In 1984, the owner of a local pizza shop in Santa Claus, Ind., founded Pizza Today magazine. Although he was a small town guy, Gerry Durnell dreamed big. He imagined not just a day, but an entire month dedicated to celebrating the saucy, cheesy, all-American food that was the basis of his living. And since his magazine launched in October — National Pizza Month came to be.
Today, pizza places around the country recognize October as National Pizza Month and offer some of the best pizza deals and pizza specials of the entire year. Get ready for some free pizza, discounted pizza and more.
Get a Free Slice of Pizza and Other Pizza Discounts
With so many pizzerias honoring the holiday, chances are you won’t have to go far to get a great deal on a slice — or a whole pie.
- Chuck E. Cheese: Use these coupons to get $2 off any large pizza, extra tokens and more until Oct. 19. Deals vary by location.
- DiRomio’s Pizza and Grill: Use these coupons to get a medium, three-topping pizza for $12, two large, two-topping pizzas plus a two-liter of Coke for $31 and more until Oct. 27.
- Domino’s: Get a large three-topping pizza for $7.99 with code 9174 for a limited time. Carry out only.
- Ernie’s Bar and Pizza: Get $5 appetizers, $3 beer specials and two-for-one pizzas every Sunday for every NFL game in October.
- Graffiato: Join chef Sebastian Rivera on four nights in October for instruction on how to make the perfect pizza. $55 buys you all four classes, which include small plates, desserts and, of course, pizza.
- Great American Pizza Festival: Check out The Great American Pizza Festival in Las Cruces, N.M., on Friday, Oct. 14 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. The area’s top pizza vendors will be there along with 250 craft beers. Tickets cost $15 to $20 and include 10 pizza samples and a free T-shirt.
- Live and Let Livingston Vegan: The Montana vegan group is celebrating National Pizza Month with a vegan pizza menu and gluten-free pizza potluck on Oct. 9 at 4:30 p.m. at the Park County Senior Center. All are welcome, but all dishes must be vegan.
- Marco’s Pizza: Get 25 percent off your online pizza order over $15 with coupon code SAVE9494 at Marcos.com for a limited time.
- Papa John’s: Take 25 percent off your order with code 25OFF until December 2017.
- Pizza Amore: Use these coupons to get a 14-inch pizza for only $5 and more until Oct. 11.
- Pizza and North End Tour: Take a two-and-a-half hour walking tour through Boston’s oldest neighborhood on Oct. 1 from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The tour includes three free slices from some of the city’s best pizza places, including the oldest pizzeria in Boston with an oven from 1883. Get 10 percent off the $39 tickets with coupon code 10PAT.
- Pizzacraft: Pizzafest, which benefits community organizations in the Bay Area, is returning to Berkeley, Calif. Sample slices are served up by more than 15 pizza chefs at the third annual event at Pizzacraft on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are $10, tickets at the door are $20. Entry fee includes a coupon for $5 off any purchase at Pizzacraft.com. Kids under 12 get in free.
- Pizza Hut: Take 20 percent off your order of $20 or more with coupon code 0Q.
- Pizza Zoo: New York City’s biggest pizza party is back. Enjoy free pizza, live music and a pizza eating contest at Stage 48, 645 W. 48th St., on Oct. 29 from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Cash prizes go out to the best costumes. The event costs $11.75 and is for ages 21 and up only.
- Slice Out Hunger: The New York City nonprofit’s flagship event includes $1 slices, drinks, snacks and raffles from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Oct. 5. Proceeds benefit the group’s hunger relief efforts.
All kinds of foods get a day of their own, but pizza is so amazing it requires an entire month to celebrate. Whether it’s stuffed crust pizza, deep dish pizza or regular old cheese pizza, grab a slice this October and see how good it tastes to save on your favorite food.
‘The Pizza Guy’ Celebrates National Pizza Month in NYC
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