Pros: customers can mystery shop and get their purchases refunded
Cons: charges for delivery, prices are not on website
The Bottom Line: For delivery, take-out or dine-in Round Table pizza caters to families
Over the summer while my kids were attending an autism day camp I stayed in the vicinity to be closer to them in case of an emergency and to extend the life of my vehicle. It almost worked since my minivan died half way into the camp. One day a week the camp provided lunch for the kids. I still provided lunch on those days so my sons would have a choice for their meal.
While dropping my kids off I was informed that they would be visiting Round Table Pizza for lunch. I had never been to this establishment and inquired to their location. I headed over there before lunchtime. They opened about 11 am and I entered to check the menu further. I was especially interested in the drink options because my eight year-old son has never consumed soda, unless you count the time another parent brought it to school for a birthday party and he tried orange cola.
I did notice they served iced tea but do not recall seeing milk or orange juice. When we frequent fast food places we always opt for milkshake or water. There were plenty of tables set up in rows, plus the bathrooms were clearly marked and several machines for kids to play. It seemed like a festive mood so I felt secure knowing my kids would be going there, although eating their own lunches since I did not note anything they liked on the menu.
I heard later that day that my sons had no problems bringing their lunches inside and the level of noise was not too distracting for my non-verbal son. Honestly Round Table Pizza did not appear to be a pizza place I would be utilizing any time in the future.
Then over the Thanksgiving weekend I got several emails from mystery shopping companies and noticed one was for a pizza place in my area. At this point I had no idea the name of the place and called to see if I was in the delivery area. When this was confirmed I applied for the assignment and headed to the website to view the menu and get prices.
I was disappointed to see no prices, even when using my location and store. I made my selection of the toppings I wanted, same as always, sausage and onion and noticed there was a side bar indicating they were not offering green onions at this time due to a health scare on the East Coast. I also had to order a side dish so I compared bread sticks to twists and chose bread sticks, thinking my son would like those better since they do not have garlic.
When I placed the call I ordered the bread sticks and a medium with sausage and onions. I also made the comment that too bad they did not have the green onions, but the person taking the order knew nothing about that notation on the website. I learned that the bread sticks are served three for $1.99 with more offerings. The website did have a coupon to download that I redeemed when placing my oder. The delivery fee is $1.50 and for my particular location they started that just eight months ago.
I chose a thin versus pan pizza, thinking it would be better received by my son, plus I am not really sure what a pan pizza is like. I asked about drinks and was told they sell for one-dollar cans of soda, so I withheld ordering anything to drink.
Forty-five minutes later the delivery person arrived with a white bag that contained twists and not bread sticks as I noted on the receipt I had to ask for. There were two sauces in the bag that were not explained to me, but I looked over at the website for Round Table Pizza and learned what they were for. I tossed them both since I do not like that stuff. The twists were so good, packaged in a plastic tin wrapped around each other and not really greasy on the hands. I immediately had one of these and tried to entice my son who did not like the looks of the pizza either.
About every other week we order the same pizza through Dominos so my son is very used to that style of pizza. We always have leftovers and he enjoys those in the microwave. Well with the order from Round Table Pizza I got to consume the pizza alone and have leftovers. The slices were just as good re-heated through the microwave one and two days later.
The pizza was cheesy with white cheeses and garlic taste that was succulent. The onions were nice and crispy and the sausage was good. I would have preferred more sausage, but otherwise the pizza was perfect. I was quite surprised since I had no clue what to expect and while waiting for my order I visited the site here to read reviews to get a feel of what was to come.
I have since found coupons in the newspaper for Round Table Pizza and considered placing an order this weekend. My son was dead set against getting a pizza, so I promised him he would have the same kind we always get. This helped me compare the two styles and taste. I could barely eat two pieces of the Dominos where with the Round Table Pizza I consumed all the twists and three pieces. There is a noticeable difference in texture, style and taste between these two pizzas.
I would suggest always utilizing the coupons for Round Table Pizza to offset the delivery charge. I just have to find a way to justify ordering another pizza before the end of the year. While growing up in New Jersey my family had pizza every Friday night and from what I know they are still doing so. I will be trying to win my son over with the Round Table Pizza the next time I order. The total for my pizza and twists with delivery was $16.00. That is kind of high for just a medium sized pie, but the taste of the two items was surely worth it and I will be getting reimbursed soon. The website for Round Table Pizza has more details on becoming a mystery shopper for their organization. It was a lot of fun and the paperwork online was easy to complete. I look forward to trying them again real soon and suggest other families give them a call or visit their nearest location for some family fun.
I forgot to mention that the pizza is offered in many sizes, there is a personal size, medium, large and XL. There are many choices for toppings and the salad bar for dine in.
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Bonnie Sayers (autismfamily)
single parenting two teens on autism spectrum. Working out daily, Zumba & Bodybugg enthusiast.
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Round Table Pizza is the nation's fourth largest pizza franchise firm. We offer our guests great-tasting pizza via in-store dining, take-out, and delivery service. We take pride in our ethnically diverse group of franchisees who participate in local community activities.