Though not as innately charming as the original FUEL Pizza, which is located in a refurbished gas station in the Plaza-Midwood neighborhood in Charlotte, North Carolina, the FUEL Rivergate location in the Steele Creek area of Charlotte is not your typical shopping center pizza chain.
With faux garage doors that open onto an open air patio during nice weather and retro (well, at least they look old) gas station and automotive memorabilia hanging from the ceiling and adorning the walls, this FUEL location has an open and airy dining area flanked by booths and tables alike. Plenty of high chairs are available for the wee ones, as well.
Pizzas are served by the slice and the whole pie, and range from plain cheese to specialites such as Spinach Ricotta & Tomato and BBQ Chicken. Their Garlic Knots dipped in their pizza sauce are a delicious carbohydrate laden little extra, if you need a few more bites in addition to a slice. There are several other options on the menu, including wings, strombolis, calzones, sandwiches and salads, but FUEL’s pizza is definitely their strong suit.
Among the best elements of FUEL are their consistent food preparation and presentation. There is never a question of whether the food will be fresh and tasty, because it always is. FUEL also excels in their customer service. Employees seem genuinely happy to be there, and clearly know their audience: they are quick to offer dough balls, crayons and paper plates for anxiously waiting mini customers, and are well-versed in their products.