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When 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza Opens In Boca, Delray This Spring, Expect Lots Of Free Pizza

Neapolitan-style pizza is coming to southern Palm Beach County, and you can have your pie prepared before your eyes in under two minutes.

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a New Jersey-based fast-casual restaurant chain, announced a 12-store expansion plan in South Florida earlier this month. Two of the first stores will be located in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, CEO Brian Petruzzi said. 

The Delray Beach store is expected to open toward the end of April or in early May, followed by Boca Raton about two months later. Exact addresses have not yet been disclosed, since management is still finalizing details.

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"One thing [the market] is not crowded with is anyone doing it Neapolitan-style," Petruzzi said. "More of them are just focused on the create-your-own option."

1000 Degrees serves made-to-order, thin-crust pizza pies. The light and airy dough that Neapolitan pizza is known for makes the pie tastier and easier to digest. 

Still, customers can create their own pizzas with any of the restaurant's fresh toppings, or select from 14 pre-set pizza styles. Pies come in 10-inch and 14-inch sizes and cost about $8 to $15, depending on the size. 

They're all baked in an oven—made of handmade bricks imported from Italy—that runs on clean natural gas instead of coal.

"We do have the fastest cook time at two minutes—because that's how long it takes to cook a pizza when your oven is between 800 and 1,200 degrees," Petruzzi said.

The stores will also offer wines and local craft beer on tap.

Franchisees Julianne Burtin and Nick Anagno, who have an entrepreneurial background—she in swimwear, he in the auto industry—are eager to introduce the South Florida market to what they believe is the best-tasting pizza around.

"We just wanted to get into something different, something new, something fresh, and we came across the concept," Anagno said.

Luckily for pizza lovers, the 1000 Degrees chain is known for generous free pizza promotions during its grand openings.

"We do a crazy free pizza day, create your own, whatever you want on it," Petruzzi said. "Usually we end up giving away 2,000 to 3,000 pizzas on our first day."

In addition, the first 10 people in line win free pizza once a week for a year—a promotion for which Petruzzi says customers in North Dakota camped out overnight in subzero weather.

Plus, social media followers can benefit from other pizza promotions.

"In the first 100 days, each restaurant will give out 10 free pizzas, totaling 1,000, like 1000 Degrees," he said.

(Photos courtesy 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza)