Punch Pizza's 'incredible' post-State of the Union boost

Punch Pizza in Minneapolis' Quattro Formaggi.

One final note on the State of the Union.

The president mentioned a bunch of companies last night. Most of them are big enough they don't need a presidental shoutout.

But then he said this:

"Nick Chute is here today with his boss, John Serano. John's an owner of Punch Pizza in Minneapolis, and Nick helps make the dough. And now he's making more of it."

We had to call them up, right?

We got ahold of John Puckett. He's a co-owner of Punch Pizza along with John Serrano. I asked him what happened when the White House called:

"We really thought it was a practical joke at first... It's been incredible, [especially] on social media. The nice thing is, it's warming up above -20 today in Minnesota, so we'll probably see it more today than we did last night. I think everyone was still hunkered down, watching the State of the Union.

Turns out, tragically enough, the president didn't even get to taste the pizza:

"You know, it doesn't transport that well from St. Paul to Washington. Ours is wood fired Neopolitan pizza and it's best when you get it right out of the oven."

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

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