My Virgin Experience: Pizza Delivery

 

We’ve never had food delivered to our home. It always seemed so extravagant. So when we’ve had a craving for pizza, ordinarily we’d just eat at our favorite pizza place, LeMay’s. But those plans were not in the offing, given the annoying virus situation.

So we were going to call in a pick-up order, and I would go into the shop to pick it up. But the idea of standing in a crowded pick-up area, handing over a credit card, and wondering how many people had touched my pizza and the box—well, it was just too much for me. We figured there would be much less exposure and touching of pizza-related items if we requested delivery, even for a five-dollar delivery fee plus tip.

Delivery required an hour’s allotment of time. The delivery boy was actually early and very friendly. The pizza was still hot. My husband handled the box gingerly and we removed the pizza with surgical precision onto a large platter. And we promptly threw the box in the trash.

It was the perfect execution of a plan. I guess we’ve graduated from the hoi polloi into the delivery elite!

I could get used to pizza delivery.

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  1. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    The Seventies just called. They said “Congratulations, Susan!”

    We have even had pizzas delivered to secure facilities. Be sure to order enough so you can tip the guards.

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  2. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Percival (View Comment):

    The Seventies just called. They said “Congratulations, Susan!”

    We have even had pizzas delivered to secure facilities. Be sure to order enough so you can tip the guards.

    I missed the dorm life and commuted from my family’s home. I missed the best part of college life! 

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  3. Dave of Barsham Member
    Dave of Barsham
    @LesserSonofBarsham

    We’re all quarantined waiting for covid-19 results. We called up the best pizza around and made a big order to last a couple of days of dinner (three kids, bottomless pits).  We told them we were quarantined and were told we didn’t have to sign when paying with a credit card. Gave a big tip and left a “Thanks Paisano’s!” taped to the door. Man oh man, it was good to have good pizza. :). Not an every day thing, but for a Friday night that needs some extra for Saturday, it’s better than home grocery delivery. 

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  4. JustmeinAZ Member
    JustmeinAZ
    @JustmeinAZ

    We had pizza delivery last week. Yes, it’s an extra $10 but we generally get two meals out of a large pizza. They are always on time and the drivers are friendly and polite.

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  5. Percival Thatcher
    Percival
    @Percival

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    The Seventies just called. They said “Congratulations, Susan!”

    We have even had pizzas delivered to secure facilities. Be sure to order enough so you can tip the guards.

    I missed the dorm life and commuted from my family’s home. I missed the best part of college life!

    We used to have pizzas delivered to the dorm, but I took off for the frat after two semesters. They loved delivering to frats, because even if the original customer didn’t show up, someone would gladly pay for it.

     

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  6. Seawriter Contributor
    Seawriter
    @Seawriter

    The pizza place I order from is only about a half mile from my house. It only has carry out and delivery. They do not charge for delivery.

    When I was younger I would have it delivered. More recently I have been getting carry out.  That is because I spent four years working from home and kept looking for excuses to get out of the house.  Now? I would probably have it delivered, but that will not be until after Easter. Cheese and meat is not allowed during Lent.

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  7. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Dave of Barsham (View Comment):

    We’re all quarantined waiting for covid-19 results. We called up the best pizza around and made a big order to last a couple of days of dinner (three kids, bottomless pits). We told them we were quarantined and were told we didn’t have to sign when paying with a credit card. Gave a big tip and left a “Thanks Paisano’s!” taped to the door. Man oh man, it was good to have good pizza. :). Not an every day thing, but for a Friday night that needs some extra for Saturday, it’s better than home grocery delivery.

    Now that’s a thought: order extra! Next time, @daveofbarsham!

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  8. J Ro Member
    J Ro
    @JRo

    It’s no longer ‘elite’ when everyone is doing it.

    In Japan, travelers can have their luggage delivered to/from hotels and airports so they don’t have to bother with it on a crowded train. That’s service!

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  9. Ben Sears Member
    Ben Sears
    @BenMSYS

    We need a pizza delivery symposium. At the moment my post is right below yours on the main feed. I don’t know how that changes over time, but my post is pizza based too. I’m not in agreement with your precautions but people are all over the place (not just on this site) and it might make for an interesting discussion until somebody starts in with the idea that pineapple and ham as toppings make sense.

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  10. namlliT noD Member
    namlliT noD
    @DonTillman

    Oh good grief Susan, food delivery has been around forever.  I mean, we even see examples in ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics.

