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It’s fall, which means pumpkin spice ... pizza? You can find it within driving distance

Villa Italian Kitchen, which has locations in California, will unveil a pumpkin space pizza on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.
Villa Italian Kitchen, which has locations in California, will unveil a pumpkin space pizza on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017.

Love pumpkin spice? Love pizza?

Welcome to the combination you never knew you needed: pumpkin spice pizza!

This ... food, inspired by the pumpkin spice craze that Starbucks popularized to no end, can be found at Villa Italian Kitchen. The closest Villa restaurants are within driving distance, namely in Camarillo, Visalia and Salinas, and you can find more locations on Villa’s website.

If you are so inclined to fork out $4.09 for this pizza, you can head to Villa Italian Kitchen starting Friday — the first day of fall and when the pizza will be unveiled.

Slices will have pumpkin pie filling spread across homemade crust and topped with mozzarella. Dollops of pumpkin pie filling—spiced with nutmeg, clove and cinnamon—are added to the top once the cheese has melted. The pizza is available while supplies last.

“There’s no denying that everyone loves pizza, so combining our hit Neapolitan Cheese Slice with the delicious fall flavors of pumpkin spice just made sense,” Mimi Wunderlich, director of communications for Villa Italian Kitchen, said in a statement. “We are confident that this seasonal twist on our beloved cheese pizza will be a hit with all of our pumpkin spice loving guests this fall!’ ”

McClatchy reporter Jared Gilmour contributed to this story.

Gabby Ferreira: 805-781-7858, @Its_GabbyF

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