New arrival turns up the heat on fast pizza biz in San Antonio

At 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, the name says it all: customizable pizza cooked at a scorching temperature that’s ready to eat in two minutes.
San Antonio is about to get its first location of the blossoming franchise, with plans to open in mid-October at 11224 Huebner Road in the City View Villiage Shopping Center. It’s not the first ultra-fast pizza model to enter the San Antonio market, but it could be the fastest by a minute. MOD Pizza, which has three area locations and a fourth planned, says it can turn out pizzas from its 800-degree oven in about three minutes.

It’s all about options at 1000 Degrees, where patrons can get a 10-inch or 14-inch pizza with seven different meat options, 12 types of veggies and eight varieties of cheeses and sauces, all assembled in front of your eyes. Pizza crusts are a classic Neapolitan style, or a Roman style that is a thicker variety that’s rolled out into more of a flatbread.
There also is a specialty menu with pizzas such as the Trenton Tomato Pie, Smokey Pollo and the Hawaiian Fire, made with a spicy sriracha marinara. All of the pizzas will be sold for $10 or less. There aren’t any limits on the toppings for “build your own” pies, but owner Ashley Andres recommends going with no more than five to avoid the possibility of a sagging crust.

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.

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Opens in TCreek

Sunil Patel’s love for pizza has led him to open 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza in Turkey Creek.
Patel, franchise owner, held his store’s grand opening at its new location, 11071 Parkside Drive, between Noodles & Company and Watchdog Surveillance and
Spy Gear, Thursday, July 6. “I love pizza. It’s my favorite food. I always wanted to be in the food business and 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is
something I’ve not seen elsewhere in a casual, fast-food place,” Patel said. “Here, you walk in and have your pizza in less
than five minutes. We cook our pizzas at 1000 degrees so it really cooks fast.” Customers can choose from its classic signature pizzas or build their own with
unlimited toppings, he added. The toppings are out front where customers can pick them easily; they can choose a 10-inch or 14-inch dough and watch as the pizza is being made.
What makes his pizzas Neapolitan? “It’s the flour,” Patel said. “I use 00 Neapolitan-style flour. It’s the finest flour that is available.” The process he uses to make the dough also makes a Neapolitan pizza. While the cooking is done quickly, he said the process to get the dough ready is not. “We offer Roman style, which is thicker, and a regular thin crust,” Patel said. Along with pizzas, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza carries salads, wings and cheesy bread. The franchise, which is based out of New Jersey, is the 40th store nationwide but the only one in Tennessee, he said.
Patel chose to locate in Turkey Creek because “this was a hot spot, a lot of

Customize your Neapolitan pizza at new Turkey Creek restaurant

The words “free pizza” might be the tastiest words ever spoken.

Just ask the hundreds of Knoxvillians who rushed to Turkey Creek and stood in line for hours at 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza’s grand opening Thursday.

To celebrate its grand opening, the pizza shop offered one custom-order, 10-inch pizza for each customer.

Customers have more than 50 toppings to choose from to make a pizza that is truly theirs, Sunil Patel, owner of the Turkey Creek franchise, said.

‘Worth the wait’

Jennifer Scrugham, Stephanie Willis and Amy Fonseca arrived with nine kids right on time for their free pizza at 11 a.m. as doors opened.

They made it through the line and sat down with 12 pizzas an hour and a half late

“It was worth the wait,” Willis said.

“It was fun for the kids to get to customize their own pizza with as many toppings as they wanted,” Scrugham said.

After the grand opening, a 10-inch custom pizza will ring up for $7.95 with unlimited toppings. There is also a 14-inch pizza to customize, as well as specialty pizzas on the menu.

What makes it Neapolitan style?

The customization element of 1000 Degrees eatery is somewhat unique in the area, but it’s not unheard of. Patel said it’s the Neapolitan style of the pizza that changes Knoxville’s pizza game.

“It’s a whole process that starts with the flour,” he said. “Then you make the dough, and it cooks at more than 1000 degrees in two minutes.

“It’s crispy, and the taste is different.”

