Turner Place, Virginia Tech University, Blacksburg, Va.

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For Atomic Pizza, the department wanted to create a space that had an industrial/urban look. As far as the menu offerings, the students told the team that they loved hand-tossed, large-sliced pizza, but they also liked the portability of personal pizzas.

"We also created casserole-style dishes like baked zita, lasagna and stuffed manicotti where we bake them in these single-use dishes and the students can get a portable entrée," Faulkner says. "We put in a large wood-fired pizza oven to give [the space] that flavor and aroma in the location. We do breadsticks and the large pizzas in that oven as well as calzones. We made the pizza unique by using a sourdough crust, which is different from the rest of campus. We make our sauce fresh. One of the signature pies is a sun-dried tomato, balsamic, fig pizza that is hugely popular." 

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