KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The nation’s leading fast-casual artisanal pizza concept, known for its chef-driven menu and casually hip restaurants, opens its second Knoxville location on Tuesday. The new restaurant is conveniently located in the Turkey Creek shopping complex at 10978 Parkside Drive, between Chick-Fil-A and Starbucks. To celebrate, diners are invited to enjoy a free, custom-built, artisanal pizza on Tuesday, March 29 from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm, simply by following Blaze Pizza on Instagram, Snapchat, Twitter or Facebook.
Blaze Pizza is a modern day “pizza joint” that has been inspiring excitement and cultivating fanatics for its custom-built artisanal pizzas, freshly made salads, blood orange lemonade and s’more pies since it opened its first location in 2012. Each restaurant features an interactive open-kitchen format that allows guests to customize one of the menu’s signature pizzas or create their own, choosing from a wide selection of carefully sourced, high-quality ingredients – all for around $8.The generously-sized personal pizzas are then sent to a blazing hot open-flame oven – the centerpiece of the restaurant – where dedicated pizzasmiths ensure that the thin-crust pies are fast-fire’d and ready to eat in just 180 seconds.
“Knoxville has quickly become one of our most significant markets for growth for Blaze Pizza nationwide,” said Mike Forte, Knoxville resident and Blaze Operating Partner in Tennessee, who first brought the concept to the Volunteer State back in 2014. “Knoxville diners in particular have embraced the quick but high-quality dining experience offered by Blaze that you won’t find at any other pizza restaurant.”
Each restaurant makes its own dough from scratch, using a recipe developed by critically-acclaimed Executive Chef Bradford Kent (the “Pizza Whisperer”), which requires a 24-hour fermentation period to produce his signature light-as-air, crisp crust. For pizza fans with specific dietary needs, Blaze Pizza offers gluten-free dough and vegan cheese. The new Knoxville restaurant will also offer a selection of beers.