House-made recipes on the menu include the White Out pizza made with olive oil, mozzarella, Parmesan, mushrooms and garlic; the Hawaiian Fire made with spicy sriracha marinara, mozzerella, Canadian bacon, banana peppers and pineapple, the Smokey Pollo pizza made with roasted chicken, bacon, red onion, red peppers, pineapple, mozzarella, bleu cheese and barbecue sauce; and the Meatza made with marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage and crumbled meatballs.

Build your own salads, break sticks and fire roasted chicken wings are also featured on the menu.

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is located at 11071 Parkside Dr.

Toss a pie into the sky

Sunil Patel of Knoxville is bringing a new pizza shop to town.

1000 Degrees Neopolitan Pizza is slated to open at 11071 Parkside Drive by early to mid-July. It is this company’s first franchise in Tennessee.

The menu features the White Out (with extra virgin olive oil, shredded mozzarella, Parmesan, fresh mushrooms and garlic), Smokey Pollo (featuring Sweet and Smokey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce, roasted chicken, bacon, red onion, red peppers, pineapple, shredded mozzarella and bleu cheese) and Meatza (with marinara, mozzarella, pepperoni, bacon, Italian sausage and crumbled meatballs).

1,000 Degrees Pizzeria gears up for July opening on 14th Street West

MANATEE – At first, the area around The Mall at University Town Center
seemed like the perfect place to open a pizza shop.

But after Ritesh Shah, 32, realized how much competition he’d have there, he
decided to look elsewhere. In the end, he settled on a spot at 6220 14th St. W. in
Bradenton. That’s where his new franchised pizza shop, 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria,
will open — he hopes by July 19.

Shah grew up in India with parents in the hotel business. His family moved to the
U.S. when Shah was 17, and his parents continued their tenure in the hotel
business. Shah got into the liquor and retail side of food service in Pensacola,
where he lived for about 10 years before moving to Bradenton two years ago. He
was visiting family in New Jersey last year when he tried 1,000 Degrees pizza.
It was the restaurant’s use of Caputo 00 flour, a variety made for use in pizza
dough and imported from Italy, that impressed Shah. He also liked that 1,000
Degrees doesn’t use freezers for any ingredients, resulting in a fresher product.
“I ate their pizza and it was amazing,” Shah said. “I really loved it.”
He dreamed of being a chef and working in the food business growing up, and
thought 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria and Bradenton were a good match for several

“I saw Bradenton needed a place where a family can come in and have a nice
dinner,” Shah said. “And it’s quick, and it’s for lunch as well. If you’re working and
you only have 30 minutes for lunch, you can come in and get your pie baked in
less than two minutes. So you could be in and out in 15 minutes max.”
The Neapolitan-style pizza, characterized by a razor-thin crust and short baking
time in a high-temperature oven — hence the 1,000 Degrees in the name — is
not meant to be delivered, Shah said, so the pizza shop will not offer delivery.
“It’s supposed to be eaten at the restaurant right when it comes out of the oven,”
Shah said.

1,000 Degrees also has build-your-own salads, wings and cheesy bread on the

In addition to the seven sauces, seven cheeses and more than 30 toppings to
choose from for do-it-yourself pizzas, 1,000 Degrees in Bradenton is bringing in
the iPourIt technology. iPourIt turns customers into their own “beertenders” by
equipping them with a bracelet that’s linked to their credit card. Customers scan
the bracelet at a tap before pouring beers priced and charged by the ounce. In
addition to mainstream beers such as Budweiser and Bud Light, Shah plans to
have more than two dozen craft beers on tap, including local varieties.
The iPourIt technology appealed to him because it means he can serve beer
without the overhead cost of employing a bartender.

“I researched it and realized that I can sell beer 30 to 40 percent cheaper than
others do,” Shah said.

There are four 1,000 Degrees locations open in Florida, with another three,
including Shah’s, set to open soon. Vice president of operations for 1,000
Degrees John Feltes said another four or five Florida locations are to follow, as
well. The Sunshine State is well-positioned for pizza-franchise growth, thanks in
large part to tourism.

