Pizza Studio

Pizza Studio

Pizza Studio

Pizza – One of the most popular foods in America and every kid’s favorite.  Pizza sure seems to dominate our food culture.  Here are a few of my pizza memories in chronological order:

  • When I was a young boy in the early 80’s the only thing I remembered was Domino’s and Pizza Hut duking it out on T.V.  Dominos had The Noid commercials, and Pizza Hut had the “Makin’ it Great” jingle.  Both companies for some reason really stick out in my mind.  A night when the family decided to order pizza seemed special to me.  The anticipation of the pizza delivery man, and the excitement of finally hearing the door bell was special.
  • Years after this Papa Johns exploded onto the scene with their special dipping sauce and banana pepper that came along with every pizza.
  • Papa Murphy’s Take and Bake was another novel idea.  Get your pizza pre-made and taking it home, and having it come right out of the oven and ready to eat.
  • I remember Little Caesars had the long pizza boxes that always came with 2 pizzas, and then they started in with $5 pizza Monday’s and finally eventually came out with the “Hot and Ready”
  • California Pizza Kitchen seemed to introduce smaller, individual size pizzas with a multitude of non-traditional toppings and sauces.

What have we learned from all of these pizza companies and how pizza has evolved in flavor and delivery over the years?  Its pretty clear that America still loves pizza, but it’s also clear, that we don’t like waiting for our pizza.  Little Caesers perhaps has taught us to be impatient in waiting for our pies, but national chains like CPK and local brands like Pizzeria Limone have us wanting more options and variety as well.  The question then becomes this… how to do you marry the idea of a quick pizza where there is not a lot of waiting, with the idea of a lot of choices and options?  And furthermore, how do you provide top notch gourmet quality at the same time, all while delivering a competitive price?  Answer:  Pizza Studio

The pizza prep table

The pizza prep table

Pizza Studio has two new locations in Salt Lake City, one on Fort Union, and the other at Foothill Plaza.  Their mantra is fresh gourmet pizza’s with lots of choices at competitive prices.  Recently Texas-based Pie-Five opened doors in Cottonwood Heights with the same approach to pizza making, but they went out of business after a few months.  Pie-Five was nice and quick, and very Subway like in that they allowed each person to follow a prep line and work with a pizza builder to customize their pizza, however they failed in end flavor.  Pizza studio does a much better job.  For you gamers out there think of Pizza Studio as a HQ Subway with +100 flavor, taste, and quality.

dustings

dustings

Pizza Studio has a menu of basic pizzas for $5.99 and then some premium ones for $7.99.  Each one can be customized with 3-4 crust options, sauce options, topping options, and “dusting” options like pictured above.  I’ve tried several of their pizzas and they have all been fantastic.  My only complaint is I feel Pizza Studio comes dangerously close to providing too many choices.  For those who have a hard time making up their minds, this may prove to be slightly annoying.  For these customers Pizza Studio has some pre-made suggestions to put your mind at ease.  For the adventurous types that like to customize everything, this is your place.

Meats Pizza

Meats Pizza

You can see a full menu here.  One of the pizzas I tried was this meaty one.  I don’t know if that was the official title of it, but I went with what they call the firecracker crust, and then chose a variety of meat toppings and veggies, and then had some fresh cilantro as a finishing touch on top.  This pizza was awesome.

BBQ Chicken

BBQ Chicken

Here I tried a traditional BBQ chicken pizza.  Pizza Studio offers some chipotle dusting to give it that extra kick. (although they forgot my fresh cilantro on this one)

My take?  I think Pizza Studio gets it right.  I think the extra choices outside of just toppings with sauce and crust will be well received by the public.  The pizzas here take 2-3 minutes to cook and come out really fast.  Pizza Studio along with market competitor Pizza Rev are a breath of fresh air to SLC.  At $6 for some of the basic pizzas, you won’t leave feeling cheated, and the size of the pizza along with toppings leaves you feeling well taken care of.  Visit them at their two Utah locations with a third coming soon at City Creek center.

 

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