Restaurant Features: Bar, Flatscreen TVs, On-Site Parking,
Location: St Paul, MN
Address: 421 East 7th Street St Paul, MN 55101 651-227-1437
Hours: Mon-Sat 11a-11p Sun 11a-10:30p
Links: Google Map
Atmosphere: Red's Savoy Inn is the original Savoy location, found just on the edge of downtown St Paul at the corner of 7th St. and Lafayette. There are two entrances into Savoy's on the west side of the building, one near the parking lot in back and one one the side near the front. The restaurant is divided into two sides, with the Bar Area being what you see when you first enter. The bar stretches the length of the room, which has tables and booths as well.
The main dining room is adjacent to the bar area with an open walkway in between. Also between the two rooms is a giant aquarium with live tropical fish. It is quite dim inside Savoy, there are no windows and the only lighting comes from the soft yellow glass orbs overhead.Menu: Appetizers at Savoy Inn include Buffalo Wings, Deep Fried Cheese Ravioli, Mozzarella Sticks, Jalapeño Poppers, French Fries, Onions Wings, Garlic Cheese Bread.
Sandwich options are the Meatball Dip and Hot dago with Cheese.
Pizzas come in two sizes, 10" or 14", Hand Tossed Thin Crust. Topping options include Sausage, Pepperoni, Hamburger, Mushrooms, Onion, Green Pepper, Green Olive, Black Olive, Sauerkraut, Pickles, Canadian Bacon, Banana Peppers, Jalapeños, Pineapple, Bacon, Shrimp and Anchovies.
Price guide: Appetizers $5-7 10" Cheese Pizza $8.45 Toppings $1-2/ea 14" Cheese $11.40 Toppings $1.50/2 ea (premium toppings more)
What We ordered: My companions and I started with an order of mozzarella sticks. They were just as mozzi-sticks should be, crispy golden brown on the outside and hot melted mozzarella inside. It came with a side of sauce.
Our group ordered a variety of pizzas. The pizza has a very thin crust at the base of each creation, then covered with spicy pizza sauce, toppings and mozzarella cheese. This was a 10" Pepperoni, Mushroom and Shrimp. I have really come to enjoy shrimp on pizza over the past couple of years and this was the first time I had tried it at Savoy. The shrimps were very little and there were plenty of them covering the pizza. The not-too-thick-not-too-thin pepperoni had great flavor while not being too greasy. We ordered our pizzas "well-done" so the cheese on all the edge pieces was browned and crispy.
Another pizza was a 10" Pepperoni, Banana Pepper and Onion. Great combo of toppings! The banana peppers spiced it up a notch and the onion added a touch of sweetness, perfectly complimented by the zesty pepperoni. The crust is very thin and crispy, but not at all chewy. Overall the Savoy pizzas were a success and a few of my companions even declared Savoy pizza to be their favorite or "the best".
We also had a 14" Special Pizza with Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushroom, Onion, Green Pepper and Green Olive. This pizza was loaded with ingredients and cheese.
One of my companions also ordered a side of Rigatoni with sauce. I thought the portion size was just right for a side order.
Service: It wasn't very busy on the late Wednesday evening of my visit, so we had no problem getting a parking place in the small lot in the back of Savoy's and easily found a table inside the restaurant. Our server was nice but took her time checking on us even though there were very few other customers. Food was prepared in a reasonable amount of time.
Overall Impression: Savoy pizza is one of the better thin-crust pizzerias around St Paul, especially if you like a spicier sauce and pizza loaded with toppings and cheese. The prices are comparable to many other local pizzerias but you get a hefty amount of toppings for the money.