Cici’s Pizza, DeWitt Announcement

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.


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.

For more information about CiCi’s, visit, or

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!

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11 Responses to Cici’s Pizza, DeWitt Announcement

  1. Gabby says:

    Endless thank yous to who ever made this decision! I had Cicis for the first time in Tampa, Fl, and have been craving it for the past 4 years! I am so excited about this!

  2. Jack Neal says:

    We have been to Cicis down south and was wondering when you would get up north. I love your concept and we need one near Binghamton, N.Y. If I had the funds I would open one or more here. I feel it would do great here. No doubt. I will be driving to DeWitt soon. The drive will be worth it.

  3. Mark says:

    Worst pizza ever! Little 6 inch thin, tasteless slices with institutional toppings that leave you wondering why you even wasted $5! They make it in the southern states because pizza is not very good there overall. Would be surprised if it makes in NY long term unless we are losing our taste for decent pizza and only care about shoveling garbage in our mouth for an hour!

  4. dick tuttle says:

    visited cici’s pizza on october 22. Expecting a better pizza then so many available in the syracuse area. very disappointed. nice large seating area kind of reminded me of the rest stop restaurants on interstate 90. restaurant not decorated at all and also very cold temp. pizza not any better than the other pizza chains in the syracuse area. definitely will not return to cici’s..

  5. glenn says:

    Just wanted to thank you for the pizza for my son Chris and the tour of the kitchen he loved it!


    Glenn……Chis’s dad.

  6. Mark says:

    Best experience ever. Pizza was some of the best I ever had. Staff was friendly & I would recommend it to anyone. I didn’t expect much for $5.49 but let me tell you I will be going back. This place is going to kill the other pizza places. Hopefully others will take CiCi’s ideas & bring it to their location. With all of the choices how could we go wrong. Next my kids want to try to 3 for $9.99. Hopefully will be as good home as it is in the store. Great job CiCi Dewitt. You have a long time fan….. Love the game room for the kids. Gave me a break to enjoy my salad……

  7. Sal says:

    made our first visit today to the new store in DeWitt… WE’LL BE BACK!! First of all I thought there was an error on the cost! How can a person gp wrong? Secondly to have soup and salad included is unheard of. But more important than anything is the fantastic customer service! We were floored! Having owned a restaurant for over 20 years, a person comes to recognize and appreciate that “extra mile”. That alone makes up for any shortcomings (which there weren’t) Thanks again for a super time! WE’LL BE BACK!!!

  8. Jeff says:

    Sad, I’ve been looking for them to come up here for almost 10 years. Now that they’re here, I didn’t hear about the opening until now.
    I can’t wait to try it out! The pasta addition is new to me, but helpful for kids.


  9. Brett says:

    Wow, visited CiCis pizza for the first time today since its been here in syracuse. But the pizza was horrible. I enjoyed the salad bar. The pizza had no flavor. The sausage had an bad after taste and pizzza was extremly dry. There was no hype.

    Id go for the salad.

    But by far the best pizza ive had in syracuse was at the paradise market. I begged these guys to open up a shop. I would even fund it if i had the money to do so.

    Its called Romans Pizza. Its a NewYork style pizza. Great taste!

    Everyone should check their pizza out! hours of paradise market are friday 12-8, sat/sun 10am-6pm. I hope they never leave paradise market!

  10. Cassiieeee says:

    Great Service, Very Friendly , the pizza taste great and there are great desserts for an option.

  11. JAMESLAKE says:

    went to chi chi’s with a friend.very dissapointed.we have some great pizza places in the syracuse are,from avicollis to twin trees.homemade dough and quality toppings are the key to any pizza or restaurant.there pizza reminded me of the crap from school.they called pizza.

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