Pizza-making robots are hard at work at the Mountain View start-up, Zume Pizza. Sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie but that’s life here in the Bay Area. This delivery-only company has expanded and now you can “drop a pin” and get pizza delivered to your t-ball game or at the park in Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Campbell (with San Jose coming soon). Get the scoop below!
Robot-made Pizza, Coming to the South Bay
South Bay parents, this one’s for you! Zume Pizza expanded it’s delivery area to add Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Campbell to be included in the lucky cities that can get robot-made pizza delivered in a jiffy. Service in San Jose will begin over the coming weeks. The prior delivery area included Atherton, Cupertino, Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, Menlo Park, Mountain View and Stanford.
To order a Zume Pizza today, go to ZumePizza.com or download the app in the App Store or Google Play. Zume now offers the option for you to “drop a pin” and get delivery to a spot beyond your home or office. You’ll be on your way to winning the “Best Parent Ever” award when you get Zume to drop off a pizza or two at your city’s movie night or your kid’s little league game.
Good news for all you busy parents out there—pizza doesn’t have to be an unhealthy food option. At Zume, it all starts with the dough: a 48-hour rise is the key to making the Zume dough easier to digest than other commercially-made dough. A gluten-free option is available.
“Farm to pizza” cuisine is the name of the game. Whenever possible, Zume uses locally-sourced ingredients like the vine-ripened, organically-grown tomatoes from Meridien, Ca that make up their sauce. That’s the mission at Zume—to deliver high quality food, fast. This is a no-brainer for parents on a busy night full of soccer practices and dance lessons.
Choose from options like the Thom Be Good—mozzarella, tomato sauce, roasted garlic, pepperoni and sausage. Adventurous eaters will enjoy the Mediterranean pizza, a Greek-inspired hummus and roasted red pepper veggie pie. Even the traditional cheese pizza, the O.G., is taken to another level with fresh oregano and basil added (you can also get it sans-green stuff by ordering the Cheazy-E, for the green-averse small people in your house). All ingredients are non-GMO, with no chemicals or preservatives added. Parenting win!
photo: Kate Loweth
Putting the Robots to Work
All that sounds great, but where do the robots come in? Marta and Bruno are the techie secret behind Zume. Marta is the sauce-spreading robot who can differentiate between pizzas that require light sauce and those with the full option. After Marta is done, a human employee places the toppings and your pizza continues down the conveyor belt to the end where Bruno, the next robot in the operation, lifts your pizza into one of the 850 degree ovens.
All of the pizzas are thin crust and 14 inches across. After you place your order via the app, Zume sends you the picture of your “Pielot” so you know who’s smiling face will be delivering dinner.
All pizzas arrive in specially-designed compostable pizza pods that allow for steam to escape so the crust remains crispy. Take the top off, place it under the bottom of the pod and you have your very own environmentally-friendly pizza pedestal.
All photos courtesy of Zume Pizza except where noted.