The Untold Truth Of CiCis Pizza

People can eat their pizza-loving hearts out
at CiCis. Even the pizza biz, though, doesn’t come without
its share of gossip. CiCis has seen some ups and downs since its
inception. Keep watching to get the straight sauce on
the untold truth of CiCis. CiCis is synonymous with pizza. And for good reason: until 2015, the brand
was called Cici’s Pizza. Not only did they drop the “pizza” part from
their name, they also dumped the apostrophe, causing mass confusion over just whose restaurant
chain this is anymore. But there was a reason behind the madness. By changing from Cici’s Pizza, to simply “CiCis,”
the chain hoped to emphasize that they have a lot more to offer than a slice of pie. They also offer salad, soups, pastas, wings,
desserts — and even a game room — and they don’t want you to forget that, which
might be why their new slogan is “Beyond Pizza.” Sarah McAloon, CiCis Chief Marketing Officer,
said in a press release, “CiCis believes that differences are what
make life most flavorful, so the new brand positioning underscores our promise to empower
individuals through the freedom of the buffet to find the tastes they love.” Along with the new name, CiCis also unveiled
a new abstract logo, which is comprised of different colored triangles coming together
to form something that looks… kinda like a pizza? And in 2016, they completed the rebranding
with redesigned restaurants, including a new color palette to match their logo, new seating,
and an upgraded layout and buffet design that makes everything from the food to the games
more accessible. Though the name of the chain is CiCis, the
restaurant was actually founded by a guy named Joe Croce, who opened the first location back
in 1985. While other major pizza chain owners went
on to become minor celebrities, like Little Caesars founder Mike Illitch and Papa John
Schnatter, Croce was a different sort of owner. Franchise owner told PizzaMarketplace that
Croce put people first and profit second, even lending money out of his own pocket to
help people he believed in get a start with the chain. “That man loaned me — a married father of
four making $35,000 a year — $146,000. It was a handshake deal.” In 2003, Croce announced in a press release
that he had decided to sell CiCis and retire at the age of 44 in order to focus on his
family. “I will be leaving CiCis to become a full-time
husband and father to my young family.” In keeping with his philosophy, though, he
insisted that the chain would only be sold to the people he trusted most: the other members
of his executive board. And he also donated 20% of the profit from
the sale of the chain to his local church in Texas. Talk about walking the walk! To think that if Joe Croce followed his degree
and not his passion, it’s possible the entire concept of the pizza buffet may not exist. Croce graduated college with an accounting
degree, but after jumping into a job as an accountant, he realized his real passion was
pizza. At the time, pizza places were either carry
out or delivery, and though Joe loved how pizza brought joy to people’s lives, he felt
that with the current pizza model, something was missing. So he created a sit down pizza joint with
an unlimited pizza buffet. It wasn’t until the ‘90s that Pizza Hut
followed suit with their own pizza buffet, but unlike CiCis, their version was only available
on weekends or as part of the lunch menu. Thanks, CiCis! With more than a dozen varieties of pizza
on the buffet at CiCis it’s hard to not find something to love, but CiCis custom-ordering
program makes sure there is truly a pizza for everyone. Guests looking to bite into their favorite
pizza combination can rest assured that if they can’t find it on the buffet, CiCis will
make it for them — in a personal size meant just for them. Pizza lovers can choose a traditional or flatbread
option, add their choice of sauce, and pick up to four toppings to add to their personal
pizza for no extra cost to the buffet price. And the personal pizza is still part of CiCis
famous buffet, so guests can still enjoy unlimited salad, dessert and more pizza. Don’t get too excited, though, because the
unlimited pizza is actually limited to just one customizable pizza per customer. If you want seconds, you’ll have to choose
from choices already on the buffet. That’s not the only limit on unlimited buffets. Multiple people online have claimed they were
told they had exceeded the maximum amount of pizza allowed by the chain. A Redditor, for instance, posted that they
were asked to leave after downing 22 slices, while another patron revealed on the IGN forums
that they were shut off after an incredible 52 slices. So next time you’re tempted to test just how
unlimited the unlimited buffet is, now you know that even CiCis has its limits. There’s also one other thing about the buffet
you should probably know: that food might not be nearly as fresh as you expect. Oh, sure, CiCis says that their buffet is
a place you’ll find pizza “hot ‘n’ fresh right out of the oven,” but the truth is that some
of their locations haven’t been up to par, leading to health code violations. “We’re here cause you’re on Dirty Dining
this week for when you were shut down for the rat infestation!” For instance, in Lincoln, Nebraska a CiCis
was cited for 13 different violations. Some of those violations included too low
of temperatures and items sitting out on the buffet for far longer than customers probably
care to know. And at another location, this time in Georgia,
a CiCis was cited during a health inspection for not noting the times they were placing
pizzas out on the buffet. This location too was cited for temperatures
being too low, specifically for the pizza sauce. The funny thing about the timing of the inspections
is that both restaurant violations came after CiCis was said to have implemented electronic
