I decided to order the “Grandma” Pizza from Favilla’s, and when it arrived, I realized that I was…
All alone with a giant fucking pizza.
So, yeah, ever since I tried it for the first time at the 2019 Asheville PIzza Fight, I have been craving the shit out of the “Grandma” pizza from Favilla’s New York Pizza. It didn’t win with the judges or the people that day, but it was frickin’ awesome, and was one of my personal top three picks from the competition. I was not a judge, but I am judgmental, and I found the Grandma to be a very worthy pie, and like I said, I have been craving it.
When I experience cravings, I try to fulfill them whenever possible, and in this modern age of telephones and home-delivery, anything is possible! (Well, anything expect for one small human being eating this entire fucking giant pizza, it turns out.) So, ring-a-ling-ding…
“Send Grandma over.”
“You got it!”
As I awaited Grandma’s arrival, I clicked on the TV and kicked back, daydreaming about the hungry-man meal being brought directly to my doorstop. DING DONG! Yay! Grandma’s here!
Holy fuck, Yo. I opened the box, and immediately realized that I was neither hungry nor man enough to consume this entire meal. I had actually eaten a fried chicken sandwich, baked beans, and a slice of salted honey pie from Buxton Hall Barbecue not but a few hours earlier. #foodlife But yeah, just look at this fucking thing, I tucked right in!
Grandma, you’re beautiful!
Photos ©2019 by Stu Helm.
Sorry about the crappy, blurry pictures I took. I think there’s something wrong with my camera, because whenever I don’t wear my glasses, the pictures are out of focus. Weird. (upside down emoji)
So, the Grandma pizza is fuckin’ BIG, just in case you hadn’t guessed that already. It’s also square, thick, and a little on the hefty side. Just like me in Junior High School! Wakka wakka. Anyhoo… The crust is very bready and doughy and crispy on the edges. Because I was alone with so dang much of this pizza, I was reheating it in the toaster oven for days, and the edges got really crispy and awesome with the reheating. Which actually makes this a perfect sized pizza for one — extremely lazy — person, because I froze about half of this fucker, and I will feast for weeks!
The sauce on the Grandma pizza is a little on the sweet side, and very much on the chunky side, which, along with the chopped fresh basil and thick layer of fresh mozzarella gives it a quasi-artesianal quality. But make no mistake! This is a Favillas pie in all ways. And by that I mean it’s a real people pleaser. One thing I know about the people of Asheville is that most of you are quite pleased with Favilla’s pizza. And so am I!
The Grandma is definitely unique among their pies, which are generally of the circular variety, with a tangy sauce, and aged mozzarella, so maybe even if you are a fan of their pizza, you haven’t tried this one yet? If not, please do! Give ’em call, tell ’em Stu sent ya, and…
Send Grandma my love!
Favilla’s New York PIzza
“Casual pizzeria with delivery serving a range of specialty pies, pastas, calzones & subs.”
Address: 1093 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28806
Phone: (828) 225-3032
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Stu Helm is an artist, writer, and podcaster living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing about food strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook.