Update: See the full review
A “Pizza Geek” operative supplied me with a copy of a news release concerning Cici’s Pizza, which has long been rumored to have a Syracuse-area location in the works (my comments follow):
CiCi’s Pizza, home of the $5.49 endless pizza, pasta, salad and dessert buffet, opens its first New York restaurant at 11 a.m. Monday at 3237 Erie Blvd, DeWitt. Previous CiCi’s Grand Openings have drawn hundreds of people and created lines around the block.
To celebrate the opening of 5,000-square foot restaurant, CiCi’s will drop more than 400 day-glo wallets in the area. Eagle-eyed residents can redeem the coupon inside the wallets for a free buffet. In addition, the first 100 guests in line to purchase an adult buffet will receive a coupon good for one free buffet a month for a year. The Texas-based chain has more than 650 restaurants in 34 states.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CiCi’s Pizza to open first New York location in DeWitt Wallets with free buffet coupons dropped around town for residents to find and redeem.
(DEWITT, N.Y.) June 21, 2010 – CiCi’s Pizza
The roughly 5,000-square-foot store will open at 11 a.m. on Monday, June 28 at 3237 Erie Blvd. E., with its endless buffet packed with 20 different pizzas, pasta, soup, salads and oven-baked desserts. The first 100 guests on opening day will receive one free pizza buffet a month for a year with the purchase of an adult buffet.
Texas-based CiCi’s, one of the nation’s fastest growing pizza chains, builds each pizza by hand with fresh dough made from scratch throughout the day, sauce prepared in small batches with a special blend of herbs and seasonings, crisp vegetables and whole-milk mozzarella cheese. If guests don’t see their favorite pizza fresh and hot on the buffet, they can just ask and the manager will make it on the spot and bring it directly to the table.
“We’re so excited to get to know the DeWitt community and bring it our family-friendly atmosphere,” store operator Elmar Ashman said. “Because we offer so many choices, everyone can easily find something delicious.”
In addition to the hundreds of pizza combinations that can be created by traditional toppings, CiCi’s also serves a variety of specialty pizzas, including its new Italiano. The Italiano marries a thin gourmet crust with a flavorful spice blend, a unique mix of cheeses and seasoned sausage and pepperoni or crunchy vegetables. Guests will also find the famous Macaroni & Cheese, the Mexican Pizza Olé and Spinach Alfredo pizzas. Guests can also get CiCi’s value on the go
“CiCi’s is about more than just delicious pizza,” Ashman said. “It’s about an experience that leaves guests feeling like they received exceptional value for their dollar. That’s why we guarantee our buffet is always hot and fresh and that our service exceeds expectations for every guest during every visit.”
Hours of operation for dine-in and carryout are Monday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
About CiCi’s Pizza
CiCi’s first restaurant opened in Plano, Texas in 1985. The family-oriented restaurant is known for its popular pizza, pasta and salad buffet featuring up to 20 varieties of pizza and fresh ingredients for $5 and change. Today, the expanding company has more than 650 restaurants in 33 states. CiCi’s commitment to value was recently recognized in USA Today, Restaurants & Institutions and Nation’s Restaurant News, which ranked CiCi’s No. 1 in sales and unit growth among pizza chains for the past three years. Entrepreneur magazine ranked CiCi’s Pizza first in the Italian restaurant industry category in 2009 and 2007. Also a franchise veteran, CiCi’s was named to a list of the top 25 performing brands in the Wall Street Journal’s guide for entrepreneurs and a top 200 franchise concepts by Franchise Today.
OK, I know it is a chain, but I don’t care as long as they make great pizza! I’ll certainly keep my eyes peeled for those day-glo wallets with the free buffet coupons! And of course, I’ll review the pizza soon after they open. I doubt that I’ll try getting in line for the year’s worth of free buffets, but that sounds pretty sweet.
If you get there before I do, drop me an e-mail and let me know how it was!