Vending machines are nothing new, but ones that dispense fresh, piping-hot pizza certainly are.
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The Pizzabox is a 6-foot-high vending machine that serves up fresh (not frozen) handcrafted 10-inch pizzas for $5 each. The Pizzabox uses an 800-degree oven, so that pizza is ready 90 seconds after it's ordered -- complete with knife, fork, parmesan, oregano, red pepper, a wet towelette and a napkin.
"The experience can only be compared to a chef pulling a pizza out of the oven in the kitchen of a restaurant," Denis Koci, founder of parent company The Box Brands, told Crave. "It's impossible to eat as the cheese is still very melty, the crust is browned and pizza in general is piping hot. You must let it cool for 5 to 10 minutes, which is perfect if you're taking it on the go."
The machine will feature live video-chat customer service, something that will be introduced in the Burritobox first, Koci told Crave. "The only thing separating us from a fast-food restaurant is customer service, and going forward all of our machines will have a friendly face ready to talk to consumers if they have any questions," he said. "Our machines work identical to most fast-food restaurants and now we will have the same service for customers, no 1-800 numbers."
While the Pizzabox is still being tested, the target date to release the vending machines is early 2015.
"We are initially launching it as the first-ever drive-through pizza experience," Koci said. Indoor locations will mainly consist of airports and colleges, with University of Southern California being the first test spot.