Thursday, January 15, 2009

Martin's Pizza and Pasta, Asheville

Being from New England and growing up surrounded by great pizza places, I am always searching for the best one in each area that I live. My husband, a chef, and I are on a quest to sample all of the pizza places in the Ashevlllle area and find out who has what kind of pizza!

The first place we tried is Martin's Pizza, Home of the Square Pizza. Square pizzas bring back memories of my childhood friends' Italian mothers who used square cookie sheets to make their incredibly delicious homemade pizzas.

Martin's is located in an unassuming strip mall off Fairview Road next to Hamricks and River Ridge Plaza. The outside has a small dining area tucked in the corner of the mall. It was decorated still for the holidays with white icicle lights inside and out.

We ordered the 12 inch pizza, a medium size, which would feed 2-3 people easily. With a wide variety of toppings to choose from we ordered a half pepperoni and sausage and the other half artichoke, spinach and mushroom. The pizza arrived quickly and piping hot. The crust was crisp and tasty. The sauce sweet and chunky with a nice flavor. The ingredients and toppings were fresh and plentiful on the pizza. The wait staff didn't hover but made sure you were taken care of.

Prices range from $5.49 for the small cheese pizza to $12.49 for the 16 x 16 extra large pizza. Additional toppings are extra. They also serve cold cut subs, buffalo wing platters, pastas and salads at affordable prices.

Martin's serves local beers and has a small bar that seemed to be a neighborhood type of place to hang out with people coming and going and chatting with each other.

Overall we thought it was a nice place nearby to get some good food. I would go back for the pizza.

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