Carson Valley’s Signature Pizza For 2016: Chicago Mike’s ‘Chicago Classic’

Posted By on November 28, 2016

Staff Reports · 2 min read

MINDEN, Nev. — For the second year in a row, Chicago Mike’s Pizza in Gardnerville claimed the crown for Carson Valley’s Signature Pizza with its deep dish “Chicago Classic.”

Chicago Mike’s, which opened in the spring of 2015, grabbed a whopping 70 percent of the vote on its way to the win.

We have created a virtual throwdown among Valley restaurants, seeking out the signature dishes Carson Valley has to offer.

Next up in December, we will be searching for Carson Valley’s Signature Sandwich



Here’s a closer look at 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

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

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.

Wild Horse Bar & Grill

1679 Highway 395, Minden

Hours: M-F 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

One of the truly unique pizzas available in Carson Valley, this pizza comes on Wild Horse’s signature crust, utilizing an olive oil sauce with crushed red chiles and topped with Thai marinated chicken, green onions and cashews.

Honorable Mention

Johnson Lane General Store: “The Kitchen Sink”

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “The Florentine”

Pizza Farm: “Pizza Farm Combo”

1862 Restaurant & Saloon: “Spicy Bleu Buffalo”

Wa She Shu: “Combo Pizza”

Pronto Pizza: “Pesto Chicken Pizza”