Hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza now offered in Katy

1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a fast-casual American spin on authentic, hand-tossed Neapolitan pizza, came to the Katy area on Feb. 9. The new restaurant is located at 24600 Katy Freeway, next to the Field & Stream and Bed Bath and Beyond.

1000 Degrees serves personalized, made-to-order Neapolitan pizza. Each pizza starts with fresh, never frozen, hand-tossed dough, created with Neapolitan flour and available in both a personal 10-inch and sharable 14-inch sizes. Guests then choose to create their own pizza or order one of the 1000 Degrees Favorites.

The Katy 1000 Degrees location is the third in the greater Houston area, and is owned and operated by local entrepreneur John Bock of Bock Restaurants LLC, along with his wife, Brenda, and friends Travis and Elizabeth Masterson.

Bock has worked in the restaurant industry for 22 and currently works in real estate, while his wife Brenda teaches in the Early Childhood Autism program in the Katy Independent School District. Travis is a disabled veteran of the U.S. Army.

Robert Rankin, an experienced restaurant manager in the area, will step in as director of operations.

As longtime residents of the Katy area, the entrepreneurs were drawn to the brand’s authenticity, proprietary oven and devotion to serving fresh, high quality ingredients. The entrepreneurial team is set to open two more 1000 Degrees locations in Sugar Land and Spring later this year.

“We’re thrilled to open our first 1000 Degrees location in our hometown of Katy. We want to give back to this great community and we look forward to opening our doors and sharing our love for premium fast-casual pizza with the residents of Katy,” said Bock.

Customers can choose to top their pizzas with any of the more than 35 cheeses, sauces, meats, vegetables and other toppings all for one flat price. While choosing their toppings, customers are guided down an assembly line of pizza consultants to create their pizza. 1000 Degrees Katy also offers customers the option to BYOB.

Outside of the build your own option, there are more than 12 varieties of specialty pizzas including favorites like The Smokey Pollo, also known as Barbecue Bourbon Chicken, which features sweet and smoky bourbon barbecue sauce, roasted chicken, red onion, pineapple, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and blue cheeses, and The Philly, which is a cheese steak pizza topped with thinly sliced rib-eye, caramelized Spanish onions, balsamic glaze, shredded Grande brand mozzarella and provolone cheeses. Pizzas are then fired at 1000 degrees in a custom, handmade, revolving Neapolitan brick oven in just two minutes.

“We’re thrilled to further expand our brand throughout Texas,” said 1000 Degrees CEO/founder Brian Petruzzi.

Unlike traditional Neapolitan pizza which has a slightly undercooked center and requires a fork and knife to eat, 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza has fused this classic style with American flare. The result is a thin crust pizza that maintains the light and airy appeal of a Neapolitan-style pizza.

1000 Degrees Katy is open Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. To learn more about 1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza or to be part of its daily free pizza contests, visit www.facebook.com/1000-Degrees-Neapolitan-Pizzeria-of-Katy or call 281-547-1087.

1000 Degrees has more than 18 domestic restaurants open and two international locations in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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