Each week, my Meal of the Week feature examines an airline meal from my travels over the years. This may be a meal from earlier in the week or it may be a meal served over a decade ago.
Is it possible to enjoy a delicious pizza above 30,000 feet?
Over the last 12 years I’ve only been served pizza five times. We’ll discuss each pizza below, in chronological order.
The first time I was served pizza was on a United Airlines flight from Chicago (ORD) to San Jose (SJC) in 2007. Put simply, it was horrible. Soggy, doughy, cold in the middle and scalding on top.
It was six years before I encountered another pizza on an airplane. Again, it was memorable…in a bad way. I was flying Lufthansa Economy Class from Frankfurt to Philadelphia and a nicely loaded but very soggy pizza was offered prior to landing.
The following year, I experienced a decent…but still not very crispy…pizza onboard US Airways from Frankfurt to Philadelphia in business class.
Four years later, on an Alitalia flight from Rome to Los Angeles, I experienced the pizza that most let me down. I had such high hopes for great pizza as the mid-flight snack. The pizza looked very delicious as well. Sadly, it was almost all dough. Still good, though.
My last pizza was a buy-on-board UNO Chicago deep dish pizza on United last year. Frankly, this was one was tasty, though it could have been left in the oven a bit longer.
That seems to be the common denominator for all airplane pizzas. A frozen pizza is not inherently bad, but it must be left in the oven long even to brown and become crisp.
When offered, I’ll still try an airline pizza. But next time I’m going to say to “burn” mine.
Have you found good pizza served onboard an airplane