1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, is debuting in North Dakota with the opening of its Grand Forks location on Thursday, January 14. The new restaurant is located at 951 S. 42nd Street, next to the Baymont Inn & Suites.
To celebrate the new restaurant, the first 10 guests through the doors on Thursday, January 14 at 11 a.m. will win free pizza for a year. In addition, all guests who visit the grand opening between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. and like 1000 Degrees on Facebook, follow on Instagram or Twitter, will receive a free 10-inch pizza of their choice.
1000 Degrees serves personalized, made-to-order authentic Neapolitan pizza. Each pizza starts with fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough, created with authentic Neapolitan “00” flour and available in both a personal 10-inch and sharable 14-inch sizes. Guests then choose to create their own pizza or order one of the 1000 Degrees favorites.
The Grand Forks 1000 Degrees is the first location in North Dakota. It is owned and operated by Mark Connelly and Nadia Grosskreutz. In addition to serving Neapolitan pizza, there will be a variety of beer and wine and gelato.
“We saw Grand Forks as a relatively untapped market for authentic Neapolitan-style pizza,” Connelly says. “We’re looking forward to opening our doors and sharing our love for pizza with the community.”
Customizing a 1000 Degrees pizza is truly a unique experience, as guests can choose to top theirs with any of the more than 50 high-quality cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables, and other toppings all for one flat price. While choosing their toppings, customers are guided down an assembly line of pizza consultants to create a pizza that is totally unique to them.
Outside of the build your own option, there are more than 12 varieties of specialty pizzas including favorites like The Smokey Pollo, also known as Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smokey bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand Mozzarella and Blue cheeses, and The Philly, which is a cheese steak pizza topped with thinly sliced rib-eye, caramelized Spanish onions, balsamic glaze, shredded Grande brand Mozzarella and Provolone cheeses. Pizzas are then fired to perfection at 1000 degrees in a custom, handmade, revolving Neapolitan brick oven in just two minutes.
“1000 Degrees is on fire and we’re certainly heating up Grand Forks with the opening of our first North Dakota location,” says 1000 Degrees CEO and founder Brian Petruzzi. “I’m confident that we serve the best hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza in the area and provide an unparalleled customer experience that will keep people coming back for more.”
Unlike traditional Neapolitan pizza, which has a slightly undercooked center and requires a fork and knife to eat, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has fused this classic style with American flare. The result is a thin crust pizza that maintains the light and airy appeal of a Neapolitan–style pizza.
1000 Degrees pizza captures American appeal and old world Neapolitan flavor. The company currently has more than 10 domestic restaurants open and one international location in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 1000 Degrees is growing at a rapid pace, estimating it will open more than 80 units by the end of 2016, and projecting an additional 170 units by 2017.