Yesterday, I sent an email to Buddy's in which I expressed concern (1) about the long delay in their completion of their Nutrition page at http://www.buddyspizza.com/nutrition.asp
(which has been idle for a long time) and (2) my personal concern, as one who is attentive to his diet, about the potentially high levels of fat, sodium and cholesterol in pizza cheeses and, in particular, the cheese(s) used by Buddy's to make their square pizzas. This morning, I received the following reply:Peter,
Thank you for taking the time to email us and for your inquiry. We use Wisconsin Brick cheese for our pizza.
We have alternatives available at all of our locations: Fat Free Mozzarella & Lactose Free Veggie Soy Cheese.
We additionally are offering at our Farmington Hills location, a casein free cheese.
We are still working on our Nutrition page and it may take up to a year to complete.
Have a great day.
Given the completeness of the response, and particularly in pointing out all of the alternatives to the brick cheese for the square pizzas, I would think that Buddy's would have mentioned cheddar cheese or hard grated cheeses to the extent that they would be used in making their square pizzas. Cheddar, in particular, has higher fat levels than most pizza cheeses, including mozzarella cheese, so, given my expressed concern over fat levels, I think they would have mentioned cheddar cheese if it were used on their square pizzas. I might add that Buddy's uses a brick/cheddar cheese blend for its chicken fajita Specialty Pizza. They also offer a variety of cheese options for their sandwiches. My inquiry was limited to the square pizzas.
I have not had a chance to compare the fat, sodium and cholesterol levels of brick cheese. That is where the nutrition information would have been helpful in deciphering what Buddy's does.
On a related matter, our regular followers of this thread may recall that at one time Buddy's menu had a symbol indicating that a cheese supplier to Buddy's was Foremost Farms. That logo appeared in the 104/04/09 version of their menu at http://www.buddyspizza.com/documents/WebsiteMenu7.2.10.pdf
. Today, I checked the latest Buddy's menu, designated 104/03/11, at http://www.buddyspizza.com/documents/BuddysMenu.pdf
, and the Foremost Farms logo is no longer there. Of course, that does not mean that Buddy's is no longer being sourced by Foremost Farms but it does raise the possibility that they have changed suppliers. I suppose that it is also possible that Buddy's used something other than brick cheeses from Foremost before restating their use of brick cheese for their current square pizzas.