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Marine taste-testers give thumbs up to new gourmet pizza

4 Apr 2007 | Pfc. Ethan Hoaldridge

Marines taste tested four new varieties of gourmet pizzas to help Marine Corps Community Services decide on how to spice up the menu at the American Eatery here.

The five Marines from U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific were asked to give a thumbs up or down for each variety, to decide which ones will make it on the menu.

Michael Matsuda, American Eatery snack bar manager, prepared barbeque chicken, buffalo chicken with blue cheese dressing, taco and chicken alfredo pizzas for the Marines to try out.

Two taste-testers voted buffalo chicken the best, while the other three voted barbeque chicken as their favorite. The alfredo was voted third and the taco pizza left a little to be desired coming in fourth, according to the Marines.

“I’d definitely come up here and buy a buffalo chicken pizza if they had it on the menu,” said Master Gunnery Sgt. Ernest Shifflet, MARFORPAC ammunitions plan chief. “It had just the right bite – hopefully it has just the right price.”

Pizza will be on the menu once a week, probably Wednesdays, according to Ursula Hickox, the Camp H.M. Smith MCCS food operations manager. The new pizzas are scheduled to be available at the American Eatery by next week.

Service members aboard Camp H.M. Smith will soon be able to call and find out the pizza special of the day, and place phone orders for pick up at 477 - 9419.

The American Eatery will offer it by the slice and sell 14 inch whole pizzas as well, as opposed to the old 8 inch pizzas, according to Matsuda.

“We’re trying to add to the menus at Camp Smith to improve the quality of life for our service members here,” said Hickox. “I want to provide the best service we can, but we need feedback, positive or negative, to make educated decisions.”

Other changes in the upcoming weeks will include a new catering menu at the Sunset Lanai here, and Charlie’s Sandwich Shop at U.S. Pacific Command will have ice cream bars and fruit smoothies.

For more information about new menus and catering services call the MCCS Food Management Office at 477–3428.

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