Saturday, October 31, 2015

Decked Out Delivery

Tweet for pizza? You got it. Domino’s delivery has been decked out, emoji-style.

The pizza pioneer has rolled out “Domino's Anyware,” a fresh feature that invites dedicated diners to order oven-baked goodness via text, tweet, smart watch and more. When you’ve got a craving, a pizza emoji to @Dominos will do.

These guys have got it down to a 5 second science. Or should we say, slice. 

Deep in the greasy gooey trenches of pizza paradise, the GB crew isn’t shocked by much. But my golly, our pie-lovin’ selves are floored. Why ruin a perfectly good couch dent when dinner is at your fingertips? Oh, Domino’s, you get us. 

Anyway, all this pizza talk has us thinking about some of our favorite marketing campaigns of yesteryear. Yeah, we’re feeling nostalgic. What of it? They're not pizza tweeting, but they’re pizza something. And that’s all we need to know. 

This little ditty is credited for introducing the nation to what is now one of the most iconic pizza chains in the world. “Putt Putt to the Pizza Hut” premiered in 1965, and is known today as the musical jingle that started it all. 

(Psst - what's up with bag delivery? Break out the boxes!)

A hybrid pie? My oh my. For customers in the Middle East, Pizza Hut introduced a selection of mix n' match meals as part of their "Crown Crust" campaign. (Think mini cheeseburgers baked into the crust. An entire dozen of them.) 

Hot dog, chicken sandwich and cheese stick combos were also a part of this marketing masterpiece. Indecisive eaters, rejoice!

Hi-yah, high-tech. Billboards are bomb. Not even Cindy Crawford could resist that melty mozzarella. These guys get an A+ for creativity (and a few good chuckles). Extra cheese, please!

Where else can you fit a record-holding 54”-by-54” giant Sicilian pizza? Directly on top of a smart car, of course! This LA-based chain has incorporated jumbo-sized pizza warmers onto their pint-sized pie carriers, even garnering the attention of the 2014 Oscars. 

Personal delivery for Ellen DeGeneres? Not bad. Not bad at all. 

What will they think up next?

Friday, October 9, 2015

It's All About The Dough

A-Town is the name, Neapolitan is the game. At this Denver destination, fresh is the first ingredient - and quality is key. 

A smoked-wood aroma fills the walls of this Aurora hotspot, where the crust is crispy and the beer is Colorado craft. A 5,000-pound, Italian-made Stefano Ferrara oven is the focal point of the space, where A-Town’s 12” pies are baked in less than two minutes – and in a scorching 700 degrees. 

It’s “pizza born from fire,” alright. And customers are lovin’ it.

One Yelp reviewer couldn’t have put it better: "I went here on a first date today... I really liked A-Town, maybe even more than the guy.”

The secret to A-Town’s sizzling success is in the dough, prepared in-house daily and made from aged Italian flour. The addition of Sweet San Marzano tomatoes and hand-stretched mozzarella doesn’t hurt, either. ☺ 

Like their wood-fired pizza, A-Town’s menu is anything but ordinary. Kick off the night with an order of A-Town poppers: light and airy dough balls stuffed with pancetta, jalapeƱos, cream cheese and garlic oil. 

For the main course, “Gray Grandma,” “Bix Tex” and “Maui Wowi” are just a few of their signature pies (they have over 30!), with “The Bookie” being a fan-favorite. Topped with olive oil, garlic, mozzarella, onion, artichoke, green olives and prosciutto, word is that this best-seller is named after the A-Town accountant. In fact, we’d even bet you on it. 

In the mood for a sweet treat? A-Town’s “Hailey Girl” hits the spot. You just can’t go wrong with toasted pizza crust filled with honey and sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. And, for all you nutella lovers, the Nutty Isaac can't be beat. Gotta love that hazelnut goodness! 

To say we’re flattered to call A-Town GreenBox users is an understatement (just look at that custom box!). It’s been about a week since we've officially welcomed them as members of the GreenBox family, but we are already proud to call them friends.