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elbows Mar 2, 2012 10:03 AM

Hi. I need to feed a crowd of probably 30-50 people on a budget (hopefully around 100-150). By feed, I may not actually mean feed, since I don't know if we'll have enough to totally satiate everyone. Anyone have tips on the best bargains for pizza that is not bad?

I'm in South Arlingotn, but will travel a little if needed.

Right now I'm tempted to go with Ledo's since it is, I think, a little less than Lost Dog but I could go to a chain too. I usually make my own pizza so, could use some help.


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    pamelak52 Mar 6, 2012 10:12 AM

    The problem with Costco is reheating, and dealing with Costco and the parking lot right before an event. I had a party and oe ordered 16 pizzas from Cafe Pizzaiolo on 23rd street and I think it was around $230. We had about 40 people and ended up with a lot of leftover pizza. I think you can generously assume 4 people to a pizza from that place, and the pizza is pretty good.

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      elbows Mar 6, 2012 10:38 AM

      Thanks for all the thoughts. I thought about Costco but I'm not a member there, don't think I want to be, and kind of didn't want to deal with the time of getting into there, parking, and whatnot.

      I scouted out a number of local places and ended up going with Sicilian Pizza on Walter Reed. I got enough pizza to feed 45 or so (but I did serve some other food), paid only a little more than 100, and was happy with the pizza.

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      beanodc Mar 5, 2012 01:54 PM

      Why not buy them at Costco. You can buy them cooked from the food bar or uncooked in the refrigerated area.

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        ClevelandDave Mar 6, 2012 08:32 AM

        Costco is a good idea for cheap, decent thick crust. Monterey Pizza Co is a very good take out only joint just down Jeff Davis on the right as you cross into Old Town Alexandria- 5-10 mins from South Arlington.

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          MikeR Mar 6, 2012 10:04 AM

          Not everyone is a Costco member, though pizza for 50 might just represent enough saving to cover a membership.

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          MikeR Mar 2, 2012 05:47 PM

          Do you need a place for the 50 people to sit, or are you looking for carry-out? Flippin' Pizza (a few shops in the area) is pretty decent New York style and reasonable considering the size of the pie (but I think it's smaller than 20"). There shops can barely seat 30 people. They also do catering, so you can have them bring their truck to your venue. I have no idea what that costs but apparently they do a lot of that for school groups.

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            elbows Mar 2, 2012 06:49 PM

            It would be carryout. Thanks..

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            wayne keyser Mar 2, 2012 03:23 PM

            Ledo's may be less, but it is thin-thin-thin crust (which I love). Others may be expecting something thicker.

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              drewpbalzac Mar 2, 2012 12:53 PM

              The 20" extra large at the Italian Store is $17 for the Pizza Tradizionale (Plain). Its the best carry out pizza in the region. Additional topping are $3 for the 20" pie.

              1. monkeyrotica Mar 2, 2012 10:37 AM

                20" plains are $17 at Valentino's. They're pretty huge and tasty as well.

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