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Do Americans Go Out for Pizza Anymore?

It seems like in the old days (70s and earlier), going out for pizza was kind of a big deal for we Yanks. But nowadays, with the rise of pizza delivery giants Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa John's, I almost get the sense that pizza is a delivery food and the old fambly tradition of going out for pizza pie has died out.

Disabuse me if I'm wrong.

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  1. I live in a college town, so I my experience may not be typical. We have a lot of sit down, full service pizza joints that offer take out but not delivery. Some are very good. We also have plenty of cheap delivery options. Delivery is for rainy days, nights in studying, and watching sporting events at home. Going out is for dates, family night out, or just meeting up with friends.

    1. I go out for pizza all the time.

      I don't really consider Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa John's to be pizza. They're more like filler for down time during commercials while watching football games.

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      1. re: ipsedixit

        I only eat fronm the "big three" when it is free, bought buy my company or my wife's. If I'm paying for pizza I definitely go out, we've got a few nice plkaces here.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Sharing a pizza is sharing a pizza....no matter where/what it is.
          Lots of small towns in this country don't have the option of sharing one at a private/family owned delicious pizza joint and Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa John's is the only place they can go.
          From what I've seen, on my travels, there's still an interest out there for going out and having pizza...and the 'discerning' palate may just be heading for PH and Domino's and Papa John's.

        2. We went out for pizza just last night and do so fairly often. We have lots of excellent sit=down joints.

          1. PK ,I think you are in the wrong town for good eat-in Za with atmo. Cavalli's in Irving (TX) has a cult-like following, even though it lacks the cultural roots of New Haven or Boston's North End, where pizza is forever.

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            1. re: Veggo

              Actually, El Veggo, the Khantessa and I have a favorite pizza joint we frequent quite regularly. It's a place called One Guy's, and their pie rivals the best I had while doing time in New Jersey.

              This thread was intended to be more about the pizza habits of the broader American public than chowhounds per se, who I know are not about to waste their hard-earned dough on PJ, PH and Domino's.

              1. re: Perilagu Khan

                Believe it or not, I don't think I've ever tasted Pizza Hut, Dominos or Papa Johns, be it free or not. But then again, we have world class pizza from private places that will deliver, if that is the issue.

                If a whole pie, I usually like to go pick it up myself, and go home to serve on china with a glass of wine or two. A slice or two, definitely tastes better sitting in a booth on a paper plate, as long as you don't burn your mouth first!

                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  Gotcha. I Googled One Guy's, looks like they do a good calzone, too. Glad you have a nice local spot operated by a real Italian.

                  A clam pie at Pepe's is 26 bucks after the wait to get in, go figure. But they have the better mousetrap.

                  I think a lot of ethnic restos which are pretty good are giving pizza a lot of competition at the same price point.

                  1. re: Veggo

                    Yeah, I could swear the price of restaurant pie has decreased simultaneously with price increases for frozen pie. And it's now to the point that you can get halfway decent restaurant pizza for the same price as the stuff in the grocery store. Overall, however, pizza remains amazingly economical, which surely accounts, along with its deliciousness for pizza's continued popularity.

                    PS--The calzone at One Guy's is legendary, but I recently struck one at a place called Nick's Sports Bar (owned and opped by the Rizzo family dontchaknow), which leaves One Guy's for dead. Man, Nick's makes one mean calzone.

                    1. re: Perilagu Khan

                      I'm never spending $20+ on a large pizza. I'm not made of money and I have no problem sacrificing some taste in the name of frugality.

                      1. re: FoodPopulist

                        The large pies here, from the private places at least, are usually $12.95. Although I fondly remember the days of $3.99 on sale, not all that long ago (10 years?).

                        1. re: FoodPopulist

                          I'm never spending $20+ on a large pizza.
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                          Then you're probably missing out on alot of good pizza. And they're not even the "large" sized variety.

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            I'm also not spending $60 on a steak. There are some price points I just won't go to.

                            1. re: FoodPopulist

                              Sixty bucks for a steak is really pushing it for me, too. I might drop 50 bones on one, but 60? Maybe if I'd already just swallowed one hell of a lot of scotch.

                          2. re: FoodPopulist

                            I've never spent that much on one. My go-to large pie at my favorite pizzeria runs around 13 samolians.

                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                              Really good steaks, albeit at local joints, run maybe in the 30s. But then you get a few drinks, an app or two, a side or dessert... we all make out OK.

                              1. re: coll

                                Yeah, a high-end steak in my neck of the woods will run in the low 40s, but it's very easy to find a solid steak in the mid 20s.

                  2. We go out for pizza very often. In fact we did last night :-)