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Pizza was a lot cheaper in 1972

By johnboy - 2 August 2011 25

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Canberra is now host to a well-developed pizza industry, but John Moulis has been cleaning his shed and found this business card from 1972 when the newly opened Pizza Hut had a much simpler menu, and considerably lower prices.

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Pizza was a lot cheaper in 1972
Watson 7:59 am 03 Aug 11

*well-developed pizza industry*?

After 14 years here I still have trouble finding an authentic Italian pizza! I obviously haven’t tried all of the pizzerias or Italian restaurants though…

Angelina 11:28 pm 02 Aug 11

eyeLikeCarrots said :

I saw a Costco pizza the other day (Some workmates went and bought a few). They were bigger than god’s underpants and prety yummy too. $15 dollars for an 18 incher apparently.

We bought one of those Costco pizzas. It didn’t fit in the oven properly (the edges mooshed against the oven door and back) so we were going to trim it a bit but ended up cooking it on the BBQ. It was nice, nothing too exciting but definately better than the swill you get from pizza hut/dominos etc. I believe $15 is correct.

arescarti42 5:35 pm 02 Aug 11

In addition to inflation you also have to remember that real incomes were a whole lot lower 40 years ago.

I suspect a $2.7 Pizza was probably a delicacy one only had on special occasions for a lot of people in 1972.

Waiting For Godot 4:46 pm 02 Aug 11

Don’t you just love the “quick take-away service” with the advice to “phone 30 minutes ahead”. Now you can phone Dominos and pick up your pizza in ten minutes. Also no home delivery back then, just dine-in and takeaway.

Stevian 4:13 pm 02 Aug 11

eyeLikeCarrots said :

$15 dollars for an 18 incher apparently.

You want that thread about the dodgy masseur

eyeLikeCarrots 4:10 pm 02 Aug 11

I saw a Costco pizza the other day (Some workmates went and bought a few). They were bigger than god’s underpants and prety yummy too. $15 dollars for an 18 incher apparently.

Jungle Jim 3:15 pm 02 Aug 11

Keijidosha said :

Family size had gone the way of the dodo, but I think Encore have brought it back.

This is why I now happily order and pick up my pizza from one of the many family run take-away stores around town. Calwell take-away have some of the (usually) nicest pizza’s I’ve had in Canberra since we used to frequent the Curtin take-away when I was a young lad. When you order a large pizza, it’s more than enough for two people, unlike the ‘large’ chain pizzas.

I tried to have a look at the Encore pizza website, but it doesn’t seem to offer much. I did end up pretending I was in Footscray to see their online ordering system (through Menulog) and it looks like they’ve got family pizzas from $10.90. Anyone know just how big they are?

Keijidosha 2:21 pm 02 Aug 11

Jungle Jim said :

Keep in mind that a large pizza back then would be pretty much twice the size of the ‘large’ pizza’s the chains are pumping out these days.

The standard for a large Pizza was 13″ back when I was working for a pizza joint. Domino’s came on the scene and dropped theirs to 12″, along with Pizza Hut. Now they’re down to 11″.

Family size had gone the way of the dodo, but I think Encore have brought it back.

Holden Caulfield 2:18 pm 02 Aug 11

Six digit phone number is pretty cute too.

Jungle Jim 1:46 pm 02 Aug 11

Keep in mind that a large pizza back then would be pretty much twice the size of the ‘large’ pizza’s the chains are pumping out these days.

Stevian 1:43 pm 02 Aug 11

Also it looks like they might be prices for individual toppings, so it’s not as cheap as you might think

Chip 1:34 pm 02 Aug 11

Yes they were thought to be a cheap novelty back in the early 70s but when you were in one of the first houses in the backwoods of Melba, the drive to Woden had a pretty big carbon footprint plus it was a fast dangerous drive along Coppins Crossing Rd to get home before they got cold. No microwaves, no mobile phones, no worries.

EvanJames 1:27 pm 02 Aug 11

Wow, that brings back some memories. The excitement at having a Pizza Hut… the exciting pepperoni pizzas… the poisonous fruit salad (remember that? ugh)… the luscious sara lee cheesecakes.

gertel 1:21 pm 02 Aug 11

Sorry – using the Aussie RBA inflation calculator it would be $22

gertel 1:16 pm 02 Aug 11

Cheaper? $2.60 in 1972 is $14 in today’s money. You can get large pizza’s for alot less than $14 nowadays!

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