Nation’s First Pizza ATM Proves Dreams Really Can Come True

Someone at Xavier University in Cincinnati must have a direct line to the gods of pizza (who rule our desires from atop their throne of cheese on Mount Pepperoni) because the Cincinnati place of higher learning is getting the country’s very first pizza ATM.

When the luckiest students in the entire world arrive back on campus, they’ll find the new addition serving fresh, “restaurant-quality” pizza in about three minutes, Cincinnati.com reported. The pizza ATM will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, because everyone knows there’s no time like the present when it comes to pizza.

“We were looking for a way to solve this problem of having a late-night pizza option on campus,” Assistant Vice President Jude Kiah told Cincinnati.com, speaking of what sounds like a very serious concern. “This meets our students where they’re at in their residence hall.”

Here’s how it works: the university’s dining services will make 70 pizzas a day just for the machine. Customers select which type of pizza they want — pepperoni, cheese and veggie, or whatever is popular — and then the machine takes the pizza from a refrigerated compartment and puts it into a convection oven.

Three minutes later, the pizza drops into a box, which then shoots out of a slot at the bottom of the machine and into the arms of its new lover. Err, customer. Each pizza is 12 inches in diameter and costs $9.

If you’re dreaming of your very own pizza vending machine, start checking couch cushions: the contraption cost the school $55,000, which Kiah says is a cost-effective way to keep the students happy.

“We like the idea of being first and innovative and trying something new,” he said. “There’s one Pizza ATM in the U.S. and this is it.”

Meanwhile, students all around the country are looking into how tricky it’d be to transfer to Xavier right about now.

Recipe of the Week: Chicken Sausage and Spinach Pizza

Loaded with cheese and garlic plus two of my favorite greens, and a generous helping of chicken sausage, this Chicken Sausage and Spinach Pizza will knock your at-home-pizza-making socks off.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 recipe 10 Minute Pizza Dough (or refrigerated pizza dough/prepared crust) – this recipe is enough for 2 pizzas
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 links Aidells® Chicken & Apple Sausage, sliced into thin rounds
  • 3 ounces fresh spinach leaves, cut chiffonade-style (roll a bunch of the leaves and cut into thin ribbons)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup thinly sliced broccoli florets

 INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the oven according to the instructions for your pizza crust (for 10 minute pizza dough it’s 500°F). Brush your stretched pizza dough with one tablespoon of the olive oil.
  2. Sprinkle the with one cup of the mozzarella cheese.
  3. Evenly scatter one of the sliced sausage links over the cheese, then the cut spinach. Next add ½ cup of the sharp cheddar, then half of the garlic, and half of the broccoli. **I very lightly brushed my broccoli with just a dab of olive oil to help it roast in the oven**
  4. Bake your pizza according to the instructions for your pizza crust.
  5. Repeat with the remaining ingredients and the second pizza.

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is Now Open in Lakeland

Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers is now open in Lakeland, Fla., at 3555 Lakeland Highlands Road. This Mellow sports a clean, sleek and contemporary yet warm and inviting design, full of intriguing art, which invites guests to explore the interior and seek out conversation pieces.

Every Mellow is individually owned and operated. Mellow Mushroom Lakeland is owned by Jon and Jenifer Leonard. Asked what inspired him to open this Mellow, Jon responds, “About two years ago we decided to start a family, and at that time I was not familiar with Mellow. I overheard my pregnant wife planning a baby shopping day where she was prioritizing locations in Tampa and Orlando due to proximity to a Mellow Mushroom. As a scientist I was intrigued–what is Mellow Mushroom? Once we started down the mellow path, we knew that forever it would dominate our destiny. The local community has embraced our science fiction themed Mellow—prepare for transport.”

Mellow Mushroom’s menu showcases natural flavors and the freshest of ingredients in a creative menu assortment of pizzas, hoagies, salads, calzones, appetizers and vegetarian and vegan options. Gluten free crust and a kids menu are also available.

