The ever-growing Loudoun Station complex on Ashburn’s Shellhorn Road has a bunch of great restaurants tucked away, including a build-your-own pizza place called Firenza Pizza.
Customization is the name of the game at Firenza. Like a Subway, a Chipotle, or the similar concept at MOD Pizza in the Belmont Chase center, Firenza invites you to walk along a counter, choosing your ingredients as the pizza maker prepares your pizza for you. First you choose your dough, then your sauce, your cheese and your toppings.
Firenza has a wide variety of menu choices, including unique items like roasted garlic sauce, gorgonzola cheese, salami and asparagus. The pizza cooks in a fired oven in a matter of minutes and then you can top your pie with some interesting options such as a buttermilk ranch drizzle, a pesto oil, even avocado slices if you opt for the “Cali Style.” They also offer salads and even oven-baked wings.
The Burn has tried Firenza several times. On our most recent excursion, we opted for the traditional crust with pesto sauce, shredded mozzarella and then little balls of fresh mozzarella. (Hey, we like our cheese.) It was delicious. We’ve also tried a bacon and banana pepper pizza that hit the spot.
Firenza is a NoVa based chain with national ambitions. Besides the new Ashburn location, there’s one in Fairfax, one in Alexandria and one in Los Gatos, California. They also have locations opening soon in Wisconsin and North Carolina.