The Super Bowl represents the pinnacle of hard work and determination for the players. The same could probably be said for the people cooking up the food on Sunday.
Nationwide, Papa John’s went through 2 million pounds of cheese and 350,000 pounds of pepperoni to meet demand for last year’s big game. The local numbers in Milford are equally impressive.
sold 18,000 wings in a day last year. This year, they expect to top 20,000.
Server Amber Rigoli says it’s “all hands on deck” at the restaurant on Sunday. All day on Friday she was taking early orders, and before the game kicks off the restaurant will be lined with wings for customers to pick up.
“I normally have Sundays off but I know on Super Bowl Sunday I’m working,” Rigoli says.
Just like overdone anthems and hard-hitting tackles, pizza also plays a crucial part in the big game. At , it will be one of the two busiest days of the year.
Manager Nicole Rolfe doesn’t know exactly how many pizza and wings are sold, but everyone will be working on Sunday to meet demand. As busy as things get, she says it always dies off by half time.
And what about the Giants and Patriots fans who have to work at the pizza place that day?
‘If somebody really wants to take the day off - if they’re having a party- we’ll let them take it off,” Rolfe says. “But most people want to work…and they can watch the game on our TV.”
Other Busy Days
According to Rigoli, the other busy time of the year is the day before Thanksgiving. She said people just don’t want to cook that day, and that pizza accompanies what’s normally a heavy drinking night for some.
At Archie Moore’s, chef Bobby (he didn’t give his last name because he doesn’t like publicity or taking credit) says that New Year’s Eve is also a busy day for making wings. He guesses that people order their final batch of wings before swearing them off for a New Year’s resolution.
“By the time the Super Bowl rolls around, their resolution is broken,” Bobby says.