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why wouldn't a pizzeria sell me their dough?

augustiner | Jul 5, 2010 06:59 PM

today i came across some super fragrant basil, lovely cherry tomatoes, salumi, and mozzarella, thinking i could make a lovely pizza. but with no time to make my own, i thought i'd just buy some. i called one pizzeria near my apartment (mission district of san francisco) and was told, "nnnoooo..we DON'T sell our dough." walked past another nearby and the same thing happened. i got some from a local branch of a mini-chain here, and am about to tuck into my pizza. my question is: why not sell dough? i know that it is FAR from unheard of to pick up dough from a local pizzeria, they still make some money off of basically flour, water, yeast, salt, and maybe a bit of oil, so...why not?

the first place i tried i find a bit pretentious, but it's right around the corner. the second is a fledgling business that i figure could use extra money of any sort while getting on its legs, and the third that sold it to me is, as i said, a local chain.

any pizza people out there want to weigh in on why i should reasonably expect a restaurant to refuse to sell me a ball of dough?

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