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Little Caesars Just Launched A Pizza Locker That Lets You Avoid Human Interaction

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Little Caesars Pizza is the one spot I go to whenever I want to put in the least amount of work to fulfill my pie cravings. The brand’s Hot-N-Ready menu makes it super convenient when I’m starving after work and just want to grab something quick before hopping back on the freeway home. The only minor inconvenience, during the afternoon rush, is that sometimes I’d have to wait in line — something the pizza chain now has an easy fix for.

In what they’re calling a first for the restaurant industry, Little Caesars just announced the national rollout of their Pizza Portal pickup. The Pizza Portal station is essentially a self-heated locker that lets customers roll through a location and pick up a mobile order without ever having to speak to anyone.

They’re pretty similar to Amazon lockers.

All you have to do is place your order through the mobile app, pick your store, and pay for it. Once you arrive, you can skip the counter and and enter either a 3-digit pin or scan a QR code directly into the station and the secured compartment will unlock, giving you access to your hot order.

If successful, the Pizza Portal pickup could skyrocket the convenience of Little Caesars pizza to a whole new level.

Piping food in hand, you’re pretty much in and out before traffic even begins to clear. That’s fine, though. Pizza tastes best when you’re in a parked car bumpin’ Josh Groban.

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The Best Pizza Chains Across The USA, Ranked

Pizza is one of the most ubiquitous foods across the United States, and we’ve all got our favorites when it comes to the go-to pizza spot. Whether it be that hit of childhood nostalgia or the crave-worthy blend of crispy cheese, buttery crust, and hearty sauce, slices of pie transcend cultural and dietary divides. You can find curry-topped pizzas, vegan pizzas, cauliflower crust pizzas, and everything in between all across the country.

When it comes to the providers, though, the stalwarts of sauced-up dough still stand. Hundreds of pizza chains, big and small, bring the pie to the people today, and some have established themselves as THE joints that will go down in history as some of the USA’s best. This is a look at the 10 best chain pizza spots that have and will continue to shape the country’s pizza scene.

In picking the names for this list, chains with more than 20 locations were considered based on national impact, popularity, size, quality, and any unique contributions they had that changed the way we eat pizza. With the plethora of options to choose from, plenty of top names just barely missed the cut, whether they be industry giants or high-quality upstarts. However, each chain on this list has been a pillar of pizza for the United States, and will continue to be for years to come.

10. Papa Murphy’s

 

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Papa Murphy’s has always been the bridge between Domino’s and Tombstone. The take-and-bake king preps everything for you to heat the pizza up at home, with no concern about any long cryo-sleeps it may have had in a grocery store freezer. While it seems like the age of delivery may have people moving past this once-disruptor, it’s still one of the top 5 earning pizza sellers in the US and top 10 in terms of popularity. They may not be in the public eye as much as some of the bigger players, but they’re still an impactful force on America’s pizza scene.

9. Cici’s

 

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The OG pizza buffet, Cici’s is responsible for one of the most American concepts out there. While others like Round Table have added the buffet to their menus since, Cici’s remains the originator and continues upping their game with new pizzas, including a mac and cheese topped one, to boot. Outside of Chuck E. Cheese, I can’t think of a national pizza brand who’s getting as out-the-box as that in their pie toppings department.

8. Sbarro

 

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We all know Sbarro as the hallmark of food court pizza. Whether it be at the airport or shopping mall, seeing one of these is a guarantee of hot, familiar pizza that we can all get behind. Its ubiquity and place in the food court space is unparalleled, and while the shopping mall scene is on a decline these days, Sbarro still brings in $609 million in revenue per year, good enough for one of the top 10-selling pizza chains in the country.

7. Round Table Pizza

 

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Round Table has been for pizza what Umami Burger once was for the burger industry. The pizza parlor brought a heightened level of quality and uniqueness of flavor to their pies that forced everyone else to up their game and go beyond the standards. It’s the place you’re willing to pay a little more at to get a better pizza, and the results show in the dough and the creativity in the pies. Like In-N-Out, they may be West Coast predominant, but it’s a name that is recognizable nationwide.

6. Costco

 

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All of the previous pizza chains have been huge for the industry, but none are as prevalent and pervasive as the wholesale leader. Costco isn’t even a pizza restaurant, and yet, droves of customers come to the food court just to get their hands on the signature pizzas. The right amount of grease combined with a craveable cheese blend and extremely affordable price makes Costco stand out, and it’s why their pie is the one you’re likely finding at the club meeting or quick family get-together. They’re not ground-breaking, and they’re not a giant in the field, but you somehow still manage to think of Costco when a last-minute pizza option comes to mind.

