Of all the places that I can buy pizzza near me, Blaze is the location I frequent the most often. There are three main reasons I keep coming back: it’s fresh, fast, and faithful.
Although most pizza joints offer customizable pizzas, Blaze is unique in that you can see your pizza being made right in front of you, assembly-style. Essentially, it’s Chipotle, but with pizza (every dream made true). One look at the Blaze Pizza Reviews will tell you, I’m not the only one who loves this place.
Your journey begins with a smile from a Blaze employee. “Hi! Is it your first time here?” If it is (in which case, what rock have you been hiding under?), he or she will explain how Blaze works: you can either select a signature pizza combination that the Blaze Pizza menu offers such as the Meat Eater, Art Lover, or Veg Out, or you can build your own pizza.
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Then, you’ll navigate your way down the ingredient line. Your pizza starts its life as a handmade, made-from-scratch dough that’s been carefully flattened out and molded. You can choose from a variety of different pizza sauces and cheeses (I recommend the classic, shredded mozzarella with a sprinkle of goat cheese for added creaminess).
Next comes the toppings. Blaze boasts a huge array of healthy, fresh, and artisanal ingredients that can be piled onto your pizza at no extra cost. Meats range from sausage to smoked ham to bacon to pepperoni to chicken. Vegetables take up the most space on the assembly line, offering choices from spinach to artichoke to bell peppers to olives to banana peppers to pineapple (this isn’t a vegetable, but pineapple belongs on pizza, don’t @ me).
Your pizza will then be whisked off into Blaze’s signature fast-fire ovens. This is probably the best part of Blaze: at other restaurants, the wait time for food is agonizingly long, but Blaze pizzas take 180 seconds to cook. What this means is that you can pay for your pizza and be instantly gratified by a fresh, hot, perfectly crisp pizza. Finish your creation off with a pesto or barbecue sauce drizzle, olive oil, or fresh arugula.
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Blaze has also expanded and rounded out their menu with salads, desserts, and drinks. I particularly like the arugula and fresh fruit salad – the seasonal fruit combined with goat cheese and balsamic vinaigrette is refreshing and filling. My favorite dessert from Blaze is the s’more pie, which they toast for you in the fast-fire oven.