I'm single, live alone, and want good, cheap pizza delivered to me so I can sit on the couch and eat it while watching DVDs.
That's where I'm coming from.
Here are the criteria I look for when ordering pizza. I have yet to find a place that meets all of them perfectly, but if they can get most of it right then I'm happy:
- Must be able to accept English-language orders
I don't know the Chinese words for green pepper, pineapple, and pepperoni, and have resolved myself never to learn them. Also, in general my Chinese is pretty bad, so it's just easier if we do this thing in English. And I'll be calling at 4am to complicate matters.
- Must be cheap
When I flip through the Sherpas, my heart sinks when I see prices hovering around and over 100rmb for a single pizza. I realize these pizzas are made with the finest ingredients hand-flown in from Italy, but I'm more just looking to gorge myself rather than embark on a fantastic culinary experience.
- Pizzas must not be made of poison
Here's how you rock that one: the "Healthy" pizza, the "Meat Eater's" pizza, and the "Mexican" pizza, just to keep it interesting. I can also vouch for the "Hawaiian" and the "Four Cheese and Basil," and you can sub out that "Healthy" pizza. It was just for appearance's sake anyways.
A note on the "Mexican": eat it first. You can't really put that one in the fridge. It looks really depressing the next morning, with the cold ground beef and hardened guacamole.
Being a Mealbay VIP is one of the highest honors I've ever known.
Actually, now that I think of it, this place is a little more expensive in the end (decent options are around 60-70rmb for a large, pre-Mealbay delivery fee), although it's still the cheapest of the classic Italian-style pizza options in Shanghai.
The bad thing about Alexander, as is the case with Una's, is that it closes and they won't be there for you when you really need them at 4am.
Best thing about them too is that they never close. Not ever. I've ordered from them at 8am before. I wish for nothing but good things for whoever is running the Yellow Submarine place (open since 1994!) and hope they have all the success in the world.
But I can't stay mad at you Melrose -- even though sometimes your pizza tastes like it was prepared in the coldest, most inhospitable regions of outer space -- because I respect your tenacity, your ubiquitousness, and you never ever close.
Also, I have an unlimited supply of those "Two Medium Pizzas for 99rmb" coupons, and I will be there to pop one of those in your cold dead hands.