"It started in New Jersey, grew in Detroit and came to life in Minnesota"
~ Peter Campbell
“From as young as I can remember, I was tossing pizzas with my Pop Pop and my Mom. Pizza was just what my family did. We’d cook pizza. We’d eat pizza. We’d be a family – all around pizza pies,” says Pizza Pete Campbell.
Campbell and his wife Jacquie Campbell have been running Red Wagon as a part-time passion project for a few years, building a fan-base from their regular perch at The Linden Hills Farmer’s Market. But their desire to open a bricks-and-mortar restaurant dates back to Pete’s earliest years growing up in Dearborn, MI and St. Paul, MN.
That spirit of casual camaraderie infuses Red Wagon, a vintage black-and-white photograph dominates one of the warm gray walls at the restaurant. It’s a picture of Peter’s grandfather, enjoying his homemade pizza with his wife and three daughters. One of those little girls with ringlets and bright eyes is Barb Campbell, Peter’s understandably proud mother, “Peter & Jacquie are making their dream come true, but it’s a dream that this family has been living for generations. Food really is one of the ways we show our love.”
The Pie Shoppe
One of the few partners in the project is investor Steven Brown, acclaimed chef /owner of Tilia who has been a friend, mentor and advisor for Peter. According to Brown, Peter gets the hardest part right, “He cooks with passion, with a heart to match his talent. He loves his ingredients as much as he loves his customers.” Red Wagon Pizza brick and mortar was planned and designed over 100’s of cups of coffee sometimes daily in front of Tilia.
In addition to pizzas, Red Wagon serves 36 beers on tap and offers an eclectic list of 20 moderately-priced wines by the glass. They also serve a rotating array of wood-fired skillets, single-dish creations featuring signature ingredients like house-made sausages and Stickney Hill cheeses.
Red Wagon Pizza Co. is located at 5416 Penn Avenue South and open Sunday-Thursday 11 am to 10 pm and Friday & Saturday 11 am to Midnight. Takeout, Lunch and Dinner.