Blaze Pizza – Fast Fire’d is a California based ‘fast-casual’ pizza chain restaurant. Their recent push into the South Florida Market is courtesy of The Levy Family Partners, of which, LeBron James is part of. We stopped into the new Blaze Pizza location in Fort Lauderdale for lunch recently and really liked the place. The service was quick, efficient and the pizza was pretty good too.
Blaze Pizza is located on N. Andres Ave in the Cypress Creek Business sweet spot and shares the strip mall with VooDoo BBQ, Giraffas and Chipotle. There is parking in front, with lots more around back and on a Sunday, we found a spot right away.
The inside is nice with natural woods with orange being the accent color. A large mural/picture on the side wall shows a classic car driving off with the words ‘Start your own Course’ nodding to the ‘build your own’ pizza concept. There’s table seating along with some patio seating as well.
The menu is pretty straight forward and actually more simple than you think when you first see it. Although they do offer a few salads on the menu, it’s all about the pizza. The option you really want to go for is the ‘Build Your Own’ for $7.95. For one flat price, you can add on any topping you want! Now keep in mind that if you overdo it, you might have a mess on your hands at the end, so there is a knack. If you don’t feel like making the decisions on the toppings yourself, there are the ‘Signature Pizzas’, also $7.95. These are made fresh, but the toppings are all picked out to create some tasty pizzas. You can also keep it simpler by choosing the one topping pizza or the simple pie to keep things to a minimum.
Ordering is set up similar to Subway or Chipotle, in that you move down the line as your order is customized. You pick your pizza, either a signature pizza or create your own. Signature Pizzas are on ‘autopilot’ and your done at this point, but for the create your own you have lots of choices. They have a few different sauces and cheeses to choose. The meat selection was larger than expected and the vegetables seemed endless. After your toppings are added, the pizza is then cooked in a ‘Blazing hot oven’ by a ‘dedicated pizzasmith’ for 180 seconds. The fire oven is set to 535 degrees and that allows for the quick cooking time. While your pizza is cooking, you pay and they call your name when it’s ready to pick up at the counter.
Ordering went smooth and our pizzas were done in about the time promised. Each pizza is a ‘personal’ size with six pieces.
Build Your Own pizza ($7.95) – Regular crust, house sauce, mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese, crumbled meatballs, bacon, mushrooms, kalamata olives and fresh minced garlic. Yeah, I know this really doesn’t sound like a really creative pizza, but it was my first time. I didn’t want to overload the crust, so I stuck to the basics. The crust was on the thinner side, which we both liked and it was evenly cooked. Overall this was a pretty good pizza. You have to remember that this is a ‘fast-casual’ concept, so you are not getting the Brooklyn Pizza from the place down the street, but it’s still a solid choice. We found it better than the fast food delivery places and would definitely return. This would be a great place to stop in for work lunches.
BBQ Chicken Pizza ($7.95) – chicken, mozzarella, red onion, gorgonzola, bbq sauce drizzle. Jeff saw this on the menu and saw gorgonzola so it was a must. He had them hold the banana peppers that usually are on this specialty pizza, and put extra gorgonzola. We noticed they forgot the bbq sauce drizzle, but the truth is, it didn’t need it. There was a lot of flavor already with the gorgonzola so he didn’t miss it. They actually checked on us and the woman noticed it was missing and offered to redo it, which was a great gesture.
We both liked our pizza and even took some home as leftovers. As far as ‘fast-casual’ chain pizza’s go, we both really liked Blaze Pizza and would return. Located at 6334 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309.