If you’re from Inver Grove Heights or grew up in The Grove, you’ve probably devoured over 100 Old World Pizzas in your lifetime. That number is likely much higher for lifers. There is no question that Old World Pizza is the best pizza in Inver Grove Heights, and even though there is no shortage of pizza restaurants in IGH, OWP reigns supreme. With Turitto’s, Carbone’s, Papa John’s, Little Caesars, Domino’s and Dominick’s (which has the best Phily Cheese steak in Inver Grove Heights), there is ample pizza selection in the city of average eats. But Old World Pizza is so good and popular they currently don’t have any signage outside the pizza joint indicating it’s Old World Pizza. All they have is maroon paint covering up the old Emma Krumbee’s logo. It doesn’t matter, the place is still always busy.
We love Old World Pizza. Who doesn’t? It’s easily the best pizza in Inver Grove Heights. But there are some things we’d just like to get off our chest. The current setup for the Old World Pizza buffet is a disaster. It’s not efficient and the line does not flow well in the new location. Not to mention, who else thinks the buffet pizza isn’t as good as the pizza you get when ordering your own individual pizza? The buffet pizza doesn’t seem to be cooked as long, which is understandable because of the mass volumes of pizza being cranked out for the buffet rush.
But back to the buffet line. When you get your plate and head to the buffet line there is the option to get salad or pizza. There should be clear separation between the two. Newbies who come to Old World Pizza don’t know the rules or how it’s set up. So they wait in the salad line while someone slowly puts together a salad. But, as the line gets longer, the Old World employees tell those who just want pizza they can jump in front of those getting salad. Disclaimer – we are not blaming the Old World employees, they are always friendly and trying to help you stuff your face as efficiently as possible. However, what if you are getting salad and pizza? You don’t want to be pushed to the back of the pizza line when all the people getting pizza suddenly jump in front of you. And what if you get your salad and are next in line in the pizza line, and then someone who gets pizza only jumps in front of you? Whose turn is it then anyway? People seem confused and wonder what others are doing or where they should go. Others don’t care and they jump in front of anyone they can to fill their plate.
It seems most people don’t know where the buffet line starts and proper buffet line etiquette. That’s why we recommend opening up two lines at all times during lunch hour, like at the old location. One could be for pizza only, and one for salad only. Or they could continue to have both options. But spreading out the buffet lines could reduce congestion and confusion while increasing consumption, or efficiency of consumption.
Speaking of the buffet, if you want some good entertainment, head to the buffet on a Monday or Tuesday night around 7:30 p.m. When the weeknight buffet shuts down, they let those still eating get boxes and take home the rest of the pizza. That is pure craziness. Women, children and the elderly will push you aside to get a chance to fill that box with the leftover buffet pizza. It’s an all out battle to get in line first before it’s gone.
We love Old World Pizza, but the buffet line needs work. What doesn’t need work, apparently, is the signage. The place is so popular Old World Pizza doesn’t even need any signs indicating it’s a pizza place.
It’s that good.
- The number to Old World Pizza, 651-455-1551 is probably the most dialed number in IGH. However 651-451-1551 is probably also the most common wrong number dialed. We’ve all done it when dialing Old World over the years, wanting pizza we get confused and dial 651-451-1551 instead: “Klecatsky & Sons Funeral Homes” Oops, we wanted the pizza place, not the funeral home.
- The best pizza deal at OWP is the solo 8 inch pizza. You can get a cheese for $3.50 and a one-topping for $4. That’s a great deal for the light eater or looking for a light snack.
- The patio at Old World Pizza is highly underutilized. It’s a nice spot and a chance to get away from the mundane inside decor, which we previously compared to that of a retirement home.
- Word from the Eat IGH street team is that you can now buy frozen Old World Pizza’s at a bar north of the Twin Cities. Still trying to confirm that one. Could frozen takeout pizzas be next?
- While there may be some complaints about OWP in this article, the reality is Old World Pizza is the best pizza place in IGH and arguably the best place to eat in IGH.