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Sadly, Blaze is not a pizza chain owned by Blaze from American Gladiators. But it does have a another mega-celebrity behind it: Future NBA Hall of Famer LeBron James invested in the chain early on and reportedly owns 10%. Based on how damn good their pizza is (and the fact that his investment is worth significantly more today), he made a solid choice. The difference of a Blaze pie is the dough. It's made from scratch in every store, every single day. Let's just say you won't find always freshly made dough in many of the old-school pizza chains you grew up with. It results in an airy, buttery crust with a satisfying char after it's cooked in the oven for a scant 180 seconds. The signature pies and toppings don't stray too far from the typical pizza chain offerings, with the Meat Eater (pepperoni, crumbled meatballs, mozz, red sauce) and Green Stripe (pesto grilled chicken, red peppers, mozz, arugula) attracting fans. Don't skip out on a drink with your pie, as you'll find blueberry hibiscus agua fresca and blood orange lemonade among the options.