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This may seem trivial to some, but I have run out of options, so I'm looking for suggestions.

I love pizza. Love it. Eat it twice a week at least. I like extra sauce on my pizza. You wouldn't think this would be hard to get. It is.... 9 times out of 10 I get less sauce and extra cheese. I understand that "extra cheese" is the norm. I've even tried ordering it by saying "Extra sauce, very little cheese" and "double tomato sauce". I have yet to find a place that can put enough on (or really even give me any extra). I basically want so much sauce that the cheese doesn't stay on the pizza when I pick up the slice. When I'm eating in, I end up asking for a bowl of sauce. When getting delivery or carry-out I add my own at home.

Any suggestions on ordering and actually getting extra tomato sauce on a pizza?

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  1. You may have already tried this, but Papa Johns allows customers to customize their pizzas to order. If you visit their website, you'll see options like extra cheese, extra sauce and cooked extra in addition to the crust thickness options. While their pizza is pretty good, I do not recommend their chicken strips or buffalo wings- don't waste your money.

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    1. re: maddogg280

      Pizza Hut has a similar online ordering process, with no/less/normal/extra cheese options and sauce options.

    2. You may be better off just ordering a side of sauce. If they need to charge you, make it worth the $$ and order a meatball with sauce. If you don't eat meat I'll help you ;o)
      maybe if they put too much sauce it spills when they nudge it off the peel into the oven?

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      1. re: Boccone Dolce

        I was thinking the same thing, maybe the amount of sauce you want would hinder the cooking in some way...just ask for extra and pile it on.

      2. little jfood worked as an order taker in a local pizzaria during HS. When she brought home a pie she always brought extra sauce onthe side, it's t he way she liked it.

        Why?

        With too much sauce the crust would be a little too soggy if you were looking for a crisp crust. second, at her POS system, there was no button for extra sauce (probably because too may were going out with sausage and not sauce), so although she would write it by hand on the ticket, the guy making the pies each night would just ignore it. It was just easier to give a thing of sauce and move on.

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        1. re: jfood

          I agree it could cause a soggy pie and you should just ask for sauce on the side.

          1. re: jfood

            jfood,

            the soggy crust is exactly what came to mind when I read this post. I used to make pizza at home, and there was a fine line between just enough and too much.

            My DH likes extra sauce, and although I may regret admitting this, I keep some Ragu Pizza Sauce around so he can dip his pizza into it. Sometimes they will give him extra sauce, but sometimes they won't. The Ragu is fine by him!

          2. You may want to order it as a calzone, this will allow more sauce plus you normally get a side of sauce for dipping...

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            1. re: Sean

              The side sauce may be regional, as I've never been offered a dipping sauce.

              About the extra sauce, I agree with jfood about the soggy crust. I also think that extra sauce can cause spillage in the pizza ovens, leading to a lot of smoke.

              1. re: Miss Needle

                It is a regional thing. In the Queens pizza parlors where we used to buy calzones, sauce was not included and was only a kind of odd extra requested by some customers. When we moved upstate (less than 2 hours from NYC but another world entirely) sauce was normally included with the calzone. And in western NY where I grrew up, nobody had ever heard of a calzone. I first encountered them in Italy in 1976 and didn't see another one until NYC in 1978. And the Italian ones I remember were ham & cheese.

                1. re: Catskillgirl

                  In one state, you've already got three variations. And I've also seen deep-fried calzones as well. Make that four.

            2. My suggestion is to go to your favorite local place, one you will frequent a bit. When you order and ask to make it with extra sauce, give them an analogy, like -I want pizza soup. Watch them put on the sauce and ask them to continue until its enough. If you go tothe same place a few times they'll get to know you as the pizza soup person and you have a better chance of getting it that way you want.

              1. I'm in agreement - the sauce is WAY better than the cheese! I'm sorry you have had such a hard time finding pizza you like. Maybe you should try making your own?

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                1. re: Chew on That

                  I do make my own alot. I just like certain ones and it's really frustrating not to be able to get extra sauce.

                  I started doing it because it is healthier. Sauce has alot less fat and calories than cheese, especially if it's a decent place that makes their own sauce. Then I really liked how the extra sauce tasted.

                  I swear half the time the person taking the order hears "extra" and automatically tells the kitchen "extra cheese".

                  I'll def have to try going to the place and standing there while they make it. And I understand about the crust getting soggy and ripping. I'd even be happy if they put extra on after it was cooked, on top of the cheese.

                2. yes, sauce is truly the lord and master of cheeseville. cheese bows before the mighty flavor power of sauce.

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                  1. re: beelzebozo

                    I can't believe it! There are other people besides me who actually LIKE PIZZA SAUCE!!
                    Sorry, but this is actually a very sore subject. When I grew up in The Dark Ages, Shakeys Pizza Parlor was the norm. Pizza was a pie, and cheese, sauce and toppings were perfectly balanced. The pizzas usually tasted heavenly.
                    Then...about 20 years ago....came the dreaded Extra Cheese Revolution!
                    Nothing wrong with extra cheese per se, but it came at the expense of sauce. Many places seemed to leave off tomato sauce altogether. Triple meats were also in vogue. Pizzas came to taste like cheese-covered cardboard. Plus, places started burning the meats, especially the pepperoni.
                    Now, sanity is slowly returning, as NY-style pizzas are back in style. (Nothing wrong with Chicago deep dish, either, as their toppings were usually balanced.)
                    Pizzas are once again tastier, and very good specialty pizza places are springing up in my neighborhood.
                    Sorry to carry on so long about this, but I've been waiting for years to find an extra-sauce lover in a world of cheeseheads.
                    I agree with the above. Order sauce on the side, and keep the Prego, Five Brothers, or Newman's Own handy. Thanks for listening!!!