Below you will find the answers to common questions asked by customers.
Q: How far in advance do I need to order a pizza design?
A: It’s always safe to order your pizza as early as possible as my schedule does tend to fill up, however, the pizza designs on this website can be ordered at one day in advance (24 hours, ideally). If you would like to order a custom design that is not currently offered, please try to place your order one week in advance. If you would like to order a custom design less than five days in advance, do not hesitate to ask, however, I cannot guarantee that I can put it all together in time.
Q: How do I order a custom pizza design?
A: The best way to order a custom pizza design is to contact the “Eric Palmieri – Pizza Designs” Facebook or Instagram pages directly so that I can work with you on ingredients, style, etc. I usually try to give customers a few different designs to choose from. After a decision is made on the design, you must call D. Palmieri’s Bakery at 401-621-9357 to pre-pay for the pizza no later than the day before the order is to be picked up. We accept all major credit cards. You may also come to our store at 624 Killingly Street in Johnston, RI to pay in cash if you wish. If you cannot access us via Facebook, you may call the store to place the order or send me an email directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Q: Can you ship the pizza designs?
A: I have decided that it is not possible to ship the pizzas in such a way as to ensure the designs are not ruined during delivery. However, what I can do is sell you a high quality photo of any custom design you would like that can later be used for printing and framing. Want a pizza portrait of your loved one or family pet but don’t live close enough to pick up the pizza itself? You can still enjoy the artwork by purchasing a photo of the design.
Q: How much do the pizzas cost?
A: The pizzas typically range in price from $59.99 to $99.99. If you are only ordering a photo of your design, the prices range from $39.99 to $79.99. Prices depend mostly on the complexity of the design and the number of hours it will take to make it. The types of ingredients needed or requested are not a huge factor.
Q: What size pizza can I order?
A: Most of the pizza designs are made on a full sheet pan of pizza with sauce and mozzarella cheese as a base. Unfortunately, some of the designs do not work well on smaller sized pizzas. However, there are some designs that are available in either a half sheet pan or 16″ round sizes. Please check the individual design pages for more info.
Q: How many people do these pizzas feed?
A: The answer to this question depends somewhat on how much other food is going to be at your party/event and the size of the appetite of your guests. We usually plan for the equivalent of two small strips per person, which works out to about 18-24 people for a full sheet pan and 8-12 people for a half sheet pan or 16″ round. If possible, any detailed information about the party/event that you can supply (i.e. how much other food, kids vs adults) is always helpful.
Q: Can I order any design I want?
A: The short answer is yes, you can. I can make pretty much anything. I will not make anything “R-rated.” I will assume for the purposes of this page that you know what that means, but if not, you can always use the contact information in order to inquire.
Q: I noticed most of the pictures of the pizza designs are taken before cooking. Do the pizzas look the same after they are cooked?
A: Yes, they do. The ingredients do not slide. If a few of the ingredients do happen to shift slightly during the baking process, we make an attempt to put them back in place before giving the pizza to you.
Q: Do you deliver?
A: If the pizza design you order is part of a larger catering order, delivery may be an option. Otherwise, delivery is not available. You must pick up the pizza at our Killingly Street store. Go to the D. Palmieri’s Bakery website to find more information about our catering options.
Q: What if I like a certain design, but don’t like the ingredients?
A: You’re the boss. For instance, if a design you like has mushrooms and you hate mushrooms, I am more than happy to make the pizza with a different topping. Of course, the design will look different and may not look as good. Also, often there are ingredients that are natural substitutes for one another. For example, if you’re a vegetarian and want a pizza design that has pepperoni, you can order it with roasted red peppers instead. I want to work with you to give you the pizza you want. It is just as important that you enjoy eating the pizza as it is that you enjoy looking at it.
Q: Can I get text written on my pizza, like I could on a birthday cake?
A: Yes. There are certain ingredients that work well for letters and numbers, namely pepperoni, olives, and peppers. Sometimes it is impossible to use ingredients to spell out names and other words because there simply is not enough space. In those instances, I can use barbecue sauce, buffalo sauce, or ranch dressing to write letters and numbers.
Q: If I order a pizza how do I know you are the one who will make it?
A: One of the reasons I like to have a day’s notice is so that I can make sure I am the one to make the pizza before the pre-determined pickup time. Sometimes on certain occasions (like Patriots playoff games) there are simply too many orders for me to make all on my own. In those cases, other bakers help put the pizzas together under my supervision and instruction.
Q: Do you use stencils?
A: No. All of the pizzas are made individually by hand without stencils. I use a small picture of the design as a guide and the pizza pan as a reference point to help create the designs piece by piece. However, if demand warranted it, I would consider constructing a stencil as part of the post-production process to help recreate the design in larger quantities than I could do otherwise.