$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.

16 comments:

K & N said...

We used to take advantage of those pizza deals when we had the kids and their friends around to feed on a busy weekend, but that's about it. I just don't see how they could use quality ingredients and sell them so cheap.

Anonymous said...

I'm a college student and even I cannot stand the crap Little Ceasars puts out.

EazyMoney said...

"Pizza Hut is now offering 3 large one topping pizzas for $9.99."

Thats not true.. If you read the coupon pic you posted, it says three 1 topping pizzas for $9.99 each. Not 3 for $9.99

Aside from that, its a great deal if you don't have $20.00 bucks to drop on Padingtons.

So with $10.00 bucks you can keep four kids more or less quiet for at least a half an hour.

I think its worth every penny.

Don't get me wrong I'd prefer a better pizza. But if all you have is five bones.. its not a bad way to go. Its not like you can buy all the stuff you need at the grocery for $5.00 and make a pizza. Just the cheese itself is 5 bucks.

Salem Man said...

Thanks for catching that EZ. Being a blog that points out flaws in restaurants, I would expect that flaws in this blog would get pointed out. I'll rewrite the post with some different examples.

Anonymous said...

If you're on a real tight budget the best way to go is to a rainbow food outlet store and make your own. Purchase 4 tubes of biscuit dough ( I think you can get them for 25 cents each) and then get a can of cheap spagetti sauce for .50 cents. Spend your remaining $3.50 or so on fresh veggies, peperoni, ham or whatever you feel like throwing on top and baking.
(College student trick. $5.00 is more than enough to make 2-3 small pizzas or one huge one for you and some friends if you're willing to do the elbow work)

jeff said...

I didn't actually think the Little Caesar's pizzas were that bad. Boring, perhaps, but not bad. However, I've discovered truly good pizza - Apizza out in Stayton. Just search for "Apizza Stayton" and you'll find reviews... and I believe all of them are positive.

Anonymous said...

If I only had five bucks to pay for a pizza...I don't think it's going to be great.

For five bucks at home, I could do a kick ass soup,bread and salad night. Or some type of pasta dish, and salad at home. Maybe a few pieces of chicken BBQ'ed over my grill.

But dining on pizza? I usually pay about 14 or 15 bucks for pizza, and that's before the pitcher of beer!

Robert said...

Lefty's, Paddington's, and straight From NY aren't even close to Christo's. You will never get a $5 pizza at Christo's.

Anonymous said...

Lefty's lunch special, 2 slices and a soda for $5 is a great deal. The $5 Little Caesar's pizzas sit under a heat lamp so they are "hot and ready". I think it is the same ingredients as they regularly use but they just sit there all day. Papa Johns in the only big chain pizza I can stomach. For chain pizza I think Garlic Jim's is the best if a little expensive. Gepetto's is by far my favorite in town though.

Joe said...

I AbsolutelyLOVE little caesars!yea it's not the same as back when but it's still so good and NO ONE can beat the price!Everytime my band has a show we never have time or money to go somewhere fancy or even a regular pizza place so we always go there.It keeps us totally happy and full for cheap.So for everyone dissing Little Caesars...You're an idiot.

Cincinnati Branch said...

we can afford to do it becasue we but in bulk and because we hand make evrything including the dough,
and as for it under the heat lamps all day that is bull, we are on a rotation so that every half hour the old pizzas are gone grainted some of our store may not care due to employees lack of caring but i know if you come to my store in ohio you will get a hot and ready pizza with at least 1 cup of toppings and be fresh for $5.00 and ive never had a complaint of them looking bad either so im sorry for all of your bad expeinces but i guarnttee if you come to cincinnati ohio to our store you will not have same problems but i have to say on a personal note that i do not like the sauce that little ceasers puts out however "to each their own"


oh and if the pep and cheese is boring fot you we will give you another topping for $ 6.00 one more dollar for a cup of toppings isnt bad ... how far will the gas companys get you on $1.00 ?

Anonymous said...

little ceasars does not keep the pizza under a lamp all day, they keep it about 15 - 25 min. by then it gets sold, and if not, then they throw it out. and its the same ingredients used, and the dough is hand made.

Anonymous said...

Would you like to know since I worked for little caesars and my bro-in-law owns a few little caesars here in chicago that they use same ingredients; in fact he likes to use the beef pepperoni and turkey ham which is better quality anyways and a little more expensive too. So you're probably wondering how do he make the cash right? well he doesn't only ten cents per pizza. the money...comes from "other" sales like crazy bread, hot wings and pop and italian cheese bread which is totally cool and they throw the pizza away after like the previous commenter mentioned about 15-20 min. It comes in deep dish and thin slice to add to variety. filling and one more thing they always throw out their dough daily so its always fresh. if its not its just probably not under good management or its in your head that its cheap therefore doesn't taste good i suppose or there is some inconsistency on how the pizza cooked etc. i do still prefer the expensive brands like deep dish chicago style when i got extra cash.

Anonymous said...

i think bloggers are a bunch of losers

Anonymous said...

Little Caesar's pizza makes me poop :(

Anonymous said...

The quality of pizza, regardless of chain or price, depends on the cook and his ingredients, you're wrong not to acknowledge that. McDonald's fries can be gloriously delicious, but if they were made 2 hours before you ordered them, in week-old grease that's been spit into and had Purell poured into by disgruntled employees, then they're disgusting...