Carson Valley’s Signature Pizza for 2014: ‘Margherita Pizza’ From The Corner Bar

Garnering 35.64 percent of the vote, The Corner Bar’s Margherita Pizza claimed the title of Carson Valley’s Signature Pizza for 2014, holding off a strong charge from Nik N’ Willies’ Jobs’ Peak pizza (26.73 percent.).

We it after Burger Wars, and it is equally true for the Pizza Wars – for anyone who has tasted any of the six finalists, you know there were only winners in this competition. And, along those lines, we urge you once again to get out, support local business and try all of the finalists and nominees and see what you think.

We’ll be dropping off the coveted Pizza Wars Plaque, sponsored by Accolades Trophies and Engraving to Corner Bar owner Pasquale Cioffi in the coming weeks. In the meantime, be thinking of who you’d like to nominate for Sandwich Wars in December. Voting starts Dec. 1.


The Finalists

The Corner Bar: “Margherita Pizza”

FinalistCornerBar1596 Esmeralda Avenue, Minden, 775-782-4897

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

The perfect pizza for minimalists. 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”

FinalistVinoTini1799 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.

Pizza Factory Ranchos: “Ranchos Combo”

FinalistPizzaFactory811 Short Court, Suite E, Gardnerville Ranchos, 775-265-6900

Offering pepperoni, Italian sausage, onions, olives, mushrooms, green peppers and salami on the trademark Pizza Factory sauce and crust, this has been a Valley favorite for many years.

Nik n’ Willies: “Job’s Peak”

FinalistNiknWillies751 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.

Jethro’s Oven & Grille: “The Florentine”

FinalistJethros1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos, 775-265-2215

Hours: Open 9 a.m. to close daily.

Fresh Spinach and garlic top this Ranchos classic.

Pronto Pizza: “The Tom”

1281 Kimmerling Road, Gardnerville Ranchos, 775-265-2221

Hours: 3 to 10 p.m., Sunday-Thursday; 3 to 11 p.m., Friday & Saturday.

Concocted by a former employee of the same name, the Tom includes salami, pepperoni, garlic, linguica, onion, provolone, feta and cheddar cheese.



If none of these pizzas happen to suit your fancy, here are the top nominees from each nominated restaurant:


Johnson Lane General Store: “The Kitchen Sink”

Wild Horse Bar & Grill: “Thai Chicken”

Floral Vineyard & Khristopher’s Café: “Zia Dolly”

Pizza Factory Minden: “Minden Special”

Tahoe Ridge Winery & Bistro: “Pumpkin Pizza”





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