timers on the buffet line. These timers are supposed to flash yellow
indicating when it’s time to remove the pizza from the buffet and replace with a fresh one,
leaving no excuse for a violation. Although all CiCis restaurants are individually
owned, it’s hard not to judge all by the actions of some, so you may want to take a good long
look at the items on the buffet next time you’re filling up your plate — or ask an
employee how long they’ve been there. CiCis has been recognized as a kid-friendly
restaurant, and it’s not just because it has an array of different food options for picky
eaters. CiCis also prepares for those who need the
food and entertainment combo on a family night out, or a place for kids to escape while parents
enjoy some adult time. That’s why CiCis has a game room. From air hockey to arcade games and even a
few where you can win some prizes, CiCis is making their restaurants more than a place
to eat, but also to have a little fun. Before you find your lips stained and fingers
with pizza sauce, grab some tokens and play some arcade games. Then after your dessert of cinnamon rolls,
play a little air hockey to round out the night. Some CiCis locations even have a few coin
operated toys to ride, for little ones not quite ready to bring their A game to the arcade. In 2016, CiCis fell victim to a data breach
that affected at least 135 restaurants across the country. Hackers had tricked employees into installing
card-stealing software at the affected stores, and when customers were swiping credit cards
at the register, data was captured. The number of credit cards affected during
the beach were upwards of 600,000. How does a hacker trick someone into causing
such mass chaos? According to experts, the hackers actually
used social pressure rather than anything super high tech – they just called the locations
and conned the employees into installing the malware themselves. CiCis is not the only chain to fall victim
to a malware attack like this, though. 41 million customers were affected due to
a Target data breach. After Target, Home Depot fell victim to the
largest point-of-sale hack of all time. 56 million credit cards were affected during
that breach. If you’re a pizza lover looking for a way
to make a little extra money, it may be time to sign up for CiCis Pizza Challenge. Grab a friend, scrounge up $50 and make sure
you go hungry because you won’t reap the reward without eating an extremely large pizza. To take part in CiCis Pizza Challenge teams
must eat every bit of a 28-inch pizza and down two 32-ounce drinks in under an hour. Pizza lovers from across all CiCis location
compete against each other and the team who completes the challenge the fastest not only
goes home with a stomach full of pizza, but a grand prize of $2,500. The 2019 CiCis Pizza Challenge pitted 36 teams
against each other. Out of 36, only six were able to scarf down
every bite and they all did it in less than 30 minutes. The fastest challenge team, hailing from Chicago,
named themselves the Glutton Force Five. They downed an entire 28-inch pizza in an
impressive seven minutes and 25 seconds. Most CiCis restaurants are franchised. Now, thanks to the CiCis Patriot Program,
veterans are getting a chance to join in on the front line of the business world. CiCis launched their Patriot Program in 2012
allowing extensive savings to qualified U.S. veterans interested in franchising CiCis. CiCi’s Chief Operating Officer says the
program was launched as a way to, quote, “express our gratitude and deepen our brand’s commitment
to veterans.” Through the CiCis Patriot Program veterans
pay no franchise fee and, in addition, during the first year the restaurant is open, veteran
franchise owners also receive a 50 percent royalty fee reduction. Franchisee George Cox said in a press release
that as a veteran he is “proud to be a part of a company that is dedicated
to helping more veterans succeed in the civilian and business community. […] The new CiCi’s Patriot Program presents
an opportunity to explore franchising as a career path and I hope more veterans take
advantage of it and join our CiCi’s family.” If there’s one place in America other than
Nashville that’s synonymous with country music, it’s Branson, Missouri, where some of the
biggest stars in the world gather nightly to perform good old fashioned country and
western classics. It’s the rootinest, tootinest country jamboree
this side of Hee Haw. Wait, country music? We know what you’re thinking. “What the f— does that have to do with
pizza?” “…I dunno.” But actually, it turns out that the largest
CiCis in the whole world is located in Branson. Measuring over 13,000 square feet, the Branson
CiCis boasts a 40-foot buffet with expansive seating that can hold nearly 400 pizza lovers
at one time. And in addition to the massive seating area,
the Branson CiCis also has two party rooms: the so-called “ready-to-go” pizza area and
a $1 million game room. You may lose yourself, or at least track of
time, as you make your way through 5,000 square feet of fun. Are you guilty of donating what could’ve been
your college fund in quarters to claw machines? Well, get ready, because at the Branson CiCis
it looks like you’ll be doing it again. With several to choose from, they can get
addicting. If you tire from raising and lowering the
claw arm, head on over and roll your luck in the even more classic game of Skee-Ball
or take a chance at racking up tickets on games that will win you prizes. So the next time you’re heading down to Branson’s
76 strip to enjoy the famous Navy Pier ferris wheel, adventure resort, rope courses and
coasters, you’ll know where to stop for an energy boost. Country music and pizza. Does life get any better? Check out one of our newest videos right here! Plus, even more Mashed videos about your favorite
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100 comments on “The Untold Truth Of CiCis Pizza”

