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Ordering pizza for a large group

I'm having to order pizza for approximately 175 people. I have been told where to order the pizza from. I have talked to the restaurant and we have determined the need for 55 pies.

I'm asking for help in the appropriate variety. The menu offers:

Cheese

Pepperoni

Mushroom

Sausage

Vegetarian

We're not doing combo because of the cost. The restaurant does not offer ham or canadian bacon.

The owner of the restaurant suggested 18 cheese, 6 veggie, 6 mushroom, 10 sausage and 15 pepperoni. I think this is too many cheese, not enough veggie and does anyone eat mushroom pizza?

What ratio of different types of pizza should I order?

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  1. I'd do:

    25 Pepperoni
    10 Sausage
    10 Cheese
    5 Mushroom
    5 Veggie

    Almost everyone likes pepperoni pizza, and the vegetarians can eat the cheese or mushroom pizza as easily as the veggie pies.

    1. I like mushrooms on pizza, but they're not a favorite (at least, unless they're porcinis, which they will not be). I do agree that 18 cheese is a bit much, and I'd follow Tute's suggestion, except maybe 20 pepperoni and 10 veggie, instead (unless your group is kids).

      1. The cheese and mushroom are the only pizzas which will not leave you with garlic or onion breath. Depending on the socialization aspect of the event being catered, those are 'safe' and would be more likely chosen by people who are networking and/or meeting new people. The ratio is correct.

        1. i'm not big fan of pepperoni pizza, nor veggie pizza. i'd much rather have mushroom than either of those. my preference overall, if the pizza is good, is cheese.

          1. 55 for 175? I'm thinking there's going to be a lot of leftovers.

            There's only one good way to go about the ratios: Have to go there and take a bite of each variety. Let the quality of the ingredients determine how many of what you get. Hey, at the very least you can take some pizza-lovers with you and make 'em very happy.

            Another thought is to go with a low pepperoni count. I'm thinking the pizzas will be cold and, depending on how it's all balanced, you may end up looking at very greasy slices. So, again, best to go and try them out.

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            1. re: ediblover

              "55 for 175? I'm thinking there's going to be a lot of leftovers."

              Sorta depends on the pizza. We have a local place we order from regularly and get 6 pizzas (they only have one size) for about 12 people - rarely any leftovers.