With the upcoming NCAA college basketball playoffs, a.k.a. March Madness, sports bars and pizzerias are gearing up for two weeks of parties. Fans are also gathering for house parties to cheer on their alma maters and favorite teams. Apart from the games themselves, food is the most vital element to a successful soiree. Typically, barbecuing is the go-to meal option for throwing a game party. But slaving over a hot grill in often questionable March weather is more trouble than it is worth. Instead, pizza is always a delicious and simple choice that’ll leave the group beyond pleased. Between take-and-bake and delivery, the ease of pizza is undeniably timeless. There are a few factors to consider when planning the March Madness party to make sure everybody leave as winners:
- Find the Deals: Many pizzerias – from the national chains to a local independent – participate in special promotions to maximize market share during mega TV sporting events like the NCAA tournament. This year for example, one national chain is advertising 50 percent off on menu price pizzas from March 16-22. Customers should check online of their favorite pizza spot, as the offers can be found on Facebook or the website – make sure to order online where there are often extra savings. Also, pay attention to commercials while watching the games, as you can be sure the pizza chains will be pushing deals.
- Make Your Own Pizza Party: This could be a fun activity during halftime or pre-game, especially for the kids who might not be as enthralled with the game as the fanatical adults. Order take-and-bake and let everyone throw on extra toppings to create personal pies covered in pepperoni, sausage, or pineapple. The more the merrier.
- A Winning Combination: What better way to celebrate than with the three-point shot of pizza, beer, and basketball. A variety of pizza and well as a range of beer will make sure your party is a hit, even if the game is a dud. Craft beers, especially hearty IPA’s elevate the party and complement the rich taste of a pepperoni and meat lovers pizzas. Harder alcohol such as scotch or bourbon might also come in handy, especially if you have to numb the pain from your favorite team losing.
Regardless of whom you are cheering for, a solid March Madness party centers on the grub. Put some thought into which pizzeria has the best deals, the best pepperoni and where to get the tastiest beer. And may the best team win!