1979 Large Pizza Price

Hey Guys…

Does anyone have an idea on what a Large 16" cheese pizza went for in 1979. We will be celebrating our 30th anniversary and cannot find any historicals in the old boxes.


I doubt it was much more expensive then than many places are today. I seem to remember my parents paying around $10 back in the late 70’s and early 80’s.

While doing a bit of a google search to try to help, I ran across this gem: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdK9j-J4au4


Historic restaurant prices

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Local restaurant prices

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Local public libraries and historic societies sometimes archive old menus.
Local newspapers (on microfilm) can be used to find advertisements for holiday restaurant specials (Mother’s Day brunch, New Years Eve buffet, Thanskgiving dinner).

I don’t know if this will help, but see http://www.examiner.com/x-1495-Seattle- … unch-today (you may have to copy and paste into the address bar).


in 1984 Domonos corporate store sold large (16") cheese pizza for $7.00. Toppings were $1.25. 16 oz bottles of coke $.65.

In 1979 when I was a Dominos manager trainee I remember the price for a 16" one topping pie coming to $7 including the tax. I think it $6.67 without the tax and set that way so that the price came out to a round number. I remember nights where we did over 600 pies. Nuts.

1974 large 16" cheese $2.95

spaghetti 2.00
lasagna 2.40
garlic bread .50
meatball sand 1.45
salad .85
coke .35
beer .65

Thanks for all of the help…we are celebrating 30 years in the biz and I will be offering a Large 16" Cheese Pizza for $6.99 which seems in line for the times.