1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Fires Up Downtown Boston Tomorrow

Boston’s warm front will continue this week with the opening of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza near Government Center. The New Jersey-based chain officially debuts its newest location at 45 Court St. on Thursday, August 24, and to celebrate the opening, 1000 Degrees will offer free pizzas throughout the day, until the restaurant runs out.

This is the first Massachusetts location of the 1000 Degrees chain, and owner Ken Pasquariello plans to offer the first 10 people in line one free pizza each week for a year. 1000 Degrees operates with a counter service-style setup reminiscent of other fast-casual pizza spots like Blaze Pizza and Crush Pizza: Customers choose from dozens of toppings that get added to their pie, then wait for the pizza to cook for two minutes in a brick oven.

The menu at 1000 Degrees also includes bread sticks, salads, and wings. The restaurant will operate Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

1,000 Degrees Pizza Lands in Government Center

The latest in fast-fired, fast-casual pizza touches down in Government Center today. 1,000 Degrees, a Neapolitan-style brand in this red-hot category, is offering Boston a first taste of its pies with free pizza throughout the day, until supplies run out. The Court Street pizzeria is open 11 a.m.-9 p.m.

The customizable counter-service spot offers a choice of 30 different toppings, or signature pies like a classic margherita, buffalo chicken, and Hawaiian Fire, with Sriracha marinara, shredded mozzarella, Canadian bacon, banana peppers, and pineapple. Choose from a chewy, Neapolitan-style crust, or a thicker Roman style. The pizzas are fired up in a brick oven at—you guessed it—1,000 degrees. The menu also offers cheese-laden breadsticks, build-your-own salads, and fire-roasted wings in flavors like smokey bourbon barbecue, and sesame orange.

A New Jersey-based chain, 1,000 Degrees has 27 franchises in 20 states. Government Center is its first Massachusetts location, helmed by local owner Ken Pasquariello.

Fueled by homegrown spots like Area Four, Stoked, and Ciao!, 1,000 Degrees blazes onto a wood-fired pizza scene in Boston that has seen similar fast-casual concepts, like Blaze, Crush, and Nantucket-born Oath, proliferate with the promise of quick-cooking, artisan ’za. New contender, &pizza, literally sweetened the deal it proposed in Cambridge to vie for real estate in a neighborhood that’s sick of pizza.