If I had to pick one food to eat for the rest of my life, it would absolutely be pizza. Thin, thick, deep dish, stuffed, NY, New Haven, Chicago…the list goes on, and I love them all. So…when the newly opened Blaze Pizza in Lakeview invited me to stop in and see what they were all about, I jumped at the chance!
The concept at Blaze is simple yet so perfect, it really makes you wonder why someone didn’t think of it sooner! Think of Blaze as the Subway or Chipotle of pizza. Pick your crust (gluten-free option available!), pick your sauce, pick your toppings (vegan cheese available!), wait 180 seconds, and your creation is ready to be devoured, hot and crisp, straight from their wood-burning oven! The dough is made from scratch and all the ingredients are super fresh and very tasty, the perfect building blocks for a winning pie!
When I first walked up to the counter I was a bit intimidated by all the choices in front of me, but the staff was super helpful and held my hand the whole way through-they’re used to newbies here! If you’re not up for creating your own pie they also have several Signature Pizzas that you can choose from, and modify as it moves down the assembly line if you so choose. I’ve tried Red Vine and the Green Stripe which were both big winners in my book, along with a creation of my own. If you’re making your own and enjoy a bit of a kick, definitely give their spicy red sauce a try!
Blaze also has a variety of fresh salads to choose from in small and large sizes, I tried the Classic Caesar and I’m a fan!
Add in a glass of their Blood Orange Lemonade and one of their RIDICULOUS warm, gooey S’more Pies and you’ve got yourself a meal! With pizzas just under $8, you can afford a sweet treat at the end!
Blaze is currently open at 953 W. Belmont, near the intersection of Belmont & Sheffield, right under the Belmont Red/Brown line stop…easy access people! More Blaze locations will be opening in Chicago this year, so be on the look out for new openings in your ‘hood!
I was invited to Blaze and enjoyed my first visit at no charge, but I have since returned and enjoyed more of their delicious pizzas and s’more pies on my own hard earned dime. Opinions on this fab new pizza joint are my own.