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Quitbuggingmeandgoaway
11-15-2006, 08:02 AM
After tutoring tonight, decided to have dinner at CiCi's Pizza......pizza isn't the best you can get but it's 4.49 (1.49 for a drink) for the all-you-can-eat pizza-salad-pasta-dessert buffet, a very reasonable price. They usually have about 10 kinds of pizza out at one time, as well as 3-4 desserts and a full salad and pasta bar. You can ask for a specific pizza to be cooked at no extra charge, but I just eat what's there, which is pretty good. People there are nice....they do the goofy "Welcome to CiCi's!!!" upon entering and "CiCi ya later" when you leave.
So now that i've educated the unfamiliar about CiCi's, :D here's the story at hand...

Family of four (Mom, Dad, two boys, presumably 4 and 6, could be wrong) walks in. I'm just sitting at a table near the door enjoying dinner when they walk in. My guess is that they were never there before, to which the cashier basically gave them a run-down as to what to expect and how they'll make a pizza of your choice if you ask blah blah blah. At first, they bitch about the lack of kid's buffet pricing....um, if they charged a lower price, they wouldn't make any money. Dad pulls out a credit card....Cici's doesn't take them.....throws a fit but luckily Mom has the cash so they pay and hit the buffet. It's 8:30 pm and they're dead, so it's just me, another couple, and the family of 4.

After hitting the buffet, little boy is complaining about the lack of cheese pizza.....MOD overhears it, goes to the table and offers to make them a plain cheese pizza....mom goes "yeah, hurry it up, he's hungry!" :confused:

Five minutes later a cheese pizza is rushed to SC Family Table. Family seems to enjoy it. Kids are then throwing stuff at each other, messing up not only their table but a 5' radius around the table.

They then decide to get dessert. Kids are upset and crying over the lack of ice cream....i'm thinking "deal with it!" Mom goes up and asks if they have ice cream....MOD says sorry....their thanks is the huge mess they get to clean up

people never cease to amaze me

Sofar
11-15-2006, 07:09 PM
I remember that place, I used to go to one at the mall back in Santa Fe. The pizza was fairly good, actually. And the dessert pizzas were interesting to say the least. I hear they've extended their franchise, and one is coming to Seattle.

Gawdzillers
11-15-2006, 09:21 PM
I've only been to CiCi's twice, and they were both birthday parties.
I love the idea of a pizza buffet that has more.
Is it true that they have pizza topped with macaroni and cheese?

Spiffy McMoron
11-15-2006, 10:52 PM
Slightly off-topic, but I remember going to Pizza Hut for lunch one day a while ago (10-12 years ago? Maybe?) and they had a buffet of a couple of pizzas, one or two pastas, a bowl of garden and a bowl of caesar salad, and a thing of bread sticks. It was pretty good to this pizza fanatic. (Obviously, since I've remembered it this long... ) Does anybody know if they still have it?

Anyways, that family was fairly sucky. The Mom asking them to be quick was OK, but when the family didn't ask the kids to calm down and stop making a mess, that's when they crossed into the Territory of Suck. I hope they left a tip of some sort-besides "Don't eat yellow snow".

Rahmota
11-15-2006, 11:44 PM
My wife and I went to CiCi's in cinci (actually eastgate) for the first time this summer. Not a bad place, The food ranged from equivalent to chef boyardee to better than pizza hut and yes they did have the mac n cheese pizza. I didn't know they ould make one for you if it wasn't out. Cool. But there was enough out there to try that I found something I liked. The chicken ranch one was very good.

We didn't know they didnt take cards when we went in either but we didnt have a cow either and went to the ATM to get som cash.

I hate parents like that. One of the last thigns my wife and I do before we leave a restaunt is police our area to make sure everything is cleaned up and we have the kids help out during that. Also first one to throw something has to go get it and automatically gets bad points. Enough bad points and bad thigns happen(ranging from timeouts/no dessert/to loss of priviledges) to them so the kids dont get too rowdy when out. Too rowdy that is.;)

Immortal1982
11-16-2006, 01:43 AM
Slightly off-topic, but I remember going to Pizza Hut for lunch one day a while ago (10-12 years ago? Maybe?) and they had a buffet of a couple of pizzas, one or two pastas, a bowl of garden and a bowl of caesar salad, and a thing of bread sticks. It was pretty good to this pizza fanatic. (Obviously, since I've remembered it this long... ) Does anybody know if they still have it?



