$5 For a pizza, is it worth the money?
It's amazing how a free market economy works when you're selling pizzas. When Little Caesars Pizza came to Salem and offered a $5 pepperoni pizza, the other pizza chains followed suit and started advertising deals at giveaway prices. Dominoes Pizza on Commercial St SE, has a 2 topping large pizza for $6.99 and Pizza Hut's latest promotion is a 1 lb calzone called a P-Zone for $5.99. I know these are loss leaders for the pizza chains, but you have to wonder about the quality of the ingredients. Are these the same pizzas that you would get if you ordered them from the full price menu? If they're using the same cheese and dough on the non-deal pizzas, I wouldn't pay more than $5 for one of them. It's a shame that they have to cut down trees to make cardboard, to put a pizza in, that tastes like cardboard. Seeing how busy Little Caesars is, hungry Salem-ites are eating it up and we can expect this race to the bottom to continue. The good news is, the local pizzerias like Lefty's, Paddington's and Straight from New York Pizza haven't bitten yet and continue to make awesome pizza with fresh ingredients and toppings.