Anchorage restaurants ready pizza, wings to tackle Super Bowl appetites
As the NFL's two best teams prepare to go head-to-head on Super Bowl Sunday, Anchorage restaurants are preparing to serve mountains of the game's two most popular food items.
The Moose's Tooth Pizzeria, along with other pizza parlors across town, will bring in extra workers to handle the crowds for the Super Bowl. The American Pizza Community predicts 12.5 million pizzas will be sold Sunday. The Moose's Tooth is set to serve about 1,200 pizzas between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., setting a pace so fast not all of them will be cooked.
'It's not our busiest day of the year, but it's definitely a compressed business because the game is what governs all of our orders, which is why we love to encourage people to flash-bake," said Moose's Tooth manager Megan McBride. "Flash-bake is that opportunity to take your pizza not fully cooked, and that way you can take it home and cook it on your schedule."
Pizzerias aren't the only restaurants expected to rake in the dough during the big game.
Local chicken eatery Wings and Things was already busy Friday, but manager Eric Smith says Super Sunday is even more intense.
"It's our busiest day of the year, all hands on deck," Smith said.
He believes he has enough wings and prayers to cover this year's demand.
"If we go through 60 cases of chicken in a week, we go through 40 in about four hours, starting about two hours before the Super Bowl," Smith said.
The restaurant on 36th Avenue has its followers, including Jim Patton.
"They're the best wings in town, that's why," Patton said.
The National Chicken Council predicts Americans will devour nearly 1.4 billion chicken wings on Super Sunday, up 2 percent from last year. That's enough to put 640 wings on every seat in all 31 NFL stadiums – or serve four wings to every man, woman and child in the United States.
Editor's note: KTVA will air Super Bowl LIII on Sunday beginning at 2 p.m.
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