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Local pizza parlor gets national recognition

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - By Friday, most of us will be in "turkey overload mode" and looking for something else to please the palate. If it's pizza that strikes your fancy, there was an article in a recent edition of USA Today newspaper called "51 great pizza parlors". They asked local experts to name one great pizza parlor in each state and the District of Columbia.

In Mississippi, the experts picked a place in Jackson called the Pizza Shack. 3 On Your Side checked it out to find out why. 

Fans of this parlor and its outdoor deck say there is nothing run down about the quality of the pie! 

Sean Cochran is from Memphis and this is not his first visit. He said, "It's got a lot more flavor; it's got a lot more toppings and it's just really tastes good." 

Jackson resident Jeff Jeffries said, "It's the best in town."

Larry Emmett and Michael Parker opened the business just five years ago and already it has developed what USA Today calls a "fiercely devoted" following. Often, there's only standing room only during the lunch hour. 

Asked what goes into a Pizza Shack pizza that makes it so special, Emmett replied, "Well, actually, basically, what Michael did was he brought back pizza the way it was when we were kids; didn't skimp on toppings; not trying to make a million bucks overnight and we just wanted to have a living; give people good pizza." 

Emmett and Parker also tout their fresh ingredients including the homemade dough. Emmett says The Pizza Shack would be nothing without good workers and most importantly the customers. 

He said, "Of course, there's a lot of good pizza places now and we would also ask people to go try them out , too, so, everyone has their own unique taste." 

Asked what style is his pizza, Emmett replied, "It's a mixture of Chicago and New York with the Mississippi love into it so, (laughter)" 

Whatever the style, Emmett and Parker hope to keep spreading that Mississippi love for years to come. 

There are other items on the menu, but the owners admit, it's the pizza that keeps them coming back.

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