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Ronnally's Pizza: A real pizza joint

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Ronnally's Pizza in Woodbury isn't so much a restaurant or a pizza place. It's more of a pizza joint, one that has been part of the community for four decades.

It's interior is nothing fancy or flashy. The tables are covered with black tablecloths and white paper. Each table has a cup of colors. The dining room is small, but it's and comfortable. Wooden paneling still hangs on the walls, and offset the cheery signs above each booth.

And the smells? The smells are mouthwatering. Just the way a pizza joint is supposed to smell.

Under the ownership of Woodbury residents Greg and Diana Ehlenz, Ronnally's is in its 43rd year of operation. The couple came into ownership of the long-time fixture of the community in April, 2015, after it was closed by the previous owners.

When they took over the pizza joint, Diana Ehlenz was very adamant that all of the employees could get their jobs back, and that the tried-and-true recipes of Ronnally's would not be changed.

Be it pizza, pasta, hot dagos or salads, all of the food at Ronnally's is made fresh and served hot on the spot.

The menu offers the classic pizzas including The Super, The Special, Meat Lovers, Italian Fry, and the calzone Italian Burrito; and specialty pizzas Veggie, Hawaiian, BBQ Chicken, White Chicken, Bacon Cheeseburger and a 10-inch Gluten Free build-your-own pizza.

But it also offers eight different kinds of pasta, from macaroni and cheese to mostaccioli and ravioli, as well as a line of salads, appetizers and garlic breads, and desserts.

The decision to keep the longtime favorite recipes was an easy on, Diana Ehlenz said.

"People tell us they just love our pizzas," she said. "Why ruin a good thing?"

Over the past year, Diana Ehlenz has heard lots of stories about the pizza joint's earlier days. One of those stories is even documented in a framed article, dated back in the 1970s. The story recounts how The Doobie Brothers found their way to a very young Woodbury. Back then, the city was more farm fields than houses and shopping centers, so on the band's way through town, they spotted the pizza joint and decided to stop by for a pie.

But there are other stories—the couple who have come in regularly since 1975, or the lady who recalled having her very first date there—that make Ronnally's the "institution" it has become around Woodbury.

These days, Diana Ehlenz tries to help new customers create new memories at the pizza joint. The white paper on the tabletops is there so families can draw, play games like Hangman or Tic-Tac-Toe, and so on. She cuts out some of those drawings, too, and hangs them on the walls so other customers can see the artwork.

"I want to bring people together. To give families something to do together," she said.

In a community where so many new businesses open every year, Diana and Greg Ehlenz are proud to be owners of what is one of the oldest, and most beloved, dining establishments in Woodbury.

Or, more appropriately, a most beloved pizza joint.

"I mean, how many paneled walls do we have in Woodbury?" Diana Ehlenz said. "This place is vintage. People say that's what makes it Ronnally's."

Ronnally's Pizza is located at 1560 Woodlane Dr., in Woodbury. For more information and hours, visit ronnallys.com, or call 651-739-3823. Ronnally's offers dine-in, take-out and delivery.

Michelle Leonard

Michelle Leonard joined the Woodbury Bulletin staff in November, 2014, after 14 years covering news for the Bulletin's sister publication, the Farmington Rosemount Independent Town Pages.  Michelle earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Mass Communications: News-Editorial from Mankato State University in 1991. She is an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary Clifford Larson Unit 189 of Farmington, and served as the 2014-15 Third District President to the American Legion Auxiliary Department of Minnesota. Michelle is also the volunteer coordinator for the Minnesota Newspaper Museum which is open annually during the Minnesota State Fair. She has earned Minnesota Newspaper Association awards in Investigative Reporting, Local News Coverage, Feature Photography and Column Writing. 

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