How to Order Costco Pizza Like a Pro + Top Tricks

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Costco has three pizza topping options in their food court: pepperoni, cheese, and the unadvertised ½ pepperoni ½ cheese. All pizzas are sold in one size only, Costco-sized.

Costco Cheese Pizza

Costco’s cheese pizza is a massive 18″ pizza made with 10.5 ounces of tomato sauce and 24 ounces (1.5 pounds) of mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan cheese blend. 

The cheese blend is unique, and one reason Costco pizzas excel over other retailers as most other pizza chains will use just one type of cheese in their pizza pies.

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Costco Pepperoni Pizza

The Costco Pepperoni Pizza is made with the same pizza dough as the cheese pizza but with 60 slices of pepperoni. 

The tradeoff is that the pepperoni pizza is made with only 14 ounces of the shredded mozzarella provolone blend compared to the 24 ounces on the cheese pizza.

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Costco doesn’t just haphazardly throw pepperoni on the pizza like other pizza chains but will strive to cover your pizza with 60 pepperoni slices. 

Because all Costco pizzas are cut into 12 slices, each slice should have 5 pieces of pepperoni on average.

Costco ½ Pepperoni and ½ Cheese Pizza

This pizza option isn’t listed on Costco’s menu signage but is available for order at Costco’s self service Kiosk. The pizza will be half pepperoni (30 slices) and half cheese.

Since the removal of Costco’s combination pizza, there aren’t really any other options for customization with Costco’s pizza.

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Not Costco's Best. Presentation Could Use Some Work

How Much Does a Whole Costco Pizza Cost?

Each whole Costco pizza, regardless of toppings, will cost $9.95 and come in only one size, 18″.

Compared to most other pizza chains/restaurants, this would be an X-large, and it’s hard to beat an everyday price of $9.95 for an X-large pizza.

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Costco does have limited toppings (cheese and pepperoni) but makes up for it with its large size and extreme value.

If you are just looking for a slice of pizza, that will cost $1.99 and is usually available immediately at the food court. Again, the toppings will be the same, cheese or pepperoni.

How Many Slices in a Costco Pizza?

Each whole 18″ Costco pizza will be cut into exactly 12 slices. Costco uses a cutting guide over the pizza for efficiency and precision.

The $1.99 Costco pizza slices are sliced larger, at 1/6th of a whole pizza.

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Comparison photo of a $1.99 individual slice of Costco cheese pizza vs. a full pepperoni slice. A $1.99 slice is twice the size of a slice from a whole pizza.

How to Order Costco Pizza?

There are two ways to order a pizza from Costco. The most common will be to order from the food court self-serve kiosk directly at the warehouse. 

Costco members can also phone in their orders ahead of time.

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Note The 1/2 Pepperoni 1/2 Cheese Pizza

I have provided instructions on how to find your local Costco food court’s direct phone number below.

How Long Is The Wait for Costco's Pizzas?

There usually is a minimal wait time of just a few minutes for individual slices of pizza at Costco’s food court, but the wait time for a whole pizza can vary. 

If the food court isn’t busy, the wait time can be as short as 10-15 minutes, but if the food court is swamped with orders, the wait can be as long as 30-45 minutes+. The Costco food court employees will often try to warn you if the wait times are excessive.

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The time and day you place the order will also significantly impact the wait time. Generally, ordering during lunch or dinner hours or ordering on special occasion days like Halloween or The Super Bowl will have the longest wait times

How to Reduce The Wait Time? (Pro Tips)

While you can’t reduce the time it takes for Costco to take your order and make your pizzas, you can be strategic and efficient with your time.

Call In Your Costco Pizza Order Ahead of Time

The Costco Food Court does allow you to order pizza over the phone. Give your local Costco food court a call to place and schedule your pizza order. 

You can have your pizza made to order asap, and it will be ready in about 30 minutes, or you can schedule your pick time in advance.

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If you are ordering multiple pizzas from Costco, please make sure to call and give advanced notice. The more time, the better! 

I have posted instructions below on how to find the direct line to your Costco food court where you can order the pizza.

Order Your Pizza Before You Shop

Another technique many Costco members like to use is ordering their pizza before they start shopping. They make a quick stop at the food court, put in their pizza order, and then begin their Costco adventure. 

Before you order, it may be wise to ask the food court employees how long the pizza may take. If the pizza will be done quickly, you may be better off ordering during your Costco shopping spree. 

Remember: All Costco pizzas are made fresh!

Order Your Pizza While you Shop

I like to take my time shopping at Costco, and I don’t want to feel rushed to pick up my pizza, so I order my whole pizzas in the middle of my shopping experience. 

