COLUMBUS (WTOL) - Ohio State University unveiled a new fixture on its campus on Tuesday; a high-tech pizza ATM.
Students can now enjoy a hot pie between the hours of 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. if they have a meal plan, and from 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. if they are without. However, the school hopes to eventually get pizza to all of its hungry students around the clock.
“Students love to eat at all times of the day and even at breakfast they can eat pizza. They love pizza," said Abby Hertzfeld, associate director of operations for the Office of Student Life Dining Services. “We’re starting out right now with our pilot program with limited hours but we’re going to continue to extend hours throughout this semester with our ultimate goal of there being 24-hour access for our students when we get to fall semester of 2019.”
How does it work?
In a kitchen next door, the pizzas are made and then stored in a refrigerator inside the Pizza ATM. When a pizza is ordered, it is instantly moved to the ATM’s internal oven. The order is then baked for about three to four minutes, long enough to make the crust crispy and melt the cheese on top.
Right now, A 10-inch pizza goes for about $8.
The ATM has about 70 pizzas ready at a time. Right now, they only come in cheese and pepperoni, but the school says that more toppings are on the way.
Machines like this have already been installed on the campuses of Xavier and Case Western Reserve.