  1. Mashed says:

    Have you ever eaten at a Cicis?

  2. Cornberry says:

    Is this a Cicis ad, because it's working. Never been to one but I've always wanted to. There's one like half an hour away from me. A little far, but man the PIZZA

  3. TaxiJack says:

    Do you have make 100 days of warframe

  4. Edward Hartzell says:

    Cheep food for its price but they could blow out the business huge with the right pizza maker behind it there are two bothers in New York that has pizza at a dollar a slice and it's good and there business is booming CiCis could do better at the same deal they have now they all most had it right under the name pizza buffet.

  5. James Price says:

    They probably cut you off for health reasons

  6. matt rc says:

    I love Cicis.

  7. Tchitchouan Inouane says:

    Cicis Crisis

  8. Joey Carlyle says:

    When I was in college, I remember eating pizza at Mr. Gattis. It was also a buffet pizza chain. I think they were bought out or went out of business.

  9. Scooby Snacks says:

    Sorry but I gave buffet style restaurants YEARS ago. Not everybody believes in washing their hands after using the restrooms.

  10. Omar Qasirov says:

    The actual limit is 22 slices.

  11. Pádraig-Eóin Dalrymple says:

    Love the dessert pizza. When I was poor, I would eat there and that one meal would last me all day. If I couldn't finish my plate, I could take home whatever I didn't finish. Its not the best, but I have fond memories of being able to afford a full belly cheaper than what it would cost for me to cook at home.

  12. Joshua Humes says:

    I love Cicis!!

  13. colomblanco says:

    "To think that if Joe Croce followed his degree and not his passion, the concept of a pizza buffet may not exist." LMFAO! I can imagine a group of 20 year olds researching this. So adorable!

  14. Travis Morse says:

    Makes me want to own a Cicis.

  15. S T says:

    Ok but that buffalo chicken pizza slaps hard…

  16. Nerrad says:

    If you’re mad that you were told to leave a restaurant after more then 20+ slices of pizza then you have SERIOUS problems.

  17. Krazy Calvin says:

    Trash pizza… but those cinnamon things… mmmmmmm

  18. Krazy Calvin says:

    2:44 Ok… thats a little bit of a stretch.

  19. Krazy Calvin says:

    I hope everybody enjoyed your 11 minute Cicis commercial.

  20. Djdjsj Fishing says:

    I’m not going to watch the video because I love cicis pizza and I don’t want this video to ruin it

  21. Paul Allen says:

    Why are we watching this?

  22. Pete Villarreal says:

    Does anyone know if you can take some of the buffet food home?

  23. Stacey Hunt says:

    Why am I torturing myself with this video?! I’m doing the keto diet and can’t have pizza the way I want it!🤦🏽‍♀️ But I can eat each piece of pizza in my mind. Eating imaginary pizza is a good alternative. 😂

  24. I don’t know a good username E. says:

    Cicis pizza is horrible

  25. epicdriver4g says:

    If you want real pizza, go elsewhere.😂

  26. Jus Me says:

    Imo macaroni shouldn't be on pizza. It was tough and dry naw. Blt pizza was g.a f.

  27. Jus Me says:

    Too many ads!!!

  28. roxcyn says:

    They closed all the ones in my city.

