1000 Degrees Pizza Denver Restaurant Review

Sometimes you want fast food. No, not fast food, but food that’s served fast. When you can cook your food at between 800 and 1000 degrees, fast is what you get. 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is named after its cooking instructions, baking pizzas fast and perfectly in a beautiful, huge pizza oven, built right there, on site. 1000 Degrees is a franchise and Jeff Lester, franchisee, has opened his first location in Federal Heights, with a second location opening in Boulder around Valentine’s Day.

The straight forward menu offers salads, pre-planned pizzas (10 or 16 inch) with combinations of ingredients they know will work together or build-your-own with unlimited veggies and meats.  But don’t go crazy piling it on or it won’t cook properly. And it will all fall in your lap and you’ll look foolish!

The friendly, efficient staff walks newbies through the menu, adding fresh ingredients before sliding your pizza onto the rotating

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oven surface. In most pizza ovens, the staff has to really be on top of things, keeping track of which pizzas went in at what time, rotating them around the oven to cook evenly and take advantage of the various hot spots. But in this one, the bottom rotates for even cooking. The process yields a proper mix of light, crispy exterior crust with a more tender, chewy center.

When we visited, we tried the Hawaiian Fire with  spicy sriracha marinara, shredded mozzarella, Canadian bacon, banana peppers, and pineapple and the Sausage and Peppers with marinara, shredded mozzarella, Italian sausage, red and green peppers, and red onions.  There are other, more unique offerings like The Falafel with shredded mozzarella, feta, falafel, tomatoes, and arugula. Or The Philly with balsamic onions, mozzarella, and thinly sliced rib-eye.  There are also salads and Fire Roasted Wings with these varieties –  Buffalo, Smokey Bourbon BBQ, Sesame Orange, Garlic and Rosemary or Dry.

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Serious vegan options at 1000 Degrees Pizzeria!

A new, fast casual pizza shop called 1000 Degrees Pizza opened in NJ over the summer and I couldn’t help but to get excited, even though I knew they wouldn’t have anything for vegans (you can stuff your cheeseless pie up your nose). It looked really enticing; I’m all about “build your own,” but I mean I knew they wouldn’t have anything for vegans. My vegetarian mom suggested we go in and ask, but the thought of asking a mainstream chain if they had a vegan option, let alone if they knew what vegan meant was daunting; plus I knew they wouldn’t have anything for vegans. So this vegan curmudgeon went home to eat a box of Earth Balance cheddar squares and sulk.

Not long after they fortuitously showed up in my Facebook feed, so I sent a direct message into the void of direct messages and waited for them to either ignore me or tell me they didn’t have anything for vegans. And then this happened:

They answered me within minutes with an obvious and clear understanding of what vegan means. OMGOMGOMGOMG a vegan option in a suburban vegan desert!

I hightailed it right over and was not disappointed. I mean, I was a little scared; it does look a tad like you’ve just stepped into hell…if hell had a fast casual, build-your-own pizzeria.

But, it was a hell with Daiya vegan cheese, a great mainstream option for pizza. 1000 Degrees Pizza keeps the Daiya curiously unmarked over by the veggie section, so while you do have to inquire about it, there is no need to worry that the cow shreds will accidentally contaminate the vegan shreds.

Do I have to say my vegetarian mom was right? She was right! I’m the first to suggest you should always ask about vegan options (and be prepared to patiently explain what they are) as a form of dining activism/spreading the vegan word, but I don’t always take my own advice. What can I say? I’m super lazy and even more curmudgeonly. Let this be a lesson to me.


Free Pizza Giveaway at New Delray Beach 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza

To celebrate the opening of its second location in Florida, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza in Delray Beach 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 9 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 Delray Beach is located in the Delray Place Shopping Center at 1801 S. Federal Hwy, on the center corner of Federal Hwy and Linton Blvd.