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Need cheap, decent pizza in Menlo Park area

A friend of mine is looking at Costco to get 2 pies (one cheese, one pepperoni) for a class at M-A. I recently tasted their pizza after a long time (daughter had to have it) & we both agreed it was one of the worst pizzas we've ever had. I suggested Mountain Mike's (20") to my friend but she wanted to know if it were as inexpensive as Costco's. I tasted Mountain MIke's at my daughter's birthday party last year at Cosmo Jump...it wasn't bad but I don't remember how much I paid. If I were to order pizza for my kids (like a sleepover), I usually order Round Table as it is close by but I know this can be expensive given a school budget. My friend doesn't mind chipping in a little extra if it is reasonable as she is already contributing something else. Appreciate any suggestions you have.

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  1. Applewood Inn was the old standby when I was working down there, thought it's
    been a couple of years. Pretty generic but a step or three above Costco and Round

    1. Mountain Mike's pizza, at least at the San Carlos/RWC border location, is half-off on Tuesdays. This means you can get the "mountain" (20") for something like $15, which is remarkably cheap for something that's basically a Round Table Pizza.

      But yes, Applewood is better than that, and they probably still have the to-go location across the street from the restaurant, which may be cheaper.

      1. I like Ramona's in PA for a pretty solid thin-crust pizza, but it's probably nowhere near as cheap as Costco.

        1. If I knew how much a Costco pizza was, I could possibly give a comparison.

          What's the price range you'd consider, given that your friend is willing to go "a little over"?

          1. Mountain Mike's also often has pretty good coupons on their website, that could help the bottom line...

            1. I believe Costco's price is $9.99 & their pizza is pretty big. I will check out Applewood...just assumed they were pricey. I will also check out MM's website. Thanks for all the suggestions.

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              1. re: ceekskat

                Wow. That's cheap. I don't know anything that can touch that off the top of my head, even when I include the cost of gas to get to costco. I do have lunch at costco occasionally for the hotdogs, but I haven't eaten $50 of hotdogs this year, so I'm going to let my membership lapse.

                1. re: bbulkow

                  I don't think you have to be a member to eat at Costco, or if you do, they are extremely lax about it.

              2. Although many like Applewood, I find their crust to be too puffy and doughy. We've been ordering from Avanti Pizza lately, on Alameda. They have a thinner crust and good topping selection. Lots of coupons available on their site to save $$.

                Avanti Pizza Fresh Pasta
                3536 Alameda De Las Pulgas, Menlo Park, CA 94025

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                1. re: Pinkster

                  Funny that just this morning my daughter mentioned how good pizza was at drama rehearsal yesterday & I found out late this afternoon that it was Avanti! Thanks for mentioning this, just looked at the website & this looks like a viable option. Good to know there is a choice besides RT nearby:-)

                  bbulkow...I just realized last week that the Costco membership is now $50 & thought to myself that I really do have to calculate my yearly savings against my purchases.

                  1. re: ceekskat

                    I would go almost anywhere other than the RT in MP - I think I'd rather eat a Costco pizza than the miserable things we've gotten from both the RT in MP - the Sharon Heights one and the El Camino Real one - both terrible... Will have to try Avanti one of these days.

                2. Was going to suggest Avanti, but looks like I'm not the only one that likes their pie. My wife brought home a Costco take-n-bake Margherita that was astoundingly good.

                  1. Pizza My Heart in Palo Alto isn't too expensive and is pretty good. Also, in Los Altos is Papa Murphy's Take & Bake which is reasonably priced...

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                    1. re: jcarlile

                      Pizza My Heart is quite a step above the normal pizzas and is up there in the same league as Amici's (not close to menlo, the nearest locations are San Carlos and Mountain View). If you wanted something different Paxti's in PA has thin and thick crust Chicago Style pizza and is based on the famous east bay institution Zachary's.

                      Patxi's Chicago Pizza
                      441 Emerson St, Palo Alto, CA 94301