“It really is a pizza state,” Feltes said. “That sounds really weird, but outside of
New York City, one of the most dense areas is right around Orlando when it
comes to pizzerias. And a lot of that is because of tourism. When you want
something quick and you’re a tourist and you don’t want to spend $80 on chicken
tenders inside of the resorts, calling out for pizza is pretty darn easy, and it’s

Nationwide, New Jersey-based 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria has more than two dozen
locations in 12 states, with plans to open locations in Tennessee and Maryland

For more information on the 1,000 Degrees Pizzeria Bradenton location and for
details on grand-opening specials, visit the location’s Facebook page

1000 Degrees Pizzeria ready to heat up Sioux City market

SIOUX CITY — The pizza scene in Sioux City will soon heat up with the upcoming arrival of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria.

When this location opens May 1 at 1388 Hamilton Blvd., it will mark the three-year-old New Jersey-based pizza chain’s first foray into Iowa.

What separates 1000 Degrees from other pizza joints is that customers walk in and order through a build-your-own pizza type of assembly line, similar to going to a Chipotle or Subway restaurant. The made-to-order pizzas are then cooked in a 1000-degree custom Neapolitan oven in just two minutes.

Founded by Brian Petruzzi, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is a rapidly growing franchise that has added dozens of locations coast to coast since the first restaurant opened in Galloway, New Jersey, in 2014.

Jesse Miller and Scott Salem will serve as co-general managers of the Sioux City restaurant. It will be located in a retail center bounded by Hamilton, Wesley Parkway and 14th Street whose tenants currently include a Scooter’s Coffee House.

Miller’s family previously owned the former Bev’s on the River, and Salem served as the general manager of the restaurant overlooking the Missouri River before it closed Jan. 1. The former Bev’s space will be converted into a Crave restaurant, which is set to open sometime in February.

Becca Feauto, a local spokeswoman for 1000 Degree Neapolitan Pizzeria, said bringing the chain to Hamilton Boulevard was intentionally done to help rejuvenate the area after a rash of businesses moved out of the neighborhood over the last few years.

1000 Degrees pizzas come in either 10-inch or 14-inch sizes with unlimited toppings, and there are nearly 20 vegetable selections, eight sauces to choose from, seven types of cheese, seven meat varieties, and two kinds of crusts, one of which is gluten-free, made fresh from tipo 00 flour, and is mixed using an authentic fork-style mixer.

For the non-creative types, there are also 15 types of pizzas on the menu, including “Smokey Pollo,” which features a sweet and smokey bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, bacon, red onion, red peppers, pineapple, shredded mozzarella and bleu cheese, and other pizzeria standards like pepperoni, an all-meat selection and a classic margherita.

In addition to pizza, 1000 Degrees has salads, which also can be customized, fire roasted wings that come in six flavors and breadsticks made from fresh dough.

Feauto thinks the addition of 1000 Degrees to the Sioux City market will provide people with a low-cost and convenient dining option in an inviting atmosphere.

“From the photos that I’ve seen, it is a really nice establishment — nice tile and color choices — so it’s not your dive pizza place and it’s a place where you can go and get a pizza for an affordable price and bring the kids out or have a date night if you want,” she said.

Sneak peek of 1000 Degrees Pizzeria before Thursday opening
KCAU 9 got a sneak peek of 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria Wednesday. It opens to the public at 11am Thursday. The first 10 people through the door will get free pizza for a year.
What makes the Neapolitan pizza different, is the crust – specifically, the flour used to make the crust. It’s also the short time it takes to get your pizza.
Derek Benson-Williams, pizzeria manager, says, “It’s the customer experience. It takes less than 5 minutes to get your pizza.”
Mike Coghlan says, “It’s great; great pizza, great experience. It’s going to be a great place.”
Amy Coghlan says, “It’s awesome; I really like the crust.”
Bruce Miller from the Sioux City Journal joined KCAU 9’s Jenna Rehnstrom in a special taste test for 1000 Degrees.
1000 Degrees Pizzeria is located in the strip mall at the corner of Hamilton Blvd. and Wesley Parkway.