MOD Pizza, a pioneer of fast casual, unveiled its fall pizza offering—the Petra—that was entirely conceptualized by one of MOD’s most avid fans. The Petra features a pesto base and is topped with mozzarella and feta cheeses, fresh arugula, artichokes, hearty bacon, and spicy jalapeños.
The Petra is a result of a nationwide contest in which MOD customers submitted their own pizza recipes—more than 600—in the hopes of their creation being selected as the next seasonal offering. Named for MOD superfan Petra of Colorado Springs, Colorado, the special fall pizza is available now through the end of the year at all of MOD’s more than 160 locations nationwide.
“The Petra first caught our eye due to the fantastic green hues of the pesto and arugula, dark browns of the bacon and vibrant whites provided by the feta cheese,” says Brian Figler, culinary manager at MOD Pizza. “The unique combination of these ingredients is delicious—the earthy pesto, the peppery arugula and salty bacon contrast nicely with the bright flavor of artichoke hearts, the sharp bite of jalapeños and the creamy saltiness of MOD’s feta cheese. This is a great tasting pizza truly made-on-demand.”
In addition to the Petra, MOD will add two seasonal vegetables—roasted corn and roasted kale—to its growing list of more than 30 toppings; both will be available through December 31. All of MOD’s classic, artisan-style pizzas are handcrafted on-demand with fresh-pressed dough and cooked in an 800-degree oven in just minutes. Pizzas and salads are always one price—regardless of toppings. MOD also offers milkshakes, house-made iced teas and lemonades and local craft beer and wine, where available.
MOD currently has locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin with plans to open more than 40 additional stores before the end of the year. MOD is also continuing to expand overseas, having opened its first international location in the U.K. in June.