Some of my favorite football-themed pizza boxes from the late 1990s in honor of Superbowl XLVIII. These were all designed by Joe Lacek for Roma Foods and produced by Jefferson Smurfit Packaging (later Smurfit-Stone, now RockTenn). Today is the pizza industry’s busiest day, so they’re going to be using A LOT of boxes!

See more amazing pizza boxes in my book Viva La Pizza! The Art of the Pizza Box, available wherever fine books are sold!

BIG NEWS: Pizza Box Book


Roma Foods produced this generic box over 20 years ago!

This may not be a heart-shaped pizza box, but there have been attempts at such a container from at least one of the national chains. I have a prototype from the country’s biggest pizza box manufacturer but posting it here would be legally questionable. My pizza box collection has plenty of rare gems and I’m excited to announce that I’ll be turning that collection into a super-amazing BOOK over the next few months!

The book will navigate readers through the world of pizza box art and design, a subject that usually goes straight into the garbage. I have over 250 boxes from around the world, most of which were sent to me by pizza tour guests. I document the unboxing of these gems on my YouTube channel, so take a gander if you’re keen.

Now for a call to arms. If you spot a cool pizza box, snag it! Send me a photo at SCOTT at SCOTTSPIZZATOURS dot COM and I’ll check the archive to see if I already have it. If you send me new boxes, I’ll send you a prize: up to three boxes scores you an amazing Pizza Pen, 4-6 different boxes get you a free SPT-shirt, 7-9 boxes get you an incredible SPT Hoodie! Ten or more gets you a FREE TOUR TICKET!!! These can be custom boxes from a local pizzeria, old boxes you forgot you had in your pizzeria’s storage closet or even seemingly boring generic boxes from some part of the world that barely has pizza. I’m trying to represent as wide a cross-section of the pizza world as possible and YOU can help immensely!

**Boxes must be received by MARCH 15 so get on it! Oh, and happy Valentine’s Day to all you pizza lovers.