The Noid is celebrating his 25th birthday with a very brief return.
You might recall that the Noid was the villainous mascot of Domino's Pizza during the late 1980s. In commercials, the floppy-eared claymation character in the superhero-esque suit would try to get between hungry people and their pizzas by interfering with delivery.
Domino's slogan back in the day was, "Avoid the Noid!" The idea was that you could, in fact, avoid the Noid - who essentially represented your pizza arriving late, cold, or damaged - by ordering from Domino's rather than a competing pizzeria.
(I know, I just called Domino's a pizzeria - please don't beat me up. Do, however, start a debate about the best pizza you've ever had in the comments section below.)
To commemorate the Noid hitting the quarter-century mark, Domino's has launched "The Noid's Super Pizza Shootout," a retro-style game on Facebook, complete with a throwback 8-bit look. From now until August 15, you can "like" Domino's on Facebook and play for the chance to win a gift card for a free pizza. There will be one winner every 60 seconds.
"Being 25 is pretty cool," the Noid said in a statement released by Domino's. "I believe I can legally rent a car now. While I am old enough that some people consider me 'vintage' - I've still got skills, and proved it by stealing 10,080 free pizza gift cards from Domino's."
What are your favorite food or restaurant mascots of bygone days? Also, where might one get the best pizza in the world - and why?
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Sal's in Mamaroneck NY......Pizza Nirvana
Best pizza when I was at PSU was a toss up between Hi-Way Pizza Pubs and Gumby's Pizza (Pokey sticks are way better than Little Caesar's Italian Cheese Bread). Worst pizza in town was Canyon Pizza, but it always had the longest wait on Friday and Saturday nights, since you could get it by the slice at 2:30 AM.
On the corner of 118 and 355 in Germantown MD, there is an Express gas station with a little carry out place called Mangino's on the inside. Great burgers, subs, and fries. Their pizza however is the best in the area and they come with this strange orange dipping sauce that only makes it more amazing!
I made a papier-mache Noid in 7th grade art class, 1986, got an A+. Unfortunately, its been mostly downhill from there.
Noble Romans was my all time favorite pizza but I don't think they exist anymore. They played old black and white movies while you dined in. It's a great memory from when I was a kid.
Best pizza in the world is in NYC, John's on Bleeker.
Best pizza I ever had was a small franchise in SoCal called "Our Pizza Place". Hands down the best pizza I ever had in my life, still to this day. For good measure, I will also say the best frozen pizza ever made was Papa Primo. It didn't have the technology of today's rising crusts and all, but the sauce and cheeses just were out of this world and held up very good in frozen transport.
The Flying Pie in Boise! They even deliver growlers of beer! Take that, fast food pizza joints!
old forge, pa is the pizza capital of the world!
Firenze's in Sarnia, Ontario
Cappozzi's in Marietta, GA
Favorite pizza places are subjective, there are so many small hometown places that everyone will say is their favorite that not everyone has exposure to. But I can say with certainty that Dominoes is not the best. When 5 drunk adults can't even finish a large pizza and fist fight over the cheesy sticks, the pizza is rank. The only people I know that like Dominoes are people that don't have any other options. I'd prefer making my own pizza over eating their slop.
My sister makes the best pizza on the planet – and fortunately she lives next door.
L&B in Brooklyn, by far the best
Here in Minnesota, best pizza in my opinion is Cosetta's in downtown St. Paul. Then there's Rocky Rococo, and Broadway Pizza. Cronies' Pizza in Fridley has the best sausage and mushroom pizza, which is my favorite. Chanticlear Pizza is also good, and then you have your Little Caesars, Dominos, Pizza Huts...etc...
The twin cities has some great places for pizza. I have never had a bad slice while visiting family there.
So these commercials they have where the room falls apart and they're in a tomato field... Okay so they use 'real' tomatoes. Question is, what the hell do thy do to the tomato between the field and the pizza that makes it so nasty?
Pisanello's Pizza! Mt. Pleasant, MI.
Missing me some Shakeys pizza. Loved it! As for chains? Pizza Hut, in the 80s, before their dough was frozen, before their cheese was frozen, before their sauce was made from a plastic bag, before veggies came in pre sliced.... Was good chit.... Now... They all blow. As for a great regional place? Best imho is a stuffed pie from Manga's in Austin Texas
PSSHHHHHHHHH! Dominoes still sucks even after they put in an effort to up their product quality. The garlic sauce for the crust is usually slathered on so heavy that the thing is rendered uneatable. Ever try ordering with no sauce? Forget that... ordered it that way since and it's still heavy on the sauce. They simply don't understand moderation.
Ancona Pizza in Valley Stream, NY or Grimaldis in Brooklyn's DUMBO...also Joe's in NYC.
zacharys pizzaria in berkley makes a good pie. for chains id go with roundtable and dominos..
Dominoes has done a lot to improve their image and pizza on TV but its all a scam. I ordered a Dominoes pizza the other day and it was still as terrible as ever. Infact I think it might even be worse now. They should try spending the money smaller pizza shops do for quality ingredients instead of the mass produced inexpensive garbage ingredients that are full of preservatives they use to make awful pizza for cheap money so the executives can get rich.
