Whisk Review: Blaze Pizza
Sunday-Thursday: 10:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday-Saturday: 10:30 a.m. to 4 a.m.
1234 N. Eddy Street
South Bend, IN 46617
A great pizza is hard to come by. Sure, you can get a basic delivery pizza. Or there’s always a nice delicious yet oh-so-soggy frozen pizza. I, however, have found your solution to all of your pizza needs: Blaze Pizza. Located in the heart of the Notre Dame Campus, this up-and-coming chain pizza restaurant has something for everyone, and isn’t going to make you wait an hour for a delicious pizza.
Food: There are so many options here. For starters, you can pick your dough: either normal or gluten-free, which gives you no excuse not to go: there are so many options already. They have their “create your own pizza’’ option, where you start off by picking your sauce. From classic red sauce to white cream to garlic pesto, whatever sauce you like, they have you covered. You can also mix sauces, offering some delicious combinations. Next, you pick from a variety of cheeses, anything from feta to shredded mozzarella, and for their vegan customers, they have vegan cheese. You can pick from a variety of meats, as well as over sixteen vegetables. And to top it all off, you can add what they call “finishes’’—garlic sauce, bbq sauce, ranch or balsamic glaze. And if you don’t feel like creating your own, they have over eight different signature pizzas that range from “BBQ Chicken’’ to “Veg Out’’ and can all be customized even further.
On this trip in particular, I ate the “BBQ Chicken’’pizza, which included chicken, mozzarella, red onion, banana peppers, gorgonzola and bbq sauce drizzle. It was fantastic. The way that all the separate ingredients blended was amazing. I got a new experience in every bite. I also got to sample each of their all-natural lemonade products. I definitely recommend the “Blood Orange Lemonade,’’ as it was the one that I went back for. Also available is a s’more pie dessert, with a s’more that is cooked by sitting on the edge of their fire oven until it is ready to melt in your mouth. All around, everything was delectable.
Atmosphere and Service: This restaurant in particular felt like a Chipotle for pizza. While it didn’t seem to be as “fast-foody” as Chipotle, it had the exact same layout, wherein you choose your own toppings by going down a line. It’s a nice place for a casual date or just to hang out with a group of friends.
Price: The prices are very affordable. Less than $8 for an entire personal pizza that I couldn’t even finish is a great deal. Their desserts are $1, and a drink for $2.15 makes it very easy to spend less than $10 on a meal here, while still feeling very satisfied.
Overall: Blaze Pizza is great. The pizzas are prepared in front of you, and then cooked in a fire oven, so you know they aren’t premade or frozen from the back room—their pizza is legit. With so many options for vegans, gluten-free eaters, vegetarians and omnivores, anyone should feel comfortable eating here. With such a great price and only a travel time of 30 minutes, I know I am going back to dine again.
4.5 whisks out of 5