What Chipotle is to burritos, Blaze Pizza is to pizza. While I am sure that it has become tiresome and cliché to compare the two, it is a concept that works and works well. An assembly line to build your own masterpiece. Everyone is happy, getting what they want and the line is moving. So why did it take so long for a pizza joint to catch on to the Chipotle way?
Whatever, it’s here. And it’s brilliant. And suddenly assembly-line pizza places are popping up everywhere. I tried several of them now and some are certainly better than others. Blaze Pizza is one of the better ones. There are endless combinations of toppings, sauces and cheeses. No two pizzas are ever alike.
We’ve been to three Blaze Pizza franchises- Sarasota, Gainesville and Orlando and we have been super impressed with the entire operation. Not only does the line move efficiently and quickly (and there always seems to be a line) but the staff is always so smiling, engaging and fun. I’ve yet to see an employee who isn’t enjoying their job.
So the idea is you walk in, pick your crust and move down the line building your pie. Sauces include classic red sauce, spicy tomato, creamy white sauce and drizzles like balsamic and pesto. Cheeses include traditional mozzarella, ricotta, goat, gorgonzola and even a Vegan variety. Meats are typical including sausage, pepperoni, chicken, bacon and meatballs. For me the veggies are the best- halved cherry tomatoes, sauteed onions and fresh spinach among plenty of others.
Then for me there is my favorite pizza topping- roasted garlic. Or you can have your garlic chopped.
After you have constructed your pizza- your creation is thrown into a blazin’ hot oven and fired for 180 seconds. Genius right? And so good.
While the sides are limited, there are some amazing salad choices like Beet & Goat Cheese, Roasted Veggie & Gorgonzola and Tomato, Basil & Ovalini Mozzarella.
In a land of ever changing restaurant concepts, I think the assembly line is here to stay. And in my opinion, Blaze Pizza is the tops in the pizza chains. Five out of five sprouts.