While he's not exactly predicting the dominos will fall, Amir Bakhtiar is banking on Hesperia residents to expand their culinary horizons with his newly-opened Figaro's Pizza.

Known as the pizza with "flavors that sing," Figaro's offers patrons more choices than the typical pizzeria. Besides take-out, local delivery or outdoor cafe-style seating, Figaro's creates custom-ordered pizzas for customers to bake in their own ovens. "Take and bake" pizzas cost $1 less than their pizzeria-cooked counterparts.

And getting a mouth-wateringly delicious result at home is easy.

"Just follow the instructions," says Bakhtiar, who co-owns the Hesperia Figaro's franchise with business partner Archie Palour.

Bakhtiar says the ingredients are key to Figaro's pizzas. Besides using real mozzarella cheese and dough made fresh daily, his pizzas include fresh vegetables, special meats and a choice of four secret-recipe sauces -- original, creamy garlic, barbecue and picante.

"The thing that makes us different is our ingredients, our dough and our sauce," said Bakhtiar, who previously was a manager of a Northern California Safeway grocery store.

Additionally, Figaro's uses no MSG or filler, and three types of crust are available: original, Sicilian pan or thin.

Bakhtiar considered purchasing a sandwich restaurant franchise, but after a lot of considering chose to join the Figaro's Pizza movement.

"I chose Figaro's because it's something new," he said.

And he's not alone in being impressed with Figaro's. Founded in 1981 in Salem, Ore., Figaro's has grown to more than 100 stores nationwide. Soon, other area Figaro's are scheduled to open.

Figaro's is located at 15550 Main Street #16 in the Plaza on Main Street across from Cardena's Supermarket. For more information or to order, call 877-7-FIGARO or 947-7799.