Monday, November 21, 2016

Lost Pizza

We have always been huge fans of Memphis Pizza Cafe and get pizza there almost weekly, or, well, we used to. However, we have recently found out that they are continuing supporters of a major Memphis Zoo event that involves massive overflow parking with drivers directed out onto the open green space in one of our large city parks. As you probably can realize, open green space in urban areas is rare and valuable, and there's been much controversy -especially in the last several years- over the zoo administration's continued abuse of our Greensward for this purpose. That Memphis Pizza Cafe would enable this destruction of a free common green space shocked us, especially in view of the fact that this is a huge local story and they've been asked to refrain from participation. We won't be going back there until they stop supporting this.

That has led us to search for other local pizzas, and we have happily settled in at Lost Pizza, which is a locally-owned part of a regional chain. Locations are all in Mississippi except for one in Jonesboro, AR, and the one here in Memphis.

The interior is fun:

The pizza is great! You can view their menu here. Here's what I got at two recent visits:

tomato and spinach
Happy Hippie

That first drink is water and the second was Coke. The Husband and The Younger Son are meat eaters, so my veggie choice wouldn't do for them. The Younger son favors Italian sausage, and you can see his in the background of the first photo. I didn't get a picture of The Husband's selection, but I think he got ground beef, maybe. We are impressed and quite satisfied with our find. There's also a covered patio where we sat the last time we went:

Just in case you're unfamiliar with the controversy involving the zoo administration's encroachment into and destruction of the larger park in which they are located, I'll offer a few links detailing that history and a few photos.
We want this:

Not this:

And lately, they've taken to directing drivers into the protected Old Forest. Here's an example of what happened to four acres of Old Forest they decided to clearcut when they wanted to build an exhibit there:

So, as sad as it makes me, no more Memphis Pizza Cafe for my family. Not until they stop enabling this abuse. But Lost Pizza is very good, so there's that.

I'm offering this rant, and pizza, and Coke to the participants of the weekly T Tuesday gathering hosted by Bleubeard and Elizabeth. Please bring a drink and join us!


  1. Good to save the green before it gets destroyed, that's so important. Your new pizza place looks great, and I love the Coca Cola couch.
    Here, too, they are always trying to build on the last reserves of green, so sad. Happy T Day, hugs, Valerie

  2. I'm with you on the green space. I think you made a wise choice. Now if lots of people follow your lead, it will hurt the Memphis Pizza Cafe where it hurts: in their wallet!

    Your pizza looks wonderful and I laughed at the Happy Hippie Pizza. It looked good, too.

    Thanks for sharing your new pizza choices and rant with us, along with the nicely decorated pizza parlor and drinks with us for T this Tuesday.

  3. Good for you changing to somewhere that is green minded.

    The pizza looks terrific.

    Happy T Day

    Love Chrissie xx

  4. right decision to Change Location! and good you found a wonderful alternative: the Pizza Looks yummy and this coke Sofa is fun.
    happy t-day!

  5. Its so important to save our green spaces, here in the UK as well we love our open green landscapes.
    It looks a lovely place you found as an alternative, the Pizza looks delicious.
    Happy T day
    Yvonne xx

  6. It sounds so simple - keep the green space. I can't imagine wanting to do otherwise. Good for you for dropping the old pizza place in favor of the new one. I hope they realize why they lost you - and probably others - as customers.

  7. So glad you found another great pizza place-yum! Love the decor too.
    Hard to understand how people still would want to take away such beautiful green spaces. I hope it doesn't happen in your area just for the added parking. Happy T day!

  8. I think it's important to stand up for what you believe in and I commend you for taking action, not a lot of people do that! I love the new pizza place you have found, the interior is so much fun and the food looks delicious - I really like the look of the Happy Hippie Pizza, yummy! Wishing you a very Happy T Day! Jo x

  9. Its good to stand up for what you believe in...And as my daughter taught me .. theres no better way to do that than to decide where to spend your dollars... I might even have to drop them a polite but respectful note as to 'why' i'm not spending my dollars there... or leave a comment on YELP.... most businesses are on YELP... Happy happy Tday! So glad you found replacement pizza! MUST HAVE A GOOD PIZZA PLACE.. ! :) Hugs! deb

  10. Well done you for voting with your feet so to speak. It might be a good idea to let Memphis Pizza Cafe know why you are no longer coming.
    The Lost Pizza place looks a fun place to go and the pizzas look yummy too. We don't eat pizza often as I am a very picky pizza eater. I like them done the Italian way, thin and crispy, baked in a stone oven. But there are several good places near here. It's just that we don't get round to going.... I am telling my hubby as I am typing this that we must go out this weekend and eat pizza. You've got me going now!
    Happy T-Day,

  11. Shame that the plans for using the green space have lost you a good place to eat! Still, looks as though the new place is just as good - and still more pizzas to test out! Hugs, Chrisx

  12. Shame that the plans for using the green space have lost you a good place to eat! Still, looks as though the new place is just as good - and still more pizzas to test out! Hugs, Chrisx

  13. The pizza looks so delicious! Sorry you had to find a new place to eat-but I think this one at least looks like its worth visiting. Its too bad that people think its ok to make a public park into a parking lot. That's not what parks are built for. Keep us updated on this. Hopefully something will change and keep green spaces green. Happy T day and Thanksgiving.

  14. Hurrah for you!!!! We do have to take a stand for the things we believe in . You might also want to consider dropping them a note telling them of your decision and why you made it. It draws their attention to your actions. Just a thought. The new pizza place looks great. LOVE a good pizza ♥♥♥♥ Happy "T" DAY!

  15. Oh my goodness...that couch with the Coca Cola logo is to die for! wonder if it used to be a Coke cooler? pizza is good any time...this place looks charming. hoping the controversy gets settled and the green space conserved. Happy Autumn!

  16. Save the green! :)

  17. Great that you found a such a super new eating place - the pizza looks just DELICIOUS!
    Happy T-Day

  18. Love your pizza place and it is very important to protect Mother Nature.I found your pizza superb!The Coca Cola couch is swwt!Happy T-Day