A coupon in the mail compelled me to try out Blaze Pizza's much-touted 180 second pizza. For my free pizza I tried a signature build, the Link In with Italian sausage, roasted red bell peppers, sauteed onions, mozzarella, and a choice of regular or spicy red sauce.
I went the latter. Despite my skepticism I enjoyed the spicy sauce, the clean-tasting vegetables, and the spots of char on the underside. Even the sausage was better than any other chain pizza could offer, and after time spent on the table the über-thin crust didn't go limp.
Blaze won't sway me from frequenting either of my favorites Centro or Something Italian, nor even crack my Top Ten. But if heading home after an afternoon spent bar hopping around the East Village, its a safe bet that Domino's won't be getting any carryout orders from me anytime soon.
UPDATE: After three post-bar hop visits to Blaze, usually with a twofer coupon in hand, I've had more than enough opportunity to reassess their pizza. After eating I've noticed a weird aftertaste in my mouth that takes hours to abate.