Choose A Local Pizza Joint Over The Fast Food Places
I really enjoy Pizza Hut pizza. I am especially a fan of “pan pizza.” Beyond that, they are a international chain. When I travel across town, across state, across the country, or even around the world, I can visit a Pizza Hut and enjoy the same flavor, texture, and pricing. And the coupons I take with me can usually be used in any Pizza Hut establishment.
That said, when I am at home, there are a few “mom and pop” pizza places where I prefer to eat. “Maria’s” is just a few miles from my home – and they do a terrific job for me whenever I want an “extra cheese” pizza. They don’t deliver, though. That’s frustrating.
I get delivery pizza from “Ciao’s”. It’s really good pizza, too.
If we are looking for a little finer dining, we go to “Roma’s”. We usually get a small pizza to share as a family. Then we order some other Italian dishes. They places also provide pretty decent printable coupons that allow me to save money.
The big franchise establishments (Pizza Hut, Dominos’, Papa John’s, and the like) can offer a cheaper price, but seldom the higher quality. Pizza is always good, in my opinion. But some places are still better than others.
Here’s what I like about the local pizza places.
Their Ingredients Are Fresher
In high school I worked in a big chain place. In college, I worked for a local establishment. The ingredients for the big chain came in big boxes, frozen and laced with preservatives. The dough was shipped in. The sauce was shipped in. The cheese was shipped in.
The local guys seasoned their own sauce. The cheese was shredded in the store. The dough was made each evening for use the next day.
Maybe its just me, but fresh ingredients seem tastier. Homemade sauce changes the flavor ever so slightly with each pie. Its more like REAL FOOD, not carboard with ketchup.
All This Means You Enjoy Original Recipes
The brothers who owned the shop I worked in were always trying to make their pizza even better. The template was the same, but you can adjust a lot with a good template. You get nothing original when you go to the big chains. That has its value when on the road. When “at home” however, the local guys are much preferable.
The Local Guys Know Who You Are
I mentioned “Maria’s” earlier. They are a local place just a couple miles from my house. They know me by name. They always seem to put a little more extra cheese on my pizza than the newcomer at the table across the dining room. They treat me right. So I treat them right. They are a local business and deserve and have earned my loyalty. I alway prefer to support local places whenever possible.
Oh, and the coupons deals are just as good in the local places. You can get your coupons on their local website, newspapers, flyers – all the usual places.
So support your local pizza place this week. Get Pizza Hut for lunch the next time you are on the road.