By Jacquie De Almeida
Ray Russell is a big fan of zeros. Although that’s not far off from what he had in his pockets when he immigrated to Canada from his native Iran, the number zero is at the heart of Freshslice Pizza, the franchise he founded in Vancouver in 1999.
Pizzeria franchise system Blaze Pizza opened its first international location at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto earlier this month. The 2,500-square-foot restaurant seats 50 people and is constructed of recycled and sustainable materials.
By Alida Petrella
My mother loves to see her family enjoy a meal. Every day when I was growing up, she would make food from scratch; we always had fresh-baked bread, veggies from the garden and homemade tomato sauce and pizza. Meals after church on Sunday were truly a treat, with more than enough homemade pasta, pizza and roast on the table to feed the neighbourhood, it seemed. It was almost a sin how much food we had, but that’s the Italian way and we always managed to eat everything. Watching us devour every dish put a smile on my mother’s face.
‘Build-your-own’ fast-casual pizzeria franchisor Blaze Pizza will soon open its first international franchise near Toronto’s Dundas Square. The franchise, set to open in September, was designed by architect Ana Henton, who included an oversized wall graphic of the Toronto skyline.