It’s The Wild West of Pizza! Top guns from all over the country are involved in a showdown. If you are living in a city with any available real estate you have probably noticed it being snatched up at an alarming rate due to an ever-increasing number of pizza concepts popping up around the country. The demand for the seeming recession-proof food has gone through the roof. The big guns are clamoring to snatch up retail spaces and become the dominant players in an ever-expanding playing field. Fueled by the internet and cable television food network shows, the pizza eating public is expecting culinary masterpieces that make your grandfather’s pizza look more like cardboard with ketchup than the gourmet fair now associated with an even the most run of the mill food truck. Seems many a young gun is having a hard time finding and securing a location to sling pizza since the big guns are scrambling to find their own real estate. Although having a big brand name with the accompanying resources and funds definitely has its benefits you can never count out hometown advantage and ingenuity. Many a small town in the USA is engaged in a battle to retain its own identity and avoid being overrun by “Fast Food” and cookie cutter concepts that have become the norm in America. Some towns have gone so far to preserve their heritage and appeal as to have local funds to aid and support hometown entrepreneurs with build-out money and tax abatements to help them get established. You can find several big guns on the same strip in many areas or in close proximity to each other competing for consumer shares. Some of the players at the forefront are Blaze, Pieology, Mod, Spin Neapolitan, Lotsa Stone Fired, Mr. Gatti’s, and then there the local favorites such as 5 Points in Tennessee, Cerone’s Georgia, Radius Brew Pub Kansas, Pizza Degree ME and dozens more with advantage of the Pizza School of New York and The NY Brick Oven Co. Good pizza is being made by all and some I daresay have achieved greatness. There has never been a greater time to make your mark in the pizza industry and there will always be appetites to be fed so get busy and make that better wild west pizza!