All chain pizza is disgusting. You'd do better to throw away the pie and eat the box. Support your local, independant pizza parlors. You know it's fresh, at least. The best pizza on the East Coast is from Delorenzo's in Trenton, NJ.
Best pizza in Texas is Hones ice in Austin. They do their best to make the customers happy and their product is second to none. Every year they close and take their employees (bus boys to managers) to New York for a week to relax and learn from the pizzerias in NYC. Great management and AMAZING FOOD!!!
I think spell check just played you. For everyone else, I think they mean Homeslice.
I'd also add East Side Pies and Little Deli to the Austin Pizza Roundup.
Best pizza in the DMV? (That's d.c.,maryland,and Va) It has to go to Margarita's in GAINESVILLE, VA!
I live in Manhattan, so I pretty much win by default. Best pizza in the world. Dominos, Papa Johns, etc SUCK.
For thick crust, Panters's (may they rest in peace) was tops, then Casey's (yes, the gas station).
The best pizza in the world? Well, without question, without doubt, without equal, without anything else even remotely close it would have to be Pogolinos. THIS is the official pizza of heaven. If I were on death row, for my last meal it would be from them. President Obama, you haven't HAD pizza until you had theirs, and everything else pales in comparison. I defy anyone who disagrees to try it once, then repeat you know better. Trust me, you won't.
I hope they bring back Bad Andy, too.
NYPD in Phoenix is very good. It's just like actually bring in New York.
Racinelllis Pizza in St. Louis is the best NY style pizza outside of NYC.
@80s4evr, We still have 1 Village Inn, best garlic bread ever!
Big pizza chains suck. Locally owned and operated pizzarias are usually better than the big chains like Pizza Hut, Little Ceasar's, East of Chicago, Domino's, Papa John's, etc. Of course the best pizza you can get is in New York City.
New york? What are you, someone who hates toppings, sauce, cheese and flavor. I mean seriously have you been brainwashed when you were little, or are just oblivious to Chicago style pizza. Everyone talks about new york pizza (rays, famous rays, original rays) I have had them all. And yes all pizza is decent, when your there. But to say new york is the best, tells me that you just don't know any better. Stop listening to the bs, head to Chicago and get some real pizza. Its the easiest to find ask the flight attendent on the way, or the cabbie that will take you. When you do your whole idea of the pizza pie will seem old and stale.
Nothing beats Antonios Pizza in Amherst, MA. Pizza by the slice. Mmmmm.... Just the idea of a slice of potato and bacon makes me hungry for it, even at 7 in the morning!
please, oh please bring back the "sponge monkeys" from Quiznos.
Yes! We love the subs!! Floating, googly eyed rats have never made me so hungry.
There is a place in Stephenville Newfoundland called Domino Pizza (not Domino's) – been there for over 40 years. Has a cult-like following from locals (me being one of them). The only place I've been to yet that you can get baloney as a topping. I remember it as being really good – and not like most other Pizza's. I think it's still open and some who have left their home town, actually take frozen pizzas away with them when they are home to visit – one of the options that this place offers.
Bologna as a topping...well, THAT explains a lot.
Anyone remember Alex the Strohs dog. He would serve his owner (and guests) beer. Going way back how about Chum gum. Best pizza I every had? Mom and pop place named Village Inn.
Alex from Strohs rules! Bravo my man Bravo.
All the super powers o pizza died in the 90's. Papa Johns was the only good pizza in Florida but when they got their name on a college bowl game, they suddenly turned to crap. These days you gotta go with the small places........I think they are in rehab with lohan but a frogs reunion would be awesome!
I would murder a maternity ward full of babies for a Papa John's cheese pizza. Explanation: I live in Australia and am an ex-pat American. We do *not* get good pizza here. When I visit my family in the USA in October, PJs is the first on the list.
First off, stupid trade-off ("I would murder a maternity ward full of babies for a Papa John's cheese pizza"). Good thing you're an ex-pat...your kind does not deserve to be in this country.
For reality, Papa John's is disgusting because they use a sweetener excessively in their crust and sauce...not to mention that dam**d "papa's in da house" campaign is the most rediculous non-catch phrase to date. I'd rather eat kangaroo dung than their pizza, so since you're an aussie now I'll leave that to you.
I know what you mean. My husband and I lived in Australia for a while, and the first thing we did when we got to LAX was go to Sbarro. I know that's not great pizza, but on that day, after not having anything but crap pizza for forever, it was the best pizza I had ever had.
The Raven at Deep Cove
Where's the beef?
that's what she said.
Spuds Mackenzie. I was too young to drink the beer but he was cute in the bandanna.
Best slice in Detroit is Pizza Papolis (sp?)
Dominos invented cardboard pizza....little caesers copied...Dominos now has better pizza...but its hard to pass up a 5 dollla holla hot and ready.
Both chains started in Detroit, but Little Caesar's was first. I grew up in Lansing, we had Little Caesar's franchises open by the late 1960s, Domino's did not show up until the early 1970s. But, yeah, cardboard. Everybody here goes for Buddy's, our house goes for Highland House pizza over any chains.
