The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
PizzaRev, the California-based franchise chain specializing in customized, quick-fired pizzas, plans to open four Long Island locations this year. The first one, in Syosset, is slated for March, followed by Valley Stream, Deer Park and Hauppauge.
PizzaRev is the latest in a line of Chipotle-inspired quick-serve outlets. Assisted by a PizzaRev “crafter,” customers choose their crust (regular or gluten-free), sauce (red, white, olive oil or barbecue) and cheese (“Italian” or “reduced-fat Italian cheese,” blue, ricotta, feta or vegan) and then as many ingredients as they desire from about two dozen meats and vegetables. The 11-inch pie cooks in about three minutes in a 900-degree gas-fired hearth oven. No matter the toppings, every pizza is $8.25.
Franchise owners Mike Tochluk, Alan Shearer and Chuck Kwon all operated Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants on Long Island. PizzaRev entered into a “strategic partnership” with the wing chain in 2013.
Long Island’s first customize-your-own-personal-pizza chain, Blaze Pizza, debuted in its West Babylon location in July 2014 and has since opened in Bay Shore and Hicksville.