Like a rising pizza crust, new pizza restaurants continue to pop up in Rochester, the latest being a Pittsford location for an old downtown favorite: Pizza Stop.
The New York-style pizzeria has opened a third location in Pittsford Plaza next to Michael’s Crafts. The restaurant’s history began in Brooklyn and continued on State Street in downtown Rochester, where it has been located since 1986. Pizza Stop also has a shop on Ridgeway Avenue in Greece.
“Both our customers and our employees are excited for the arrival of Pizza Stop,” said Mike Wilmot, general manager of Pittsford Plaza. “It brings a new offering to The Plaza, and is a local business, rooted in family tradition.”
Pizza Stop sells thin-crust slices and pies in the New York City tradition, as well as the thick-crust Sicilian style favored by many old-time Rochesterians.
Meanwhile, Create A Pizza just opened a few weeks ago at 766 Monroe Ave., capitalizing on the trend of custom-made personal-size and slightly larger pizzas. Create A Pizza occupies a storefront that had been occupied by Pizza Hut for years.
Two other local pizzerias that opened in 2018 use super-high-temperature ovens to produce customized pizzas in just a few minutes.
Blaze Pizza, at 1100 Jefferson Road in Henrietta, is part of a chain based in Queens. Blaze has also opened restaurants in Buffalo and Binghamton and is planning to open one in Syracuse.
Fire Crust, a locally owned restaurant, offers thin-crust, one-person pizzas made to order at 4843 West Henrietta Road, Henrietta. The restaurant also makes milk shakes and ice cream treats featuring ice cream from Pittsford Farm Dairy.
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