When most think of biting into a pizza, they imagine pepperoni, cheese and the familiar blend of marinara and rosemary. Well, Kraving Kebab Pizza in Turlock is here to change those notions with their unique kebab pizza.
Owner Sargon Shamoon discovered the delectable dish while visiting Sweden, where his wife is originally from, and knew it was something he needed to bring back to California. Kebab pizza is a combination of Italian and Turkish cuisine; the kebab meat (pork or chicken) is served over a thin, New York style crust with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. The pizza is then topped with a special kebab sauce, which took Shamoon and his brother Ashour Shamoon nearly two years to create.
“The sauce is what’s really unique about our pizzas,” said Shamoon, who couldn’t give away the sauce’s secret ingredients.
Not only does Kraving Kebab Pizza offer their kebab pizza, but they offer traditional pizzas as well. Hawaiian, vegetarian, combination, meat lover’s and barbecue chicken also grace the restaurants menu. If you’re not in the mood for pizza, you can also order french fries, jalepeño poppers, a calzone or a salad.
The item that Shamoon describes as the restaurant's speciality is the kebab supreme pizza. Topped with either pork or chicken, the pizza is a delicious combination of the kebab meat, diced mushrooms, tomatoes, onions, bell peppers, parsley, pepperoncinis and, of course, the special kebab sauce.
“It’s the most popular item on our menu,” said Shamoon.
For those that truly want a unusual array of ingredients on their pizza, Shaman recommends the Swedish kebab pizza. Topped with chicken, banana, pineapple, curry and kebab sauce, the interesting pizza is sure to get your taste buds talking.
While the interesting pizzas make the restaurant unique, Shamoon believes that the restaurant’s environment is what truly sets Kraving Kebab Pizza apart from Turlock’s other pizza establishments.
“It’s different,” said Shamoon. “Everything here is fresh, but the people who work here are also friendly.”
Pizzas, both kebab and traditional, are available in sizes medium (12 inches) through extra large (16 inches) and range in price from $15.99 for a medium Hawaiian pizza to $28.99 for an extra large kebab supreme. The restaurant also offers their lunch special, a personal, 10-inch pizza for $7.99, every Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The restaurant is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Kraving Kebab Pizza is located at 217 S. Golden State Blvd. in Turlock. From Highway 99, take the West Main Street exit and head east. Continue onto East Main Street and turn right onto South Golden State Boulevard; Kraving Kebab Pizza is inside the Scandia Village shopping center to the right.
For more menu information or to contact Kraving Kebab Pizza, visit www.kravingkebabpizza.com or call 209-524-1985.