Monday, August 1, 2011
With all the pizzas I cook on my grill, or eat at my friend Tyler's house, there just isn't any room in my life for Domino's and there hasn't been for a long time. How long? Nine years.
Nine years ago I lived with two of my high school best friends in Mid-Wilshire Los Angeles. Most Tuedays we ordered Domino's - it was their "Two For Tuesday" promotion; two pizzas for the price of one. And I never had a problem with it. Of course, my standards when I was 23 were not exactly high.
(Once we strayed from our Tuesday night Domino's routine: there was - and, I believe, still is - a place on Western called "2 for 1 Pizza Co." where their pies were always two for the price of one. On Tuesdays, perhaps to compete with Domino's, they offered a three-for-the-price of one promotion. We gave it a shot, but the pizzas were the biggest grease bombs I have ever seen. In my memory my stomach started to ache after one slice. The next week we went back to Domino's.)
Then we moved out of that house and my Domino's days were done. I started working in Sierra Madre and frequently ate at Sierra Madre Pizza Co., where the pizzas were cheap and delicious. A year later I ate Casa Bianca for the first time. Three years ago I moved to South Pasadena and discovered Mamma's; between that and my pizza stone for the grill, I haven't had much need for any place else.
Especially not a chain place. A few months ago I had Pizza Hut because Elizabeth was craving it - Pizza Hut has long been my least favorite pizza chain - and disliked it. But other than that, it has been a long time since I've had chain pizza. Even two years ago when Domino's made a big deal about having a new crust and a "sweeter and bolder" sauce, I had no desire to try it.
But I had a $10 gift card for Domino's and they have a promotion of two medium two-topping pizzas for only $5.99 each, so Friday night we decided to give it a shot. I ordered one pizza with sausage and extra cheese and one with pepperoni and green pepper (which was the pie my friend Tom and I always ordered nine years ago). I also decided to try the new boneless chicken that Domino's has been advertising for the last few months. 8 pieces were also $5.99.
The girl on the phone was super-friendly and efficient; I ordered it for carry-out and the whole process took less than 30 seconds.
"It will be ready in ten minutes," she said. I hadn't expected that.
"Can you make it twenty?" I asked.
"Sure," she said.
Twenty-one minutes later I was at Domino's. (I ran in to get the pizzas while Elizabeth circled the parking lot; I never thought I would find a worse parking lot in Pasadena than the one on the corner of Lake and Orange Grove, but sure enough this one on Arroyo Parkway was worse.) They were in a heated bag on the counter. Subtracting my ten dollar gift card, the total out-of-pocket expense for two pizzas and boneless chicken was $9.74. Not too shabby.
And now it is.
Now, was it bad? No. It's pizza. I've only had one slice in my life that I considered bad. But this was probably the last time I will ever again eat Domino's pizza. There are too many pizzas I love; there just isn't any reason for me to ever again order a pizza I do not really like.
The "Kicker Hot Sauce," on the other hand, I thought was delicious. But not enough to save the chicken. I cannot implore you enough not to waste your money on these. In fact...
Posted by JustinM at 9:44 AM