All Mellow Mushrooms are known as places that provide an entertaining experience in a unique, artistically decorated environment, and this one is no exception. Mellow Mushroom of Lakeland is a fantastical experience. Where else can you find Neil Diamond in space?

Hand painted murals by artist Trent Call are simply amazing. Everything was done by hand with spray paint. Science fiction has been brought to life on the walls. It is only logical that it was time for a Vulcan to meet the Jazz Singer.

For anyone who would like a photo op, our custom mushroom character statues are a further homage to science fiction. They have been modified and decorated to remind guests of some of their favorite sci-fi pop culture.

The centerpiece of the dining room is the Mellow Lantern Corps. Every day and every night, no pepperoni shall escape their sight. Let those who love cheesy delight enjoy some pizza, in Mellow Mushroom’s light.

The full service bar features an extensive wine list and fresh, handcrafted cocktails, local and regional craft brews as well as the more popular commercial brands.

Activities abound. Catch all sorts of sports action on any of the 10 TVs. After some time Mellow will host Trivia, Family Night, Happy Hour and Spirit Nights. There is also a semi-private area that can accommodate up to 30 guests. The floorplan is also set up for larger groups with several party booths.

Mellow is more than just craft pizza and beer; there is also craft apparel. House of Shroom style, Mellow Mushroom’s exclusive apparel line, is available for purchase in store. The full collection is available online at http://www.houseofshroom.com/.

The Mellow Mushroom is open Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. For more information on Mellow Mushroom Pizza Bakers, visit http://mellowmushroom.com/store/lakeland and like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MellowMushroomLakeland.

WHERE TO EAT PIZZA Book Gives Tips and Recipes to the Best Pizza

It’s the year 2016 and people are still on the relentless pursuit of the perfect slice of pizza. Acclaimed London-based food critic Daniel Young is coming out with a new book for the pizza lovers that will be comprised of insider tips and advice for finding and making the perfect slice of pizza. Titled WHERE TO EAT PIZZA: The Last Word on the Slice, the hardback novel will provide inside scoop to the popular food including recipes to special sauces and perfect crusts with secret ingredients from over 1,000 food experts from around the world. Guides also include reviews and information to pizzas on global city maps with over 1,700 pizzerias, pizza joints and parlours.

WHERE TO EAT PIZZA: The Last Word on the Slice is now available for pre-order over at PHAIDON for about ($25 USD), with shipping beginning April 25.

Recipe of the Week: Slow Cooker Pizza Sloppy Joes

INGREDIENTS

Ground Beef Mixture
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 medium-size green bell pepper, chopped
Sauce
  • 2 cups Spaghetti or Pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons yellow mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
Toppings
  • 16 slices pepperoni
  • 8 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 8 hamburger buns, toasted

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. in a large deep skillet over medium-high heat, brown beef and sausage with onion and bell pepper stirring 10 minutes or until beef and sausage crumble and are no longer pink. Drain well.
  2. Place beef mixture in a slow cooker. Stir in pizza sauce, water, vinegar, mustard, worcestershire, garlic, italian seasoning, and crushed red pepper (if desired). Cover and cook on low for 4 to 5 hours. Serve on hamburger buns. Top the meat with Mozzarella

Urban Outfitters Stores Will Soon Sell Pizza

It looks like Urban Outfitters will cement itself as the ultimate hipster Mecca by opening pizza shops in its stores.

The retailer has recently purchased the Philadelphia-based pizza restaurant Pizzeria Vetri and its parent company, with plans to offer the food in some of its locations, reports Philly.com. After a financially tough year, it hopes the new offerings will increase foot traffic and the amount of time shoppers spend in the store.

Urban Outfitters has previously opened in-house restaurants, coffee shops, and bars, in its various locations in an effort to make the retail experience more experiential.

