I am not a Sam's Club member. Was back in the 1990s but dropped the membership because Sam's was about 20 minutes away and Costco 10. So no need to drive so far for shopping at Sam's since I could go to Costco. Even before I became a pizza aficionado as I am getting close to being, I thought the pizza back in the '90s was not very good. I felt it was "cheap" and I don't mean price (although that was true too) but mean the taste and quality.
Well the other day I was near Sam's Club. Had some time to burn and I thought maybe I could sneak in since I don't have a card. The entrance is too controlled and too small to sneak into. I walked around the building to see if there were any unsecured access points into the Club but that was fruitless. Well, I do things the old fashioned way, I ask the lady at the entrance if I could have a special pass to go in to check out the club in case I want to buy a membership. She said I don't need a pass that I could just walk in but can not buy anything without a membership. That made me very happy. So I am looking around and seeing that they sell somethings Costco does not and I notice they don't have somethings that Costco sells. I see the food court and walk over. I notice the pizza looks better there now than it did in the mid to late '90s so I have to have some.
Not sure but I think the size is smaller than Costco food court pizza. I asked the guy working the window and he said it's 16 inch. Costco must be 18 inch. I purchased a slice of peperoni and sausage, but think there was another meat on it as well. I am not good at describing taste so I won't do much of that here but I do know what I like and don't. I liked it but still don't know what to make of it. That was one slice only. I would have to order a whole pizza or more slices to tell if I really liked it but it was good nevertheless. Could be I was just hungry. Should have taken a picture and posted. It was floppy though, I needed to fold it. I think a good NY Pizza slice you can fold and might need to but if you don't you can still handle it. This was not a pizza slice you could handle without folding. I don't think they are trying to make a NY pizza or trying to pretend to. I do however think they are trying to make a good tasting pizza people like. I think it was $1.85 per slice and a whole would be about $9 or so but not sure.
The dough seemed to resemble Costco in taste but slightly different. I wonder if they use the same dough supplier as Costco with a slight change in formula or maybe the way they bake it might make it taste different. You can buy a case of frozen dough balls there, sauce, cheese, toppings too so you can make at home. You can buy a pre-made pizza you bake in oven as well. Not sure if it's the exact same one though or a different one made in a factory which might taste different.
Overall I was pleased but it still is not the best pizza or close to that I have ever tried. If I was a Sam's Club member I think I would stop by the food court when I am hungry during my shopping outing and buy a slice or a whole one and bring the leftovers home. Would not go out of my way for that pizza since I can make my own or buy from a better pizza joint. But overall it was good.
What are your thoughts on Sam's Club pizza if you have tried it?
Here is a guy writing about his experience of eating Sam's Club pizza -http://cltampa.com/dailyloaf/archives/2009/02/12/the-horror-and-delight-of-sams-club-pizza#.Tyv4Rcg87eU
In the article you see a bench full of people eating the pizza. Click on the pic and you see they all have knives and forks. The pizza is so floppy you either have to fold, as the case of what I did, or use a knife and fork. Costco can be that way too but not as bad.
I also had the pretzel there but didn't care for it. Had half and tossed the rest away in the trash can.
Notice the food courts are inside the Club too. At Costco some are in the Club but most I have encountered are outside where anybody can just got up and buy. Since I have not re-joined Sam's Club I can't just go there and eat but if they were on the outside like Costco I probably would go now and then but as noted above I won't go out of my way for Sam's Club pizza even if I was a member. It was good though.