Teens are always looking to customize everything in their lives, and food is no different. &pizza offers a fast and high quality medium for customers to create their ideal pizza.

&pizza was founded locally in D.C. in 2012 and has now grown to include restaurants in New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and five locations in Maryland–the closest at Pike & Rose about 10 minutes from RHS–making it a convenient spot to get a customizable pizza throughout the North Atlantic.

The menu is comprised of their own pizza combinations trademarked ‘The Hits’ that include creatively named pies such as Pineapple Jack, Gnarlic, Moonstruck and Farmer’s Daughter. But if the pre-designed pies aren’t appealing, &pizza offers customizable personal pizzas.

The restaurant is laid out in an assembly line, similar to other customizable food chains like Chipotle and Subway. Customers first choose from traditional, ancient grain or gluten free dough. Next they choose from a variety of sauces, cheeses and toppings. Some of the more uncommon pizza toppings offered are spicy chickpea, shrimp and eggs, none of which are found on their competitor Pieology’s menu. But for the more traditional pizza eaters they have plenty of classic pizza toppings too.

&pizza also offers vegan mozzarella cheese for customers with diet restrictions and a vegan sausage protein option, along with a choice of gluten free dough for their pizza crust.“It’s often really difficult to find vegan options at restaurants that are good and substantial, so it’s really exciting to find options that fit my lifestyle at &pizza,” senior vegan Jillian Krawczel said.
The quality ingredients and fast service is one of the main pulls for busy students.

“We pay up to serve up. Local produce. Cleaner labels. No HFCS. No artificial flavors. That’s our word,” the &pizza website states.

&pizza also has craft sodas sold in their store. The choices include unique combinations like Ginger Berry Lemonade, Burdock + Anise Root Beer, Pear + Fig Elixir and more. Their most interesting drink option by far is their Cereal Milk cream soda, which is designed to taste like the milk leftover in a bowl of cereal. The interesting part is that this milk inspired drink doesn’t contain any milk at all, and is in fact one of the many vegan options offered at &pizza.

In addition to their signature sodas, &pizza also offers teas from the brand Little Giants. Their flavors include Lemongrass White Peach, Peach Ginger and finally Sweet Mint. These teas are served in glass jars which add to their black.

With prices for a pizza hovering around $10, &pizza is an affordable option for high school students.
“I would definitely recommend this to anyone who wants an affordable pizza on the go,” junior Renzo Ferruzo said.