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Old 03-25-2009, 01:42 AM
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Are the locally owned pizza restaurants better than the chain pizza restaurants?

Old 03-25-2009, 08:27 AM
Location: Tyler, TX
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Old 03-25-2009, 01:50 PM
Location: Brooklyn
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No question about it--which makes one wonder why anybody would go to a chain pizzeria if they had a local choice.
Old 03-25-2009, 02:13 PM
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It's not just the pizza business, any restaurant that has more than 2 locations (ideally one) is not often on our list. When travelling we will search "foodie" sites before leaving and try to find some local places. In a pinch we'll do "Olive Garden" for soup and salad lunch.

Old 03-25-2009, 02:22 PM
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Chain pizza restaurants?

What are those?
Old 03-25-2009, 03:14 PM
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Most are some are not. If you think all mom & pops are better than Pizza Hut you haven't been to a Mom & pop out in rural Indiana or Arkansas
Old 03-25-2009, 03:26 PM
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First, I just wanna say that I think it's great that this thread was posted and so remains in the Great Debates Forum ... Pizza is something that some of us take quite seriously.

Simple answer to the OP: Yes, Pizzeria pizza is often better than chains, but of course not always. And to second what Golfgod said, I don't think it's just pizza either.

Where and when I grew up, before Shakey's and Pizza Hut and Dominoes, we had at any given time, and I'm counting, something like a half a dozen excellent pizza shops to choose from. Most were the New York thin crust, Neapolitan variety, but we had one that's till there that was unique. The place made pizza continuously, a lot of walk in business, it sold it by the "cut", baked large trays with whole canned tomatoes on it and very little mozarella to start off with. Then they'd put whatever you wanted on it, and get this, free! Extra cheese, pepperoni, mushrooms, anything that you wanted at all for like a quarter a cut. I've had pizza in all over the country and never found anything like it...

Now, I am jonesing!
Old 03-25-2009, 03:39 PM
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I think a locally owned restaurant always has the potential of being better as the owner has to be better or go out of business.

That said, my experience has been that I can always find a better pizza (or any kind of food) at locally owned restaurants if I look around enough. What the chains offer is consistency.
Old 03-25-2009, 04:20 PM
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Originally Posted by ExPit View Post
First, I just wanna say that I think it's great that this thread was posted and so remains in the Great Debates Forum ... Pizza is something that some of us take quite seriously.
That is so funny. I was thinking that myself.

To answer the question. Sometimes I'm in the mood for Pizza Hut or Papa John's. It's kind of like comparing McDonald's vs. a real hamburger joint, you can't realy compare the two.
Old 03-25-2009, 04:27 PM
Location: Texas
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Locally-owned is far better. And, as to the poster who suggested McDonalds vs. a real hamburger joint, how can you even compare? A real hamburger sounds pretty good right now, while the thought of McDonald's makes me want to throw up (and always has).
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