Better bang for the buck pizza pie: Costco ($10), PapaJohns ($8), Pie Five (2 for $7)

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Ban Bot

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Approximate WalMart prices...

$5.00..........5lb bag of King Arthur bread flour
$8.50..........1.5 lb of pepperoni
$8.50...........2lb mozz shredded cheese
$3.54...........(8) small cans of Hunts sauce
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$25.54.........eight 12" pizzas.


3.014x36x8=904.8

25.54/904.8=0.0282 Round it off to 0.030 to account for yeast and salt.

Make them at home. Sure there's some planning ahead to be done, but even with those basic ingredients, it's better than those chain pizzas.

Whoa, 4oz of cheese on each 12" pizza? No thank you!

I think we get 5lb bags at Costco for ~ $12 though.
 

DrPizza

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Approximate WalMart prices...

$5.00..........5lb bag of King Arthur bread flour
$8.50..........1.5 lb of pepperoni
$8.50...........2lb mozz shredded cheese
$3.54...........(8) small cans of Hunts sauce
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$25.54.........eight 12" pizzas.


3.014x36x8=904.8

25.54/904.8=0.0282 Round it off to 0.030 to account for yeast and salt.

Make them at home. Sure there's some planning ahead to be done, but even with those basic ingredients, it's better than those chain pizzas.
You left out the cost of the oil & shortening. Salt, you can leave out, since the cost is negligible on that scale. I would think you're off by quite a bit on the amount of cheese a normal person would use.
 

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is that a pizza for peasants? at least top it with some prosciutto.

why would buy tomato sauce when you can make your own for cheaper? if you plan ahead you could probably plant your own tomatoes and save even more. Or you could sell some tomatoes and use that money for supplies.

ideally if you planned a couple of years ahead you could sell enough tomatoes to buy a coal fired pizza oven setup, which would improve the taste of your pizza. you could probably even sell some pizzas for a profit eventually starting your own artisan pizza chain.
 

twinrider1

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Whoa, 4oz of cheese on each 12" pizza? No thank you!

I think we get 5lb bags at Costco for ~ $12 though.

You left out the cost of the oil & shortening. Salt, you can leave out, since the cost is negligible on that scale. I would think you're off by quite a bit on the amount of cheese a normal person would use.

I imagine you're right. It was just a quick guess. I just buy more stuff when I need it. I'll have to measure next time.
I don't use shortening. I do use a little oil and oregano though.


Has anyone used the flour from Sam's Club? 25# for $7.00!
 
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Pie Five: http://www.piefivepizza.com/menu/
Any pizza for $7. They're all personal sized. I have a coupon for buy one, get one free

PapaJohns: Any large specialty pizza $8 (after 50% off coupon)
Costco: Xtra large combo pizza $10 (normal price) at food court


If we go by area of the pizza (pi x R squared):
-Pie Five 3.14 x 5 squared = 3.14 x 25 = 78.5
since I'm getting 2, it's 157 sq inches

$7/157 = $0.045/inch

-papajohns 3.14 x 49 = 154 sq inches
$8/154 = $0.052/inch

-Costco 3.14 x 64 = 201 sq inches
$10/201 = $0.050/inch

So Pie Five wins :eek:


/Obligatory They all suck

Piefive uses thin crust while PJ and Costco have thicker crusts. Not pan thick or chicaco style thick, but thicker than P5 for sure. Thus, what is your price per cubic inch?
 

ultimatebob

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Wouldn't Little Caesar's $5 pizzas or Cici's $5 all you can eat pizza buffet be an even better deal than this?
I'm not sure if they're still $5 now, but they were recently.

Sure, it's crap pizza, but so were the other pizzas on the list. If I wanted GOOD pizza, I'd go to Pepe's or Modern in New Haven.
 

DrPizza

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I imagine you're right. It was just a quick guess. I just buy more stuff when I need it. I'll have to measure next time.
I don't use shortening. I do use a little oil and oregano though.


