There is no bigger crowd-pleaser than a piping-hot pizza. Literally no one has ever gone to a party and lamented to their friends that they wish the host had served something else instead of pizza. And pizza works for every kind of event, from a casual, Saturday night get-together to a more official birthday party for a 35-year-old coworker.
It's hard to mess up ordering a pizza — as long as you order enough (see: The Right Amount of Pizza to Order for a Party). But you can do an even better job if you ask for these three things when you place the order.
1. Ask for the double cut.
This is technically a tip we give if the pizza is for little kids, but it's a good idea for adults in a few scenarios. Maybe you're getting a lot of different types of pizzas and people might want to try a few of each? A double cut allows guests to have a little bit of each pie. Or maybe you're worried you're not going to have enough seats for everyone to sit down and eat? A double cut makes a slice more manageable for people who may have to eat while standing. People who don't like the double cut can just take two and pretend it's a whole slice.
2. Get the pies well-done.
Even if the pizza is just for you on a random Tuesday night, we almost always recommend asking for the pizza to be well-done. A not-so-well-done pizza can get soggy (read: messy), which makes it especially hard for people to eat in a party setting. A slightly longer stint in the oven will create a firmer crust that holds up.
3. See if they'll give you some Parmesan on the side.
Most pizza places are happy to give you a few Solo cups (the ones your favorite takeout place uses for salad dressing) full of Parmesan cheese. You can use a fork to poke holes into the lid to create a makeshift shaker of sorts, or put the stuff in a small bowl with a spoon. Trust us, people will be pumped to see it when they go to grab a slice.
Do you ask for these things? Do you ask for anything else? Tell us in the comments below!