I mentioned yesterday that I would fill you guys in on our anniversary lunch later… well later has arrived! :) Since the fair was just across the state lines in north Mississippi we stopped at a place in Horn Lake, MS that has been on our to-eat list for a while. We had heard that the pizza was just like Chicago style pizza and since we love Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s from Chicago, we knew we wanted to try this place out!
Wiseguys’ Chicago Pizza and Sandwiches in Horn Lake, MS
Since we had a 45 minute wait for our deep dish pizza to cook (also the norm in Chicago). We ordered the South Side Italian Sausage Sandwich to share as a sort of “appetizer.” This was Christopher’s favorite thing about this place. He raved about this sandwich. In fact he wants to drive to Mississippi again just so he can order this sandwich again, ha! It really was pretty tasty. The sausage was just a bit spicy and bursting with flavor. And the bread was a perfect level of crispyness and density to hold up next to the sausage.
Finally… the main attraction… the deep dish pizza! This is the small size, but we each couldn’t eat more than one “slice.” If we hadn’t had the sausage sandwich we might have been able to split a third piece, but my oh my… this is filling and delicious!
My “slice” of pizza. It was enormous. And delicious. Absolutely delicious. Christopher would return just to eat the sandwich and I would return just for another slice of this pizza. Oh goodness, it was good.
However, was it true Chicago style? Well, we aren’t from Chicago and haven’t eaten at every Chicago pizzeria, but we’ve eaten at both Lou Malnati’s and Giordano’s (two of the most famous ones). So while we aren’t experts, here’s our opinion:
At Lou Malnati’s and Giordano, the sauce is the top layer of the pizza while the cheese is mixed in the middle with the other ingredients. Also, the crust is closer to the texture of thick pie crust than it is of plain pizza dough. Wiseguys’ did have deep dish dough, but it just tasted like regular pizza dough and not the like the buttery flaky crust of Lou Malnati’s and Giordano. Also, Wiseguys had far more cheese than either of the others.
So is it true Chicago style pizza based on our experiences? Not really. However, it’s by far the closest thing we’ve found in the Memphis area and it was DELICIOUS! So it’s still a huge winner!
Also, Wiseguys’ had a couple of random lion statues outside by their patio (where we sat) which was pretty nifty. I mean, why not go eat a delicious meal while being protected by stone lions? Sounds like a great idea to me!