Locally owned Spin Neapolitan Pizza helped launch the trend more than a decade ago, and now Kansas City is seeing the rise of the fast artisan pizza movement.
A handful of operations have entered the market in recent weeks, and more are coming as they try to get a slice of the $45 billion pizza industry.
At fast-casual operations, customers pick their pie crust, sauce and toppings as they move down the counter, much as customers do at Chipotle. Pizzas are baked in under three minutes in high-temperature ovens, adding to the convenience. They also are known for fresh, high-quality ingredients such as all-natural proteins and premium cheeses.
Most of these chains are expanding by selling franchises and others have big backers, such as Pizzeria Locale’s partnership with Chipotle.