It sounds like the kind of contraption you might fantasize about, thinking to yourself, “Well, I wish that was real.” But Xavier University students get to live the dream, because they now have a “Pizza ATM” on campus.
Unveiled at the beginning of the fall 2016 semester, the Pizza ATM holds 70 pizzas (which need to be partially prepared in advance in a real kitchen). Students can use a touchscreen to go through the machine’s menu and place their order. Then they just need to wait for the pizza to be heated through before it’s ejected through a slot, safely contained in a cardboard to-go box. Much like a Redbox movie dispenser. But with pizza.
A Xavier marketing representative actually told the press that the pizza was the best she’d ever had—an unexpected review, since the woman is from New York, aka the pizza capital of the US. These delicious pizzas cost $10 each.
Xavier University, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, teamed up with French company Paline to bring the Pizza ATMs to campus. Apparently such machines have been common in Europe for more than a decade! They appear in places like gas stations, truck stops, and amusement parks. The University is also working with Paline to offer Pizza Chef School, so other Pizza ATM owners can learn how to prepare the pizzas and operate the machines.
Another benefit to automating the pizza process? The machines are available 24/7, which any college student pulling an all-nighter can appreciate.
You can learn more about the Pizza ATM at paline.com.