Domino's Pizza versus Local Pizza

    We usually order our pizza online from a local pizza shop (Brockport, NY).  The other day I heard that our local shop was renaming some of their stores in order to avoid paying healthcare and the minimum wage to their employees.  This really upset me as those employees don't get that much money to begin with.  There is a delivery charge, usually $4, which does not go to the person who delivers the pizza. That's an extra optional tip. I don't think the pizza box costs $4!  We thought that we should try an experiment and order from a few stores, including the big chain pizza shops, in order to find the best pizza with the best value.

   This past weekend we tried Domino's Pizza, since it was advertised quite often on TV, it was well known and it was close by.  If the pizza was picked up, instead of being delivered, the cost was cheaper.  So we called and ordered an extra large pizza plus some chicken bites.  When I went to the store to pick up the pizza it wasn't quite ready so I had a chance to watch the pizzas being made.  I noticed the employees pouring some white substance from a bottle onto the uncooked pizza dough and this didn't look too appetizing. I had no idea what it was. When I saw the sauce being added to the pizza it appeared to be put on sparingly.  After a few minutes my order was ready and I returned home.

    The pizza really looked appetizing, which is more than I can say for the chicken bites.  There were 3 of us in the family eating the pizza, which amounted to 2 pieces each, out of an extra large pizza. I must admit that the slices were quite generous though.  The crust was thin, the way we like it, and it was fairly good.  The pepperoni and sausage was plentiful and also was quite tasty.  However, the small amount of sauce could not even be tasted!  The cheese, if it was really cheese, also had no taste. Overall we rated the pizza as just okay.  The chicken bites were another story.  I think there was supposed to be melted cheese on the chicken, but it did not look nor taste anything like cheese.  There was also some kind of indescribable sauce on what was supposed to be chicken.  To sum up the chicken bites, they were disgusting

    We agreed that we most likely would not order Domino's pizza again, unless there was no other choice.  We definitely would not order the chicken bites again!  The next time we order pizza we'll try some other store and see how that compares.  I'll keep you posted.

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