Why does pizza come in round boxes?

@thea09 (18329)
Greece
July 30, 2009 4:10am CST
I know, a bit of a silly question but my son made me ask it, he saw something on TV about this but they didn't give the answer and now he wants to know exactly why a round pizza comes in a square box. Please feel free to add any other chatter about pizza in your responses as he may have a hard time dictating comments for me to type if this subject gets overwhelmed
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26 responses
30 Jul 09
I would probably guess that the cost of making a square box is a lot cheaper than making a round one. Plus I would say that the mechanics for making square boxes are easier than for making round boxes. I remember years ago when waiting in a take away pizza restaurant there was a young boy sitting at the back basically putting the boxes together as they came flat and needed to be folded into place. He was flying through them which I doubt he could have done if they were round. Nice question and it also got me wondering whether a round box could actually be technically called a box, lol.
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
Hi friend, so glad you said it was a good !question, thought it might get me banned as being an inane one liner. Excellent response re the economics of square boxes. Anyway it's got me thinking, aren't hat boxes round? I've never been into hats as they mess your hair up but sure they are round, could that be because the hats cost more than the pizza?
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30 Jul 09
As per usual you are right about hat boxes being round .... and as for this being an inane question. Well an occassional fun question which also provokes inane thought is good for your soul. Now where's my slice of pizza
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
per usual you are right about hat boxes being round Funny how these little questions do get fast responses but my friends here still have the knack of turning them into interesting discussions which provoke thought. As for your slice of pizza I am considering trying a new pizza place complete with wood oven tonight, on the invite of a friendly fisherman. I have to weigh up the pizza against the inevitable kamaki but if the pizza wins I'll save you a slice, hope you like pepperoni and onion
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@Jaxsky (196)
30 Jul 09
I would assume, a square box allows you to grab the yummy pizza when it arrives. If it was a circle surely it would be harder to actually pick the pizza up out of the box! And I think that's a wicked answer considering I've been up for 30mins:D
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
Hi Jacksy, excellent answer considering you've just woken up, you could be right. But if it was a round box it could easily be slid onto a round plate!
@Jaxsky (196)
30 Jul 09
Excellent work people, we are now brainstorming through the square box/round.....box problem. Plus I think Thea that if you are ordering a pizza rule number 1 is you have to eat it out of the box:P So plate sliding is ruled out! Maybe you should walk into your local pizza place and question an unsuspecting employee hahaha! Hours of fun! :)
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
Hi again Jaxsky, brainstorming indeed, maybe I should encourage my 10 year old to think up more fascinating questions. Now I can never order a pizza to be delivered as it wouldn't be in any shape at all when it arrived due to being bumped around on pot holed roads and guaranted to be cold on arrival. If I do go into my local pizza place the pizza is definitely served on plates but they do have square boxes for collectable take outs, maybe I'll engage the owner in this question and see what he comes up with.
@Jaxsky (196)
30 Jul 09
Haha too true, I'd suggest if you 10 yr old is hitting you with these 'Gems' then get him logged on here! :) Or you can continue to steal his thunder:P A very good question though, reward him....food maybe......something round:)
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
I'm afraid he did get on here himself, briefly I should add as children aren't allowed and he could have got me banned. He added lots of car and computer game interests to my lists and typed up a few questions before I caught him at it. Fortunately his spelling passed as mine but our interests were not really the same so I had to go back in and delete them all. I told him to dictate the comment to your first response and he returned with "that's right". I told him I needed more and he said that's it, I quit
@dpk262006 (52825)
• Delhi, India
1 Aug 09
Hi there! I think, every round object attracts us. Other geometrical figures have corners in it for example a triangle or cone. Corners creates a kind of repulsive attitude in some of us, however, round figures are liked by most of us. We are accustomed to see round figures since our childhood, therefore, our preference for it always remains the same.
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Hello dpk, now that's an interesting thought and when I think about it it is actually true. When I stop for a boogatsa it is oblong with the obligatory four corners, and I don't really like the corners as it tends to be dryer pastry with no cream filling reaching into it. So I usually pull the top off it before eating and leave the bottom ones as they are big enough that I don't need to eat the whole thing. But I can't say it is some childhood influence with me, I think it is just really because I don't want any bit of my boogatsa without the delicious filling and it just doesn't reach the corners.
@dpk262006 (52825)
• Delhi, India
1 Aug 09
Thanks for agreeing with me.