5. Blaze Pizza

 

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Look out, pizza world, because in five years time, this Chipotle-like concept could blaze its way to the top of this list, pun intended. As the fastest growing pie-slinging chain in the country, Blaze’s unique approach of gourmet toppings, customization, and the build-your-own personal pizza has been perfected. Even the originators of the concept can’t keep up with Blaze’s speed as they continue to spread across the country. THIS is where the future of pizza is heading, and the field of competition is beginning to pay attention.

4. California Pizza Kitchen

 

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Those who create a brand new pizza flavor that becomes so popular that every joint in the country starts carrying it deserves a top spot on this list. CPK’s national impact with their BBQ Chicken Pizza has been well recorded, and their infatuation with hot pizza ovens and unique toppings made joints like Blaze possible. Without CPK, we wouldn’t have had the same excitement around the fiery pizza furnaces, and we wouldn’t be pushed to think outside the box on what can go on a pizza.

CPK’s not done, though, as they are now quickly become the leader for gluten-free pizza nationwide thanks to their cauliflower crusts. Decades after opening, they’re still finding ways to stay ahead of the curve, which is hard to do in an industry as vast as pizza.

3. Little Caesars

 

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When it comes to size, spread, and popularity, all of the previous spots ranked pale in comparison to the top 3. That’s especially considering that at $3.5 billion in revenue, Little Caesars is the small fry on this list’s medal podium. However, they are the name behind the $5 pizza and do the simplest variations as efficiently and quickly as possible. With their recent moves toward automation, they’re also proving that they have the potential to catch up to the two giants at the top of this list. You’re never going to see anything really crazy come out of Little Caesars’ menu, but that’s because they don’t need it to be successful or competitive.

2. Pizza Hut

 

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The most shocking thing about Pizza Hut as the runner-up as that it’s not number one on this list. You’d think that The Hut has it all: savvy and trending ad campaigns, cool merch and activations, tons of deals that seem to never stop, and a pretty decent pie. Oh, and they also just took over the role of the NFL’s official ‘za.

Pizza Hut may be a powerhouse in terms of size, but what kills them is their popularity. Little Caesars has been ranked by consumers as more popular than the mega-chain, and The Hut is five times larger. Just because you have more locations and make more money than nearly everybody else doesn’t give you the top spot.

1. Domino’s

 

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What does make you America’s mega-pizza gold standard, though, is being the top pizza chain in both size and popularity. As of 2018, Domino’s is both, having surpassed Pizza Hut in revenue and popularity. They have the deals, growth rate, and quality to keep up with or surpass their staunchest rival in every category, and now have the earnings to back all of that up.

Plus, Domino’s has made itself the leader in delivery by going beyond the building. Their app lets you get your pie at tons of different parks or public areas, something that the rest of the major players in the industry struggle at. They’re even doing good for the local communities and paving the roads, which is one of the most ingenious ad campaigns a delivery company could think of. All of that has given Domino’s the ability to not just take over as the king of American pizza, but to sustain that title for years to come.


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We All Get FREE Little Caesars Pizza, Because March Madness Is Crazy

Those who have been following the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, have been treated to an array of mind-blowing games, with some of the best college basketball teams unexpectedly going down early in the competition.

For those who don’t give two sh*ts about college basketball, you’ll still be excited to know that you can get free pizza from Little Caesars, even without a rooting interest in the tournament.

Yay, you!

In the history of March Madness, a No. 16 seeded team had never beat a No. 1 seeded team, so Little Caesars ran a cute promo that would award everyone in the U.S. a free Lunch Combo if that unlikely scenario happened.

Well, guess what? IT ACTUALLY HAPPENED.

The 16th seeded University of Maryland, Baltimore County (Yes, that’s a real school) beat the University of Virginia in the first round of the tournament, making history.

Because of that ridiculous victory, Little Caesars has to cough up a free “Lunch Combo,” Monday, April 2, the same day as the tournament championship game.

The Hot-N-Ready Lunch Combo consists of a four slice Deep Deep Dish pizza, and a 20-ounce Pepsi product. The only catch is that you have to order the pizza between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., local time. If you work, like most Americans do within that time, you’re out of luck. If you have time to go through during lunch, though, you can get yourself some free pizza, all because Virginia blew it, and busted brackets across the nation.

