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Beware Chuck E. Cheese's stealth takeout operation

So there you are scrolling through GrubHub looking for a pizza delivery, and you see Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings.

Never heard of it? Maybe time to check out the new place? That’s the only way to find out if it’s good, and a new place could sure use a boost.

Before you do, though, check the address.

Pasqually’s is Chuck E. Cheese by another name.

A name that is more Italian than any of its food, which is, I would say, lightly regarded. Chuck E. Cheese pizza is the price you have to pay for the happiness of a child. It’s not a decision you make lightly in the pizza capital of America.

Kudos to Food & Wine for picking up on this last month.

Credit for smelling a rat goes to r/Philadelphia Redditor u/kendallneff, a month ago. He asked his GrubHub driver, who fessed up.

While touting Pasqually's as a premium product, it was not announced with press releases and the normal roll-out. In an article detailing the declining fortunes of the company, built on convincing parents to spend time in enclosed spaces with hundreds of people they don't know, Restaurant  Business asked the company about Pasqually's, but did not get an answer.

Called on the difference, a Chuck E. Cheese spokesperson from CEC Entertainment Inc. told Food & Wine that Pasqually's is a recently launched premium brand, not ordinary Chuck E. Cheese pizza.

"Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings, named after another favorite member of Munch's Make Believe Band, shares kitchen space with the Chuck E. Cheese restaurant, ensuring high-quality, fresh ingredients," the Chuck E. Cheese spokesperson emailed to Food & Wine in April. "Pasqually’s Pizza & Wings’ recipes use fresh, homemade pizza dough, just like Chuck E. Cheese, but it is a different pizza that features a thicker crust and extra sauce, giving consumers a more flavorful, more premium pizza experience."

The spokesperson told Food & Wine that while Pasqually’s Pizza & Wing items are currently only available for delivery, select items may be added to the Chuck E. Cheese menu in the future.

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