Domino's started in Ypsilanti, and is based out of Ann Arbor.
A Little place in Urbandale Iowa called Felix and Oscars....Chicago style pizza that would make NY pizza lovers weep.
Then the Lil Caesar guy started saying delivery delivery. Everytime my wife would order pizza, I'd be in the background doing that! LOL!
Too bad all the large pizza chains are garbage now. Sacrificing quality for profit..
Roundtable rules... Me likey
Giordano's....Chicago...now that is a pizza pie!!!
Best pizza in New Orleans...Mark Twain's on Old Metairie Rd! Close second is Pie on Vets.
Hungry howies had best butter cheese crust. The guy had a pizza wrapped around his head–pretty sweet
Town Pizza in Ocean Beach Fire Island! I have traveled all over the world, and still can not find a better slice! Angelo it rocks!!
Last summer in Mackinaw City, my daughters & I ate at a cool place called (I think) Mama Mia's. Awesome pizza! While you wait, there's a museum (free) w/all things from building Mackinac bridge! In another room there is a movie that plays over & over about the building of the bridge. This place was really cool. Dang! Now I'm hungry for their pizza!
Spuds MacKenzie was the best late 80's mascot IMO. Too bad he lasted such a short stint. Stupid bored housewives and thier morals...
Pizza sounds so d@mn good right now.........
@mad......did you say crazybread.........ahhhhhhhhhh man.........stop it.......that makes me hungry........be safe, be good wiz..........
Roundtable folded a few months ago, good pizza/bad accountants :)
There is a "convenience" store just down the street from me that serves good pizza. Makes my mouth water just thinking about it.
Second that jamesky... It's been a while since I've had a round table pizza, just the mear mention has me salivating. Looking back, they are the stupidest commercials, but anyone remember ol bud mckenzy?
....SPUD MACKENZIE...BUT CLOSE..THAT WAS ONE COOL DOG. WHAT ABOUT THE HAM'S BEER ANIMALS OR CAMEL JOE? NO WONDER I DRINK AND SMOKE! I BLAME THEM! HA.
Closer, but it was Spuds McKenzie.
Domino's has really stepped up their game. They completely changed the way they make their pizzas. They're really good now. BTW, I love the Noid! I remember playing the video game on the original Nintendo as well. Good times!
I'm probably the oddball, but I do not like their "new" pizza at all.
Noid was great. Moved from Cali to Ky and the mention of round table pizza made my mouth water. Its been 21 years.
Shakeys pizza was so yummy as a kid! And what about Orange Julius at the mall?? Best pizzeria was Leaning Tower Pizza in Melbourne Florida!! Thats good pie!!!
My fav mascot from long ago.....The Bud Man
Haven't seen you around in a while, I'm partial to the frogs myself
Impossible to get decent pizza from a chain – Round Table comes close, but the best I've ever had was from Porky's Pizza, a neighborhood joint in San Leandro CA. Boy do I miss that sausage!
haha, That's what she said.
Yes to Godfather's
My favorite chain restaurant pizza from the '80s is Godfather's. Still around but too far to drive considering the quality mom and pop places around. Feeling kind of nostalgic for all the old commercials.
This one time.... At band camp.... there was a giant noid.... And it got eaten by a bear!!!!
How about Savoy's??? I love their pizza sooo much! i have no idea who the noid is, but he sounds great. hahahaha
What the hell is Savoy's?
Yes, bring back the Noid! Those commercials, though I was so young I barely remember them, were funnier than what's out there today.
Went to play the Noid game on Facebook, but oop – it wants to have access to all your personal information and that of your friends before you can play. Giving away a few free pizzas pales in cost to the benefit of Domino's having everything about you on file. Hype FAIL.
The Noid was cool but yeah Superhiro, Little Caesar was the best. I miss those commercials, and the crazy bread.
Little Ceasers still exists, but their quality is terrible. it's like government cheese on cardboard.
Little Caesar's always had government cheese on cardboard; we were just too young to notice.
What about that Little Ceasar's guy? "Pizza Pizza"
The Noid was way better then the Little Cesars guy, and the pizza is way way better, especially after they made the changes. Little Cesars has better breadsticks, if they haven't been sitting for hours under their heat lights. Hot, fresh made Domino's is the BEST. And the tracker thing when you order online is awesome. My kids love knowing the name of the driver when they get here.
@Amy: you're kidding right? Domino's new crust is VILE.
Get Dominos. Get the standard hand-tossed crust. Dear god, it's injected with nicotine and heroin it's so good.
Domino's Pizza tracker is awesome. It's so cool when my girls ask me if the pizza's here yet, and I say "well, let's see where it is..." and then I can tell them what's going on, who is doing it, and much longer the delivery will take. I consider it one of the best internet innovations in recent years.
To quote Mayor Adam West "Looks Like The Noid Should've Avoided Me"
I'm 95 percent helium
My god, I'm a tomato!
My God! Someone's stealing my water!
the noid is showing everyone who's FIRSTY!!!!!!!
Tropicana's in Calgary, best sauce ever
How very mature of you, congratulations on being able to post that crap anonymously.
Who are you referring to?
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