Cici's Pizza

★★★★☆
  • 85 State Rt 17

    East Rutherford, NJ 07073

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  • 201-438-8200

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CiCi's pizza has the most greatest pizza. As i ate it, i became more and more pleased. I went here with my entire family and all of us left the restaurant with a smile on our faces. As I watch the commercials,
I think to myself what they say on here is absolutely true. keep upthe good work Ci Ci's!

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CiCi's pizza has the most greatest pizza. As i ate it, i became more and more pleased. I went here with my entire family and all of us left the restaurant with a smile on our faces. As I watch the commercials,
I think to myself what they say on here is absolutely true. keep upthe good work Ci Ci's!

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I saw TV commercials for this chain. The commercials of course make everything look so great, but that seems to be the accepted arrangement: We know they are being deceptive and THEY know we know. So it's okay to glam it up to get you in there at least once. The kids were hungry and the usual fast food fare seemed boring so I remembered I had spotted a Cici's down on lower Route 17 South, in East Rutherford, NJ.

Straight to the point: This is place should not be in business. Seriously, with all that I said about the gap between advertised and real substance, I am amazed that there could be such a huge gap in this case.

When I came in the door, and saw the layout of all that was offered there on the counters, I should have left immediately. I only stayed because my twins are kindergarten aged, and they saw pizza, and it would be WW3 trying to get them out of there and into a Wendys at that point. The big selling point is it's an "all you can eat" pizza buffet, and I bet they get their share of people that can put it down. But look what you are getting.

First, The salad bar section is so meager, it would be better if they didn't offer one. The "salad fixings' deservedly get quotation marks because I use the word loosely. Okay so you're not supposed to be there for the salad - on to the great pizza buffet!

Now, I want to explain this correctly. Domino's has made efforts to revamp it's pizza, as has Pizza Hut, and I believe it's in response to Papa John's raising the bar on national chain pizza. Still, we know there's national chain pizza and there's the real Italian pizzeria pizza. We make concessions and consider the economics when we settle for chains. Understood? To some people, that kind of pizza is fine all the time, maybe they even consider it just as good, and God bless 'em.

Now with all that being said, Cici's Pizza is STILL BELOW that quality of product. This is, there's no other word for it: "rip-off" quality pizza. There is better pizza than this under the warming lights at 7-11. They might have a shot compared next to the $2 Mama Celeste pizzas in the market frozen food case, but NOT the DiGorno's, not the Freschetta, NO! Many supermarkets make up their own pizzas for you to take home and bake. In fact Costco's pies semi rock. That leaves this far behind. My little girl thought she was getting a baby's portion - she wanted the big girl slice. The slices fit in the palm of your hand. If you take a regular slice, cut it in half length wise, then in half from crust to point, you get the idea of the slice size. The size of a playing card. Of all the times to not have my camera handy! I wanted proof in case no one believed me. If you like bread, the crust is the main course. They have a lineup of pizza toppings, but I swear, I thought I was supposed to take a whole pizza! They say 12 inch, and I'll take their word for it but I found myself using three fingers to pick up a slice off my plate, worried I'd drop it.

It's not my intention to flame these folks for flaming sake. If you've read my other reviews, I have no high brow sense of taste. But I believe in a value that isn't insulting to the very person expected to take money from their pockets. I've had better pizza at Chuck E Cheese, better pizza at 7-11, better pizza made with the Boboli crusts, spaghetti sauce, and bologna toppings by my own kids on "make your own pizza" nights at home! Cici's barely covered their pizzas with sauce, cheese, and toppings. I stood there and counted the shanks of mushroom on an ENTIRE PIZZA! That's right - one, maybe two slivers on some slices - it was mushroom and sausage, so each "slice" had a sausage kibble or two on it too. To be fair, because it was mini slices, it probably wouldn't hold much more.

You wanna know how bad it was? Hopefully some of you will identify with this. The manager brought over some slices of pepperoni pizza because they were out temporarily when we had gone down the line. How this is possible with an empty joint, I don't know, but they probably have to wait for customer flow or the pies will sit out too long. But here's what I'm saying...he brings the slices over, and he's very cordial and all and asks "how's everything?". He's standing there, so sincere, with that smile on his face, I didn't have the heart to run it down to him. This is apparently the standard corporate policy issued level of quality. This is as good as it gets, and he's trying his best within the boundaries he's given, so like one would when meeting person who's "special" - you smile back politely and respond back with niceties.

