I’ve read the few reviews that are out there for Blaze Pizza and I have to say I mostly disagree. Now it’s not the best pizza I’ve ever had, but for the price – you really can’t beat it. It’s $11.65 for whatever you want. In Calgary where even the most basic of meals are $20 – I don’t think there’s really a better deal for decent pizza.
Clint and I went to check it out one Sunday afternoon, it was busy enough but still room to grab a table. The set up is fast-food Subway style for pizza, you pick your crust (gluten-free options are available), your sauce, your cheese and your toppings. Pizza goes into the oven and is out in less than 5 min. So, yes the crust is par-baked and yes the protein toppings are pre-cooked; it’s not fancy food, it’s fast food and they aren’t trying to be anything else. Are you getting top of the line ingredients, probably not but they certainly aren’t terrible. And if you’re worried about it you can click the link above and take a tour through their website. The full list of ingredients is up there for your viewing pleasure. I took a read and I’m ok with it.
We got two pizzas: 1) traditional red sauce, mozzarella, parmesan, pepperoni, Italian sausage and mushroom and 2) garlic pesto sauce, spinach, feta, mozzarella and roasted garlic. The one thing I will say is that they were a little skimpy on the cheese for me – I like cheese, a lot of it. But I asked for a little more and they happily added extra for me (for no extra cost). We also got a couple of sides of ranch (without being charged another $1 or $2). Plus there’s parmesan, chili peppers and a few hot sauces available for you to take to your table.
Our two pizzas and two drinks (Clint had a fountain root beer and I had a key lime agua fresca – delicious) cost under $30. I think the fact that you can feed a family of four here for under $50 says it all. Plus, if you have kids you don’t have to stress about all the likes and dislikes, you know Suzie hates mushrooms and Joshua wants pineapple and so on – you can actually afford to get everyone their own pizza just the way they like it without breaking the bank. It’s good value for your money.
If you’re looking for fine dining pizza – this isn’t it. But if you’re tired of paying over $20 for an average pizza at a finer dining establishment, then this is a good alternative. I would definitely go back again knowing that I will get a real decent pizza and I can play around with the ingredients – which is kind of fun if you’re childish like me!
On top of that – the room is great. Lots of natural light, high ceilings, very simple design that works.