The Food Court combo
(left), frozen cheese
(center) and Service
Deli pepperoni pizzas.
Consumer reporter Pat
Volchok gives a behind-
the-scenes look at Costco
products and services.
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ASK 20 PEOPLE what makes great takeout or ready-to-heat-and-eat pizza and you’ll likely
get 20 answers. Some rave about freshness, scrumptious crusts or secret sauces, while others
appreciate convenience, storability and price. To satisfy such diverse hungers, Costco offers
three Kirkland Signature™ pizza programs, each with its own tasty niche. Here’s a look.
Kirkland Signature Food Court pizza
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■ Introduced: 1989
■ Size: 18-inch round with 12 pre-cut slices; individual slices are double-size.
■ Price: 18-inch round, $9.95;
individual slice, $1.99
■ Best for: These
pizzas are best
and hot (order
and pick up on your
way out). If you can stand the
wait, it’s possible to reheat up to 48
hours after purchase. This made-fresh-daily
pie satisfies the desire for a classic, hot-out-of-the-oven, deeply golden brown, crunchy-crusted pizza.
■ Basic ingredients: Chewy artisan dough, a
thick slathering of U.S.-grown tomatoes and aged,
buttery cheeses (an 80 percent– 20 percent blend of
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low-fat, part-skim-milk mozzarella and provolone)
and 10-month-aged, shredded Parmesan.
■ Options: Combo, pepperoni, cheese
● Combo: Topped with chunks of mild Italian
sausage, spicy pepperoni slices and a medley of
fresh sliced green bell peppers, red onion and
mushrooms, plus black olives. (The combo,
weighing 4. 49 pounds, is a great value by
the round and the slice.)
● Pepperoni: Adorned with 60
slices of U.S.-made pepperoni.
● Cheese: Topped with 24
ounces of the mozzarella-provo-lone blend.
■ Buyer comment: Food
Court buyer Todd Thommen hands me a recent
comparison of the Costco pizza and five national
brands. He notes, “Costco Food Court sells more
pizza per location than any other major pizza chain
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