I’m fully aware that with my decision to leave New York I have also forsaken the best pizza in the world. From what I understand it’s futile to try and find great pizza in Knoxville, but on the other hand I’ve never met a pizza I didn’t like.
My earliest pizza memory is sitting in the back seat of my mom’s minivan after picking up two lovely cheese pizzas conveniently packaged together with paper and cardboard from the Little Caesar’s across from Dobbin Center. It was my favorite, and damn was that ride home a long one.
For years I’ve been under the impression that Little Caesar’s all but went under, existing only at the checkout of select K-Mart locations. Upon arrival in Knoxville, I found out that I was wrong. Little Caesar’s still thrives in the American South! They’ve got a new gimmick now, you don’t have to buy two pizzas at a time any more, but you also don’t have to call ahead. They just constantly make pizzas, and they do enough business to have them “hot-n-ready” for pizza lovers with no foresight.
We got a pepperoni pizza, crazy bread, and even crazy sauce for $8.18. What a crazy meal it was. For the most part the actual pizza was just how I remembered it from childhood. There’s sort of this thick shelf of cheese above the sauce, and it’s prone to big burnt bubbles on top. So to all those I’ve discussed the extinction of Little Caesar’s with, rejoice in the fact that I was wrong.