WHO: Little Caesars

WHAT: Free Lunch Combo

WHEN: Monday, April 2, from 11:30 a.m., to 1 p.m. (local time)

WHERE: All participating Little Caesars locations

WHY: Because UMBC pulled off a historic win over Virginia

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The Founder Of Little Caesars Was Paying Rosa Parks’ Rent For Years

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Mike Ilitch, the founder of Little Caesars, passed away last week at the age of 87. As those who knew him pay their respects, a shining detail of charity has come to light regarding the late founder.

CNN reports that Ilitch had spent years paying for housing for Rosa Parks for years.

Parks, one of our nation’s most influential civic rights figures, was robbed and assaulted in her Detroit apartment back in 1994.

According to Sports Business Daily, federal judge Damon Keith promised to help Parks find a new and safer living situation. When Ilitch discovered this, he called Keith and offered to pay for Parks’ housing for as long as it took. He continued to send those checks until her passing in 2005.

With Ilitch’s recent passing, his selfless deed gained renewed traction.

Along with being the man behind Little Caesar’s, Ilitch was also the owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

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Little Caesars Adds A $5 Value Menu

Little Caesar’s has always been known as a quick and cheap option to satiate those pizza cravings. You just hop in, grab whatever’s Hot-N-Ready, and leave with a pretty hefty meal for not too much money.

Now, Little Caesars is giving customers even more for their money by creating a new $5 value menu.

Patrons can get 5 items for $5 each, depending on what they’re in the mood for. Vaule items include: a Large Pizza, eight pieces of Caesar Chicken Wings, Bacon Cheddar Loaded Crazy Bites, four 20-oz Pepsi Cola drinks, and Cinnamon Loaded Crazy Bites.

The items will be available Hot-N-Ready (show up and pick up anytime) from 4-8pm, and throughout the day if you place your order ahead of time.

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Little Caesars Just Launched A Pepperoni Stuffed Crust Deep Dish Pizza

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For those who always wished Little Caesars offered a little more variety, prepare to stuff your faces in even more cheese and pepperoni. That’s because the pizza chain has just released a new Pepperoni Deep! Deep! Crust that’s left our mouths watering.

The new menu item is a Detroit-style deep dish features a cheese pizza that’s topped with pepperoni and stuffed more cheese and pepperoni along the edges.

Definitely could go for some cheesy comfort foods these days.

You can get your hands on the new stuffed crust pizza, which is now available at all participating Little Caesars locations. If you come in between 4pm and 8pm, you can grab the pizza as a Hot-N-Ready item and avoid the tiresome wait. Each cheese and pepperoni-filled pie costs $10 with tax not included.

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Little Caesars Pizza Exposed To Molten Copper Is One Of The Most Terrifying Things We’ve Ever Seen

While cold pizza is arguably one of the most delicious foods on the planet, we occasionally find ourselves struggling to reheat a pizza from time to time. Here’s an unconventional way to go about it.

YouTuber Tito4re took a pizza from Little Caesars and doused it with molten copper.

Now we’ve see Tito4re cover fast foods in molten copper before, but this little experiment was by far the most terrifying. Almost immediately after the liquid hot metal touches the cheesy surface, the Little Caesars pizza catches fire. As you can see, the pie turns from Hot-N-Ready to Dante’s Inferno in seconds.

I wonder if it’s the ingredients in the pizza chain’s $5 pie, or if all fast food pizzas catch fire? We may want to experiment with this one day.

Check out the video above, but seriously do not try this at home. There are easier ways to get your pizza slice well done.

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People Are Losing Their Minds Over Little Caesars New Brisket Pizza

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It looks like Little Caesars is trying to low key get into the BBQ game, smoking up some brisket and throwing it on their pizza.

These pizzas were spotted in both Texas and Kentucky, as Little Caesars seems to be selling them at $9 for a large, according to Brand Eating.

It reportedly has a dry rub-like seasoned crust, with a smoky barbecue sauce, brisket, pulled pork, and applewood-smoked bacon.

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Chewboom.com reported that the pizza is part of a Hot-N-Ready deal, so it looks like they might be serving up the brisket just as God intended, under a heat lamp and at an affordable price.

While we can’t imagine Little Caesar’s making a good brisket for $9, it seems like people are genuinely loving it, as evident through Twitter and even Instagram.

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You have to excuse our reluctance to believe that the glorious Caesar can put together some decent barbecue, but if people are raving about it, there has to be something to it.

 

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