Scripps Ranch and Carmel Valley residents get first taste of artisanal “craft-your-own” pizza
PizzaRev is changing the pizza game in San Diego with the opening of two franchise locations in the last week. The build-your-own artisanal pizza shops are located at Scripps Ranch (10393 Spring Canyon Road) and Carmel Valley (7835 Highlands Village Place). To mark its entrance into the communities, PizzaRev hosted Grand Opening fundraisers to benefit the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater San Diego. Guests were invited to name the price of their pizza, with proceeds benefiting the local chapters.
The Carmel Valley restaurant is operated by franchise owner Chris Kenny, one of the well-known “Kenny Brothers” who own and operate Jersey Mikes Sub Shops in Solana Beach, La Jolla and Pacific Beach. Born and raised on the Jersey Shore, Kenny grew up eating authentic thin crust pizza and immediately saw PizzaRev as “Best in Class” in the new movement of craft-your-own pizza. Kenny plans to open four additional PizzaRev locations in San Diego.
“PizzaRev reminded me that a perfectly crispy crust, tasty sauce and top notch cheeses make all the difference in pizza,” said Kenny. “Even the most creative pizza-craftsman will find what they’re looking for at PizzaRev. We’re excited to serve Carmel Valley a superior pizza along with some of the finest draft and bottled craft beers from San Diego’s local breweries.”
The Scripps Ranch restaurant is operated by franchise owner Stephen Wood, a local restaurant entrepreneur who comes from multiple generations of quick-serve restaurant operators. Wood, who has worked within his family’s restaurant syndicate for most of his life, came onboard with PizzaRev in 2013 managing the concept’s first Ventura County location. Wood’s choice to strike out on his own with PizzaRev has been fueled by the desire to bring a better pizza product to his hometown of San Diego.
PizzaRev’s “Craft Your Own” pizza making process begins with a friendly greeting from a PizzaRev “crafter” who assists each guest in customizing their personal 11” pizza. Construction starts with the crust selection, either original or gluten-free, each one pressed into a thin canvas from a plump, homemade dough ball. Guests then choose from four signature sauces, including a savory organic red sauce, a creamy white alfredo and a spicy-sweet BBQ. Finally, the masterpiece is completed with favorite selections from an array of all-natural cheeses and 30+ fresh ingredients, ranging from traditional toppings like pepperoni and ground beef to premium selections including sweet fennel sausage, fresh-sliced basil and arugula. Each pizza, no matter how many ingredients are selected, costs $8.25.
PizzaRev is a “build-your-own” fast-casual pizza concept that has reinvented the way America eats its favorite food. Guests are empowered to fully customize a personal-sized 11″ pizza for one price. Homemade dough options, flavorful sauces, all-natural cheeses, and more than 30+ artisanal toppings, everything is on display at PizzaRev and assembled right before your eyes. The pizzas are then fired in a 900-degree, stone-hearth oven which produces a thin and crispy Roman-style pizza in just three minutes. Los Angeles-based PizzaRev was founded in 2012; the executive team possesses a combination of Fortune 500 operating experience and high-profile restaurant management.
PizzaRev is currently franchising and announced a strategic partnership with Buffalo Wild Wings in 2013. The company currently has 15 corporate restaurants and 10 franchise locations in operation, with additional franchises under development across Washington, D.C. and 12 states: CA, CO, MA, MN, MO, ND, NV, NY, OH, SD, TX and UT.