Mississippi Man Drives To 1400 Miles To Get Pizza

Mississippi Man Pizza - How far would you drive to get your favorite slice?

David Schuler has made the pizza adventure several times from Mississippi back to his home town of Stoughton Mass. It’s a tradition he started years ago when he couldn’t find a good slice in his own state.

He returned home in Mississippi with 150 frozen, vacuum-sealed pies, this past weekend the most he has ever gotten before. He ordered 50 cheese. 50 linguica and onion, and 50 pepper and onion-sprinkled pizzas from his favorite pizza shop, Town Spa. Schuler packed the 150 pizzas into four coolers inside his SUV and drove the 24-hour, 1,400-mile journey home, where his family will enjoy them for months.

Restaurant manager Kerry Hughes tells The Enterprise of Brockton he ships pizzas as far as California and Florida, but Schuler is his best out-of-state customer. The latest haul cost Schuler $1,197 even with a bulk discount. It is likely the largest single-person carry-out order in the restaurant’s 50-plus-year history, manager Kerry Hughes said, and likely the greatest sign of loyalty.

But loyalty has nothing to do with it, Schuler said. “If you never had it before, then you don’t understand,” he said. One of 12 children, including seven sisters and four brothers, eight of whom who live in the south, Schuler comes from a family who regularly feasted on Town Spa pizza while growing up in Stoughton.

But as children, they “just assumed that was everywhere,” he said. When the family moved to Mississippi in 1973, they found an area now populated with Pizza Hut and Domino’s franchises and the occasional local joint serving thick-crusted, under-cooked alternatives. “Pizza in Mississippi is horrible,” he said.

By: Pat Prescott
Published: Aug 15, 2021
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