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Andy's Rest. Scorecard: Renaissance Pizzeria

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SOUTHAVEN, MS (WMC-TV) - THIS WEEK'S BIG TIP:  Renaissance Pizzeria, 6585 Towne Center Crossing, Southaven Towne Center, Southaven, MS, (662) 536-1002, Search "Renaissance Pizzeria" on Facebook.

Pain gives you a choice.

Either wallow in it - or turn it around for the greater good.

When Dee Jones opened Renaissance Pizzeria, she chose the latter.

You see, great pizza typically begs for beer.

Not here.

Jones promotes a strict 'no alcohol' policy in memory of her father Bobby Dale Davis. An abusive alcoholic nearly his entire life, Davis died battling his addiction.

"He was never able to win the battle with alcohol," Jones said. "He was never able to overcome that, but for those whose lives have been affected by it, we wanted to be kind of that voice."

Southaven families and youth groups follow her voice.

Doug Shuff, youth pastor for Cornerstone Church, 5998 Elmore Road, said he shepherds 20-30 members of his youth group about once a week to Renaissance Pizzeria because of its no-alcohol policy.

"To know they have a safe environment they can come into that they don't have to be tempted with that," said Shuff. "They don't have to look at it, and I really think it does make a good impression on them."

The food's pretty impressive, too:  all the pizza types everybody loves, plus great specialty pizzas like Renaissance's barbecue chicken pizza and Pizza Florentine.

Then there's the cheese steak sandwich with REAL Philly cheese-whiz.  Not the aerosol can stuff, mind you, but the same blend they slap on sandwiches in the City of Brotherly Love.

"It's actually a blend of three cheeses, and it's really, really good," Jones said.

She's really, really keeping the blend a secret, too -- but the secret of Renaissance Pizzeria is out of the bag.

WHAT ANDY LIKES:  Supreme Pizza, Pizza Florentine, Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Cheese Steak Sandwich (Choice of Cheese Toppings), Terrific Family Atmosphere, Attentive Service!

HIGH SCORES OF THE WEEK:

Four Mid-South restaurants tied for the high score this week with a 95:

Felicia Suzanne's, 80 Monroe, Downtown Memphis (former Scorecard Chef of the Week and Top 5 Appetizer:  Smoked Salmon Deviled Eggs)

Sonic Drive-In, 1169 N. Houston Levee, Cordova, TN

Rincon Latino, 1277 Getwell, East Memphis, TN

Earnestine & Hazel's, 531 S. Main, Downtown Memphis 

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