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Sbarro?

This pizza joint was in the food court of a Gautemalan mall. I Google on the web and find it is a world wide chain that has over a dozen locations in Northern California where I live. I had never heard of it before, but it is all over the place.

Is it any good? What do you like there?

It was acquired in 2007 by a large restaurant group, but back in 1951 it opened as a little restaurant in Brooklyn. Anyone remember the early years and how it compares to what it is today?

http://www.sbarro.com/

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  1. I'd call it just okay...it's pizza and pasta and such...mall food, nothing more.

    I had to laugh, though, when we saw a big Sbarro at Moscow Domodedovo Airport. Sbarro in Cyrillic is a sight to see.

    1. I tried a piece of pizza at Sbarro in London's Heathrow Airport a few years back. It was one of the best pizza I'd ever had at an airport anywhere in the world then. But standards were inconsistent & later experiences were less than memorable.

      Last time I ate at Sbarro was in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - a spinach-and-cheese-filled cannelloni. Like you said, it seems to be a worldwide chain.

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      1. re: klyeoh

        Antwerp only has one large shopping mall, and to my surprise, there is a Sbarro in it.

      2. I have no idea what it was 60 years ago, but 30 years ago it was already a mediocre fast-food-style chain sort of place (or had multiple locations in NYC, anyway, exclusively in high traffic/shopping areas.)

        I can't remember any details but 20 years ago, it had gotten so bad that I just stopped going, in favor of whatever other mediocre fast food is (invariably) also available in the immediate vicinity.

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        1. re: MikeG

          It's not a burger, and it's not fried...sometimes that's enough to tip the scale.

          1. re: MikeG

            In the early days the Sbarros kept a tight reign on quality, with all the food made at the original Bensonhurst location, well into the 1970s,

          2. I've always found Sbarro rather hideous and disgusting. Too many bad experiences with greasy crap pizza at highway rest stops and shopping malls, ugh.

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            1. re: sockii

              I still can't believe I never even heard of the joint. I guess I don't frequent shopping mall food courts or airports much these days.

            2. I don't care for it. Even if I'm stuck eating at a mall food court, I tend to opt for something else.

              Are there other food court pizza vendors? I'm not sure if I've ever seen anything but Sbarro.

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              1. re: Chimayo Joe

                Pizza de Roma and Villa Pizza are two. Both are, well, suitable for a food court.

                1. re: Chimayo Joe

                  In Guatemala, Domino's is in almost ever food court. Pizza Hut is in a few.

                  It has been so long since I've eaten Domino's pizza in the US that I don't know what they offer However, the Domino's pizza my husband brought home had a thick doughy crust which is a style preferred by locals. They are not into thin crust. It actually was pretty good.

                  1. re: rworange

                    Do the Guatemalan Domino's serve slices? They don't in the U.S., which is a big reason why you won't really see them in food courts here. That's odd to me, as Domino's earned ther place because of delivery.

                    1. re: Fibber McGee

                      They serve personal pizzas. I guess my husband ordered the "Crosty" pizza.
                      http://www.dominos.com.gt/contenido.p...

                      Like most places here, they have delivery by motorcycle
                      http://farm1.static.flickr.com/110/25...
                      http://antiguadailyphoto.com/2006/10/...

                      Calling them is speedy as the second link says that while Guatemala has eight digit phone numbers, companies can pay to get quickie four digit numbers. "All the numbers start with 17 and in the case of Domino’s they have 1730 for their 30 minutes or less promise/adverting campaign" Since that narrows it to 99 businesses that can have a four digit number, Domino's must be paying a , um boatload, of money for it ... even in Guatemala.

                      That link says they do sell pizza by the slice in Antigua

                      "Besides, the delivery bikes and the take-out restaurant, Domino’s Pizza has a kiosk in the Antigua’s market premises where they sell pizza by the slice (I bet, this you haven’t seen before)."