It's all in the delivery. As the founder of local chain Romeo's Pizza, Sean Brauser knows how to get hungry people their food fast. His latest venture, PizzaFire, tops other fast-casual spots for its rapid response with thin-crust pizzas baked in 180 seconds. Pick a pie, watch as it gets made in front of you and briefly wait as the 700-degree oven does all the work. Customers can build their own one-, three- or five-ingredient pizzas by choosing from six sauces such as roasted garlic or basil pesto, five different cheeses and more than 40 toppings — think chorizo, Tuscan pepperoni and artichoke hearts. Or try one of the six specialty pies — all named after major cities. For something bold and spicy, go with the Buffalo ($7.49), made with free-range chicken, hot sauce, ranch bacon sauce, and mozzarella and Romano cheeses. But you'll find us swinging by early for the Margherita 72 ($8.49). Using authentic Neapolitan dough with powder-fine 00 flour, only 72 of these pies are made daily. It all comes together quickly with fresh mozzarella and basil followed by just the right amount of sea salt, extra-virgin olive oil and Parmigiano-Reggiano. It's a fresh take on the Italian classic, proving that for PizzaFire timing is everything.
When You Go: PizzaFire, 236 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, 216-860-4231, pizzafire.com