Love, Neapolitan Style - Punch isn't just another pizza place. It's a truly Neapolitan experience. We're proud to serve you the finest, most authentic Neapolitan pizza this side of the Mediterranean.

Commedia del Arte - A type of comedy developed in Italy in the 16th and 17th centuries

Commedia dell’arte is a form of Italian theater that flourished throughout Europe in the 16th-18th centuries. Many of the characters were portrayed by actors wearing masks, the most recognizable of which is Arlecchino or Harlequin, the clown.

illustration of Harlequin, the clown, holding a pizza

Punch is named after Pulcinella

Pulcinella, a tricky character who wears a long-nosed mask, is identified with Naples and has a strong presence there even today. At Punch, we honor our namesake with Pulcinella masks decorating our pizzerias.

Drink in the culture

If you’re going to be eating authentic Neapolitan pizza, complete with the buf moz and San Marzano tomatoes, nothing completes the experience better than enjoying it with a simple Neapolitan red table wine or cold Moretti. In Naples, that’s tradition.

Tchotchkes & Nicknacks

mask

The ceramic masks and carved horns hanging in our pizzerias are more than just decoration, they're Neapolitan good luck charms. We buy these pieces from craftsmen in Spaccanapoli (Old Naples).

Renzo Arbore

Sweet Serenade - Renzo Arbore

Renzo Arbore is an Italian crooner (we like to think of him as the Frank Sinatra of Naples). We play classic Neapolitan music at each of our pizzerias, and Renzo is one of our favorites.

Lello Esposito

Our Favorite Artist

John and Lello, together Lello Esposito

Lello is an Italian painter who has had a tremendous impact on Punch. His work is featured at our pizzerias in the metro area and galleries around the world.

a Lello painting

Bionconera 2001

You can find this painting in our Northeast Minneapolis location. To check out more about Lello and his work, please visit his website at www.lelloesposito.com.

Forza Napoli

Naples love soccer. We do too.

Soccer is an important part of Neopolitan life. Napoli soccer has maintained a loyal following despite losses, bankruptcy, and scandal.

soccer player, arms up in celebration

Fanatical About

Fabio Cannavoro

In the late 1980’s the most popular player in the world, Argentina’s Diego Maradona led Napoli to two national championships. In 1990 Maradona helped Argentina beat Italy in the World Cup semifinals. While the rest of Italy mourned, Neapolitans celebrated Maradona’s victory as their own. It was, after all, a victory for Naples over the rest of Italy.