The one i work for does. They have it twice on wednesdays(Lunch +dinner) and Fridays(Lunch). We are one of very few restraunts that pizza hut has that still does it. Corporate gets pissy and wont remodel and modernize us unless we drop our buffet and salad bar. I say screw em. Its practically the only thing that keeps us in business now.

BrassCowboy
11-16-2006, 01:45 AM
The part about the credit card I think is understandable, but everything else about them was truely sucky.

Becks
11-16-2006, 02:57 AM
Slightly off-topic, but I remember going to Pizza Hut for lunch one day a while ago (10-12 years ago? Maybe?) and they had a buffet of a couple of pizzas, one or two pastas, a bowl of garden and a bowl of caesar salad, and a thing of bread sticks. <snip> Does anybody know if they still have it?

The Pizza Hut closest to my house still has the buffet. I keep trying to talk the man of the household into taking me there, but...nah. Maybe next time.

rdp78
11-16-2006, 02:57 AM
Oh, we have a Cici nearby and I just went there a couple weeks ago. I tell ya they have some interesting pizzas, I didn't see the mac'n'cheese pizza but they did have like a taco one (I think that's what it is becuase it lettuce on it) and a buffalo wing one that I both tried. I also like their spinach one which I usually have when I'm there and they do have a good dessert pizza. Anyway I think I only paid $3.99 for the buffet.

SuperDan
11-16-2006, 04:38 AM
There is a CiCi's Pizza in the same strip mall as my store, and that one does take credit cards. Yes, they do have Mac-N-Cheese, and that is one that I won't leave the store without having one slice of. Some of my other favorites are the alfredo pizza and some slightly less unusual ones like spinnach and hawaiian. Yes, they do have a buffalo chicken pizza (ok, a little spicier than what I'd normally eat).

Someone should smite that family for defiling the wonderfulness of CiCi's.

MystyGlyttyr
11-16-2006, 04:53 PM
I LOVE Cici's Pizza, especially because at the one I frequent, they make tomato-less pizza. THAT is some good eating right there...especially the Canadian bacon one. When it gets real busy, they don't always have a lot of pizza out, but that's mostly because of the little brats who load up their plates with foot-tall piles of pizza and then eat two bites of it.

...hmm, I just decided where I'm going for lunch...

Lace Neil Singer
11-16-2006, 05:01 PM
What's a desert pizza? O_o

Jules Of All Trades
11-16-2006, 05:22 PM
My wife and I went to CiCi's in cinci (actually eastgate)

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Howdy neighbor! :wave: Hubby and I take our kids to the Eastgate CiCi's occasionally too. The price is right and the kids love all of the choices. If I'm not mistaken they have some mini-cinnamon rolls in the desserts now. My 6 year old couldn't get enough. Mmmmm...pizza....

Dreamstalker
11-16-2006, 08:15 PM
I remember that place, I used to go to one at the mall back in Santa Fe. The pizza was fairly good, actually. And the dessert pizzas were interesting to say the least. I hear they've extended their franchise, and one is coming to Seattle.
I never managed to go to a CiCi's when I was living out there :(

I am seeing their TV commercials in Boston, so am not sure if there's one around here or not.

DGoddessChardonnay
11-16-2006, 10:55 PM
Slightly off-topic, but I remember going to Pizza Hut for lunch one day a while ago (10-12 years ago? Maybe?) and they had a buffet of a couple of pizzas, one or two pastas, a bowl of garden and a bowl of caesar salad, and a thing of bread sticks. It was pretty good to this pizza fanatic. (Obviously, since I've remembered it this long... ) Does anybody know if they still have it?

I know in my area, the one I used to practically live at still had the buffet last time I visited (almost a year ago.)

