Just like visiting the studio set of the old TV show “Cheers,” it really is nice to go someplace where everyone knows your name.
Focusing on personalized service where the greeters, wait staff and even the cashiers all call you by your first name and ask you how your day is going, is just one of the many individualized perks I found at one of Frisco’s newest casual dining eateries called Blaze Pizza, 3311 Preston Rd. in the Centre at Preston Ridge.
The restaurant is officially opening up to the public on Friday, May 22 with a sure-fire plan to get folks in the door – free food.
Since this is the chain’s first restaurant in Texas, they’re celebrating by offering free pies to all those that follow Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook. Do so, and you’ll get your very own custom-built artisanal pizza.
My girls and I got a chance to get an exclusive preview at a special VIP tasting this week. During our visit, I met with Greg Hazard, Blaze Pizza’s Chief Fire Starter, who was in town for the grand opening. He says Frisco is an ideal place for their new restaurant because it’s a booming growth market and it has a high appeal to millennials.
“Quality custom-built menu offerings are very important to millennials,” says Hazard. “This group particularly enjoys made-to-order food with fresh wholesome ingredients in a cozy chic, yet eco-friendly atmosphere.”
The concepts for the pies are inspired by Executive Chef Bradford Kent (aka “The Pizza Whisperer”). He’s created a fresh, made-from-scratch dough and then adds generous, healthful ingredients that are clearly labeled on an assembly line.
Chef Bradford also developed an array of signature pizza’s ranging from the Green Stripe with pesto drizzle over grilled chicken, roasted red peppers, chopped garlic, mozzarella, arugula; to the Link In with Italian sausage, roasted red peppers, sautéed onions, mozzarella and red sauce.
Or, you can just build your own 11-inch pie like we did. Each customer’s pizza is truly an original.
Then it gets fired up in a blazing hot oven by a “pizzasmith” until it comes out as perfectly crisp perfection in about 180 seconds.
I must say, the oven firing does make a difference in the taste and adds a succulent texture to each pie. Blaze Pizza also has a wide range of fresh salad offerings and drinks, but our favorite was their Blood Orange Lemonade which complimented our pies perfectly. This refreshing liquid sunshine tastes just like summer makes you feel.
Then to end things just right, you’ve got to try the s’more pie. This dessert goes right into the oven to get warmed up just when you’re ready to dive in. Then it’s served with all of the gooey glory goodness that reminds you of summer camp.
Dining at Blaze Pizza is a great addition to the Frisco food scene. Its awesome food, hip environment and good value (not to mention the weekend entertainment) makes it one our new favorite places for lunch or dinner.