Frank’s Roman Pizza, which is credited with bringing New York-style pizza to Asheville in 1977, has announced that it has closed its Tunnel Road store. From Frank’s on Facebook:

Nov 1, 2016. Restaurant Closing Announcement: We want to thank Asheville for many years of support, and especially our loyal customers for enjoying the best pizza in town. We have invested our heart and soul in to this business and met so many amazing people. However, it is time for us to take our leave from the business to explore life and experience a new adventure. It is with a heavy heart that we are announcing that Frank’s Roman Pizza at 90 S. Tunnel Rd is now closed and the business is for sale. If you are interested in purchasing the business for yourself, please contact Broker Rick Maerkle at (828) 989-1858 (Serious Inquiries Only Please!) All other general inquiries, please send a private message to us via our Facebook page.

Frank’s started at the now nearly empty Innsbruck Mall before moving further and further east on Tunnel Road. Brooklyn native Frank Palmeri started the business in ’77, and eventually sold it to owner Barry Gardener, according to the Mountain Xpress. Gardner started working at Frank’s as a driver in 1987, and held nearly every job imaginable before buying the business in 2001, when Palmeri retired, according to Xpress.



  1. Eat the truck, the driver and his gloves…

  2. Frank’s pizza was on par with Little Caesars. The place was always dirty and service was non existent. Can’t say I’ll miss the place. I’m sure some folks will exclaim how terrible this is and how we should memorialize the dump as a historical land mark, but come on…it’s just pizza.

  3. Wow. Based on a friend’s recommendation (I was lamenting how bad pizza was in Asheville, especially at so-called “wood-fired” joints) I ate there for the first time last week. It was OK, not stellar but OK. Now it will be gone. Weird.

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