Recipe of the Week: Grilled Bacon and Blue Cheese Pizza

INGREDIENTS

Dough:
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil (plus more for the bowl)
White Sauce:
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 Tbsp flour
  • 1 cup while milk
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • salt and pepper to taste
Pizza:
  • 6 slices of bacon, cooked to crisp and crumbled
  • 4 ounces of blue cheese, crumbled
  • fresh herbs for topping

INSTRUCTIONS

begin by making the dough:
  1. add the flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
  2. add water and olive oil, and mix using the dough hook
  3. knead until you have a smooth ball of dough
  4. lightly oil a large bowl, add dough, toss to coat, cover and allow to rise until doubled – about an hour
  5. divide the dough into two smaller balls, and let rest 15 minutes ( I only used one ball for the grilled pizza and saved the other)
  6. roll out your pizza on a well floured surface – using a pizza peel makes transferring them to the grill much easier
cook the pizza:
  1. pre-heat your grill (you want a med-high heat- and oil the grates if needed)
  2. to make the sauce, melt butter over medium heat in a small saucepan
  3. once melted stir in the flour, cook for a few minutes until golden and all the butter has been incorporated
  4. gradually stir in the milk, and cook until your sauce has thickened
  5. remove from the heat, and stir in the Parmesan, ad salt and pepper to taste
  6. when your grill is ready, brush one side of the pizza dough with olive oil (I love to use Star Garlic Olive oil for added flavor)
  7. place oil side down on grill, cook 2 minutes
  8. brush the un-cooked dough with oil, and carefully flip the pizza over
  9. top the grilled side of your pizza with your white sauce, and add the crumbled bacon and blue cheese
  10. cook 2 – 3 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese begins to melt
  11. remove pizza from the grill and let rest a few minutes before cutting

The Scientific Guide To Pizza Etiquette And Eating Pizza The Right Way

There are some that will celebrate National Cheese Pizza Day by ordering a pie and that’s fine. Good for you and your tribute to the flavor gods on the day that we have chosen to honor their greatest creation. I might do the same later — but before I indulge in my own gluttonous pizza needs, I hope to shepherd you away from the brick oven hellfire. Because, in case you were unaware, there is a right way and a wrong way to behave when it comes to pizza.

Be Gentle With Pizza Newbies

New York Jets rookie quarterback Bryce Petty learned the hard way last week that people in Northern New Jersey have strong feelings when it comes to what constitutes good pizza. I live in the area and I can attest that Petty definitely shortchanged himself by opting for Domino’s delivery over some of the other available options, but he’s new, so you cut him some slack. Pizza is a very personal thing and pizza recipes are so diverse that, while there is a perfect pie for everyone, you usually need to sift through a bunch of under-sauced, doughy, over-crisp, or otherwise lackluster pies before you find promise. Chain restaurants offer consistency and, occasionally, a happy medium if you don’t know better. If you were in a new area, you might make the same mistake.

Eat The Whole Damn Thing

Eat the crust, eat the cheese. I get it if you’re lactose intolerant, but if you’re picking a pizza apart because you’re counting calories, don’t be the pizza equivalent of the guy who orders three Whoppers, a large fry, and a diet Coke. You ordered it, now eat it all.

Just Say No To Lesser Pizza

I know I was like, “cut Bryce Petty some slack, don’t be a pizza shamer” but the line is drawn in the sand when you move from talking about delivery options to talking about other pizza-esque products. Because I don’t understand the appeal of ready-made pizza from the grocery store that you bake, microwave pizza (with the exception of bagel bites and pizza bites. I get the appeal of you, though less than I did in junior high), and make-it-yourself pizza.

People act as though they’re being spared from this great inconvenience when they don’t have to DEAL with delivery. Such an ordeal, dialing a phone, talking to a person, and waiting for that person to bring you a hot box of cheesy delight. And the price isn’t really prohibitive when you weigh cost against the value of actually enjoying your pizza and not glumly chewing on cardboard.

Undertipping

He brings pizza to your door. Open your f*cking wallet.

A Knife And Fork?!

