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Best inexpensive pizza for a crowd?

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I am having a kid's birthday party for about 50 adults and children. I want to find cheap pizza so we don't spend a fortune on a kid's party. While quality is not the priority, I would like the "best of the cheapest!" Any thoughts, chowhounds?

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  1. I don't know what you consider cheap, but nearly all the Chicago-style chains (Giordano's, Malnati's, etc.) do good thin-crust. I would imagine you could get by with about $5-7 or so a person. If you want cheaper, then try Costco -- not great, but better than Pizza Hut for less $$.

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    1. re: ferret

      Would I have to bake the Costco pizzas?

      1. re: chowgrrl

        No. They have unbaked in the coolers in-store but they have fully-baked pies at their snack stand. Just call and ask how much notice they need based on the amount of pizzas you want.

    2. For value, it would be hard to surpass the Costco pizzas (or Sam's Club for that matter). But I've got to say that being 1700 miles away in SoCal, you've got SO many great pizza places and it is hard for me to even suggest Costco given the multitude of other choices.

      Not sure where you are in the Chicago area, but I would suggest calling your local favorites and see what they can make a deal with you on for 10 or 12 pizzas, You may want to check a local Aurelio's or Rosati's...local chains that in my opinion do a pretty darn good job.

      1. For our office pizza parties, we usually get Connie's. They have great variety, and the crust is just the right thickness, i.e., it satisfies both thin and thick crust lovers.

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        Connie's Pizza
        2373 S Archer Ave, Chicago, IL 60616

        1. take&bake, or take out / delivery?

          1. Rosattis is good - and fairly inexpensive (I don't know where you're located so I don't know if there's one near you). For our office, we had it for our group (15 of us) and it was $3 per person (including tip.)