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Pittsburg – Gusano’s Pizza

Pizza chains abound in southeast Kansas. On the plus side, chains offer consistency and value. Unfortunately, they tend not to include much excitement in the variety department. Fortunately for those in and around Crawford County, Pittsburg has a Gusano’s Pizzeria, located near Pittsburg State University, and Meadowbrook Mall, at 200 W. Centennial Drive.

Gusano’s is a small Chicago style chain that got its start in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 2004. According to their website (, the owner, a Chicago native, found his way to Arkansas for an education. After graduating, he began a restaurant true to his Chicago roots. The success of his first location eventually led to seven more.

Gusano’s Pizzerias have a smoke free, sports bar vibe. The Pittsburg location has a large bar area and nearly a dozen televisions. Besides pizza, Gusano’s has all the typical sports bar foods. But for me, I went for the pork!

If you like pizza (and who doesn’t?!), you owe it to yourself to try a Chicago style pie! Chicago style pizzas have a deliciously thick crust that serves as a vessel to hold fresh mozzarella cheese and your favorite toppings. Unlike other pizzas, however, Chicago style pizzas have a tomato flavored sauce on the top of the pizza, with the cheese and other toppings underneath.

My fantastically flavored pizza include bacon, pepperoni, and perfectly seasoned Italian sausage chunks.

If you are a pizza lover like me, you owe it to yourself to try a Chicago style pizza. If you find yourself in southeast Kansas, give Gusano’s Pizzeria a try!

Until next time,


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