Posts Tagged ‘Pizza Delivery’
A new franchised location of Marco’s Pizza opened down the block from me this week; Marco’s, out of Ohio, is the 12th largest pizza chain in the US, and will hit 1000 stores this year. It was started by an Italian immigrant, Pat Giammarco, in 1978.
The advertising claims “Authentic Italian Pizza” and I don’t know about that, but for my palate, Marco’s is a better product than
the “big 3.”
They offer a thin, “classic” and thick crust option, I went for the middle, which has a puffy chewy exterior. The usual variety of toppings are available as is online ordering in delivery in many locations. One difference with their online payment system from other chains is there is no option to add a tip to your order, so you’ll have to have some cash available for the driver.
Several years ago, Marco’s hooked up with Family Video, one of few remaining national video rental chains (750) stores, to put pizzas in about half the stores. The stand alone pizza shops also offer videos, one free rental with an order of over $15. You can pass on this option, of course.
In addition to pizza, satisfy your cravings with other menu items including salads, subs and wings. Mandatory delivery charge is $2.50.
I ordered a 14″ sausage pie, I did like the sausage, tho it isn’t very spicy, it appears to be sizable hand pulled chunks, which is always my preference.
Topping wise, they seem a little light on quantity, same with cheese. You’ll compare both to a Domino’s pie.
Marco’s is big on local flyers for marketing, with any number of special deal coupons on each flyer.
Find your nearest Marcos here. Will I order again? Sure, with the right coupon. I wish these guys a lot of luck, like most Chicago neighborhoods mine is glutted with pizza places, both national and local. The location these guys chose has been home to several operators in the past few years.
Marcos Pizza Review
Surely you’ve purchased hot crispy food for take out, gotten home, opened the box, and whatever crispiness was present at the shop has disappeared completely – you have a limp, soggy pizza, or onion rings, or french fries. This is due to the heat from the food creating steam inside the box and having nowhere to escape. It’s one of my rituals to always punch a hole or two in the box before i leave the shop, and this helps eliminate some of the problem, but not all.
Now comes a company from India called VENTiT, which has perfected box manufacturing technology to assure delivery of a crisp product. Their invention assures integrity of the product inside as well as the container. The boxes are currently available only in India, and U.S. pizza delivery chains should take note.
The VENTiT packaging provides for a series of strategically placed openings throughout the box, and tests have shown product actually remains hotter than in conventional packaging, while allowing for steam to escape to the outside, but not allowing any possible contaminants in to the box.
Here’s a video that demonstrates the process.
It’s been over a year since I have ordered from Papa John’s; the last one I had was before I was 86ed from Portland, it was one of my ‘go-to’ delivery choices, though I discovered late in my tenure there that my fave local pizza was from an obscure corner market called Uncle John’s. (No relation to Papa). That was a massive New York, fold-able style pie.
Papa John’s, based in Louisville, is the 4th largest pizza chain, with over 4000 locations worldwide. In addition to pizza, they offer some variations on pizza, like cheese bread, and pizza-shaped cookies. Chicken wings and boneless chicken are also available. They feature Pepsi beverages.
I decided to try Papa John’s today because they have an early week special which is cheap, and I wanted to try their “Chkn Poppers”, white meat tenders, lightly breaded, oven-baked, says the website description. Sometimes I worry about food that has a somewhat funky spelling, but maybe vowels were extra. (FYI – “Chicken” is spelled out on the packaging).
Papa John’s online ordering is easy to navigate and gives you a wide variety of choices for customization. I’m also a sucker for those little tubs of garlic sauce that they peddle, and loaded up on them with this order.
I went for the all meat thin crust, and delivery arrived after about a hour. I figured it would take awhile, the shop is about 5 miles away, kind of surprised they even drive that far. Natch, the food wasn’t that hot.
The Chkn Poppers are little smaller and similar in texture to McNuggets. They are not seasoned, but you receive a choice of dipping sauces with the order. I like “buffalo” sauce, though I can’t recall the first time I had it, because I’m not a wing nut (in either way). So I probably didn’t experience it until restaurants started using it on other types of food. I do enjoy it with blue dress dressing on a burger on occasion.
Having shot my sauce sides wad on the garlic sauce, I pulled some buffalo and blue cheese out of the frig. I like Frank’s Original for Buffalo, and Litehouse for blue dress dressing. The entire line of Litehouse foods, from Idaho, are top notch. (And they often have coupons on their site).
The chicken is ok. Like any oven-baked breaded product, the breading isn’t crispy. I’m often puzzled as to why the food industry hasn’t figured out how to get a crisp crust without frying.
The pie? OK, also. Far down the list of local choices, being as the Chicago area is pizza heaven, but Papa John’s is far ahead of Pizza Hut and Domino’s for my personal taste.
I have a minor beef with the relatively new practice of delivery places charging for delivery, but saying in their disclaimers that it’s not a “tip”. I think the delivery fee should go to the driver.
Papa Johns Review
American fast food outlets have long offered “bundled meals” at their overseas franchise outlets, but they have been slow to roll out in the U.S.
Pizza Hut has recently unveiled their “Big Dinner Box” at U.S. stores, and at $19.95, I think it’s a real value for an impromptu family meal, game day, or if your moochy relatives stop by unannounced.
The “Big Dinner Box” is comprised of two medium topping pan style pizzas (you cannot change the crust, at least online), five breadsticks with marinara sauce (you can upgrade to cheesesticks for more $), and 8 wings with your choice of both flavor and one dipping sauce.
I order delivery from Pizza Hut on occasion, and my pie of choice is the thin crust meat lovers, which I find to be satisfactory and a relatively good value. They rarely make a mistake on my delivery orders, and last nite was not an exception, the dinner box came on time, and as ordered, presented at the door by a very attractive young woman delivery person, whom I am sure endures a whole gaggle of inappropriate comments her entire shift. (“But I didn’t order a pizza!”).
The contents of the box were hot and as advertised.
Toppings are “the thing” for me with pizza, and I pretend to watch carbs, or “pan style” would not be my choice, but that’s what was offered, and what I received.
If I were running the shift, or the executive kitchen at Pizza Hut, I’d suggest cooking the pans a little longer, they were a little too doughy for my taste. And I would suggest offering different crusts for the Big Dinner Box, even if I had to pay extra.
This offering will quite handily feed a family of four, I would suggest, Mrs. Burgerdogboy and I barely made a dent in it.
Order yours for delivery or pick up online at Pizzahut.com.