From sizzling South Beach to Canada's snowy climes, North America IS pizza

From sizzling South Beach to Canada's snowy climes, North America IS pizza

Miss a day and you miss a lot in the expanding pizza-fication of North America. Just this week, at least three chains announced new locations springing up everywhere from the chilly climes of Edmonton, Canada, to the broiling beaches of Miami, according to a series of news releases about new openings. 

Beginning down south y'all, the New York pizza concept Artichoke Basille's Pizza is opening location No. 12 at Ricky's South Beach nightspot on 16th Street in Miami. The new location is the chain's second outside the New York City boroughs, a press release said.    

This new site is the result of Artichoke Basille's recent partnership with Fransmart to up the ante on growth for the brand, which features classic NYC pizza in varieties that include the guest favorite Artichoke Pie, as well as more traditional takes like margherita pie. 

Fransmart CEO Dan Rowe thinks the brand's growth is the result of a market desire for house specialty pizzas that owe their popularity to their recipes. 

"I believe Artichoke Basille's Pizza will be the next household name in pizza," Rowe said in the release. "I think we're seeing a swing in the pendulum from build-your-own-pizza concepts back to high-quality, recipe-driven pizza, and Artichoke Basille's Pizza will be the frontrunner in this segment." 

Well north of Miami in the smaller and lower-key town Portsmouth, Ohio, Rapid Fired Pizza is planting another location as part of its intensely focused Midwestern regional growth plan, a news release said. The new location on 11th Street in Portsmouth opens today, and features the brand's nine- and 11-inch quick-fired pies and relatively low-calorie healthful salads.

The Portsmouth restaurant is owned by Ed and Kyle Newsome and is one of an expected 35 locations for the nearly two-year-old chain by year's end. 

Way up north in Edmonton, Canada, Blaze Pizza is opening a new site today, also, its third in the province of Alberta — this one in South Edmonton Commons. The opening will be celebrated with free build-your-own pies for all comers on Friday, Aug. 11. 

Canada by Five Star Blaze Holdings Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cypress Five Star Inc., developed the restaurant as part of a portfolio of brands the company has picked up across Canada picked up over the last six years. The development area for Blaze Pizza includes the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan.

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