You can tell a lot about a restaurant by the length of time it has been in business. Old Shawnee Pizza was established in 1969 by Joe Walker. Looking to provide a better life for his family, he borrowed the money from his father to begin the venture. Years later, seeing the need for more room, he moved to the current location at 60th & Nieman Road. They have since expanded to add a second location in Lenexa, Kansas. We have visited both sites, but prefer the original, as it is much closer to our neck of the woods.
Their menu is not limited to pizza alone, but also offers a variety of appetizers, salads, pastas, and sandwiches. Those in the know look forward to starting their meal with a salad oozing with the Old Shawnee Pizza green house dressing. Add some Cheese Crust or Bread sticks, and you have a meal already, but why stop there? There are so many other great menu items that we enjoy.
For the main course have them dish you up a serving of one of their delicious pasta dishes, like Chicken Alfredo or Cani-cotti. This dish is the best of both worlds, as you get a manicotti, and a canelloni. If the choices are too much for you, we find that lasagna is always a good choice. If a handheld is more your style, try the Sicilian sandwich. It’s stuffed full of capicola, salami, pepperoni, and provolone, and topped with their garlic salad dressing.
Of course if you are like us, then you probably came to Old Shawnee Pizza for the pizza, and why wouldn’t you. With a menu chocked full of almost 30 different specialty pies, it can be difficult to decide which one to try. Of course you can always just build your own. There is an unbelievable amount of vegetable, meat, cheese, and sauce options. A person could visit dozens of times, and build a different combination each time.
The pies come in small, medium, large, and ‘The Biggin’, which will feed a family. Whatever you choose, you are sure to leave with a full belly. Stop in soon, and see if Old Shawnee Pizza ends up becoming your new favorite stop. So, what toppings are you going to put on your pie?