Blaze Pizza is often touted as the next Chipotle and it even has the financial backing of NBA legend Lebron James. But is Blaze Pizza good?
Blaze Pizza follows the Chipotle model, where you go through an assembly line and make your own dish with the help of a staff member. But instead of burritos, you can make your own pizza.
The company was founded in 2011 by Elise and Rick Wetzel of Wetzel’s Pretzels, and it had early financial backing from Lebron James, who is still heavily involved with Blaze Pizza.
Blaze Pizza has a variety of healthy options, including a gluten-free pizza crust, side salads, and different vegetarian toppings.
Their pizzas are 11 inches with 6 slices — a personal pizza that’s big enough to fill you up.
And the thought of making your own pizza might be daunting to some, but it’s simple; you just choose a crust, cheese, sauce, and toppings.
I’m all about the classic pizza, so I went with the classic dough, red sauce, shredded mozzarella cheese, and Italian meatballs. I ate with someone else who ordered a take two, which is half a pizza plus a side salad.
For two people, our order was about $20.
Now $20 is a steep price for pizza dinner for two, especially considering local pizza shops offer quality, tasty pizza for significantly less than that. If you’re eating alone, I can see why you’d like to get a personal pizza at Blaze Pizza, but if you’re going on a date, you’re going to be paying more than any other traditional pizza place.
So does the taste of Blaze Pizza justify the price? To be honest, Blaze Pizza isn’t that good.
It takes about 3 minutes for your pizza to cook, and the pizza definitely has a fast food quality to it. There’s just no comparison to the taste and ingredients of a normal restaurant pizza.
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Additionally, the crust was incredibly thin, which left my pizza was droopy and unappealing. That might have been my fault for choosing the classic dough, but their high-rise dough is an additional two dollars. Regardless, their default crust shouldn’t be that thin and droopy.
Of course, the ingredients and quality of Blaze Pizza definitely beats affordable pizza chains like Domino’s Pizza, but that’s a pretty low bar.
All I could think about during my meal was how much I’d prefer eating from any of the local mom-and-pop pizza shops in the area. If you eat from a local shop, it’ll likely taste better and it’ll give you more of a bang for your buck.
If you’re looking for a good pizza, I’d suggest going somewhere else. You can find a better pizza at a better price just about anywhere else. But if you’re looking for a quick personal pizza, it might worth a try.