By Janette Fletcher
May 2nd, 2012
Section: A & E
Photo credit: MIchael Cheng / Daily Sundial
When PizzaRev held its grand opening April 20, there were hundreds of customers anxious to bake their own new pizzas.
Ordinary pizza places like Domino’s, Pizza Hut and Papa John’s seem to take 30 minutes or more making just one pepperoni pizza, plus the time it takes if you choose delivery. In addition, the cost of that same pepperoni pizza is more than $10.
This doesn’t include tip or additional toppings, which are an additional 50 cents to a dollar.
PizzaRev, short for Pizza Revolution, allows you to craft your own pizza at an affordable price. For just $7.45, you can enjoy an 11-inch artisan pizza topped with fresh ingredients delivered daily. The dough is made everyday and never frozen. You can taste the quality of fresh food once you take that first bite.
Unlike other pizza places that offer more dough than toppings, PizzaRev’s original crust is thin and crispy. The creators of PizzaRev have a background in food and entertainment.
“We looked all over Los Angeles and chose Northridge,” Nicholas Eckerman, owner and operator of PizzaRev, says. “College kids love pizza, and we think it’s a great fit for the area. We wanted to change people’s perception about pizza,” Eckerman said.
Located in a shopping plaza next to Starbucks on Reseda Boulevard and Vincennes Street, and within walking distance from CSUN, PizzaRev lets you pick unlimited toppings for your pizza.
Nicknamed the “Chipotle of pizza” by customers, there are over 32 toppings to choose from including: white sauce, olive oil, ricotta cheese, feta cheese, crumbled meatballs, arugula, basil, fennel, pepperoncini, capers and artichoke hearts.
If you’re trying to watch calories, PizzaRev offers a pizza called “Skinny Margherita” and it includes reduced fat mozzarella cheese. They also offer a gluten-free crust for $2 and vegan cheese for $1.
“It takes 90 seconds for the pizza to cook in the oven,” said Jeff Zuckerman, part-owner and operator. “It [the oven] weighs two and a half tons and can reach temperatures of 1000 degrees.”
My pizza took less than five minutes to bake, which included the time it took for the team to craft my pizza. There’s no need to call and place an order. You won’t miss the Lakers playing the championship game because it’s ready once you get there.
Their pizza is priced for college students to be able to afford, so leave the burger at Burger King.
“I’ll be coming back,” Emanuel Renteria, senior and business management major, said. “The price is reasonable.”
The next time you and your friends are craving something yummy, new, and affordable, try out PizzaRev.
“Join the pizza revolution,” Eckerman said.