New take and bake pizza restaurant open in Ramsey

There’s a new take and bake pizza place in Ramsey and it is locally owned.

Bill Herdzina has called Ramsey home for 26 years, played an integral role in opening other restaurants around the north metro area and is excited to bring Noble Roman’s Take-n-Bake pizza to the community.

The new restaurant opened Oct. 22 in the same shopping center as the Coborn’s grocery store and next to Anytime Fitness at 7876 Sunwood Dr. NW, Suite 100B. Business hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.

“I love being able to work in the community I live in and serve a top-notch product,” Herdzina said.

One unique aspect of Noble Roman’s is that toppings are free and there are 18 to choose from, according to Herdzina.

Pizza are priced based on size and crust style, Herdzina said.

The traditional crust pizza comes in medium and large while the super thin and deep-dish pizzas come in large size only. There are also seven-inch mini pizzas.

The only thing the business charges more for is extra cheese and it has more than mozzarella. It has Muenster, Parmesan, cheddar and feta.

Its traditional tomato sauce is made with fresh vine tomatoes. “Nothing is frozen or reconstituted,” Herdzina said. You could also go beyond traditional sauce and try Parmesan white or tangy BBQ as well.

You can get creative with your own toppings and sauce or you could choose from 10 “pizza favorites” such as Big Daddy BBQ, Greek Delight or Hoppin’ Jalapeño.

If someone in your group wants more than pizza, you could add the lasagna bake, boneless chicken wings, breadsticks, cheesy sticks, or salad. The dipping sauce choices are marinara, cheese, and butter garlic. A seven-inch cinnamon round and cookie dough are the dessert options.

Herdzina said customers are welcome to call ahead so their order is prepared by the time they get there. The phone number is 763-710-4504.

Noble Roman’s is not a new company. It was founded in 1972 on the campus of Indiana University.

Herdzina said the company has almost 1,500 locations in all 50 states when considering all the sit-down pizzerias and convenience stores and grocery store delis that sell pizza by the slice, but it was about a year ago that the company decided to get into the take and bake pizza business.

Ramsey is the first Minnesota location for a Noble Roman’s Take-n-Bake. It has 14 other take and bake locations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana and Washington and nine more soon to open, including a location in Baton Rouge, La.

This is not Herdzina’s first time being a business owner. He helped open the Hardee’s in Anoka and also opened Hardee’s in Brooklyn Center, Brooklyn Park and Cold Spring. He opened Northwoods Steak Buffet in the location off Highway 10 and Hanson Boulevard in Coon Rapids where Khan’s Mongolian Barbecue is now.

Herdzina has been married 26 years and has three kids. One daughter is a radiology technician at Mercy Hospital, another daughter is a registered nurse at Methodist Hospital and his son is attending Anoka-Ramsey Community College and plays on the baseball team. All three graduated from Anoka High School.

Chances are good that you will meet Herdzina if you stop by.

“I’m very guest oriented,” he said.

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