January 27, 2014 Food & Drink Blaze Pizza red vine with roasted garlic & arugula bbq chicken build my own — pepperoni, mushroom, red onion, banana peppers & oregano s’mores pie If you’ve stepped off the Belmont station anytime in the past few weeks, you might have noticed a new spot has popped up. Maybe you can even get a whiff of the delicious pizza that’s cooking inside. Blaze Pizza is Lakeview’s newest fast-casual restaurant and it’s here to stay. For me, pizza is one of those foods that I could eat just about every day, okay, that might be a stretch, but I eat it on a very regular basis. While, I’m not a fan of Chicago’s famous deep-dish, thin crispy-crusted pizzas are my weakness. I walked into Blaze Pizza and was greeted by a very friendly staff ready to build me the pizza of my dreams. The hardest part is making a choice. The ordering process is similar to Chipotle. You start with a blank homemade crust (gluten-free is available) , pick a sauce, cheese or cheeses (yes, even vegan cheese) and then try to select which delicious toppings you want on top! One of the best things is that you can get your pizza EXACTLY how you like it. There’s no up-charge for fancy ingredients like fresh ovalini mozzarella, gluten free crust or double pepperoni — just under $8 for every pizza, all the time. Once you get to the end of the line, you’re again tempted with Blaze’s mouth-watering s’mores pies. They’ll even heat it next to the wood-burning oven so that the marshmallow and chocolate get nice and melty. I also have to highly recommend the blood orange lemonade. I almost never order anything besides water (or wine when it’s appropriate!), but this lemonade is killer good. A few minutes later, my pizzas were ready. I tried the Red Vine and added roasted garlic and arugula. It was everything I want in a simple pizza — fresh tomatoes, stretchy fresh mozzarella and light crisp arugula and basil with a punch from the roasted garlic. I made my own after that and also tried the BBQ chicken — both delicious — before digging into that awesome s’mores pie. Heavenly. Blaze is exactly the experiecne I want in a lunch or casual dinner spot. They’re quick, delicious and affordable. * This post was sponsored by Blaze Pizza in Lakeview. As always, all opinions are my own!