CVT Pizza Wars 2015: The Title Goes To Chicago Mikes

Posted By on November 20, 2015

Staff Reports

MINDEN, Nev. — Chicago Mikes Pizza, which opened in Gardnerville last spring in the former Pizza Barn location, won the 2015 Pizza Wars title this week with its Chicago Classic pizza.

The pie, a concoction of Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers and onion on either thin crust or deep dish (we recommend the deep dish, but that’s just us), carried more than 50 percent of the final vote.

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As always, regardless of final result, the purpose of these competitions is to get people out into local eateries to enjoy the best each has to offer.



Nominees were to come from locally unique restaurants. Nominees should be within the CVT coverage area (the Douglas-Carson line to the north, the foot of the Carson Range to the west, the Pine Nuts to the east and the state line to the south).

Next month, we’ll tackle Sandwich Wars once again as Cafe Girasole attempts to defend its 2014 title with “The Marchello.”

Here’s a closer look at this year’s Pizza Wars finalists:


The Finalists

Chicago Mike’s: “Chicago Classic”

1544 US Highway 395, Gardnerville, 775-392-1638

Hours: Open Sundays 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Mon.-Thurs. 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

Get it on deep dish or thin crust, Italian sausage, mushrooms, green peppers & onion

Nik n’ Willies: “Job’s Peak”


751 Tillman Lane, Gardnerville Ranchos, 775-265-2775

Hours: Open 3 to 8 p.m. daily.

While they’ve added a hot-to-go option to their list of services, the Ranchos eatery still makes its living on fresh Take-N-Bake pizzas. One of the most popular offerings from the restaurant is the Job’s Peak, served on freshly-made crust, a deep bed of mozzarella and cheddar, real bacon, mushrooms, red onions and fresh garlic all on a white cream sauce.


The Corner Bar: “Margherita Pizza”


1596 Esmeralda Avenue, Minden, 775-782-4897

Hours: Open daily from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The perfect pizza for minimalists. Last year’s Pizza Wars champion is a personal-sized with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil. It also gets an upgrade in the summer when the tomatoes come in fresh off the street from the local farmers market

Vino Tini: “The Vino Tini”


1799 Ironwood Drive, Minden, 775-782-3211

Hours: 4 to 9 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday 

The newest establishment in the mix of finalists offers up a popular dinner item equal parts pizza and chips made from scratch. They use a “00” imported Italian flour for the flat oven-baked crust and top it with a little extra virgin olive oil, mozzarella, organic spinach,  dried cranberries, feta cheese. It is finished with a good sprinkle of house-toasted almonds and served in bite-sized pieces with two different dipping sauces: raspberry vinaigrette and their house-blended chipotle aioli.  They also offer the dish with a gluten-free crust.



Wild Horse Bar & Grill: “Thai Chicken”

Johnson Lane General Store: “The Kitchen Sink”

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “The Florentine”

Pizza Farm: “Pizza Farm Combo”