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900 Degrees Just Keeps Getting Hotter

By Elisha Neubauer

Priscilla Lane Rondeau wanted to create an upscale pizza restaurant in Manchester, NH- a need she felt was not previously being met.

"I wanted to be able to have a quality pizza with a fabulous glass of wine or a great beer and be in a wonderful environment." She spent time looking for just the right location for her dream, not settling for anything less than the ambiance she imagined. "The minute I walked in the old mill building I could envision an upscale pizza place. Combine all of this with exceptional service and you have 900 Degrees!"

At 900 Degrees, Neapolitan-style pizzas are made in a wood fired oven, the average temperature of which is... you guessed it: 900 degrees. "This gives our pizza that old world flavor," explains Lane-Rondeau. She takes pride in using high-quality ingredients, such as Caputo flour from Italy and San Marzano tomatoes, and explains that she tries to source from local suppliers whenever possible. These combined factors draw customers to the door time and time again.

"One of customers' favorite pizzas is the Bella Cosa," remarks Lane-Rondeau. The decadent creation is topped with roasted garlic cream sauce, caramelized onions, baby spinach, rosemary ham, prosciutto, and fresh mozzarella- then drizzled with olive oil and garnished with parsley. "I actually had a customer say, 'When I die, bury me with a Bella Cosa Pizza from 900 Degrees,'" says Lane-Rondeau.

And it seems to be a shared feeling among patrons. 900 Degrees earned The Talk of the Town Award for outstanding customer service in 2015. It has also been named Best Gourmet Pizza in the Best of New Hampshire award for eight years in a row, Best Pizzeria in 2009's Best of New Hampshire awards, Best Pizza in Manchester and Best Pizza Worth the Drive from Hippo Press for six years in a row- among other awards. 900 Degrees has even earned praise for environmental friendliness, including the first Environmental Champion award through the New Hampshire Restaurant Association. Last year they were even featured on Phantom Gourmet in honor of their killer pie!

The freshly-made dough, mouth-watering entrees, and gourmet and organic salads should be enough pull to get you in the door. However, the handpicked selection of beer and wine, upbeat music, and relaxed atmosphere will be more than enough to get you to keep coming back.

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