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Pizza delivery is the act of bringing a pizza, to the customer in the most efficient manner possible. A number of variables that factor into this, including the quality of the vehicle, map knowledge, driving skills, route planning, and customer management on the part of the delivery-person.


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One source reports that "One of the earliest, and by far the most famous pizza delivery was in 1889 by Raffaele Esposito to King Umberto I and Queen Margherita of Savoy."[1] However, that instance might not properly be considered a pizza delivery, as the chef actually brought the ingredients to the estate of the royal couple, and prepared the pizza there.

Modern pizza delivery began after World War II, when many pizzerias were opened by soldiers who had encountered the dish while fighting in Italy. Because pizzas can be made quickly and are easily transported, most pizza restaurants in the United States offer call-in pizza delivery services, and the pizza business is now dominated by companies that specialize in home delivery (or serve it that way exclusively), including Domino's Pizza, Little Caesar's, and Papa John's Pizza. Even Pizza Hut has shifted away from its historical emphasis on pizza parlors and toward home delivery. These national pizza chains often coexist with locally owned and operated pizza chains and independent restaurants, both competing for the business of delivering pizzas to homes.

The pizza delivery process begins when a customer calls the pizzeria and specifies the number of pizzas, their sizes, toppings, and any other items desired. The customer must provide an address, to which the delivery person must bring the pizza. Most pizzerias also require the customer to provide a telephone number, in order to prevent fraudulent orders.

If the address is too far from the restaurant for delivery to be practical, the customer may be told that he or she is outside of the delivery range of that particular establishment, although chain restaurant outlets may recommend another location that serves the region where that customer lives. Some pizzerias have been accused of falsely claiming that nearby low-income neighborhoods are outside of their delivery range, in order to avoid having to make deliveries to areas perceived to be unsafe.

Many pizzerias promise delivery within a certain set period of time, perhaps specifying that late deliveries will be free of charge. For example, Domino's Pizza had a commercial campaign in the early 1990s promising, "30 minutes or it's free." The pizzas are generally transported in pizza boxes - square cardboard boxes that are large enough to hold a pizza, but flat enough to have several stacked upon one another, often prominently displaying the logo of the pizzeria. These boxes are carried in specially designed square bags designed to retain heat.

Pizza delivery persons typically use their own personal vehicle for deliveries. In the U.S., it is customary to tip the delivery person, who may receive little or no other remuneration from the pizzeria outside their normal, minimum wage.

 

The basic concept of a stranger being called upon to bring food to a customer's home has become part of popular culture to the extent that it is an occasional subject of pranks or parodies. For example, several episodes of Aqua Teen Hunger Force feature a continuing opening sequence in which one set of aliens (the Plutonians) engages in the classic pizza delivery prank when they have one million pizzas sent to their rival aliens (the Mooninites). The scheme backfires, however, because the pizzas arrive hundredths of a second late, meaning that the Mooninites get them for free. (Because the target simply refuses the pizza, typically all that the prank accomplishes is costing the pizzeria time and money, and a misdemeanor charge if the perpetrator is caught.)

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Cheese is a solid food made from the curdled milk of various animals—most commonly cows but sometimes goats, sheep, reindeer, and water buffalo. There are hundreds of types of cheese. Rennet is often used to induce coagulation in the milk, although some cheeses are curdled with acids like vinegar or lemon juice or with extracts of various species of Cynara (sometimes called vegetable rennet).
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Some Italian Americans use the term "gravy" to refer to tomato sauce. In many cases they do not use the word "sauce" at all when talking about what is typically referred to as "tomato sauce," using the term "gravy" exclusively.
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