     


    When I was growing up on Long Island back in the 60’s, there was a franchise called Chicken Delight.  They were local to the east coast, started the same time as Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Their motto was, “Don’t cook tonight, call Chicken Delight!”. 

    And they were big on delivering the chicken dinner to your door.  And they did that in cars , each with a cool plastic chicken mounted on the roof.

     

    I mean, how great is that, to have a plastic chicken on your car’s roof.  Good times.

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  11. Gazpacho Grande' Coolidge
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    @ChrisCampion

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    How does the chicken get cooked when it’s sitting on the roof?  Are those like supervisor chickens?

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  12. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Susan Quinn: I could get used to pizza delivery.

    I’m hooked on it.  Yes, it’s pricey, but it’s well worth it in many ways:

    1. Tastes better than frozen
    2. Easier than making one from scratch, and tastes better unless you’re a really good pizza maker
    3. It’s a quick way to feed a bunch of people, like when the guys are over to watch football in the StadCave

    It doesn’t have to be pricey, either.  For example, I earn Papa Dough from Papa John’s with every order.  Couple that with their special coupons (50% off Mondays, 40$ off Wednesdays), and I’ll order three or four pizzas for myself, middle daughter and occasionally the wife (pepperoni and anchovy-yuck!).  We can nosh on them through Friday.

    Then there is sandwich delivery (Jimmy Johns), Chinese, even regular meals using one of the delivery services.

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  13. Henry Castaigne Member
    Henry Castaigne
    @HenryCastaigne

    This isn’t the most interesting thing I’ve read about losing virginity but it seems less painful from the feminine perspective. 

     

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  14. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    namlliT noD (View Comment):
    When I was growing up on Long Island back in the 60’s, there was a franchise called Chicken Delight. They were local to the east coast, started the same time as Kentucky Fried Chicken. Their motto was, “Don’t cook tonight, call Chicken Delight!”. 

    It must have been in the west, too! I remember their song! Uh, but not the chicken on the roof thing . . .

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  15. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Stad (View Comment):
    It’s a quick way to feed a bunch of people, like when the guys are over to watch football in the StadCave

    Well, I just remembered having group projects when we’d order pizza in and we all chipped in. But that is not the same! Ours was personal!

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  16. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Stad (View Comment):
    Then there is sandwich delivery (Jimmy Johns), Chinese, even regular meals using one of the delivery services.

    Who knew?!

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  17. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    Stad (View Comment):
    Then there is sandwich delivery (Jimmy Johns), Chinese, even regular meals using one of the delivery services.

    Who knew?!

    There are people out there who are unaware of all the options available.  Not everybody can be as knowledgeable as we are!

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  18. Iguanadon Inactive
    Iguanadon
    @RobertRoach

    I ordered a pizza last week and something happened that had never happened before.  The delivery driver thrust a clipboard and a pen at we with his gloved hands and asked me to sign a credit card slip.  I refused to touch it. He gave me the pizza without argument.

    Pizza dough is very easy to make at home and if you are stuck at there, try it.   

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  19. Susan Quinn Contributor
    Susan Quinn
    @SusanQuinn

    Iguanadon (View Comment):

    I ordered a pizza last week and something happened that had never happened before. The delivery driver thrust a clipboard and a pen at we with his gloved hands and asked me to sign a credit card slip. I refused to touch it. He gave me the pizza without argument.

    Pizza dough is very easy to make at home and if you are stuck at there, try it.

    They normally take a credit card in the restaurant, @robertroach, but since it was our first delivery, I don’t know if their asking for cash was typical. But we paid cash. I don’t know why they wouldn’t take the credit card number over the phone, but maybe it’s just as well!

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  20. Stad Coolidge
    Stad
    @Stad

    Iguanadon (View Comment):

    I ordered a pizza last week and something happened that had never happened before. The delivery driver thrust a clipboard and a pen at we with his gloved hands and asked me to sign a credit card slip. I refused to touch it. He gave me the pizza without argument.

    Pizza dough is very easy to make at home and if you are stuck at there, try it.

    My delivery guy has no problem taking cash.  The company should say up front (on the phone or web site) that they are only taking orders by credit card.

    As for homemade dough, I’ve sucked at it for years.  However, I finally found a recipe that works.  It’s from Cooks Illustrated, and it’s for deep dish pizza you bake in a cast iron skillet (and we have plenty of those).  I may have to ask @jameslileks for some bread flour because everyone down here is buying it all up, and our supply is dwindling . . .

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