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This Thanksgiving Pizza Attracts a Cult-Like Following

A famed New England shop has been cooking up the annual turkey-topped pie for “about 17 years.”

Today’s the day. In Providence, Rhode Island, hordes line up at Fellini’s Pizzeria for a slice of its famed Thanksgiving Pizza, which is exactly what it sounds like.

The crowds are there for a whole-wheat crust topped with mozzarella cheese, mashed potatoes, turkey, stuffing and a “generous splash of gravy,” according to Eater. Customers have the option of adding cranberry sauce—which comes highly recommended.

“As someone who has personally sampled this limited-time great,” writes Julie Tremaine of Eater, “if given the choice between one of Fellini’s pies and my actual Thanksgiving dinner, I’d take the pizza without a second thought.”

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The pizza’s greatness explains why, according to Eater, it attracts the annual crowd of people waiting for a slice, as well as pre-orders months in advance. Though Fellini’s Pizzeria has been a community staple on Providence’s East Side since 1989, the special Thanksgiving pizza was invented by owner Kristy Knoedler. The pie is said to have come about in predictable fashion: Knoedler had Thanksgiving leftovers and was running out of places to put them, so she put them on a pizza.

“It was incredible,” Knoedler said to the Providence Journal in 2022, speaking of the first time she made a Thanksgiving pizza. “So we’re like, ‘All right, we’ve gotta do this,’ and we did it the following year.”

The tradition started that next year when Fellini’s offered a couple dozen or so pies the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Now Fellini’s moves a couple thousand pizzas per Thanksgiving season between its location in Providence and the one in neighboring Cranston, Rhode Island. Each pizza sells for $47 each, while walk-up slices sell for $7 the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

If that price seems a bit high, it could probably be even higher. In a September Facebook post, Fellini’s laid out some rules and regulations about how to nab a Thanksgiving pizza.

“Pizza pre-orders start Monday, September 25th, at 11 a.m.,” the pizza place wrote on Facebook. “Call or walk-in to place your preorders! We sold out in four hours last year and anticipate similar results this year. Thank you for your patience and support with our favorite time of the year! May the odds be ever in your favor!”

If you don’t live near Providence, Rhode Island, or if you do and you didn’t get a chance to grab a slice, remember to save those leftovers this year. You may be a good crust and a pizza oven away from glory.