About one in eight Americans eat pizza on any given day. And an increasing number of them are ditching legacy brands like Domino's and Pizza Hut for innovative fast-casual chains.
Fast-casual pizza is one of the fastest-growing categories of food, a 2016 report from Technomic found. Chains like Blaze Pizza, MOD Pizza, and Pieology create made-to-order personal pies on an assembly line, much like Chipotle, and bake them on an open flame.
In honor of National Pizza Day, we taste-tested pizzas from those three chains — and the winner was clear.
Fast-casual pizza should terrify legacy brands like Domino's, Pizza Hut, and Papa John's.
Three of the five fastest-growing restaurant chains in 2016 were fast-casual pizza concepts, according to Technomic. Their sales accounted for 37% of US fast-casual business last year.
Not all fast-casual pizza is created alike. We stopped into the three fastest-growing chains.
Our test had two categories: the classic cheese pizza and a meat-lover's rendition.
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