The words “free pizza” might be the tastiest words ever spoken.
Just ask the hundreds of Knoxvillians who rushed to Turkey Creek and stood in line for hours at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza’s grand opening Thursday.
To celebrate its grand opening, the pizza shop offered one custom-order, 10-inch pizza for each customer.
Customers have more than 50 toppings to choose from to make a pizza that is truly theirs, Sunil Patel, owner of the Turkey Creek franchise, said.
‘Worth the wait’
Jennifer Scrugham, Stephanie Willis and Amy Fonseca arrived with nine kids right on time for their free pizza at 11 a.m. as doors opened.
They made it through the line and sat down with 12 pizzas an hour and a half late
“It was worth the wait,” Willis said.
“It was fun for the kids to get to customize their own pizza with as many toppings as they wanted,” Scrugham said.
After the grand opening, a 10-inch custom pizza will ring up for $7.95 with unlimited toppings. There is also a 14-inch pizza to customize, as well as specialty pizzas on the menu.
What makes it Neapolitan style?
The customization element of 1000 Degrees eatery is somewhat unique in the area, but it’s not unheard of. Patel said it’s the Neapolitan style of the pizza that changes Knoxville’s pizza game.
“It’s a whole process that starts with the flour,” he said. “Then you make the dough, and it cooks at more than 1000 degrees in two minutes.
“It’s crispy, and the taste is different.”
House-made recipes on the menu include the White Out pizza made with olive oil, mozzarella, Parmesan, mushrooms and garlic; the Hawaiian Fire made with spicy sriracha marinara, mozzerella, Canadian bacon, banana peppers and pineapple, the Smokey Pollo pizza made with roasted chicken, bacon, red onion, red peppers, pineapple, mozzarella, bleu cheese and barbecue sauce; and the Meatza made with marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage and crumbled meatballs.
Build your own salads, break sticks and fire roasted chicken wings are also featured on the menu.
1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is located at 11071 Parkside Dr.