Free Pizza: 1000 Degrees Opens in Cupertino

At 1000 Degrees, the Smokey Pollo is topped with chicken in bourbon-barbecue sauce, onions, peppers, and two cheeses. Oh, and pineapple.

The fast-fired pizza trend is not just A Thing. It’s A Big Thing.

The newest entrant in the Bay Area market is 1000 Degrees, which has fired up the Neapolitan ovens in Cupertino at Homestead Square. It’s the first California location for the New Jersey-based pizzeria franchise chain.

At the grand opening celebration on Thursday, April 28, any guest will receive a free 10-inch pizza of their choice between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. And the first 10 people through the door get pizza for a year.

1000 Degrees was founded by Brian Petruzzi, a young but longtime entrepreneur who first business was a newspaper route (we love him and his pizza already). The grandson of a family that owned a pizza restaurant in Naples, he realized his pizza dream by opening this chain in 2014.

Although customers get to customize their own pizza, East Coast touches dominate the specialty menu. The Classic New Yorker covers marinara sauce with mozzarella and oregano. The Trenton Tomato Pie, on the other hand, puts the marinara on top. The Philly is thinly sliced rib eye, mozzarella and balsamic onions. Buffalo Chicken combines grilled chicken, blue cheese chunks, mozzarella and Buffalo sauce.

Menu newcomers include the Smokey Pollo, with chicken, barbecue sauce, bacon, red onions, red peppers, pineapple, blue cheese and mozzarella; and the Falafel, with falafel, feta cheese, tomatoes and arugula.

A regular 10-inch pizza sells for $7.95 to $8.95. A 14-inch version for sharing is also available.

Details: 1000 Degrees will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and until 10 p.m. Friday-Saturday.

20589 Homestead Road, Cupertino