I'm not sure about the other locations. The one I went to is now gone.:cry:

pbmods
11-17-2006, 01:36 AM
Dontcha love it when customers complain when you don't take credit cards? You sit there and listen patiently as they whine and complain, and then at the end, you get to ask, "So, what is it, exactly, that you want me to do about this situation?"

Then comes the true test of intelligence for the customer. I imagine most SCs that have the gall to complain about it tend to fail this particular test by going on to demand you charge their card anyway.

Kogarashi
11-17-2006, 01:51 AM
What's a desert pizza? O_o

If it's anything like what I had ages ago at Pizza Hut's buffet line, it's a pizza made with a sweet dough (like pie crust), and topped with things like fruit, icing, nuts, etc. It looks more or less like a regular pizza, except that it's all dessert stuff instead. Really tasty, too.

Rahmota
11-17-2006, 03:34 AM
Jules said:Howdy neighbor! Hello right back. The wife and I haven't actually been back to the CiCi's for one reason or another. Dunno We'llprobably be back again someday. Last time we ate out in eastgate was over at Ryans.

Don't you love where the Cici's is? I mean how many restraunts have been there that you recall. I can recall working backwards Cici's, Empty, Deaf Goat, Empty, Ponderosa (or was there something in there between the pondo and the deaf goat?) Do you remember the Sprint Store over by Michaels and where the Krispie Kreame was? That was the SPCS store I worked at. Oh how I loved to go across to the KK and get a dozen donuts freash from the machine. Too bad the coworker's didnt feel the same when my sugar high kicked in. :D

Anyhow the most common dessert pizza I've seen is a flaky pastry crust with an apple cinnamin brown sugar crumble filling with a vanilla icing over it. Very nice, very sweet.

Lace Neil Singer
11-17-2006, 01:35 PM
If it's anything like what I had ages ago at Pizza Hut's buffet line, it's a pizza made with a sweet dough (like pie crust), and topped with things like fruit, icing, nuts, etc. It looks more or less like a regular pizza, except that it's all dessert stuff instead. Really tasty, too.

Ooh, that sounds yummy. I want one! :D

vloglady
11-25-2006, 06:38 PM
You can also make a dessert pizza from those rolls of frozen cookie dough. Pat the dough out on a pizza pan, bake for 10 minutes or so. Before you put it in the oven, sort of score it with the knife.

Take it out and put anything on it you like. I make it with the kiddos in my library and we frost it like a cookie. Put coconut, jellybeans, M&Ms, sprinkles, almost anything goes. Like decorating a cupcake.

Cut again over the score marks you made and voila! dessert pizza. Hold an old pizza box and serve it in that.

Spiffy McMoron
11-27-2006, 04:42 AM
Take it out and put anything on it you like. I make it with the kiddos in my library and we frost it like a cookie. Put coconut, jellybeans, M&Ms, sprinkles, almost anything goes. Like decorating a cupcake.

A more "healthy" set of toppings for a dessert pizza would have vanilla pudding as the "pizza sauce", fresh fruit as the toppings, and then covering the works with shaved chocolate.

One of the tastiest I've ever had used a cream cheese base, and then covered the cream cheese with melted chocolate. This was frozen solid. 15 minutes before serving, the pizza was brought out of the freezer, and covered with a warm raspberry sauce. :worship:

Coconut
11-29-2006, 01:39 AM
I witnessed an SC family at Cici's about three years ago...

It was also about 8:30-ish and it was dead, just me, my friend and this group.

Right after I got there I noticed them. The parents were sitting at the table and eating. The kids, however, were running WILD. They were toting pizza everywhere. To the video games back and forth constantly. This one kid was carrying around an old rag (I can only guess he was using it as a napkin) and he actually hit me with it as he ran back and forth through the place.

Then, my friend and I saw what done it in for us:

Two of the kids walked up to the buffet and took pasta with their bare hands.

The staff saw them and did nothing about this... so my friend and I asked for our money back and left. (Keep in mind we had only been there about 5 minutes).

It's a shame really, because back in the day CiCi's rocked. In high school we went there for everybody's birthday. They always had great pizzas and nice service. (and of course cheap prices)