By Grabthar's Hammer, by the Suns of Warvan, I will never darken the doorway of a Cici's Pizza again. If I ever want pizza on the cheap (in quality, because this was no price bargain either) I'll go to any of the other places I've mentioned before, or to a Lil Caesars for $5 pies than to this joint.

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★★☆☆☆

I saw TV commercials for this chain. The commercials of course make everything look so great, but that seems to be the accepted arrangement: We know they are being deceptive and THEY know we know. So it's okay to glam it up to get you in there at least once. The kids were hungry and the usual fast food fare seemed boring so I remembered I had spotted a Cici's down on lower Route 17 South, in East Rutherford, NJ.

Straight to the point: This is place should not be in business. Seriously, with all that I said about the gap between advertised and real substance, I am amazed that there could be such a huge gap in this case.

When I came in the door, and saw the layout of all that was offered there on the counters, I should have left immediately. I only stayed because my twins are kindergarten aged, and they saw pizza, and it would be WW3 trying to get them out of there and into a Wendys at that point. The big selling point is it's an "all you can eat" pizza buffet, and I bet they get their share of people that can put it down. But look what you are getting.

First, The salad bar section is so meager, it would be better if they didn't offer one. The "salad fixings' deservedly get quotation marks because I use the word loosely. Okay so you're not supposed to be there for the salad - on to the great pizza buffet!

Now, I want to explain this correctly. Domino's has made efforts to revamp it's pizza, as has Pizza Hut, and I believe it's in response to Papa John's raising the bar on national chain pizza. Still, we know there's national chain pizza and there's the real Italian pizzeria pizza. We make concessions and consider the economics when we settle for chains. Understood? To some people, that kind of pizza is fine all the time, maybe they even consider it just as good, and God bless 'em.

Now with all that being said, Cici's Pizza is STILL BELOW that quality of product. This is, there's no other word for it: "rip-off" quality pizza. There is better pizza than this under the warming lights at 7-11. They might have a shot compared next to the $2 Mama Celeste pizzas in the market frozen food case, but NOT the DiGorno's, not the Freschetta, NO! Many supermarkets make up their own pizzas for you to take home and bake. In fact Costco's pies semi rock. That leaves this far behind. My little girl thought she was getting a baby's portion - she wanted the big girl slice. The slices fit in the palm of your hand. If you take a regular slice, cut it in half length wise, then in half from crust to point, you get the idea of the slice size. The size of a playing card. Of all the times to not have my camera handy! I wanted proof in case no one believed me. If you like bread, the crust is the main course. They have a lineup of pizza toppings, but I swear, I thought I was supposed to take a whole pizza! They say 12 inch, and I'll take their word for it but I found myself using three fingers to pick up a slice off my plate, worried I'd drop it.

It's not my intention to flame these folks for flaming sake. If you've read my other reviews, I have no high brow sense of taste. But I believe in a value that isn't insulting to the very person expected to take money from their pockets. I've had better pizza at Chuck E Cheese, better pizza at 7-11, better pizza made with the Boboli crusts, spaghetti sauce, and bologna toppings by my own kids on "make your own pizza" nights at home! Cici's barely covered their pizzas with sauce, cheese, and toppings. I stood there and counted the shanks of mushroom on an ENTIRE PIZZA! That's right - one, maybe two slivers on some slices - it was mushroom and sausage, so each "slice" had a sausage kibble or two on it too. To be fair, because it was mini slices, it probably wouldn't hold much more.

You wanna know how bad it was? Hopefully some of you will identify with this. The manager brought over some slices of pepperoni pizza because they were out temporarily when we had gone down the line. How this is possible with an empty joint, I don't know, but they probably have to wait for customer flow or the pies will sit out too long. But here's what I'm saying...he brings the slices over, and he's very cordial and all and asks "how's everything?". He's standing there, so sincere, with that smile on his face, I didn't have the heart to run it down to him. This is apparently the standard corporate policy issued level of quality. This is as good as it gets, and he's trying his best within the boundaries he's given, so like one would when meeting person who's "special" - you smile back politely and respond back with niceties.

By Grabthar's Hammer, by the Suns of Warvan, I will never darken the doorway of a Cici's Pizza again. If I ever want pizza on the cheap (in quality, because this was no price bargain either) I'll go to any of the other places I've mentioned before, or to a Lil Caesars for $5 pies than to this joint.

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