MOD Pizza is a chain of fast casual pizza restaurants specializing in custom pizzas made super fast.
The chain started in the fall of 2008 in rainy Seattle (where I used to live), and have since expanded into six more states, with more to come. We dined at the Irvine location in Westpark Plaza. The Irvine location offers inside and patio dining.
The best way to think of MOD is as an upscale Subway, but for pizzas. You line up to order your pizza (available in mini, mod size, and mega size), and choose your toppings the same way you would at a Subway. The pizza is made right in front of your eyes.
The pizzas are all one price ($7.87 for the mod size). This is both a positive and negative. If you’re the kind of person who likes to load up your pizza with every imaginable toppings (MOD has nine meats, 14 veggies, six cheeses, and five sauces), then you’ll definitely get more than your money’s worth. If you just want cheese on your pizza, then you might wonder why you’re paying the same price as the guy with the 20 toppings pizza.
Having choices is great, but too many choices can lead to customer confusion. That may explain why MOD has a top 10 suggested pizzas on their menu board. You can go with one of those, or be creative and create your own. If you don’t like it, you get a do-over free of charge! That’s pretty kick ass.
In addition to pizzas, MOD offers salads, milkshakes, and self-serve soda with house-made iced teas and lemonades. For people who want to get drunk during lunch, draft beer and wine are available.
It doesn’t take very long from placing your order to having your pizza at the table. I went with a custom made mod size pie topped with red sauce, garlic rub, mozzarella, pepperoni, Italian sausage, crumbled meatballs, bacon, roasted garlic, artichokes, tomatoes, and jalapenos. Add in a bottomless lemonade, and you have a great lunch that won’t break the bank.
If there’s a MOD Pizza location near you, I highly recommend you check it out. The food is great, and at only $7.87 per pizza, so is the price. We’ll be doing more Dot Com Lunches there.