Usually, when I get to the frozen food aisles, I will leave my cart with my wife and run to the food court to place my pizza order.

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If it’s just me for the day, I will take my cart to the food court area, place my order, and then continue shopping. 

It’s always a great feeling to perfectly time your checkout with the pizza order. 

Pro Tip: Call in your pizza while you are shopping at Costco. This will save you a trip to the food court and cut the long line if there is one. 

Pro Tip 2: If your pizza order isn’t ready yet, leave the warehouse and load up your car with the new Costco goodies you purchased that day. Reenter the warehouse and pick up your hot and fresh pizza. Just make sure it isn’t sweltering hot out if you have any frozen foods!

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Don't forget the Parmesan Cheese and Red Pepper Flakes

Do you need a Membership to Order Costco Pizza?

Yes, you will need a membership to order a pizza from Costco’s food court. Most food courts are located in the Costco warehouse, and you will be required to show your membership card at the warehouse entrance.

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There are some outdoor food courts, but many of those locations now require you to scan your membership card before placing an order. 

The official rules do say that a membership card is required. There may be times when you can enter Costco without showing a membership card and order a pizza once inside, but that is technically not allowed as well as unethical.

Costco Food Court and Pizza Ordering Hours

You can order a pizza during Costco’s regular food court operation hours. The food court will have the same hours as your local warehouse. 

The hours to your local Costco food court and Costco can be found in a simple google search or by using 
Costco’s Warehouse Locator.

How To Find The Phone Number To Order Costco PIzza

The direct phone number to Costco’s food court can usually be found posted on a large sign on the wall near the food court.

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Additionally, you can find the direct line on Costco’s website using the link above.

Once there, find your local Costco warehouse from the provided results and hit the store details page. 

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Hit the expand button next to the food court menu option to reveal the direct phone number to call to order a pizza from Costco. 

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Where to Pick Up Your Costco Pizza?

Costco’s pizzas can be picked up in the food court. Most Costco locations will have both a regular pick-up area and a separate window for pizza pick-up. They will call the order number on your receipt when the pizza is ready.

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How Many People Can The Costco Pizza Serve?

Each whole Costco pizza is cut into 12 slices. Most people, on average, will eat 2-3 slices of pizza, so I would say that a whole pizza can comfortably feed 4-6 people. 

Costco’s pizzas are a great alternative to ordering from Costco’s sandwich party platter menu

Calories in Costco Pizza

As listed on the food court menu, a whole pepperoni pizza will have 3880 calories, and a whole cheese pizza will have 4260. 

Each individual slice of Costco pepperoni pizza contains 650 calories, and a slice of cheese pizza will have 710 calories.

We also have the nutritional profile and calories for all of 
Costco’s food court items. 

Does Costco Deliver Its Pizza?

Costco does not deliver any of the pizza or food court options. You can order ahead of time but will have to physically visit a Costco warehouse to pick up your pizza. 

This is probably the biggest drawback to ordering pizza from Costco.

Costco Combo Pizza

The Costco combination pizza was made with pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms, bell peppers, onions, and olives, and was a crowd favorite. The combination pizza was also 18″ in size and cost the same price as the other pizza options at $9.95. 

Unfortunately, Costco removed the combination pizza from their food courts in 2020, shortly after the start of the Covid Pandemic. This change was meant to streamline the food court and pizza operations and was one of many changes Costco made at that time.

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Costco’s decision to remove the combination pizza from the food court was done without notice and led to quite an uproar among the Costco community. 

Many Costco members have voiced their displeasure online and have even created a change.org petition to bring back the beloved combo pizza.

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Up to 37 Years Now and Still $9.95. From 2011 August Costco Connection Magazine

Costco has not made any official statements in regards to removing the combo pizza or if it will ever return. 

Many Costco members and even Costco food court employees believe that the combination pizza will not be brought back to Costco’s food court. 

Costco Pepperoni Sausage Pizza

Another casualty of Costco’s decision to remove the combination pizza is the loss of the customized pepperoni and sausage pizza. This was not an official menu item in the food court but was something that could be specially requested when ordering your Costco pizza. 

The sausage toppings were packaged separately from the vegetable toppings for the combination pizza, allowing members to order a “meat lovers” pizza with just pepperoni and sausage. 

Because the assorted combo vegetables came together in one bag, you could not pick and choose which vegetables to add to your pizza. It was all or nothing.

Final Thoughts

I hope this helps you understand how to order pizza from Costco and pick up a few tips along the way.

If there is anything I missed or need clarification, let me know in the comment section.

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