  29. cicis 28 incher says:

    This is us destroying the cici's 28 inch pizza challenge.

  30. gabriel walters says:

    They meed to open one in grand blanc again :/

  31. Ja Biezel says:

    Why was that kid playing the video game shirtless??!

  32. Michael Morris says:

    They need to try their pizza because it is awful!!!!

  33. Ben Carmona says:

    Serve nothing but luke warm meat only pizza. No vegetable options on the regular rota. Pretty much have to custom order everything

  34. FaZe KraKen says:

    In my country we dont have cicis pizza

  35. John Kimble says:


  36. Danny Danny says:

    How does it compare to Chuck E Cheese?

  37. Kenneth Felipe says:

    All I have to say is yuck and yuck. This is by far the worst pizza I’ve ever ate I still remember the nasty taste in my mouth over 10 years ago. I so glad they close down in my city.

  38. Jay McBride says:

    The founder of Cicis- Joe is a great guy, but the pizza isn't any good. Yeah, there's no secret to that 🍕, it's just frozen pizza on a fryer, without any seasoning whatsoever with little cheese. I'd rather pay $5 to Little Caesars or even $6 for the Extra Most Bestest at Little Caesars. Hungry Howie's $5 large pizza is ok too, just not as good as Little Caesars- but still better than Cicis-!

  39. Gavin Hanson says:

    Went to CiCis for the first time since I was a kid the other day and the pizza was garbage, had like 4 pizzas to choose from. Nothing like I remember it being.

  40. The Dred God says:

    i love cicus

  41. Dankenstein Corsentino says:

    The food @ Cicis is substandard AF!

  42. Mr Death says:

    I love alfredo pizza❤❤❤❤

  43. Eddie Mathews says:


  44. The_Gaming_Syndrom says:

    Joe coochie

  45. Abroken Heart says:

    The last time I sat down at a CCs restaurant, many-many years ago I watched as someone was going around cleaning the tables. Nothing wrong with that except as he was using a spray bottle to spray the table with cleaning fluid, he was also so careless that as he was spraying, whatever concoction was in that bottle was also being sprayed onto the salt and pepper shakers that were sitting in the middle of the table. I immediately lost my appetite and I never returned to CCs.

  46. Meme Juice says:

    Please stop. I just ate half of a pumpkin pie, the more you say "eat" or "pizza" it makes me feel like shit.

  47. MCTeck says:

    If I want a Great Pizza.. I make it My self.

  48. fall22123 says:

    Worst pizza place I've ever tried. Pizza is just blah…tasteless. Bon crapetite. There are way better places to eat.

  49. err0r0b0 says:

    Papa John Shatner ??

  50. Carcrash Shawty says:

    the narrator's voice is fucking awful

  51. Crystal Roderick says:

    i wish there was one out here

  52. Peter Dwor says:

    I'm not gonna lie, I think I might have eaten enough to get kicked out but they just didn't mention it or something.

    I went with my family after swimming practice and I was so tired and hungry my family would just bring me plates. I don't recall exactly how much I ate but my family always mentions it. Usually they say at least 3 pizzas worth, a bunch of bread and Mariana sauce, 3 or 4 bowls of pasta, like 5 brownies, and some more.

    Do note, I was very athletic at that time and around 17. My stomach could handle a lot more that. Example being eating a footlong sub would still leave me pretty hungry.

  53. Peter Dwor says:

    Its honestly not a horrible place to go to for the price at all.

  54. Lith Kast says:

    Today I found out there are two mashed channels. Mashed and mashed. both are verified which makes things super confusing as to who the real mashed is.

  55. presidenthotsauce says:

    Just take Matt Stonie with you.
    He'll get kicked out and they won't mind you!

  56. Julian Mesa says:

    My school serves cicis pizza (different dough and low fat cheese) and it’s a public school

  57. L1F3 1NVAD3R says:

    Would it be considered cheating if I smoked a joint before doing the Cicis challenge so I can come hungry? LOL

  58. vincent pistoia says:

    Ive lived in 15 different states and have literally never seen a cici's anywhere.

  59. Kacob Jump says:

    idk what im doing anymore

  60. Jeremy’sValentine says:

    I need to go check out this new Cicis, haven’t been in years

  61. inglorious_Machina says:

    I've only ever seen one Cici's in my life.

    The food wasn't bad. Not inredible, but not bad.

