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January 12, 2006 12:03 AM

Broken: Donato's breadstick order portion

Breadsticks_1Jim Kovalsky writes:

We stopped at Donato's, a local pizza place in Lexington, Kentucky. We were looking at an order of breadsticks on the menu which said:

Full Order
6 sticks

Half Order
2 sticks

Since when is two half of six?


mmmmmm pizza. mmmmmmm breadsticks. mmmmmmm indeterminate sauce.

Posted by: gmangw at January 12, 2006 12:22 AM

Well, if 2+2=5 for very large values of two...

I dunno about their math, but their pizza is AWESOME. Seriously, the best I've had...the toppings are literally overflowing, and the crust is great. At the one I went to, they even had a phone at each table. Instead of a regular server, you picked up the phone to have the kitchen bring you whatever you wanted, whenever you wanted it. (And for those of you wondering, no I do not work for them. Just fulfilling my American obligation to share good pizza experiences.)

Posted by: Alex at January 12, 2006 01:30 AM

That math must've been done by someone with an Ivy-League education.

Posted by: Cole Passannante at January 12, 2006 01:57 AM

Normally I would give my two cents, but in this situation it's more like one and a third cents seeing as 2 is now half of 6 (making 1 1/3 half of 4 which is two times two). One might also want to ask themselves, if I had 2 oz. of water left in a 6 oz. cup, would it be half full, or half emtpy?

Posted by: john russell at January 12, 2006 02:03 AM


Posted by: john russell at January 12, 2006 02:04 AM

Well, you were in Kentucky... :)

*rim shot*

Posted by: Dave! at January 12, 2006 02:19 AM

Well, you wer.....! -Oh shoot! Dave beat me to it.

Posted by: Timm at January 12, 2006 05:21 AM

How odd this should come up today...

I was just about to order lunch from a local deli, and I opted for the full sub (12-inch) vs. the half sub (7-inch). Unless my math is wrong, 7 inches is a bit more than half of the full sub.

Of course my wife doesn't complain about getting 7 inches, so....

Posted by: Manni at January 12, 2006 10:17 AM

next time just go for the fried chicken- actually no- this is a common gimmick that places use- make one size much larger or smaller than the other/s being offered, and make the price of the largest portion just slightly more expensive so it creates the illusion of value.

Posted by: smartypants at January 12, 2006 11:43 AM

It's clearly broken if you go by quantity. But it's arguably not broken if the "half order" is half the price. However the OP didn't indicate the price.

Posted by: Alex B at January 12, 2006 12:24 PM

Well, they obviously had just come from reading this week's "Tom the Dancing Bug" comic.

Posted by: Stan at January 12, 2006 01:22 PM

Well, "half" is supposed to mean exactly half. It's come to mean approximately half, or anything in in the general area between "most" and "some".

Posted by: Fuzzy at January 12, 2006 03:52 PM

Given Alex's assessment of the restaurant, though, it seems likely they just mistyped one digit. Common.

Posted by: Fuzzy at January 12, 2006 03:58 PM

Just look at where you were(Kentucky) need I say more.

Posted by: eddie at January 12, 2006 07:08 PM

Best Comment:

"One might also want to ask themselves, if I had 2 oz. of water left in a 6 oz. cup, would it be half full, or half empty?"

Worst Comment:

"Of course my wife doesn't complain about getting 7 inches, so....

Posted by: silas at January 13, 2006 08:29 PM

It actually seems to be rather simple - a lot of places offer half orders that are bigger or smaller then 'half'. Not broken - methinks they are meaning a half order as a smaller portion, not a specific half an order.

Posted by: Liz at January 13, 2006 10:43 PM

There is actually a very simple explanation for this. I know exactly why 2 is a half order and 6 is a full order. The cheff normally makes full orders. When somebody wants a half order, the sheff makes the 3 breadsticks like he is suppose to. Then he eats one because he had to make your half order. Consider it a fee for making him do a half order.

Posted by: Mike R. at January 14, 2006 10:57 PM

Of course my wife doesn't complain about getting 7 inches, so....

No, she complains about what she's getting from you.

Posted by: D.F. Manno at January 15, 2006 05:39 PM

I guess eddie didn't see the other two posts about Kentucky jokes. Maybe his mama told him to tell that joke. I mean, she is mad at that one guy in Kentucky who...well, let's not get into eddie's paternal history.

Posted by: smarter-than-eddie at January 16, 2006 12:05 AM

Manni wrote:

Of course my wife doesn't complain about getting 7 inches, so....

Actually, Manni, yes, she does.

Posted by: plonked at January 16, 2006 03:21 PM

Plonked! ... You know Manni's wife too?!

Posted by: Timm at January 17, 2006 01:54 AM

Donato's as in the chain? Sorry, Alex, chains do not make the best pizza. Good, God, that;s like saying that the Olive Garden is tops in the Italian food biz.

A shocking lapse in judgement to say the least!

Posted by: beckett at January 17, 2006 05:34 PM

whatever, it's all hot dogs to me

Posted by: slipkid at January 18, 2006 01:32 AM

You bunch are a riot.

makes me look at breadsticks in a whole new way!

Posted by: laughing out loud at January 18, 2006 04:10 PM

Half is 1/2 or 0.5... stop with the b.s. remarks trying to justify it. I will never understand why some of you try to justify things that are clearly inaccurate. Is that you think it makes you more enlightened because you can determine an acceptable reason why something makes no sense? You're the morons who deserve to pay half the price for 1/3 the quantity.

Half of six is three. PERIOD.

Calling it a "personal size" or "single serving" would have been far more appropriate.

Posted by: god at January 18, 2006 10:04 PM

obviously god doesn't get it

Posted by: slipkid at January 19, 2006 12:04 AM

I guess what ever your comments Donatos took note. They have changed it to Full order 6 sticks, side order 2 sticks. God works in mysterious ways ........

Posted by: The other God at January 19, 2006 11:16 AM

I'm surprised no one's jumped on this...

Donato's, under any definition, is not a "local" pizza place in Lexington. It is pretty much national.

And actually, in their "half order," the third is a specialized invisible breadstick, for munching in class. Just an observation.

Posted by: =David at January 25, 2006 08:04 PM

2+2=5! Heh heh heh.

Posted by: joe at April 22, 2006 05:06 PM

I think they just want to rip you off to buy 3 half-orders to get a full-order.

Posted by: Another guy named Alex B. at May 28, 2006 12:26 PM

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