For the second year in a row, PizzaRev has claimed a top spot in the 2015 Top 100 Movers and Shakers ranking published by FastCasual.com. The award-winning fast-casual pizza concept earned the #15 spot in the annual list of the industry’s most significant brand and trends, up from #16 in last year’s ranking.
This year’s list was narrowed down from a pool of 900 nominations from FastCasual.com readers. PizzaRev was specifically recognized for securing a partnership with restaurant industry powerhouse Buffalo Wild Wings, an arrangement that was named the 2014 “Deal of the Year” by Franchise Times magazine. The company was commended for expanding quickly to 27 locations in just three years and for other operational initiatives. These include expanding its ingredient offerings and launching a comprehensive nutrition and allergen portal for guests.
“We are honored to be recognized among the top restaurants and trends shaping the fast casual segment,” said Rodney Eckerman, co-founder and co-CEO of PizzaRev. “We are in the midst of a food revolution, where consumers demand and deserve more healthful food options from national restaurant brands, and we’ve made it our mission to lead the better pizza movement.”
PizzaRev’s distinctive Craft Your Own pizza assembly process begins with a friendly greeting from a “crafter” who assists each guest in customizing their personal 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 alfredo, and a spicy-sweet BBQ. Finally, the masterpiece is completed with favorite selections from an array of artisanal cheeses and 30+ fresh ingredients, ranging from traditional favorites like pepperoni and ground beef to premium selections including sweet fennel sausage, anchovies, and fresh-picked basil and arugula. Each pizza, no matter how many ingredients are selected, is one price.
PizzaRev’s interior design is sleek, simple and modern. Exposed ceilings, concrete floors and natural tones offer a minimalist yet inviting atmosphere, where the focus is on providing the guest an interactive pizza experience unlike they’ve ever had. Most unique to PizzaRev, and what enables the restaurant’s unprecedented speed of service, is the custom-built, high-degree stone hearth oven. Guests watch the dancing flames in the background as their pizzas are fired to a perfect, Roman-style crispiness in less than three minutes.
PizzaRev has earned a loyal following among Southern California fans that continues to spread across the country as the brand enters new markets. Named one of the “10 Brands to Watch” by CNBC, PizzaRev has captured the attention and affection of investors and consumers alike. The company continues to seek out franchise partners who share the founders’ food-forward mission and commitment to giving back to the communities it serves.
PizzaRev is an award winning 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 17 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.
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