At Hello Pizza, owner Ann Kim is taking the pizza-making methods she has schooled herself in at her first-rate Pizzeria Lola and transferred them to the world of the slice shop, with a half-dozen always-ready options (and a few whole pies), plus meatball subs, several salads and house-made soft-serve ice cream. Kim also features a handful of wines, four craft beers on tap and a cool setting.

3904 Sunnyside Rd., Edina, 952-303-4514,

It's more than ice cream at Crema Cafe (although the frozen stuff is spectacular). Owners Ron Siron and Carrie Gustaftson put their tiny kitchen to good use, turning out terrific thin-crust pizzas, abundantly fresh salads and a handful of burgers and panini; the Sloppy Ron, their pork-and-beef version of the Sloppy Joe, is outstanding. As for dessert, that's obvious.

3403 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls., 612-824-3868,

Pairings Food & Wine is all about affordable options, including a something-for-everyone menu, a huge list of wines by the glass (and superb beers on tap) and a stellar Sunday night special: two entrees, two mixed green salads and a dessert to share, for $25.

6001 Shady Oak Rd., Minnetonka, 952-426-0522, www.pairingsfoodand