Ninth Street's Devil's Pizzeria visited Duke University Student Dining Advisory Committee's meeting Wednesday in a bid to join the Merchants on Points program.
The family-owned pizzeria used to be on the program many years ago, said owners Ziad Lobbad and Jasmine Bullard-Lobbad. The couple brought DUSDAC a sampling of the pizza, pasta, calzones, stromboli, salads, and cannolis offered on the menu and for delivery.
"This is exactly how you would get it if you would call Devil's Pizzeria," Lobbad said as he opened the various packages of food.
Delivery time ranges from 30 to 45 minutes and the pizzeria offers free delivery within three miles when ordering through its website or GrubHub. If it were to join Merchants on Points, delivery would be handled through Campus Enterprises.
"Everything is made-to-order from scratch," Lobbad said.
He added the restaurant is expanding from 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. The new area will all be used for kitchen space and creating a separate environment to make food allergy-friendly dishes. The expansion will bring new gluten-free and vegan options and extended hours by the end of this summer.
Currently Devil's Pizzeria is open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. but will open until 3 a.m. once the expansion is complete. The restaurant is also in the process of adopting more eco-friendly packaging to replace the styrofoam they are currently using, Lobbad added.
"You can't risk getting somebody sick. It's not something to play with," Lobbad said. "People call us all the time asking 'Do you have gluten-free, do you have this, do you have that.' It's coming. And when we do it, it's going to be done right. It's going to be stored completely separate. It's going to be in a completely separate environment."