its cozy location. The owner, a real ""down to earth guy,"" spent almost an hour talking about his philosphy on his operation, ""It's all about people."" If you fail to go there, you'll never know the experience you missed.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Finest Pizza in Town

Here's the deal: Awesome pizza, good service. If you plan to eat there you get a great selection of beers and some appetizers. I recommend getting the big cheesy bread-twist deal.

NOTE: If they tell you that it will be three dollars to deliver to you, you are TOO FAR AWAY to get fresh pizza. That three dollars isn't for gasoline, it's to discourage you from ordering because you just ain't close enough.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Family Nights at Fat's

Good pizza, a nice selection of Italian entrees, fresh salads, one of the better bottled beer selections around - all at reasonable prices. Take these and put them into a small, neighborhoody atmosphere with a friendly waitstaff and you have Fat Lorenzo's. Their pizza is way above local chian places, however I do wish they would use a bit more sauce and less cheese. A slice of Fat's Special could easily take you over your daily calorie limit! The entrees are the surprise here. Lasagna, spaghetti w/ sausage (spicy and sweet - some of the best in town) and chicken alfredo are all satisfying and excellent values. Fresh dinner salads are meals in themselves. Also, don't let small dining area keep you away. It's a fun place that buries a night out at some sterile chain meat factory!!