Speaking of health, you can also pair pizza with a matching salad. Your Pie, the self-proclaimed “world’s originator of the fast casual, brick-oven, customized personal pizza category,” announced the latest addition to its seasonal Craft Pie series last week. The new Pear Gorgonzola Pizza features an olive oil base with mozzarella, and topped with spinach, caramelized onions, pecans, and pear sprinkled with Gorgonzola. The accompanying salad includes spinach, caramelized onions, pecans, pears, Gorgonzola, and is drizzled with pomegranate acai vinaigrette.
Major chains are looking for any possible avenue to explore. Starbucks, for example, recently announced that it plans to debut a line of standalone Italian bakeries in America in the next few years. These Princi bakeries, named for renowned boutique bakery and café operator Rocco Princi, are expected to offer focaccia and Neapolitan pizzas in addition to their bread menu.