Coming Soon To Topanga Mall And USC
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza, the nation’s leading build-your-own pizza chain, today announced that it will soon be opening locations in Westfield’s Topanga Mall and the University of Southern California. The fast-casual concept, known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants will expand its footprint to 11 locations in the Los Angeles area by early 2015. Blaze Pizza comes to Canoga Park in October 2014 with its new restaurant opening in Westfield’s Topanga Mall (6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd). In January 2015, Trojans will get the Blaze experience, at it opens at USC’s University Gateway Center (3335 South Figueroa).
Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” known for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies. Each restaurant features an interactive assembly-line format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of fresh, artisanal ingredients – all for under $8. The generously-sized 11-inch pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds. Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent (“The Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. Most Chicago area restaurants also feature a selection of wine and craft beer.
The company’s mantra of making “intelligent choices” goes beyond selecting the best ingredients and serving exceptional pizzas. Each restaurant is carefully designed to suit its own space, with award-winning architect Ana Henton thoughtfully applying industrial elements and fire-inspired colors to each location – creating a warm, inviting environment that fits within the local neighborhood. Additionally, Blaze is committed to sustainability and uses eco-friendly packaging and locally sourced ingredients whenever practical.
“Our mission at Blaze is really simple – we’re all about bringing the community a place where guests can connect, create and enjoy great pizza at crazy fast speed,” said Jim Mizes, president & COO of Blaze Pizza. “If you think about it, there hasn’t been a good way to enjoy a made-from-scratch pizza without the wait. Now there is. We believe this will be a game-changer in town.”
The first Blaze Pizza restaurant opened on August 6, 2012 in Irvine, CA, and quickly gained attention for its chef-driven recipes and “build-your-own pizza” assembly-line format. Described by Zagat as “One of 10 Innovative Restaurants in Los Angeles,” Blaze Pizza is developing a cult following as it expands across the U.S. The company currently operates restaurants in 11 states and the District of Columbia, including the major metropolitan areas of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Washington D.C. Founded by Elise and Rick Wetzel (co-founder of Wetzel’s Pretzels), the concept is backed by investors including LeBron James, Maria Shriver, Boston Red Sox co-owner Tom Werner and movie producer John Davis. For more information, please visit blazepizza.com and facebook.com/blazepizza.
Los Angeles County Blaze Pizza Locations
- Culver City, 4114 Sepulveda Boulevard
- Glendale, Glendale Galleria
- La Cañada, 990 Town Center Drive
- Los Angeles, Farmers Market
- Monrovia, 108 West Foothill Boulevard
- Pasadena, 667 East Colorado Boulevard
- South Gate, Azalea Shopping Center
- Torrance, Del Amo Fashion Center
- Torrance, Rolling Hills Plaza
- Canoga Park, Westfield Topanga Mall
- Los Angeles, USC