• India
30 Jul 09
Well, let me guess,...... I think it is easy to lift a pizza (or its pieces)up from the corners of a square box (There is space left in corners of the box where we can insert our fingers and lift the pizza out). If it is in a round box, the shapes of box and pizza will match and in the same size box, it will be more difficult to fit the hand in and lift it out. Well, that`s a bit too small a reason, hmmm. I will keep looking to the responses to this discussion for the answer to my curiosity.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
Hi friend, I can't believe my ten year old has started all this with all these brilliant brains now working overtime. Jaxcksy already thought of the same answer as you so you'll need to come back with another one, same answers not allowed.
• India
30 Jul 09
Ah, sorry, i didn`t notice Jaxcksy`s answer, it was a near repetition by mistake, but, if you notice carefully, my answer is quite different from the Jaxcksy`s. Now, i don`t get any more reasons for this. If i get, i will certainly let you know. Happy Mylotting!!
31 Jul 09
Pizza comes in a square box to evenly distribute the weight of the pizza inside for one because the pizza would all be directed to the centre if it was circle that is because a circle has no corners thus it could never place the weight to the corners it doesn't have. Also it is a lot easier to open a square box that a circular one :P and a lot easier to carry too ha-ha
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@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hi Ace-Anime, a gravitational answer, that's a good one, i hadn't considered the weight of the actual pizza being directed in a certain direction but will take your word for it. I don't agree with a square box being easier to open and if both types of boxes were carried flat I don't see the difference there either. thanks for responding to this.
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
30 Jul 09
Bundles of square boxes are easier to ship. They have more space to print on. There is also room in the corners for the sauces that are given with the pizza. But from 1988 to 1996 Domino's Pizza chain used the round boxes. They now use a a D-style hexagon carton. Interesting question. Kids do come up with them.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
Hi deebomb, I don't really get that, a round box would have nearly as much room to print on especially if it was bigger than the pizza. We don't have any pizza chains round here in this area, a couple of taverna's do pizzas and the best ones are done in the wood ovens. Did you know it is a fact well known to Greeks that they actually invented pizza? I'm sure my son was taught that in school.
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@deebomb (15347)
• United States
30 Jul 09
But it wasn't until the 1889 that the tomato sauce was added. True mozzarella cheese came from China at taht time so probably was pretty expensive and hard to come by. Tomatoes were unknown in Europe until the Spanish conquistadors took them to Spain. For a long time they were thought to be poisonous. I love learning food facts. Thank your son for giving you the idea for this discussion
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
Hi deebomb, I have passed on your thanks to my son, no doubt now he's going to be coming up with lots of ideas. I actually thought this would be dismissed as a one liner with no responses. I had no idea mozzarella came from China! I always thought it was an Italian thing. I love foodie facts as well, I started a topic a while back about what foreigners think of what other people eat whilst in said foreign country and it bombed but the idea was fascinating to me. Thanks for the info deebomb, this is getting interesting.
• Philippines
30 Jul 09
actually the reason why using square box for pizza its bcoz round box is more costly and difficult to produce, it will require more cutting and more folding and of course need with special machine coz u cant just fold the circle box unlike the square box where u can stock them neatly and just pull them out and assemble them... besides the 4 corners of square box will protect the pizza inside against outside environment.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
Hi homeshoppers, is that from the shopping channels ? We've had the cost effective answer already but you're the first to mention the need for a special machine and the need to protect the pizza.
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
lol... yes there is... actually i just heared it before...
@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
30 Jul 09
Tell your son that all i know is that they are good no matter what kind of boxes they come in..
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
30 Jul 09
Now that is a true and good answer Jo.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36491)
• United States
30 Jul 09
@zhuhuifen46 (3487)
• China
2 Aug 09
I might has a lot to do with packing engineering. For whatever product, packing should assure safe delivery at least cost. Maybe a square box is easier to make in batches, and also stored in flat piles.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
2 Aug 09
Hi zhuhufien, the cost of the packaging has been raised many times so far, as has the storage of boxes in flat piles but never mind it's nice as always to hear your input my friend. The amazing thing is that I actually made an error when typing and unwittingly wrote why does pizza come in round boxes, when I meant to say square, an no one has noticed as everyone of course expected to see the word square.
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
1 Aug 09
thanks alot i did not know that
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
You're welcome but you should have taken four lines to thank me, you'll pick it up but there's lot's of people on here complaining they post a lot and don't earn much money and that is why. Good luck.
@erikmama (12934)
• United States
1 Aug 09
so they dont have to buy boxes and spend moremoney
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Hi erikmama, that's a very unique and insightful observation on the issue of why pizza comes in square, rather than round boxes. Now as a tip to you before you reach the 100 mark responses of less than about 4 lines don't really earn you any money so it is advisable to try and make them the required length, the same applies when you of course comment back to the people who respond to your own discussions. Hope this little tip helps you to increase your earnings here.
