4523 Summer Ave
Memphis, TN 38122
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The Pizza Shack

Cuisine: Pizza, American Traditional, Sandwiches

The Pizza Shack is a Pizza, American Traditional, and Sandwiches restaurant where most Menuism users came for a family meal and paid between $10 and $25.

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  • 10/29/2013

    A Pizza food lover from US tried it, liked it, and rated it . They liked the food, liked the service, and liked the ambiance.

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Accipiter

 Chuckey, TN
 

Competition for Memphis Pizza Cafe?

If you’ve lived for any length of time in Memphis, you know that Memphis Pizza Cafe is THE place to go for pizza in Memphis.

Until now.

A co-worker ordered pizza for a business meeting and got it from The Pizza Shack. I was absolutely floored by the quality of the pizzas. The Pizza Shack has fresh, homemade pizza dough that tastes like you made it yourself—or rather how you WISH you could make it yourself. The toppings are generous (but not overwhelmingly so) and of superior quality. The sauce (also freshly homemade) was quite tasty—a good pairing of tangy and zesty. I like a lot of sauce on my pizza, but The Pizza Shack has about the usual amount—so if you love sauce (like me) you’ll want to request extra on your pizza when you order.

Surprisingly, all this homemade quality and taste don’t come at a wallet-gouging price: The Pizza Shack’s pizzas (and other foods) are quite reasonably priced. You could spend as much at a chain pizza place, but you’d be insane to do it when you could have TPS pizza instead.

The Pizza Shack isn’t a large restaurant, but it uses its space well and has a “cozy” atmosphere. It’s clear that they’ve put some effort into making the place look nice, clean (98 and 99 on the last two health inspections!!!), and welcoming. Also, they’ve got delivery service, which helps reduce the potential load on the dining area.

My co-worker’s kids loved the restaurant’s “build your own pizza” feature. Basically, kids can put their own toppings on their own personal pizza and then have it cooked to perfection for them. (Perfect for the fussy eater!) As an adult, I also find that kind of customization intriguing—and I don’t think there’s any other restaurant in Memphis that offers anything like this.

In summation, I don’t think that The Pizza Shack dethrones Memphis Pizza Cafe as being the best pizza in Memphis. MPC is great for cracker-thin crust pizza and TPS is great for a good, thick and chewy pizza crust. They’ve each got their own merits depending on what you’re in the mood for, and I don’t think you’ll be disappointed in either.

If you’re sitting on the fence as to where to get pizza, give The Pizza Shack a chance. It’s only been open since the end of March 2009, so it’s not well-known…. yet. Go there. Have a pizza. Then go tell your friends and become a regular. This is a new business that’s well worth supporting.

There is a downside to the store: it’s in a very hard-to-find location. It’s actually behind some other business off of Summer Ave. near N. Perkins. It’s easier to find if you just go to the Lowe’s off of N. Perkins and park in the northwestern corner of the Lowe’s parking lot.

Our Meaty Pizza is just that: hearty and MEATY! For everyone who feels carnivorous! - Meaty at The Pizza Shack

Meaty

A meat-lovers pizza. Pepperoni, sausage, ham, bacon, ground beef, salami, and steak—with a special seasoning that adds even more saltiness and spice. As usual, the crut is wonderfully doughy and chewy. This was quite possibly the best meat-lovers pizza I’ve ever eaten. Incredibly filling. I’d also go with extra sauce (aka “pizza lubricant”), but that’s just my own preference for more sauce than usual.

The Italian Stallion

Pepperoni, black olives, salami, red onions, and Italian meatballs. This meaty pizza packs a bit of a spicy kick—and you can ask to have it made even spicier. I would DEFINITELY recommend requesting extra tomato sauce on this particular pizza. It ain’t Italian without lots of tomato sauce!

Veggie

You know what I like most on my veggie pizza? Meat. Unfortunately that rather defeats the point of vegetarian food. So if you’re skipping the meat, then this pizza is for you. Whereas I was missing the lack of seared dead animal flesh, vegetarians will probably give this pizza the full 5 stars (or maybe 4). It comes with broccoli, red and green peppers, mushrooms, red onions, and black olives. Jalapenos are optional (but I’d personally go for them and extra sauce). The only gripe I have about the veggie (other than the lack of meatiness) is that I’d have liked for there to have been slightly more veggie toppings. Sliced whole tomatoes (or sun dried tomatoes) might make for a welcome addition.

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madcounty

 Memphis, TN
 

Our new place for pizza

After seeing the sign quite a few times while traveling down summer, my wife mentioned we should try it one night when I was in the mood to try a new place. We called in a to go order, actually not knowing that they had a dine-in area. I expected the same ole same ole pizza, pre-made ingredients, bland taste, etc. My best hope was that there would be alot of cheese on it to may it nice and yummy. I’m always a little hesitate on new pizza places. I opened up the box after picking it up, and was quite surprised. It looked very nice. Just as the other person stated, a nice amount of toppings, but not too many to make the pizza soggy. One taste of the crust brings back memories of home made pizzas as a kid. The ingredients were great, they tasted very fresh. I have to give this place a thumbs. If your looking to try a new pizza, I highly recommend the Pizza Shack. We tried the Mexican pizza first. Absolutely great. The steak on it was very yummy. I’ve also had the shack attack. I thought all the toppings would be too much, but they portion it perfectly.
While I like MPC and Exlines pizza to go sit in and eat, this has become my new pizza delivery place. I’m trying the bbq chicken sub tonight.

Shredded Steak (or Grilled Chicken) Black Beans, Corn, Onion, Cheddar Cheese - The Mexican at The Pizza Shack

The Mexican

Yummy! great tasting steak. Perfect portions of toppings. Not too much seasoning, letting the taste of the steak shine through. We loved it.

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