The Pizza Studio, a Los Angeles-based fast-casual restaurant, is planning to open its first eatery in the county with a downtown location in January of 2014, to be followed by a second location expected to open in Kearny Mesa in March of 2014.

The restaurants are part of a multi-unit development agreement for 20 restaurants with veteran restaurateur George Katakalidis, who founded Daphne’s Greek Café, according to Pizza Studio. The company says Katakalidis will have all 20 locations operating within 5 years.

The Pizza Studio allows guests to create their own custom pizza. A wide assortment of crusts, specialty sauces, premium meats, fresh and roasted vegetables and other ingredients are offered. The company is known for its variety of flavors of their proprietary thin, light and crispy crusts with unlimited toppings of sauces, cheeses, nitrate-free meats and fresh-cut and roasted vegetables.

Since its founding in 2012, The Pizza Studio has signed development agreements with several experienced multi-unit operators for 95 units across the country and expects more to be announced soon, according to the company.

— SDBJ Staff Report