I was not able to do my pizza last night due to a last-minute work obligation
.... so I am now planning for next weekend again.
Pete - I'm inclined to think that the guy I spoke with simply was not being honest with me - he seemed really suspicious that I would ask anything (for instance, at my very first question "do you guys actually measure or just eyeball it?" his eyes actually narrowed and he looked like I had just asked him for the key to his safe-deposit box or something) - so I'm guessing he just didn't feel like sharing.
I did get Jets pizza on Friday (a co-worker and I went in on a medium square pizza) - so I had some opportunity to do a little more observing at a different Jets location. My observations at this location were as follows:
1.) For square pizzas - I saw them bring the them out from a cooler already pressed into the pan and already with cheese put on top of them (and so, I assume the sauce as well, under the cheese).
2.) I did watch them make some of their round pizzas, which they were doing right in front. They grabbed some pre-made balls of dough, pressed them out onto the round cooking things they have for them (round screen-like things), then put the sauce, cheese, and other toppings on. For these round pizzas, they absolutely DID NOT measure the cheese... just just "free-handed it" and gave it a good covering - but they used no instruments of measurement, and just grabbed the cheese (already shredded in a big container in front of them) and threw it on until the pie was covered. I asked the guy at the counter about it, and he flat out said "we don't measure, we just grab it and put it on" - I asked if that was true of the square pizzas too, and he said yes. So according to this location: they don't measure. And for the round ones, I witnessed it - they were not measuring.
3.) Disturbing fact: there were three people making those round pizzas in front of me - two male employees and one female. Both of the males, before making the pizza, grabbed those little clear-plastic gloves and put them on before handling the dough and cheese/etc... The female employee did NOT put those gloves on, and proceeded to handle the pies she was making barehanded, including sticking her bare hands into that big bin of shredded cheese to grab it - AND I witnessed her scratch her nose and wipe her forehead in the middle of the process. I was less than impressed, and tempted to call the manager. I'm thinking I will not return to that particular Jets location again. Ewww.... just.... ewww.... nasty.
4.) I examined the medium pizza I got pretty carefully - it looks like it got cooked "a little more" than the small, with the cooked part of the dough coming up higher and the "raw part" of the dough being only a very thin layer on top (as opposed to the half-inch or so on my small from last week). Either that is a "medium size" thing, and they can't cook it to the same specs ... OR - (and I suspect this is more likely the truth) - this particular Jets location just doesn't really care about following strict standards for consistency, and probably doesn't do anything "the same" all the time, as evidenced by their "we don't measure the cheese" policy... All in all, I think this particular location is a poor choice for trying to get a feel for what Jets pizza is all about. Also - the pizza was "okay", and definitely Jets, but still not as good as the stuff I get from the locations around my house (including "the original" location, which is where my small from last week came from).
...'til next week. Oh - I'm also going to be purchasing a new scale.