All the Ways to Make Pizza Delivery Even Easier

Rachel Tepper Paley
August 6, 2014

Photo credit: Andre Baranowski/StockFood

Pizza, it can be argued, is the quintessential lazy person’s food. A serviceable slice is usually only a phone call away.

But one can always be lazier. At least that’s our takeaway from the proliferation of new pizza delivery innovations that seek to make ordering pizza an even less work-intensive endeavor.

Consider Push for Pizza, an app that summons pizza at the mere touch of a smartphone button. Sure, the user has to take two minutes to configure the settings—simply choose a pizza place and enter credit card information and an address—but that’s about as complicated as Push for Pizza gets. Even the options are limited: Just cheese or pepperoni. Super simple. 

The app was invented by five teenagers who sought a solution for the age-old dilemma: “I want pizza, but I don’t want to order a pizza.” (The whole ad is pretty funny and worth a viewing): 

In an Gchat interview with Valleywag, co-founder Max Hellerstein wrote that given the simplicity of Push for Pizza, “ordering from Seamless is now going to feel like planning a wedding … It knows what you like to tip, what you like to order, and where you are.” He continued, “We just hate the idea of going through menus.”

And the app works. Slate tried it on Tuesday, to great success. “There was no fuss, just pizza,” Slate writer Jeffrey Bloomer confirmed.

Domino’s pizza drone, the DomiCopter. Photo credit: Domino’s Pizza UK/YouTube

Let’s move along, to pizza delivery drones. Sure, they probably complicate delivery from the restaurant’s perspective (especially since the Federal Aviation Administration has grounded all delivery drones indefinitely). 

But just think of the possibilities: A pizza drone hovering outside the window of your sixth-floor apartment window, saving you the trouble of walking up all those stairs carrying a pie (and, gasp, not eating pizza). A drone delivering pizza to a lookout point after an exhausting hike. A drone soaring over all those other pizza delivery dudes stuck in traffic, and thus eliminating soggy, congealed slices forever.

It’s not just a fantasy; unmanned aerial pie delivery has already occurred in Russia, India, and the United Kingdom. With Amazon pressuring the FAA to let it test drone delivery, we think it’s only a matter of time before pizza drones become a reality.

But, you know, pizza apps and the promise of pizza drones don’t quite meet the needs of some pizza lovers. For those people, jet ski delivery is the only way to go.

In the video above, Nick Ferrugia, owner of Long Lake Grocery of Traverse City, Michigan, explains how he jerry-rigged a jet ski to deliver six pizzas at once. Ferrugia came up with the idea when he noticed that boats were coming in from a day out on the water, and were lined up at a nearby dock… just so sailors could get a pizza fix.

“So I thought: ‘There’s got to be a better way.’” Ferrugia’s customers don’t have to worry about their pizzas getting soggy—the covered metal box on the back of his jet ski is splash-proof.

You’re right, Nick. There is always a better way to deliver pizza.