I love this old style sign... The Pizza Palace is a Knoxville landmark… As you can see, it’s been 51 + years since Al, Gus and Arthur Peroulas pooled their savings and opened the Pizza Palace. It’s still owned and operated by the family. The Pizza Palace basically introduced pizza to Knoxville!
But…did you notice anything unusual in the photo?
How about a pizza joint that’s a drive-in restaurant! Eating pizza in my car…or spaghetti for that matter…would guarantee that I’d be bathed in tomato sauce and other bits of food! Still…even though a pizza drive-in doesn’t seem to make a lot of sense, they’ve been operating for 51 + years!
In 2007, the Pizza Palace was the second restaurant featured on Guy Fieri’s new show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. To view that clip and to take a closer look at this restaurant, just go to http://www.tvfoodmaps.com/place227.html.
If you didn’t believe that this was a drive-in just based on the outdoor photo, let me assure you that this narrow counter with stools suffices for those wishing to dine inside the restaurant…it's all there is!
FYI…pizzas cost from $5.75 for a small 10” cheese on up to $17.60 for a large 14” “Super”. Spaghetti is another big menu item. Meat sauce is the only option…no straight tomato sauce...but you can get your spaghetti and meat sauce with meat balls, mushrooms or pepperoni. ($7.65)
As you will note, our pepperoni and sausage pizza just barely fit on that narrow ‘dining ledge’. The crust was nice and thin and fairly crispy but the crumbled sausage lacked definition as regards flavor… This was a good pizza, but we still think that Big Ed’s in Oak Ridge turns out the best pizza in the metropolitan area.
Other food options on the menu include dinners…lasagna, ravioli, tenderloin steak, fried chicken, fried shrimp, fried oysters, a fried fish plate and veal cutlet a la Parmigiana. The most expensive meal dinner cost $10.65! There is also a plethora of sandwiches, salads and the Pizza Palace’s famous Hand-Breaded Onion Rings. ($4.15 for a whole order…a true stack of rings!)
The Pizza Palace is close to the Knoxville Zoo, so it’s a good place to pick up that pizza on the way home from a day with the kids and the wildlife. Address: 3132 Magnolia Avenue, Knoxville Tennessee. Phone: 865-524-4388. Website: http://visitpizzapalace.com.
To review my thoughts about Big Ed’s in Oak Ridge Tennessee, just go to http://bigdaddydavesbitsandpieces.blogspot.com/2011/12/best-pizza-in-east-tennessee.html.
This nice basket of fresh produce was courtesy of Larry ‘Big Dude’ and his wife, Bev. (http://bigdudesramblings.blogspot.com/) Big Dude is a Master Gardener, with a really great and large garden…as well as the king of smoking some very fine meats. The green beans were terrific and the zucchini will be devoured very quickly. There is nothing like fresh produce that’s just been harvested! Thanks Larry and Bev!
These yellow signs on the back doors of that semi rig are the clear and sensible signs that I was talking about. This photo was taken on I-90 between Cleveland and Erie Pennsylvania. You will need to enlarge the photo to appreciate the two signs with the arrows as shown above… there both a clever warning and an example of some really wry humor!
Just click on any photo to enlarge it…
Thanks for stopping by for another visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave