Sarah Brittin, owner of Pizza Transit, displays her new gyro pizza — a sauceless pizza made of gyro meat (lamb) mozzarella, feta cheese, spinach and onions and drizzled with tzetziki (cucumber) sauce. She tested the recipe with customers last week, and it garnered enough “likes” on Pizza Transit’s Facebook page to earn a permanent place on the menu.

Niles pizzeria moving

Published 9:42pm Monday, March 5, 2012

With more than 10 pizza joints between Niles and the state line, it isn’t easy for some businesses to make a go of it with such stiff competition for customers’ attention.
But Pizza Transit boasted its best year ever in 2011, and the first couple months of 2012 are looking even better. In fact, the restaurant marked its best day of business in its 25-year history on Friday.
The boost in business has also made it possible for Pizza Transit, which only offers carry-out and delivery, to move to a dine-in location, 215 E. Main St., in April.

A family tradition
“I think we’ve just always had a consistent product,” owner Sarah Brittin said. “Most of the time, you’re getting a pizza made by the owner.
“I’m really hands-on, and I have a lot of people (employees) who feel the same way,” she said.
Brittin, a Niles native and Buchanan graduate, bought the business seven years ago from her father, Mike Vogel, who established it 25 years ago at the same location, 100 S. 11th St.
Brittin was working as an assistant manager at the Pizza Hut down the street when her father decided to pursue other interests.
“I wanted to make sure the business stayed in the family,” said Brittin, who still uses the same homemade dough and sauce recipes created when Pizza Transit started.
“It’s very hush, hush,” she said of the recipes.

A new era
After racking up numerous business awards over the years for its food, customers service and work environment, Pizza Transit developed a reputation in Michiana for its pizza.
Brittin saw the value of communicating with customers on Facebook and posts daily specials and news about Pizza Transit. She has added new menu items, including the gyro pizza, after gauging customer interest with test-runs and “likes” on Facebook. Brittin also posts pictures of her creations.
Call Pizza Transit at 684-6600. Visit it at www.pizzatransit.com or on Facebook. Hours are 3 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 4 to 9 p.m. Sunday.

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