Years ago, Dave Romano had the idea for what he calls "the Subway of pizzerias, where you could create your own healthy personal pizza and it would cook in the time a regular pizzeria takes to heat up a slice."

The problem was he couldn't find an oven that could evenly cook pies in less than two minutes. But last year, his partner, Ronny Shpritzman, came across the Remco Millennium 2000 CT2, a gas-and-infrared brick oven whose ceramic floor is a rotating carousel and whose temperature tops out at 900 degrees. It can make 80 pies an hour. The two men started looking for a location.

They rented a small storefront in Farmingdale, close to a number of bars and not too far from Farmingdale State College, and in September they opened the doors to Creations Pizza.

The Creations pie is about 10 inches across. For $4.99 you can get a classic tomato and cheese. For $7.49 you can add as many of the shop's 50 "regular" toppings as you want: onion, peppers, meatball, sausage, etc. There are also six specialty pies such as pesto and goat cheese, taco pie and a salad-topped "skinny" that cost $11.

Romano and Shpritzman took the idea of personalization into dessert as well. At the back of the shop is a self-serve frozen-yogurt dispenser. Customers have their choice of chocolate or vanilla and dozens of toppings. A small cup is $3.50, a large is $5.50 and customers are free to squeeze as much into them as they can.

Creations is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 11 a.m. to midnight Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday.

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Creations Pizza

193 Main St., Farmingdale