A dark tomato blend spreads over the thin rosemary dough in circular motions, seconds later accompanied by a thick mound of fluffy, white mozzarella cheese and minced garlic. An array of toppings fly into the mix: sliced mushrooms, green bell peppers, caramelized onions, roasted broccolini, zucchini, crispy bacon bits, spicy pork sausage and pepperoni.
With no time wasted, the kaleidoscopic creation is whisked away into the fiery furnace, and three minutes later it emerges from the glowing depths of the oven, a glistening and sizzling sight. This culinary handiwork was not crafted behind the kitchen curtains of a five star restaurant, but rather on the Subway-esque assembly line of Pizza Studio.
“Here at Pizza Studio, you create your own masterpiece,” says Shaun Evans, the manager of the Mountain View Pizza Studio.
Pizza Studio, in a nutshell, is to the pizzeria what Subway is to the deli, allowing customers to choose from a variety of doughs, sauces and toppings to create their perfect pizza for $7.99. Located on 645 San Antonio Rd., this new addition to the chain is the first of many expected to open in the Bay Area:
“There are supposed to be 25 stores in five years in the Bay Area,” Evans says. “Also, we’re moving to Palo Alto soon.”
Throughout the creating, waiting and eating process of the Pizza Studio experience, the kitchen staff never once disappointed. The personal helper was exceptionally considerate, making sure amounts for toppings were just right. The crew seemed to genuinely enjoy assisting people in creating personal pizza masterpieces. Pizza only took three minutes to cook and held a number of pleasant surprises. First, the thin crust base was light and crispy, and the gooey cheese melded perfectly with all the fresh and flavorful toppings. All of the toppings were easily distinguishable despite the sheer volume loaded on. The finely chopped vegetables and meats also provided a crunchy texture. Perhaps most importantly, unlike with the pizza at certain restaurants, this pizza’s cheese did not slide off when bit into. The overall experience was truly unique as far as pizza restaurants go, with the efficient preperation, quick cooking time, and delicious pizza.