Nov 2, 2014

Review: Blaze Pizza - Meat Eater Pizza

Blaze Pizza's Meat Eater Pizza is a made-to-order and quickly-baked pizza topped with pepperoni, crumbled meatballs, red onion, mozzarella, and red (tomato) sauce.

It's normally $7.65, but I received this one courtesy of Blaze Pizza.

Blaze Pizza is one of those fast casual pizza chains where they assemble the pizza right in front of you, the way you want it as you move down the line similar to how they do at Chipotle and Subway. The thin pizzas are then very quickly baked in a very hot oven (in 180 seconds according to their site).

I noticed that despite the speed of the line, they top the pizza very carefully; more so than I notice at one of the big pizza chains. They put an even, thin layer of sauce and carefully spaced out the ingredients without skimping (the toppings still shifted around a little when they slid the pie into the oven though, but "A" for effort!).

The crust turns out very crispy but with a nice bit of chewiness to the crumb, unlike the more cracker-like, but still enjoyable, thin crust at one of the big chains.

There was just enough meat in every bite. You can ask for more but if you overburden one of these pies, it's going to turn out soggy--less is more here. The pepperoni was nice--I would prefer just a bit of crisping--but I really enjoyed the meatballs, which had just the right amount of tender, spongy texture and herby, seasoned flavor. The onions added a little bit of sweetness to go with the slightly sweet sauce.

Overall, Blaze Pizza's Meat Eater Pizza was really excellent. I especially liked the meatballs and crispy thin crust. I'm not sure about the name though; I guess "Meatballs and Pepperoni" doesn't quite have the same cachet to it.

The pizza is just a little smaller than a "small" at a big pizza chain (11" versus 12"), so the price is pretty reasonable.

Nutritional Info - Blaze Pizza Meat Eater Pizza
Serving Size - 1 slice
Calories - 165 (from Fat - 71)
Fat - 7.9g (Saturated Fat - 3.3g)
Sodium - 412mg
Carbs - 16g (Sugar - 1.4g)
Protein - 6.8g

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