More than 10,000 pizza professionals gathered under one roof at last month’s International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas
IBISWorld research suggests the pizza industry will grow at a rate of 3.4 percent in 2013
Kentucky has 942 pizzerias
Hungry Howie’s Pizza, based in Michigan, has more than 550 stores in 20 states.
Flour & Stone / Uncommon Pizza / The Pizza Studio
Flour & Stone
355 E. Ohio Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611
Flour & Stone opened in February, bringing a fresh face to the Chicago pizza scene with its Brooklyn-style pies. Settled in the Streeterville neighborhood, the pizzeria puts a rustic spin on the Brooklyn style. A couple of featured pizzas include the Florentine ($19) with red sauce, spinach, mushrooms, red and white onions and fresh garlic and the Bacon ($16.75) with white sauce, bacon, red onion and crushed red pepper flakes. The small corner space features a modern interior of white tiles and black and metal chairs, tables and countertops. A line of high-back seating faces an open kitchen and its gas-fired ovens.
616 Paxton Place, Suite 104
Lititz, Pennsylvania 17543
Before entering the pizzeria, guests can see Uncommon’s commitment to fresh ingredients by walking past its seasonal garden. The shop highlights its house-made bleu cheese and ranch dressings appearing on specialty pizzas ($14.99 for a 14-inch) like the Buffalo Chicken and Ranch pizzas. A favorite appetizer among patrons are the Loaded Nachos ($8.49), tortilla chips topped with chopped chicken, bacon, jalapenos, black olives, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, and served with sides of salsa and sour cream. Uncommon offers the Mini Garden Salad at $2.69. With its patio and comfortable seating, it also offers free wifi.
The Pizza Studio
3584 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California
The University of Southern California location is a “create your own masterpiece” concept where patrons customize their order — from crust, cheese and meats to sauces and vegetables. The individual pizzas (unlimited premium topping for $7.99) can even be spiced up with chipotle powder, garlic powder, Jamaican Jerk, Old Bay Seasoning and Truffle salt or finished with Italian herbs, garlic olive oil, arugula, basil, or a drizzle of BBQ sauce or balsamic glaze. For every $25 spent by a guest, the pizzeria donates a meal to Feeding America, an initiative that supplies food to 37 million Americans. The Pizza Studio also supports the community by displaying local artwork for sale.