Having heard of this massive pizza back in the early 90's, Zach from Blackmarketkittens.com
was lucky enough to discover one just down the road from his place. He'd heard of just how big these pizzas were, but had never tried one. Now was the time!
I have memories dating back to the early 90’s of seeing the Greco’s New York Pizzeria commercials. I distinctly remember them saying that “the pizza wars are over and Greco’s New York Pizzeria wins!” I remember seeing an old dude (presumably Greco) holding the biggest box of pizza ever. All throughout my teenage years, I wanted to try Greco’s, but before the proliferation of information on the internet, I was always too lazy to look it up and order it.
If you’ve ever had Greco’s crown jewel of pizzas, you know the scale of the picture [below]. If Greco’s is a new name for you, then prepare to be pleasantly surprised…small children and vegans may want to skip this one - or at least shield their eyes as to not see the incredible digestive pornography that this pizza creates.
Zoom ahead 15 years and I finally pulled the trigger, restarting what could have been the shortest pizza war ever. My wife and I are not foodies in the sense that we won’t eat chain-foods. I love hamburgers, but I’m not a snob - I still love Carl’s Jr. as much as I love the smaller, independent joints (okay, maybe not as much, but have you had the Philly Cheesesteak Burger?). I’ve seen this chain all over the San Fernando Valley with locations in Van Nuys, Sherman Oaks, Reseda and Tarzana. But I just recently discovered on a Google Maps binge that there is a Greco’s down the street from my apartment in Thousand Oaks.
So, to make a long story longer, I decided to drive to Greco’s and see what the fuss was about. And the fuss was worth it.
The pizza, humbly called the “Party Size” (which was embarrassing since I was not having a party), measures 28″ in diameter. I’ll wait while you grab your tape measure. At $26.99 for just cheese, it’s not a bad deal, considering that their large was somewhere in the ballpark of $17, and you can fit THREE larges in the same area as one Party Size.
But we know novelty-sized food is merely a feat of size, and flavor shouldn’t be factored in, right? WRONG! This 28″ monster tasted great. Different herbs flavor the sauce and cheese noticeably. And the crust, which you’d expect to be thin and dry, is a good thickness. Not only that, but the crust is buttery - and believe me, it embarrasses me to use a word like that because men should never refer to anything as “buttery”…but it’s true.
I’ll let the picture speak for itself: