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Can Round Table Pizza Still Compete?

September 11, 2010 by Jill

Reviewed by Jill Harness on March 20, 2011.

When Dominos redid their formula, I was extremely skeptical and hesitant to try the new recipe. But I did like what I had, and at $5.99 for a large two topping, their price simply can’t be beat. In fact, it seemed to spurn a race with most pizza chains trying to have the best value for the price. Both Papa Johns and Pizza Hut have turned to offering unlimited toppings for $10 (although Papa Johns has since canned this promotion). And Little Cesaers has continually been pumping out $5 cardboard circles for mass consumption.

While there is still plenty of room for gourmet pizzerias and even neighborhood spots, can a massive chain that refuses to drop prices even hope to compete for value? Round  Table better hope so.

To review the chain, the BF and I ordered two large pizzas from the Round Table in Santee last night, both of which were on special. Even though they were on sale, the total still came out to $30 without any tips. At more than twice the cost of two large Dominos pizzas, the chain seemed to be losing right away. But then we looked at the sizes. The Round Table pizzas were at least two inches larger in diameter and they were significantly thicker, so realistically, you are getting more pizza at least.

But when it comes to toppings and flavor, Round Table blows the competition away. We ordered their Italiano pizza for $11, which has a slightly different crust than usual and comes in either cheese or peperoni. The crust was good, well seasoned and thick. Both my boyfriend and I probably could have ate no more than a third of the pizza each, which is a lot less than the full Domino’s pizza it takes to fill us each up.

Then came the BBQ chicken pizza. This had their traditional cheese-laden crust and an array of toppings, including chicken, bacon, green onions, garlic sauce, BBQ sauce and red onions. It was just as filling as the other pizza and $5 more, but the flavor was incomparable. The combination of toppings blended together perfect, it was sweet, savory, tart and heavenly.

After a full investigation, I think it’s safe to say that Round Table certainly holds its own against other chains, even if the price is significantly higher. So next time you’re ordering, consider more than price, consider the fillingness of the pizza and the flavor. Round Table just might be the best value for your dollar.

I’d give it a 4.5 out of 5, because, hey, it could still be a little cheaper.


  1. des says:

    I’ve often lamented the fact that round table is so expensive if you’re on a budget. They do have awfully good pizza (especially for a chain restaurant). I’d heard about the Italiano but have not yet tried it–after reading your article I’m sold on ordering in tonight. My hips and thighs don’t thank you, but my greedy pizza loving stomach does!

  2. Christy says:

    I have to say, I just got off the phone with them and they charge 2 dollars for one topping? WHAT! “no thanks,” I said. Could not believe it!

  3. Jill says:

    That is pretty crazy Christy. For some reason, places like this want to force you to order their specialty pizzas. On the bright side, these flavors are pretty good.

  4. mitch says:

    round table has almost the best tasting pizza around- the best for a franchise.and they have for many years. think of it like a mac computer its WAY better and thats why it costs more. so eat the other pizzas more often(if you can handle them) and splurge on round table. i myself try to use the coupons to save a few bucks, because yes they are more expensive, but so good.

  5. corey says:

    I actually started out loving papa johns but after trying the smoke house combo and other pizzas from round table my love for pizza was stolen by round table. I also like that they are easier to talk to about customizing your order or askng for extas. They do hit the wallet pretty hard, but since I dont eat pizza much, its worth it compared to other things I have spend money on for the same price.

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