Pizza in Movies and on TV

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Posted: May. 14, 2018

Hackers, dancers, and drug addicts—what do they have in common? A love for a good pizza pie. TV series and movies introduce us to new worlds and new personalities. Today, we focus on stories where pizza unites a diverse group of characters, and in some cases, plays a role all on its own. Check out our favorite pizza-loving characters below. 

The Net (1995)

Before there was Deliveroo or UberEATS, there was Sandra Bullock in The Net. The movie opens with Bullock’s character ordering a pungent pizza topped with garlic, anchovies, and extra cheese from In the ‘90s, that was a technological marvel; something only a genius hacker like Bullock could dream up and execute. Later on, computers are the cause of murder and global espionage, but for a brief moment, they are also guardian angels delivering delicious-looking pizza to your front door.

Breaking Bad – ‘Caballo Sin Nombre’ (2010)

The audience knew Walter White had reached the point-of-no-return when he hurled an enormous pizza onto the roof of his house. Not only a lesson in excessive wastefulness, this episode reinforced two truths about pizza:

  1. Don’t be like Walter’s family; always share a pizza pie.
  2. There’s never a good reason for throwing out a fresh pizza.  

The show’s producers happen to be followers of the second pizza commandment. According to star Bryan Cranston, he had just one shot to land a fresh pizza on the roof, otherwise, there was a rubber pizza prop waiting on-hand. Fortunately, he nailed the only pizza that was ordered right on top of the roof on his first try.

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
John Travolta’s character epitomized the NYC-pizza-lover stereotype. Shop assistant by day and dancefloor king by night, Tony Manero, dancing to the rhythm of “Stayin’ Alive,” pauses for two slices from Lenny’s Pizza on 86th Street. In true fashion of his spunky individuality, he stacks the slices and eats them as one. Fans of Saturday Night Fever can still imitate Travolta’s moves leaving Lenny’s, which has been open since 1953.

Mystic Pizza (1988)

The beating heart of this coming-of-age story about two sisters and a friend is the town’s favorite pizza shop A Slice of Heaven. The three young women, wearing t-shirts sporting the memorable name, navigate the growing pains of love, family, and teenagedom. Meanwhile, viewers are forced to watch heavenly pizza pies float by on screen, each crust looking crispier, and each ball of mozzarella looking meltier. A famous food critic even gives the small-town pizza shop a rave review. Too bad this pizza can only be enjoyed in our dreams.

Gilmore Girls – ‘Happy Birthday Baby’ (2003)

Fans of the hit TV series Gilmore Girls know the special bond between Lorelai and her daughter Rory. Fans also know about Lorelai’s endless cravings for food in large quantities. To make her mother’s birthday a memorable one, Rory calls on the town of Stars’ Hollow to create the world’s largest pizza. It wasn’t easy, but in the nick of time, a humongous pizza was lowered onto several tables with a giant crane. Now that’s what we call love.

Back to the Future II (1989)

Of all the wild and crazy gadgets imagined in Back to the Future II, the winning invention is the “Hydrator.” The machine expands foil-packed, mini versions of any food. In this case, it was a half-veggie, half-pepperoni pizza from Pizza Hut that looked just like it came fresh out of the oven. The one difference between the Hydrator’s pizza and the real Pizza Hut pizza? You only have to wait a few seconds for a hot, fresh pie from the Hydrator.

Home Alone (1990)
When Macaulay Culkin’s character Kevin is left behind in the family home at Christmas, he doesn’t feel any sense of loneliness the first days. Instead, he fulfills all his dreams: snoops through his big brother’s room, dances like a madman, and orders a huge “Lovely cheese pizza, just for me.” Kevin is anything but your average nine-year-old and takes advantage of the situation to play a prank. Using the gangster movie Angels with Filthy Souls, Kevin tricks the pizza delivery boy into thinking he’s being threatened by an old mobster, creating one of the most iconic film lines: “Keep the change, ya filthy animal.”

Doesn’t matter the situation; this list shows pizza is the meal of choice for any character type. If you run a pizzeria, use an intuitive and efficient pizza shop POS system to give the best customer care to your guests.


Posted: May. 14, 2018 | Written By: Emma Alois

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