Always on the hunt for solid local za, I checked out Do North Pizzeria & Pub.

It’s nestled up on Miller Trunk Highway, and from a snowy, dark evening I stepped into a bright and festive spot with warm tones, wooden beams and holiday music playing overhead.

The little pizza filled my car with delicious smells. And on the first bite at home, I tasted the kick of zingy tzatziki — traditionally, a yogurt and cucumber sauce. (I love this flavor.)

The shreds of gyro meat were tender and savory atop a thin layer of a three-cheese blend, tomatoes and onions.

Do North has a gluten-free and a cauliflower crust. I opted for the former, and it was light and substantial, cut into little squares, perfect for finger food.

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Specialty crust usually costs more. My 10-inch gluten-free gyro pizza was around $17, and their menu is sans prices, so know that going in.

Do North has deep area roots. In 2005, Bryan and Stephanie Gray were among those who purchased Dick’s Pizza, formerly Cudda's Pizza in Two Harbors. The Grays renamed Dick’s Do North, and opened their Hermantown location in 2007.

Their menu offers a mix of meaty options bacon cheeseburger and The Big Bugga along with jalapeno popper, shrimp and garlic and a Coney pizza with hot dogs and a drizzle of mustard.

And their pizzas of the month range from beef stroganoff to apple butter.

Let’s see what’s on tap in January.

Do North Pizzeria & Pub

5116 Miller Trunk Hwy

218-729-1800

Donorthpizzeria.com