Dueling Restaurants Costco vs. Sam’s Club Pizza

January 31, 2023

There’s an endless debate of which big box store has the better food court pizza. Many Shadow Ridge students swear by Costco, while others defend Sam’s Club. Which is better? Lariat staff puts their taste buds to the test to find out.

Do you prefer Costco or Sam's Club Pizza


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Karissa Murdoch

Costco Pizza

Costco Pizza

The Costco food court is an iconic place for a cheap snack. Costco’s main food court hit is their iconic pizza. Their pizza is great for any party, a quick bite, and just the everyday pizza lover. The Costco food court was brought about for the first time in 1984 as a hot dog vendor outside of Costco. Pizza has been a uniting food for many years and will continue to be forever more. 

I got a Costco pizza to share with my fellow journalists to rate. I got one pepperoni pizza for $9.95. The actual pizza getting was mostly pleasant and the Costco workers were mostly friendly but did not call out an order number and that added an extra wait time that was not needed. Upon opening the pizza it looked nice and had a good amount of pepperoni on it, not too much, not too little. The cheese was not the best thing I have ever had but it also wasn’t the worst. The pizza sauce had good flavor and there was a good amount of sauce for the pizza. The crust was good, but not as crispy as I would have liked and was quite hard to chew through. 

Overall, the pizza had a good flavor and was delicious. I really was a fan of the crispy pepperoni and the flavor of the sauce. The crust and the cheese were pretty mediocre but still good.

Based on my thoughts and the opinions of other journalists that tried it with me, we give Costco pizza 7/10 pizzas.

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Karissa Murdoch

Sam’s Club Pizza

Sam’s Club Pizza

Sam’s Club food court is a great place for any post shopping snack. Sam’s Club implemented their food court in 1983 soon after the opening of Sam’s Club. I bought a Sam’s Club pizza for $8.98 and was amazed with how good it smelled. 

The pizza buying experience was good, the employees were friendly but slightly frustrated as it was quite busy. Immediately on opening the pizza box it smelled great and I could tell that it had a good ratio of pepperoni to size. I really enjoyed the crust on the Sam’s pizza, it was not super flavorful but the texture was good. The sauce was good but kind of average. The cheese was good but I think there was a little too much. The pepperoni was the best part of the pizza since it was nice and crispy and was balanced throughout the pizza. The Sam’s pizza was easy to pull apart from the other slices and didn’t have overly stretchy cheese. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the Sam’s Club pizza and was a big fan of the crust and the pepperoni the most. 

I decided to give Sam’s Club pizza 6/10 pizzas. 

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