@kprofgames (3025)
• United States
31 Jul 09
I think the sqaure box is used for several reasons. One, if fits into the warming bag when they go out for delivers - so the warming bags can be set side by side on the seat without sliding around. Two, it's easier to carry Three, is cheaper to make a sqaure box then a round one because most of the cost of anything is in the packaging, not the product.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Hi kprofgames, well that's a first. I've never heard of warming bags! Pizza isn't delivered locally here but in the big town there are many pizza delivery men tearing round on motorbikes, helmets on their arms and pizzas on the back. In town they have special pizza places I believe but locally there are a couple of tavernas which offer pizzas but it tends to be late evening when it cools down enough to light the pizza ovens.
• United States
31 Jul 09
I bet it is easier for manufacturers to make the sides in squares. So it's just plain easier to make square boxes. Or that is my guess. I don't know how kids eat just cheese pizza, do you? I love toppings and the more the better. Bread sticks are awesome too. Great questions by the way! Shows how smart he is!
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
1 Aug 09
Hi skycritter, thank goodness you read my whole introduction and actually mention something else alongside boxes, well done to you. We don't get bread sticks served with anything out here, just azle basket of bread. But the taverna that has the good pizzas goes one step further and sort of toasts the bread with olive oil drizzled onto it and brings it with a bowl of olives. Really good.
@busky5 (3166)
• Thailand
31 Jul 09
I want to know too why pizza are round.I think may be round pizza is easiest to do.For i have no idea to change tha pizza shape.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hi busky, well I'm still almost certain that somewhere I've had square pizza rather than round. I think it must have been at one of these big Greek do's where someone perhaps cooked it in a big square tray then cut it into pieces, it must be much harder to cook a round pizza at home than a square one. In fact if they were made in a tin they could be any shape at all.
@ethereal1 (218)
• Australia
31 Jul 09
I am pretty sure that it is just because round boxes would be really hard to make compared to square or rectangular ones, which are the easiest to manufacture. Square boxes also stack a lot better, so if you need to store a heap of empty boxes or stack up full boxes, it works so much better with square boxes than round ones. Interesting question!
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hi ethereal, yes the stack of square boxes is probably why, but it would be just as easy to have a stack of round boxes I believe. The harder to make round boxes has been raised several times already and seems to be perceived as the main reason why the pizzas come in square boxes rather than round boxes. Thanks for taking the time to answer.
@nitu1952 (286)
• India
31 Jul 09
It is really a silly question that why pizza conme in round boxes. sometimes there exists a questions of such type whose answer does not exist. sometimes a small chilkd asks such a question whose answer does not exist. in the samne way there does not exist the answer of this question.
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hi nitu, indeed it was a rather silly question but it has drawn you, along with many others, to actually respond to it. Initially the answers which were given were interesting enough to start a discussion rather than just a list of answers. An answer does exist to this question and a child often poses a question which has probably never been given much thought before at all and he has enjoyed seeing the responses. I could then pose the question why do people bother to respond to silly questions, is it because the one liner is perceived as the easy option to respond to. Anyway thanks for not replying that square boxes are easier to make, it is getting old fast
• Philippines
31 Jul 09
Boxes GENERALLY has four corners. Round boxes could be very hard to make. _
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hi koalapenguin, I would agree that generally boxes have four corners, but only if they are square or oblong of course. If a box was round it would'nt have any corners at all and of course hat boxes are round without any corners and someone has managed to make those and manufactured them. Maybe we should recylce hat boxes into pizza boxes.
• India
31 Jul 09
It comes in round boxes bcos pizzas are round in shape. it fits well in it.and does not move here end there in box so dat pizzas dont get damage!!!!
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hello anoopsareen, actually pizza does not come in round boxes but square ones even thought the pizza is round so I think perchance you may have misundertood the question but it does not matter at all. You have given the answer to why pizza ought to come in a round box rather than a square one and I agree that it would receive less damage.
@radx682 (327)
• India
31 Jul 09
Good question :-) I think it is easy to cut it into four halves and eat it...if it is square or any other shape...you anyway cannot eat is as it is...you need to cut it...then such shapes when cut into haives look awkward and I feel it will have sharp corners which can hurt your tongue or throat...hehe...
@thea09 (18329)
• Greece
31 Jul 09
Hi radx, another one with a square pizza scenario but I really can't see the problem with eating a square pizza, something square wouldn't look at all awkward if cut into halves, we often halve our toast after all, but then again you would argue that the majority cut their toast cross wise. Actually sandwiches do look better cut cross wise so maybe I concede the point.