Catering, Discounts, and Why You Should Eat Here

Info about the party rooms is here. (This page is about ordering pizza)

Contact the catering experts directly by email here.

To place a current order, please CALL A RESTAURANT. The above email is NOT On-Line ordering… it’s mostly for questions and advice. DON’T consider an order placed until you get confirmation from us.

THE QUICK, SHORT CATERING ANSWER:

  • Our place or yours (we deliver).
  • Order one 16″ pizza for every 3-4 people.  Your cost will work out to about $3-5 per person.
  • For pizza and soft drinks, it will be about $4-6 per person.
  • If you have it at our place and go crazy at the bar, it will be about $5-50 per person.
  • If you want a private room at our place, it comes essentially free during the week; a very reasonable rent applies on weekends.  Sorta.  More details here.

THE LONG, DRAWN-OUT, CATERING ANSWER:

One of our specialties is providing catering for big groups at a very reasonable cost. It costs far less to serve Shakespeare’s to a large group than you may think: Parties typically cost about $3-6 per person. Yet it’s the same Shakespeare’s Pizza that’s always at the top of the polls; the same pizza that long-time Columbia residents recommend to newcomers; the same pizza that we always serve. We send out a dozen big orders a week (at least) of eight, twenty, or fifty pizzas. We’ve catered groups of 1500 people. So you can be assured that we know what we’re doing.

We can also have your group at our place. Our Great Big Dining Rooms seat a bunch of people, and we don’t squawk if you move the tables around. We have a 50-seat party room at our Downtown and West locations, and a great big one out South that can hold up to 120, or can be divided into smaller spaces.  They’re great for informal meetings, birthday parties and other gatherings. Call us to talk about this; party room details here.

How much pizza do I need?

Generally, one sixteen inch pizza is a good meal for three to four adults. If your group has lots of big eaters, like football players, or teen aged boys, then you might want to go with a 16” pie for every 2-3 people. If you have light eaters, you can cover as many as 4 to 6 with each 16”. If you are planning for the pizza to be just a snack, as opposed to a real meal, then figure on one 16” for every 6, 8 or 10 people or so. We can cut the pizza any way you like; smaller pieces encourage your guests to take less at a time.

We offer a thick crust (no extra charge) that tastes just as good, and can make your pizzas more filling.

Calling around to get prices from different pizza shops is wise, but a word of caution: make sure that you are comparing apples to apples. Our 16” pizza weighs over 3 pounds, cooked. Other “large”or “sixteen inch” pizzas may not actually be the same amount of food.

What kind of pizza should I order?

Any kind you want! You could ask each of your guests what their favorite toppings are, but that can be a hassle. If you want our recommendation….

The classic variety is to have some pepperoni, some Italian sausage, some Canadian bacon, some more pepperoni, a bit of vegetarian for those who like veggies only, some cheese for those who don’t like any of the above, and some more pepperoni.

Single topping pizzas offer some advantages. First, if there are two toppings on a pizza, there’s twice the chance that someone will not care for that particular pizza. (They might like the pepperoni, but not the mushrooms, for instance). Also, you are not necessarily going to satisfy more people with a (more costly) multi-topping pizza. Many of our customers choose single topping pizzas for these reasons. And remember, if you are buying the pizza, it’s not very likely that anyone is going to complain about toppings. If they do, throw them out the door. We’d like to sell you pizzas with lots of toppings, but you should order what you want.

View the menu options here.

Okay, How much does it cost?

Usually, about $4-8 per person.
If you order eight or more 16” pizzas (any number of toppings) on the same order at the same time, we’ll knock 15% off the whole order. That’s 15% off whatever drinks, salads, or other stuff you may order besides the pizzas.

Let’s say you have 30 people. You decide on 3 people per pizza. You order ten 16” single topping pizzas. Regular price is $18.25 per pie, or $182.50 for ten pies. Take off 15%, add on the tax, and you get $167.69. That’s about $5.59 per person. You would have a hard time getting a price like that from a burger joint, and you definitely have more food per person than just a “burger and fries” quantity. (Besides, pizza is better for you than that fried stuff.) And it would not be unreasonable to make it 4 people per pizza, and your cost would be even less.

If you want to talk about 50 or 100 or more pies, give the manager a call. We’ll talk. We’ll push the pencil around and see if we can come up with a really good deal if you need that many pies.  (Just for the record, we can make something like 125 large pizzas every 10-15 minutes between all three locations.)

We accept cash of course, and also Discover, American Express, MasterCard and Visa, and checks (provided you have a Missouri DL and your bank is in Missouri).

What about drinks?

We offer 20 ounce bottles of Coke and Pepsi products. A 20 ounce bottle is a nice big bottle; bigger than a can of soda, but not quite enough to share. We also have a variety of 2-liter soft drinks, Coke and Pepsi products, that we can deliver with cups and ice.

If you are planning to have your event at our place, you can have our bottomless Shakespeare’s cups of soda. You can also order from our bar out South or Downtown, where we offer 15 different beers on tap, dozens of bottled beers, and a full selection of wines and spirits. (All 15% off if you order at the same time as the eight pizzas.)   The West location only has wine and beer… so far…

What about the party rooms? Click Here.

What if you’re closing and we’re not done partying?

You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here. We’re going to bed.

We Sell Morale! Cheap!