Jon Stewart captured the outrage better than I ever could, but I’m just mystified by this. Let’s talk about the importance of a good pizza fold. Let’s talk about surrendering to the greasy chaos and the saucy fingers and the oil shine on your chin, and maybe some spots on your fancy shirt with the little alligator on it. Ruined? NO. That shirt now serves as evidence that you are someone who lives.

A knife and a fork isn’t even practical. By the time you get through a slice, all future slices are likely to be over cooled. The temperature of pizza is sacrosanct. Which leads me to the number one pizza sin and, quite probably, the most controversial opinion in this entire dispatch.

Don’t You Dare Eat A Pie At A Parlor Or Restaurant

First, getting a slice at a shop? Totally acceptable and amazing, my compliments on your meal selection. You win. Slices have had a chance to breathe and to live. The slices have been waiting for you, You’re their forever home. And when you choose one, it is warmed for you. Doesn’t that sound nice? Also, maybe you’re a little more inclined to try something new with a slice. It’s a gateway to exploration and culinary adventure. I love the slice.

But if you’re getting a fresh made pie, bring it home or have it delivered because if you choose to eat it at the pizza parlor, you are robbing yourself of pizza’s full glory.

Simply put, it’s TOO HOT! The transfer process from oven to table is entirely too quick, forcing you to either wait while hunger pangs devour you from within or burn your mouth to the point where you have blistering flappy mouth-roof-skin. In essence, you are sacrificing pizza joy for pizza utility when you could just as easily eat a slice at the parlor before taking home the full pie.

And don’t say, “Well, I could just let the pizza cool on the table.” Listen, it’s an improvement, but it’s not the same. Letting the pizza cool a little in a box is like letting wine breathe.

The pizza box really is a crucial part of the pizza cooking process. The transfer time between pizza parlor and your house — whether you’re picking it up or getting it delivered — is absolutely vital. Within that box, a hot and somewhat soupy mess becomes pizza with defined slices, firmer (more grabbable) crusts, contained juices, a little bit of stringy cheese when you pull each slice and take a bite, and that perfect storm of flavor. All thanks to a marriage between the right ingredients, loving preparation, and the controlled cool down period.

McDonald’s Pizza Soon to be a Florida Reality

The mystical McDonald’s pizza is making a comeback — in Florida, at least.

In July the fast food retailer broke ground on the future site of a new and improved location on Orlando’s International Drive that will open in February 2016, the Orlando Business Journal reports.

But this is not your hometown McDonald’s. In addition to becoming the world’s largest Entertainment McDonald’s & PlayPlace, the location will serve Italian classics, including pizza.

To make McDonald’s new Italian food ventures a reality, the location will feature “an exclusive open design pizza and pasta kitchen centered around a wood-fire oven,” Orlando Business Journal reports.

Though the original McDonald’s pizza didn’t quite work out for the retailer, in January, a Canadian journalist discovered that there are at least two locations in the U.S. still serving it: one in Spencer, West Virginia and one in Pomeroy, Ohio.

Now, proud Orlando natives can add their city to the short list. Enjoy it, Florida.

Pizza Hut is Bringing On Hot Dog Bites Pizza

In 2012, the Internet exploded with news that somewhere beyond the borders of America, in the great wide culinary world that so many of us yearn to visit, Pizza Hut had created something amazing: A pizza that featured straight-up hot dog bites in the crust. Unfortunately, Pizza Hut only made the pizza available in the U.K., which was good for American hearts but bad for the American spirit. Now, that’s all about to change.

According to Business Insider, the pizza — which features not only one topping (yay!), but 28 gourmet bites back into the crust — is coming to American shores in a little more than a week. Starting June 18, you’ll finally be able to taste what sausage, cheese and crust taste like all at once.

Supposedly, the pizza’s coming to boost the Hut’s (that’s what us cool people call it) lagging sales, but I refuse to believe that the same place that created and revolutionized the stuffed crust pizza is in any sort of trouble. This is just a gift from the pizza gods! Move over Frankenslice, your time in the sun is over!