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More on the Xtreme pizza phenomenon

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Xtreme Pizza moved into the old Saluzzo pizza joint on Birmingham Street four years ago. Shane MacLeod is one of the four owners of this small, eccentric pie shop. "Our whole niche is based on a different idea of what pizza can be. We've all worked in the pizza business from 15 to 25 years, so when we got this place, it was a chance to try out a bunch of ideas we'd been thinking about for a long time."

There are so many weird and wonderful pizza combinations - clubhouse, chili, chicken parmesan, taco and the ultimate seasonal classic - the Thanksgiving pizza, featuring gravy, turkey, stuffing and cranberry sauce on the side. "We usually sell about ten of those a week" Shane said, referring to his Thizza, "but on Thanksgiving week-end, we sold 100."

Consumer alert! If you are feeling creative, Xtreme pizza is open to creative suggestions from clientele. "Believe it or not, the Hero poutine was designed by a customer," he said.

MacLeod's personal favourite is the "BBQ bacon cheeseburger" featuring, well, BBQ sauce, bacon, cheese and ground beef. Finally, I asked Shane if he and his buddies got regular cholesterol checks? He laughs hard, but he doesn't answer. OK, none of my business. Sometimes, ya gotta take the body hits if you want to be the most extreme pizza maker in town.

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