This Is Why You Shouldn’t Order a Pizza in a Snowstorm

Consensus among Taste of Home staffers says ordering pizza delivery in a blizzard is a mistake. Here's why.

Ready for an unpopular opinion? You shouldn’t order food delivery in a snowstorm. Or a sleet storm. Or a hail storm. Or a hurricane. Or in any extreme, slick or otherwise dangerous weather.

We get it: The temptation is real. You certainly don’t want to leave your house—why not just order delivery? You can stay in your pj’s while you wait for comfort food to arrive at your doorstep. All of us have done it, and the convenience often feels worth the cost.

It’s a Safety Thing, Mostly

Here’s the thing, though: If you don’t want to venture out into the weather, or if you don’t feel safe on the roads, why should you ask someone else to take the risk for you? Many delivery drivers (though certainly not all of them) are young drivers, without tons of experience. Or they may drive older cars without four-wheel drive. Even if your delivery driver is experienced with inclement conditions, he or she is still sharing a road with other drivers in slippery, wet or low-visibility weather. Meaning, the driver is basically risking his life (or at least his bumpers) to bring you some pizza.

Staying in? Try these easy pizza recipes.

But Quality Matters, Too

Still not convinced? Here’s the other thing: Your food is going to take forever to get to your house. It’ll almost certainly be cold when it arrives. Cold pizza + stressed-out delivery guy = not worth it.

Rather than order pizza, why not turn on the oven (and make the house extra cozy) to bake a frozen pizza? We did a taste test of major brands to find the best frozen pizza.

Or if what you’re really craving is restaurant takeout, these copycat recipes are uncannily good.

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Kelsey Rae Dimberg
A former in-house editor at Taste of Home, Kelsey now writes articles and novels from her home in Milwaukee. She's an avid cook, reader, flâneur, and noir fanatic. Her debut novel, Girl in the Rearview Mirror, will be published in June 2019 by William Morrow.