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. Spin offers a hybrid-style of service — customers order at the counter and are served at the table — while Dewey’s Pizza, with a new location in Overland Park, offers full service. Convenience is another key, with pizzas baking in under three minutes in high-temperature ovens.
They also are known for fresh, high-quality ingredients such as all-natural proteins and premium cheeses.
At 1889 Pizza Napoletana in Kansas City, Kan., pepperoni is on the menu, but it’s a dime-sized artisan version that becomes crunchy during baking, the owners said. Customers also can select from items such as San Marzano tomatoes and salami piccante. Its specialty pizzas include the Green Eggs & Ham with basil pesto, fior di latte cheese, egg and prosciutto. It also features a modern Tuscan home setting with a sparkling crystal chandelier over a rustic community table.