I like Planet Pizza. Their slices are tasty and big. Service is fast and friendly. They support local organizations whenever they’re asked.
But — like a number of “06880” readers, who have emailed me about this — I’m calling BS on the chain’s recent policy shift.
According to notices and flyers, Planet Pizza now offers a “discount” to customers who pay by cash, rather than credit card.
The other day, I ordered a slice. The price was the usual: $4.25. I asked for my cash discount.
No, they said. The sign just meant I’d have to pay more if I used a credit card.
If the price is the same as before, it’s not a cash discount — despite what the sign says, in 3 places. It’s a credit card surcharge.
Offering a surcharge is illegal in Connecticut. A cash discount is fine. (Click here for the legalese.)
But a discount is “an amount or percentage deducted from the normal selling price of something.”
So if the price has not changed — and Planet Pizza’s pies, calzones and everything else are still listed as the same price as before — they’re not offering a discount.
They’re adding a surcharge.
I’ll keep ordering slices there. I’ll continue to pay cash.
But I won’t kid myself that I’m getting a “discount.”
Over 1,700 pizza lovers cast votes during last month’s Great Westport Pizza Contest.
Sponsored by the Westport Weston Chamber of Commerce, 14 restaurants competed in 7 categories.
When the votes were tallied, you chose:
- Best slice: Westport Pizzeria
- Best plain pizza: Westport Pizzeria
- Best meat pizza: Joe’s Pizza
- Best gluten-free pizza: Joe’s Pizza
- Best veggie pizza: Tutti’s Ristorante
- Best delivered pizza: Jordan’s Restaurant
- Best personal pizza: Rizzuto’s Restaurant and Toscano Pizzeria (tie)
- Honorable mention: Romanacci Pizza Bar and Planet Pizza lost by only 2 votes in the “Best personal pizza” and “Best delivered pizza” categories, respectively.
Mel Mioli’s Westport Pizzeria may have moved to the Post Road, after 45 years on Main Street. But it’s still a Westport favorite.
The victors did not get any dough — just the satisfaction of coming out on top (and free publicity).
Any way you slice it, the Great Westport Pizza Contest was a winner.
March was Westport Pizza Month. That’s not just an idea — it was an official proclamation from 1st Selectman Jim Marpe (2nd from left). Joining him were (from left) Westport Chamber of Commerce director Matthew Mandell; Ira Bloom of event sponsors Bercham Moses, and Joe Canicatti, owner of double winner Joe’s Pizza.
It’s not Italia.
It’s not even Bobby Q’s instant alfresco tables at this week’s Art About Town.
But Planet Pizza plopped a couple of tables on the Compo Shopping Center sidewalk earlier this month.
So if you like your slice or sausage parm served with a side of parked cars and foot traffic from CVS: Mangia!