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Old 12-03-2017, 01:09 AM   #1
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Delivery Pizza

This is a food question, but not really about cooking, so I posted it here. Hope Iím not off-base.

Do you order from one of the big three natíl pizza chains (Dominoís, Pizza Hut, Papa Johnís) when you want some pizza, and donít have two hours to make pizza dough and sauce?

If you do, is it because thereís no local pizzeria that delivers, because you like the convenience, or you just like their pizza?

Personally, I donít like frozen pizza, like Di Giorno; the crust always cooks before the center. And taste aside, I donít like the way the chains treat their employees, and I donít like their CEOsí politics (can politics make a pizza taste bad?). Iím blessed to live in Las Vegas; you canít throw a dead cat without hitting a mom-and-pop pizza place that delivers. Plus there are the delivery companies, Eat24 (Yelp), and UberEATS, that contract with local places that donít have their own delivery service.

Yes, i have ordered from all of these companies. Judging on taste alone, no politics, I prefer Dominoís. Pizza Hut used to have a decent product (and actual restaurants you could go to, if you were dining out), but now it tastes like frozen supermarket pizza.

I hear good things about Papa Murphyís, the ďtake and bakeĒ chain, but isnít the point of takeout pizza the fact that itís already cooked? Not always hot, but cooked! Hmmmm, now that I think of it, it probably takes as long to properly reheat delivery pizza thatís gone cold (especially if you add on the delivery time) as it does to bake a pre-made pizza!

So, what say you, my culinary mentors?

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Old 12-03-2017, 01:43 AM   #2
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Every once in a great while, I do order a pizza to be delivered. It's kind of like my occasional craving for a McDonald's breakfast or a Whataburger for lunch. It doesn't happen very often.

None of the pizza chains that I know of pay their employees all that well -- rich guys selling junk food rarely pay the hired help enough to actually live on. That said, I buy from Papa John's, because I like their pizza, the two times a year, on average, when I order a pizza. They also have a well structured web site, so I can order online easily. I am amazed at some of the competing sites that get it all wrong, from a user's point of view.

As far as social matters, we live in the WalMart USA. General Motors used to be the biggest employer in the country, and now it is WalMart. So, whether you order a pizza, or go to Applebee's for dinner, you are making a few people rich, and a lot of people are working two jobs and collecting food stamps.

The best thing you can do is seek out mom and pop places that make really good food, and treat their employees like family -- in a good way.

The other thing to look for is turnover. If I go to a business of any kind, I like to see the same people time after time, for years.

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Old 12-03-2017, 03:12 AM   #3
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Delivery isn't an option for us, since we are 20 miles from the closest town with a pizzeria. We do get Papa Murphy's Take and Bake about once a month or so.
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Old 12-03-2017, 03:30 AM   #4
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Not big on local pizza shops for pizza, but we do get calzones from a family place the next town over. Pick it up ourselves, though.

Instead of getting a pre-made pizza, I keep a few ingredients on hand all of the time. Stonefire Naan bread in the freezer, mozz in 1/2 pound chunks in the freezer (or I cheat and pick up shredded if it's on a really good sale - say, 3/$5 on 1/2 pound bags), fresh-pack pepperoni in the pantry. Always have mushrooms, black olives, fresh tomatoes on hand. In under half an hour I can assemble, bake, and start to eat home-make pizza using those Naan bread flats.
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:09 AM   #5
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We have two pizza places close by - Domino's, which I grew up with in Michigan and a local place where the owner has a New York accent and a pizza oven also from New York. I like both, although I really like Domino's, because I like the sauce better, and I like a saucy pizza. The local place costs about twice as much as Domino's, so we usually alternate. My husband is too frugal to pay a delivery fee, so he picks them up. Also, Domino's has an app with a tracker ("Robert has started making your pizza," etc.) for ordering with that's easy to use and works great.

When we get pizza, it's because I'm too tired to make it. Or anything else.
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Old 12-03-2017, 05:11 AM   #6
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I have never ordered delivery from a major pizza chain in my life. I've eaten in a Pizza Hut once, but that was on a road trip and it was the only place open late.

There's just too many good mom and pop pizza joints in NY and NJ for better pizza to pass up. Although, I rarely order delivery. It takes too long.

I live 4 miles in one direction to a good place (well, any place), and 10 miles the other direction to the center of my town. Nothing but forest in between.

The last time I ordered delivery was for the tree guys on the last day of the job I hired them for. They did a great job taking down about 35 huge trees in my backyard (just so I could have a backyard, not a forest), plus they dug out and removed dozens of boulders that were too big to be done without large machines. So I thanked the guys with pizza. Then we all got rides up in their 100 ft bucket truck.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:30 AM   #7
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Not big on local pizza shops for pizza, but we do get calzones from a family place the next town over. Pick it up ourselves, though.

Instead of getting a pre-made pizza, I keep a few ingredients on hand all of the time. Stonefire Naan bread in the freezer, mozz in 1/2 pound chunks in the freezer (or I cheat and pick up shredded if it's on a really good sale - say, 3/$5 on 1/2 pound bags), fresh-pack pepperoni in the pantry. Always have mushrooms, black olives, fresh tomatoes on hand. In under half an hour I can assemble, bake, and start to eat home-make pizza using those Naan bread flats.
That Stonefire Naan is such a great product! I love making pizza on them! They sell minis now, too, so I can make individual pizzas. My husband and I have very different preferences when it comes to toppings, so two little pizzas are perfect for us.
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Old 12-03-2017, 06:59 AM   #8
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If they still made them, I would order a Pizza Hut priazzo Portofino. We don't order delivery from the big three. We have pretty much stopped ordering any take out/delivery pizza from anywhere. None of the local places make decent pizza. I finally noticed a place on my way home one afternoon called The Sicilian Oven. They have wood fired ovens and the pizza is awesome. We ate there last night.
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It's the crack of dawn and there is no cold pizza for breakfast.

I live about a block from a Domino's. Hardly ever go there and it would be too embarrassing to ask them to drive around the block for delivery.

I usually order from a local pizzeria and ask for their already thin crust to be baked extra crispy. I like to pretend the middle tastes like the edge pieces.
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Old 12-03-2017, 08:16 AM   #10
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This is I prefer Domino’s.
So, what say you, my culinary mentors?
Digiornos TV ads now actually dares to say that their frozen pizza is better than pizza restaurants like Papa Johns and Dominos. Not merely as good...but better. Hehehe.

I've not bought a frozen factory made pizza in 7 years, don't plan to for the next 7 years. Maybe they'll get there.
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