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Pizza Expert Dishes Out Super Bowl Dining Advice

Use Evanston Patch's directory to help you pick the perfect pie.

Super Bowl Sunday may not actually be the biggest day of the year for pizza sales, but it's always in the top five, says Jeremy White, the editor-in-chief of Pizza Today magazine.

“Halloween, the day before Thanksgiving and Super Bowl Sunday are all big days for pizza,” White said. “It varies from year to year, with New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day rounding out the top five days."

At any rate, White is certainly a big advocate of ordering a few pies to enhance your Super Bowl viewing enjoyment.

“You definitely want to have pizza and a few good drinks on hand to avoid any letdown in game,” White joked.

Tips for rounding out your Super Bowl party

At the risk of sounding cheesy (oh yeah, we went there), White gets right to the crust of the matter when it comes to pizza and offers these tips.

  • Pizza delivers variety: “The great thing about pizza is it is the most customizable food dish in the world,” White said. When ordering party pies, offer diversity in sauces and toppings. Everything from pineapple to shrimp  can be placed on a pizza.
  • Slicing up your order: “The most popular pizza is a 14-inch round,” said White. “Figure it will serve three adults, so if you have 15 people at your party, you will need five 14” pizzas.”
  • Save yourself some time and dough: “Call your order in early, and I don’t mean 10 minutes before kick off. I mean an hour and a half to two hours before the game starts,” White said. Pizza joints know it’s a big day and they plan and staff for it, but odds are most of the calls will come in at once, White said. If you really want to save yourself some time, pick it up yourself, he said. Most stores should be able to have your order ready in 35-40 minutes and you'll save money on delivery fees, too.

Looking for a place to order pizza in Evanston?

Check out these spots in Evanston Patch's business listings, and while you're at it leave a recommendation for your favorite pie maker.

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Lisa February 02, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Portofino's closed down (thank goodness) and why isn't Daves Italian Kitchen on this list?
Emily Stone (Editor) February 02, 2012 at 04:17 PM
Thanks, Lisa! I just made both those changes. I appreciate the feedback.
lucas February 02, 2012 at 04:24 PM
You need to add: HomeMade Pizza Company and Jets in Skokie
Emily Stone (Editor) February 02, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Thanks for your thoughts, Stanley. There were too many pizza spots in Evanston to list them all, so I went with a sampling. But I'm happy to see so much pizza passion, and will add in suggestions as they come in. I'm sticking only with Evanston spots, though. I'm sure Skokie Patch would be happy to hear about your love of Jets!
Jim Osburn February 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Let's not forget Gulliver's on Howard street. Technically it's on the Chicago sidebut it's parking lot is in Evanston and it's been an Evanston icon for decades.
Cynthnia Dean February 02, 2012 at 08:40 PM
Gigio's on Davis street in Evanston!! NY style slices!! Great!!!!
Emily Stone (Editor) February 02, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Done! Thanks, Cynthia.

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