The Pizza Shack

I went to college in a small Iowa town called Lamoni (pronounced LUH-MOAN-EYE).

In that town are maybe 6 places to eat, but everyone in the town knows of the Pizza Shack.

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Named the Best Pizza in Iowa (in 1981), the Shack, as it is affectionately known has been owned and run by the same family, the Hamptons, for a few decades now. The Shack was there when my parents were at Graceland in the late ’60s and it is still there now, ten years after I graduated.

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I worked there during my freshman, sophomore and junior years at Graceland and during those lunch shifts, I met and got to know the woman who would become my wife. I was a cook and she worked the front of the house. We got to spend a lot of time laughing and talking as we would get ready for lunch service.

I lived next door to the Shack for a year too. That was the year that Alli and I started dating. Coincidence? Probably. I remember how I used to come back from work smelling of pizza. I never tired of that smell of dough and sauce and pepperoni. The old oven, the linoleum floor, the stop light and jukebox and the old decorations all are a part of the wonderful experience and make the memory all that much richer.

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If you’re ever on I-35, headed from Kansas City through Des Moines, be sure to stop in Lamoni. Just watch out for the Amish people.

Author: Shane

Shane Adams is a marketer, designer, blogger and preacher man who lives in the Kansas City area with his beautiful artist wife Alli and his corn-chip-smelling dog, Dreyfuss.

7 thoughts on “The Pizza Shack”

  1. Then you know where Eagleville, Mo. is. I lived there during the best years of my childhood. We sometimes went to Lamoni for a fourth-Sunday-singing; I believe the Church of Christ in that town was so small that we had our singings in a shelter at the city park.

  2. Jason, they haven’t done the bottomless cup in a while, but I do remember the days when they did.

    Donna, I’ve been to Eagleville many times to the Dinner Bell. Great late night food.

  3. I was glad that I finally got to see and eat at the place that I have heard so many stories about. It defiantly lived up to the hype.

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