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Costco Pizza: Cheap Pizza, but Is it Worth It?

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Costco, the largest membership warehouse club chain in the U.S., conjures up certain images: Bulk toilet paper, ten pound sacks of grapefruits, mutant-sized cans of tomato paste. But there’s more to the giant retailer than just super-sized bulk offerings. For pizza lovers, there’s a food court that serves freshly baked pizza for an alluring price of $9.95 for a whole pie.

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They offer a choice of combo (pepperoni, green peppers, mushrooms, onion), signature cheese or pepperoni, and it’s available by the slice ($1.99) or by the pie, with 10 slices to a pie (that’s less than $1 per slice!). They’re also flexible and will accommodate toppings on half the pie or whatever one’s desired combination.

How’s the pizza? For $9.95, it’s a good deal, but the old adage – you get what you pay for – certainly rings true. It’s not excellent pizza – it’s doughy, slightly undercooked, and limp. The proportion of tomato sauce to cheese skews heavily toward cheese, with little to no sauce, and as a result, is really, really salty. But with that said, it’s still edible, and it’s freshly baked, piping hot, and could reasonably feed four adults.

Now, some tips on Costco pizza: note that the whole pizzas take about 25 to 30 minutes, so if efficiency is of interest, order upon entering Costco, get some shopping done, and then pick up the pizza and eat it right then and there in the food court, or take it home. In fact, taken home and reheated, the crust firms up, gains some crispness, and becomes a better pizza. And while it’s not the best pizza by any means, one can at least savor the price.

Locations and Hours: In San Francisco, 450 10th Street between Harrison Street & Bryant Street. M-F 10:00am - 8:30pm; Sat. 9:30am - 6:00pm; Sun. 10:00am - 6:00pm; For other locations, visit http://www.costco.com/Warehouse/locator.aspx.

Price: $1.99 a slice or $9.95 for a whole pizza cut into 10 slices.

Requisites: Costco Membership or friend/family member with membership

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