Has anyone used the flour from Sam's Club? 25# for $7.00!
It's high gluten flour, or it's crap. (for making pizza dough)
 

JSt0rm

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Pie Five: http://www.piefivepizza.com/menu/
Any pizza for $7. They're all personal sized. I have a coupon for buy one, get one free

PapaJohns: Any large specialty pizza $8 (after 50% off coupon)
Costco: Xtra large combo pizza $10 (normal price) at food court


If we go by area of the pizza (pi x R squared):
-Pie Five 3.14 x 5 squared = 3.14 x 25 = 78.5
since I'm getting 2, it's 157 sq inches

$7/157 = $0.045/inch

-papajohns 3.14 x 49 = 154 sq inches
$8/154 = $0.052/inch

-Costco 3.14 x 64 = 201 sq inches
$10/201 = $0.050/inch

So Pie Five wins :eek:


/Obligatory They all suck


Never buy pizza based on cost per inch.
 

QueBert

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Never had Piefive but from the web site it looks like it's similar to Pieology. I'd eat at Pieology over Costco 100/100 times. Costco pizza's cheap that's absolutely all it has going for it.
 

HTFOff

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For the cost of one pie at costco ($10), you can buy 2 whole rotisserie chickens at said costco. :thumbsup:
 

holden j caufield

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Roundtable is my favorite. I used to work near one and we'd go out to their all you can eat buffet. I think they had these cinnabuns that were ridiculously good. I'd eat enough to not need to eat dinner.
 

madoka

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I imagine you're right. It was just a quick guess. I just buy more stuff when I need it. I'll have to measure next time.
I don't use shortening. I do use a little oil and oregano though.

I'd assume that he's right. If you can't trust Dr. Pizza to do pizza-related calculations correctly, then who can you trust?
 

bbhaag

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If it wasn't flown in from Italy were it was baked in a small joint down a small alley in Florence it ain't worth shit.
You guys are seriously missing out....just sayin.

If we have to narrow it down to an American pizza joint I would say Pizza Hut pretty much nails it on consistency and flavor with Dominoes coming a close second.
 

Avalon

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Pie Five is OK. Their gimmick is that they're a subway style pizza joint...you pick everything at an assembly line, and they flash bake it. The one plus is that you can add as many toppings as you want for the $7 you pay.

The toppings are actually pretty good, the cheese and sauces are generally decent. Their dough is trash, but I guess it has to be in order to cook in 1-2 mins.

Never having had Costco...would probably do the bogo Pie Five.
 

Nebor

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Never had Piefive but from the web site it looks like it's similar to Pieology. I'd eat at Pieology over Costco 100/100 times. Costco pizza's cheap that's absolutely all it has going for it.

Can we get a quote from you on how Costco's extra large is too small?
 

QueBert

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Can we get a quote from you on how Costco's extra large is too small?

I said nothing of the size, it's plenty big, but big means nothing if it's crummy. about two times a year I go to Costco for my 2 hot dog + 2 slices of Pepperoni Pizza lunch. All I can say is I get full for cheap. IMHO the only thing worth eating from there taste wise is the Chicken bake, which ironically isn't that great of a deal at $5. Their Pizza's the Pizza equivalent of Barton Vodka, which is great if you don't give a shit at all and just want to get drunk for uber cheap.
 

Ichinisan

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They just opened one in my town. I thought Pie Five was pretty great.

- Classic pan crust
- Alfredo sauce
- Spinach
- Ham
- Bacon
- Bell peppers
- Onions
- Shredded cheddar
- Magic dust

They go a little bit too far for the "fast casual" image, but I guess that works for them.
 

mnewsham

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I'd rather have pizza hut than papa johns. papa johns slices are tiny and like 1/3 of the top surface area is the crust.

must be getting entirely different pizzas then as that just isn't the case from any papajohns I have ordered from in the last 5 years.

That doesn't sound ANYTHING like a papa johns pizza.
 

gururu2

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Costco is the best deal for our family. We typically bring it home and bake it again in our oven for about 20 minutes to get the crust crispy. Ate Papa Johns almost my whole educational life and sick of it now (too gummy). Never been to Pie five (sounds like Little Caesar's?).
 

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Never had Piefive but from the web site it looks like it's similar to Pieology. I'd eat at Pieology over Costco 100/100 times. Costco pizza's cheap that's absolutely all it has going for it.


This coming from the guy that starts a new thread everytime some shithole like Arby's comes out with a new sandwich or some fatty craptastic piece of garbage?

You just lost -1,000,000 ATOT street creds right there bud. :colbert: