most excellent pizza. they are located near sandhill and haywood in benny's old place. last night was my 3rd time in as many weeks. the first 2 trips i tried some of the house specials (mediterranean & jambalaya - both were very good, but i liked the med better). last night i got an old stand-by (pepperoni & jalapenos) so i could compare to other pizzarias. this is one of the best in asheville.
i got the french bread crust (other choices last night were spelt, which i believe is a regular offering, and foccacia, they offer a different special crust each night). it was very good; good flavor and texture, similar to barley's, but more tender. the only crust i think is equally good, albeit in a different way, is the sourdough at 28806/3. it's a good sturdy crust, too, and can withstand piling on the toppings without collapsing or become waterlogged (think marco's).
the sauce was tasty & slightly spicy. there was a good amount of cheese, just right for me. the jalapenos were wonderful; not too hot, but way warmer than what you find in most places (rob was even considerate enough to inform me of this and asked if i wanted to go light or heavy on them - unfortunately i had to go light as my wife would be partaking as well).
this place is tiny, but they do have some seating (for appr. 20 people). if you were there in benny's day, you'll be pleased to know that it's nowhere near as warm inside, despite running a pizza oven. they have a limited beer selection, & are in the middle price range for it. pies come in 2 sizes (14" & 16"). the topping list isn't the most extensive, but there's something for everyone. last night's pie was $14 & change, the jambalaya was the most expensive at $19ish.
this is one of the best pizzas in the asheville area. of the other places i've been (which is most excluding a few on the south side), only barley's, marco's (if you eat in) and 28806 (when they're on their game) are comparable. give it a try, you won't be disappointed.
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