  62. Randy Hayden says:

    Sounds like chucky cheese buffet

  63. altron1563 says:

    Ate 40 slices of pizza there. No regrets

  64. ラブレスブライアン says:

    I've literally never heard of cicis.

  65. Johnny Cabrera says:

    That's a lie in my cicis I used to work at we had unlimited toppings and we never asked a person to leave

  66. Caz Pace says:

    I use to work at cici for a year if u wonder anything let me know

  67. SuperSuperGodfist says:

    I´ve eaten at Cici´s but it is not a regular thing for me to eat there.

  68. FN-1701AgentGodzillaRangerPrime-El says:

    Ew, veterans

  69. Mike says:

    I wanna make out with the narrators voice

  70. Jason Malone says:

    Pizza buffets have been around before cicis in Texas Mr Gattis had a buffet years before cicis even popped up. And in high school cicis opened up here it was like 2.99 for a buffet we would go like 8 deep after 2 a day football practice and tear they ass up nobody asked us to leave..

  71. XYZ ABC says:

    For 5 bucks it's not bad

  72. Brendan Corey says:

    Worst place to work in all history

  73. Marc Baker says:

    The truth is feces pizza sucks

  74. Mark Douglas says:

    Used to be one in my hometown. After football practice me and some lineman buddies would go and smash pizza..then get a salad after so we could feel healthy. They closed senior year and we had first losing season in like 10 years

  75. Derrick Jackson says:

    The cicis pizza I go to has good food and the food has timers on them for 45 minutes. Usually most don’t last 10 minutes on the bar.

  76. nononodarkhowareyou says:

    I used too work cici's

  77. William Hyde says:

    Its the same as all franchises,it depends on the area and the franchise owner's dedication to quality .some are great some are so-so,and some are garbage dumpsters

  78. shrek boi says:

    people be boo ganging the pizza

  79. shrek boi says:

    I think theirs only like 50 in America

  80. Leonardo Garcia says:

    It’s gonna be only 2010 kids will remember

  81. Jesus Bucio says:


  82. Beleaguered Beluga says:

    There was a Cicis not too far from here, and I liked to go there to down a lot of pizza on the cheap with brother and friends from time to time. Sadly, one day we went there, and the place had closed down seemingly out of the nowhere. RIP my local Cicis. Still havent found a suitable replacement pizza buffet restaurant ever since.

  83. load714 says:

    From food to crap. Yes I have eaten at several. And they have gone down hill big time. Cheap food and nasty employees. Stay safe and don't go to one.

  84. GingerBeardMan Dunn says:

    As any chain it's super dependent on the specific location. I live in NC and have eaten at about 10 different Cicis. One in Pineville stands out as the best and only ill still go to, while just a few miles down the road in Charlotte and Gastonia they operate like it's a crack den and they are anticipating being shut down any minute.

  85. James Pyle says:

    Once this video went to talking about Branson, I really thought I was watching the local news commercials.

  86. Taranvir Dhaliwal says:

    I got 107 slices in one sitting

  87. Opochtli says:

    CiCi's is alright, why don't they have a Mexican Pizza though? Racists!

  88. Gonja Sensai says:

    Yehaw Barbecue!!

  89. bigredmachine510 says:

    We don’t have any locations near me but we get their commercials all the time

  90. W. Long says:

    The one where I live did away with the Apple dessert pizza on the buffet and replaced the chocolate pizza years ago with brownies. No thanks. The dessert pizza was one of the few reasons to go there. That and the pizza is just not as good as it was 15-20 years ago.

  91. Marl Kalone says:

    Probably a good thing that the founder sold the company back when it was more popular. Seems like an amazing guy, and would be heartbroken at the current state of the business.

  92. Clarence Witzel says:

    Pizza 🍕 gate anyone????

  93. Absolute Minecraft says:

    I’ve never heard of this brand before! If I ever go to America, I’ll try it out!

  94. Yami Gonzo says:

    Is still cici’s pizza in Florida

  95. Wake up with The Rooster says:

    That place sucks, corona location closes before they were supposed to and just looked at me as I tried opening the door 2 hours before closing…. don’t care about their customers

  96. roadchewer PE says:

    Person at 4:05 really wants some pizza, biting her lip for it.

  97. Elijah Ford says:

    They exist

  98. [SC] Quake says:

    Why do you sound like Velma from scooby doo

  99. davio says:

    Take a shot everytime you hear

  100. Israel Garcia says:

    I have its good

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