Adam Hallenbeck & Taylor Viles – Sports Editor & 1851 Staff
Domino’s is back! At least for Lasell University, that is. The campus is now receiving Domino’s delivery for the first time in several years, as the restaurant’s Newton location reopened for business in July after remodeling. The Chronicle sampled the revamped Domino’s to see whether the new delivery service is worth its own hype.
The first thing noticed was the ease of ordering through the website. The layout was straightforward and all of the options easily found. With the new store, you can have the delivery address adjusted to your specific residential hall or house. Step by step, the online ordering process was well developed, even offering commonly paired items after completion.
After contemplation of adding side dishes and desserts, the order only amassed to a large three-topping pizza with sausage, onions and green peppers. The pizza itself totaled $18.24. After adding a side of ranch, tax, delivery charge, and tip, the final price was an astounding $27.51. This total cost for one large pizza seems too much, especially considering how it was from a fast-food chain not known for its quality.
Besides the high price, there were other delays with the process. The order was placed promptly at 6:30 p.m., and while the website said the driver left with the food at 6:43 p.m., the pizza was not delivered until 7:10 p.m. For a nine- minute drive from Domino’s to Lasell, the wait time for the pizza made what was once a convenient option, inconvenient.
As for the pizza itself, it was still warm but it soon became apparent why the website kept trying to sell extra cheese. The cheese was slightly overcooked and because of the excessive time it sat out of the oven, it became increasingly dry. The sausage, peppers and onions tasted fine but not above mediocre. If not for the side of ranch, each bite would have been less bearable.
When other students discovered Domino’s Newton location, thoughts were mixed. Junior Robby Rowe said when delivered, the pizza “tasted like cardboard, but when straight from the oven, it is a gift from above.”
Domino’s refused to comment on their previous inability to deliver to the college. The overall experience would be put at a 5.5/10. While the taste of the pizza was decent, the time, service and quality did not amass to the price that was paid. If you are looking to order out, think twice before you choose Domino’s. Your stomach and wallet might not be happy with you later.