If you know me personally, you'll know that last week, I had a rough one (to put it mildly). There are times when I often question my sanity, and I struggle with one characteristic of southern-living that I still will never understand (pretending to like someone/something when you know you hate it). This post isn't about that though. It's about...my enduring and long-reaching love of PIZZA.
A week or so ago, I checked out a new pizza place in West Knoxville called 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza. When I first entered the restaurant I was immediately dazzled by the reality that they had what they call the "Trenton Tomato Pie" which features marinara sauce spread on top of mozzarella cheese and oregano. In other words, an upside-down pizza (cheese on crust directly and sauce on top). I'm from Easton, Pennsylvania and let me tell you my all time favorite pizza place in life is a little spot called Colonial Pizza in downtown Easton (if you visit my hometown, this is a must have dinner). Their signature pizza is an "upside-down" pizza, so imagine my surprise and delight to find something in Knoxville that even looked or sounded familiar. So, I ordered.
At the time there were two young guys behind the counter, the pizza is made assembly line style where you can select your toppings as you go (think Subway or Chipotle). I proudly ordered a Trenton Tomato Pie. They promptly made me a "Classic New Yorker". While I was a tad disappointed at the time, I'm not one to say - wait a second that's the wrong pizza. I mean honestly, it's the same ingredients just different "order" of assembly. So I got it and I ate it and I liked it! But...I wanted a taste of home. I vowed to return and re-order.
Today, I did just that. A 10" pie which is perfect for one or two if you're both trying to watch your food intake is only $7.95 so I had it in what little money I do have and I wanted to try it out since I was out this way and dealing with some auto-issues and blessedly I had two people sign up for classes today giving me money for not only gas and groceries...I had just a hint to do something for me. So I did.
I came in and there was a great gal working the counter (if you see Sereah tell her I sent ya). I figured, she would get it right...and she did. Today, I had a little culinary comfort for a weary soul. I had what was as close to a Colonial Pizza that I could get so far far away and for that, I am grateful.
They say that memories of easier or fonder times in one's life can be triggered by the senses. Today, a slice of pizza made me remember that my Mom loved me very much (she's my Jersey-connection), and she taught me right. I am a good person and I will always do my best to do right by others and in the end 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza did GOOD by me today. Thank you!
REVIEW: ****1/2 out of 5 STARS.
PROS: Menu is reasonably priced and customization of your pizza is a priority. They have one of those cool Coca-Cola touch screen machines too so you have lots of beverage variety. The marinara is solid and the crust is good and not a complete fall-apart.
CONS: The place is small, so during busy times it may be crowded.