Has This High-Tech Company Finally Designed a Better Pizza Box?
Best known for its pizza-making robots, Zume Pizza in Silicon Valley may have a “green” solution to soggy pizza.
Zume’s Pizza Pod boxes can be customized for holidays, such as Halloween and Christmas.
Has someone finally built a better pizza box? Leave it to the folks at Zume Pizza, the Silicon Valley startup best known for its pizza-making robots.
Zume co-founders Julia Collins and Alex Garden may have hit upon the solution to preventing soggy delivery pizzas, reports FoodandWine.com. Customers want their pizza hot when it arrives, but the box that keeps them hot also traps in steam, which results in a damper, mushier pie.
Robots help assemble the pizzas at Zume, but the company’s fresh take on the pizza box is a lot more down-to-earth.
Zume has been working to solve that problem in several ways. For starters, its pizzas arrive hotter because they’re baked right in the delivery truck en route to the customer. But Collins and Garden have also tackled the problem of the pizza box, too, replacing the cardboard with sugar cane and other plant-based materials. Additionally, the box, called the Pizza Pod, has ridges that elevate the pie slightly from the bottom of the box.
Collins told FoodandWine.com that she and Garden “based [the Pod] loosely off a panini press, with grooves to guide any liquid or oil/grease into a center, circular recess, untouched by the pizza. This diversion of liquid ensures the pizza doesn’t risk being soaked by grease or any other moisture after it’s been cut, so it stays hot and crispy long after it leaves the oven.”
A box made entirely of organic ingredients is also compostable and better for the environment. But that’s not all, according to FoodandWine.com. “The box is also designed with compartments for each slice, which makes a used box easy to fold up and place inside even a small apartment compost bin. That is particularly good news since pizza box recycling (or the impossibility thereof) is a problem that has plagued pizza lovers all over the country.”