1000 Degrees pizza chain opens in Delray Beach

This burgeoning, 2-year-old international chain has introduced its first South Florida branch in Delray Place plaza.

The fast-casual concept centers on hand-tossed pizza of 10-inch ($8.95) or 14-inch ($16.95) thin crust, with a gluten-free, 10-inch option ($10.95).

“As residents of Delray Beach, we wanted to open our first location in a place that was very close to home for us, in a place where we knew the community,” co-owner Nick Anagno says. “The Inferno Group has the goal to open multiple units per year for the next 10 years.”

An assembly line ushers customers to tailor their pizzas with at least 40 toppings, such as blue cheese, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, sriracha marinara and pesto.

Fifteen specialty pizzas include the basic tier ($7.95, $15.95), such as Trenton Tomato Pie, and the classic tier ($8.95, $16.95), such as barbecue-bourbon chicken, the Philly cheesesteak with rib-eye, bacon mac and cheese, Hawaiian Fire and Tuscan chicken.

Self-pour beer and wine service complements the speedy service.

Lunch and dinner are served daily amid an orange-accented setting with a faux-wood concrete floor and a wall of beer and wine taps, plus a covered patio.

Up next: a Boca Raton location due in February.

FIELD TRIP TO 1000 DEGREES PIZZA, DENVER

It’s one of the most popular foods in the world and while the pizza we’re used to here in the United States isn’t quite what you’d get from a trattoria in Italy, we sure like our dough + sauce + cheese + toppings! In fact, there are 350 slices of pizza consumed each second in the USA, and we eat 252 million pounds of pepperoni annually on pizzas on a total of 3 billion pizzas, worth $32 billion each year. That’s a lotta slices.

The latest trend in pizza is speed, and it’s a great one. I first encountered the faster pizzeria in Santa Monica, California years ago with my son, and we were astonished and highly impressed by a place where we created individual pizzas and they were cooked and served to us by the time we sat down at our table. Way better experience than the 30-45 minutes of a more traditional pizzeria.

Joining this world of fast pizza is a new chain called 1000 Degrees Pizza, which is clearly focused on a hot, hot oven and fast baking times! The first to open in Colorado is on Federal Blvd, NW of Denver in the ‘burbs, and on their invitation, my pal Steve and I decided to check it out for dinner last night. Opened for just a few weeks, we found it was quite tasty, but not without its hiccups.

1000 Degrees Pizza Federal Heights is run by a husband and wife couple and they’ve been a part of the community for decades: Jeff’s actually a long-time youth sports coach, and fell into the business out of a love for pizza and for serving pizza to his teams. And they’ve created a solid addition to the neighborhood food options, as you can see:

Jeff’s putting a pizza into the oven. And the oven is darn interesting: it’s an import directly from Italy and while the opening is at about 780F, the back is 1000F and the hottest spot at the top of the oven can get up to 1600F. That’s a lotta heat! In fact, it’s so much heat that they use a special dough designed for a high-heat baking process and a special mozzarella cheese that won’t burn at the extreme temps too.

They also make their own dough, and when you order, an employee transforms a dough ball into a flat pizza dough, ready for toppings:

And there are plenty of toppings. On their recommendation, Steve order a “Meatza” and I ordered a “Hawaiian Fire”. Here’s Steve’s pizza, which featured pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage and crumbled meatballs. Definitely a lotta meat!

And there are plenty of toppings. On their recommendation, Steve order a “Meatza” and I ordered a “Hawaiian Fire”. Here’s Steve’s pizza, which featured pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage and crumbled meatballs. Definitely a lotta meat!

They were both perfectly cooked – which only takes two minutes, on average, in the oven – though I have to admit that Steve’s Meatza was tastier than my surprising non-spicy Hawaiian. Another look at the above photo will also real something else about the pizza: it’s a thick, bready dough. I like it, but it’s teetering in the zone between Chicago-style thick crust and the more traditional thin crust. Worth knowing if you prefer a paper-thin crust on your pizza.

In addition to the pizza, which took 11 minutes from order to being on our table due to a big to-go order that had snuck ahead of us, we also ordered some chicken wings. Half were “Smokey Bourbon BBQ” and half were classic Buffalo, as you can see:

They looked delicious, but when we went to try them, they were cold inside. Fully cooked (they’re pre-cooked in the morning while the oven is heating up) but not hot. Jeff was quick to replace them with another batch which were piping hot, much better, but at a restaurant that’s focused on its super-hot oven, it was a surprise to have food that wasn’t hot at all.

1000 Degrees Pizza is a franchise, but each franchisee clearly has leeway to add local foods and beverages. The Denver restaurant features Boulder-based Glacier ice cream and a good selection of local beers including Denver faves Blue Moon and Fat Tire:

The restaurant itself is a nicely designed “fast casual” and when we walked in they had AMC TV on the big TV in the corner, and it sure looked like A Christmas Carol being shown. “Please, sir, may I have another?”

In terms of price Steve’s pizza was $8.95 at 10-inches, mine was a 14-inch at $16.95 and the wings were $10.99 for a dozen. Drinks run about $2.50, so quite in line with other pizza joints. And while they don’t have a vegan cheese option, they do have a gluten-free crust available, which is great if that’s important to you.

All in all, a good meal (with leftovers!) that we both enjoyed, and a great environment that was welcoming and warm. I’m sure they’ll work out the kinks with the temp of the chicken wings!

Original Article from: http://gofatherhood.com/2016/12/field-trip-to-1000-degrees-pizza-denver/

Free Pizza Giveaway at New Federal Heights 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

To celebrate the opening of its first location in Colorado, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza in Federal Heights is giving free pizza for a year to the first 10 guests through the door at 11 a.m. on Thursday, December 1. In addition, all guests who visit the grand opening between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. and like 1000 Degrees on Facebook or follow on Instagram or Twitter will receive a free 10” pizza of their choice. 1000 Degrees in Federal Heights is located in The Federal Plaza at 10320 Federal Boulevard, next to Chipotle.

New Jersey pizza chain plans Colorado expansion

A second location is planned to open next month in Boulder

Both locations are owned and operated by Jeff Lester, who said in a statementthat he “has plans to bring 10 more locations to Colorado within the next three to five years.”

The 2-year-old chain isn’t alone in Colorado expansion plans: Albuquerque-based Dion’s Pizza is set to open it’s second Denver-area location in Commerce City in early 2017; Brixx Wood Fired Pizza of North Carolina now has two locations in metro Denver; and Pie Five Pizza of Dallas last year said it’s going to open 30 locations in Colorado