Battle of the Pizzas

America’s newest restaurant craze follows the built your concept we all so dearly love. First came subway with their sandwiches, then Chipotle with their yummy burritos and now we have pizza. This new trend is changing the way we eat pizza and giving big chains like Pizza Hut and Dominoes a run for their money. Build-your-own pizza shops are just more convenient. You get to create your own personal size pizza. You get to add all the ingredients that you want without having to compromise with anyone or pay extra. The price per pizza is also reasonable.

Image by: Thomas Wasper
Image by: Thomas Wasper

Since the idea came out, we’ve seen various restaurants with the same concept emerge. The top three chains currently battling it out for the top spot are Pieology, Blaze Pizza and Pizza Rev. They all custom craft your pizza using a variety of ingredients.

This is a general menu of the ingredients used by all three chains:

Dough:

House made   Gluten-free (add. $2)

Sauce:

Red sauce   BBQ sauce   Olive oil   White sauce

Meats

Pepperoni   Sausage   Meatballs   Chicken   Ham   Bacon

Veggies

Artichokes   Bell peppers   Garlic   Basil   Jalapenos   Mushrooms   Olives   Pineapple   Onions   Spinach

Cheese

Mozzarella   Ricotta   Vegan (add.)

The only difference among these restaurants is their minor variation in ingredients. You might find an ingredient in one of the places that you won’t in the other two. Wheat dough might just be a record breaker for you. Maybe you’re a big fan of goat cheese and you just have to have your pizza with it. Well, I am here to save you the hassle. I took care of all the dirty work. I went out and tried all three places and here are the results.

Pieology

Image by: Nero_570
Image by: Nero_570

By far, Pieology was my favorite. It was overall a better tasting pizza. Their crust was the best tasting out of the three. They had a few different choices on their menu and these included:

Dough

Whole Wheat

Sauce

Herb butter Fiery Buffalo

Veggies

Corn   Banana Peppers

Cheese

Daiya-Mozzarella

Blaze Pizza

Image by: LA Foodie
Image by: LA Foodie

Blaze would be my second choice. They have a spicy red sauce that is really flavorful. Choices only found at Blaze include:

Veggies

Arugula   Zucchini   Pepperonicini

Meats

Salame

Sauce

Spicy red sauce

Pizza Rev

Image by: David Hawkins
Image by: David Hawkins

Pizza Rev offers the most choices in meat, but their crust isn’t any good. The dough gives the pizza a slight frozen pizza type of taste. Choices only found at Pizza Rev include:

Veggies

Cilantro   Fennel seeds   Capers

Meats

Vegan sausage   Crumbled beef   Anchovies   Beef pepperoni   Sweet fennel sausage

Now that you have all this information, go ahead and try the one that sounds most appealing you. After you’ve done that, come back to this post and vote for your favorite.

 

Feature Image by:Dominik Schwind

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