- Costco is technically one of the largest pizza chains in the country, and Sam’s Club isn’t far behind.
- Both chains’ food-court pizzas are extremely popular with shoppers.
- We compared both and found Costco’s to be substantially more satisfying.
No, Domino’s doesn’t have that kind of variety; it’s Costco, which happens to be the 14th largest pizza chain in the US by number of locations. There are over 700 Costco stores, and therefore, over 700 food courts selling piping-hot and melty pizza. And warehouse retail competitor Sam’s Club isn’t that far behind, with over 500 locations in the country.
They both serve a lot of pizza – but which bulk retailer’s pizza is the best? We decided to try both to find out:
Costco’s pizza is remarkably cheap: $US1.99 a slice, and only $US8.95 for a whole 18″ pizza — either cheese, pepperoni, or the “combo,” which is essentially a supreme-style pizza.
The slices are enormous. They barely fit on the full-size paper plates, with the cheesy points flopping off the edge. It’s large enough to be unwieldy when you pick it up — napkins are highly recommended.
The cheese slice is expertly browned, and the crust is floppy yet not soggy. It’s certainly difficult to eat, but it’s worth it. The cheese is salty, greasy, and thick, and the tomato sauce beneath is lightly sweet. Overall, it’s a good slice: unwieldy, but cheesy, salty, and extremely filling.
Now, on to Sam’s Club’s pizza. The pricing is a tad different: a pizza slice and fountain drink combo costs $US2.49, and a whole 16″ pizza costs $US8.99. Costco clearly already has the price advantage going into this.
Sam’s Club was serving pepperoni on the day I visited, so I grabbed a slice. The slice doesn’t seem as large as Costco’s, but it’s still substantial. And 12 pieces of pepperoni is nothing to scoff at, surely.
But the pizza itself is rubbery and chewy, and a Mississippi River’s worth of grease flows off it every time you pick it up. It’s not a terrible slice, but its mediocrity isn’t worth the price.
Costco’s pizza is by far the best: a lower price point, more options, and a tastier slice.
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