Super snacking

CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Eric DeLeon measures out toppings for a pizza at Pizza Hut Saturday afternoon. DeLeon said he’s a little scared about the volume of orders the restaurant will have to deal with on Super Bowl Sunday, which is its busiest day of the year.

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer

Eric DeLeon knows today will test his mettle as chef manager at the Pizza Hut/WingStreet on Prince Street.

The 19-year-old has worked at the pizza restaurant for eight months, and today is his first Super Bowl.

“I’m scared,” he said. “I’ve just never experienced the number of orders we’re going to have.”

Pizza places in town will work double-time today to keep up with orders from Super Bowl parties. Pizza Hut and Papa John’s stores will double their staff, according to managers.

Of the 15 people on staff at Papa John’s today, about 10 will be drivers, according to General Manager Gregg Owens.

“Without a doubt, it’s our busiest day,” Pizza Hut/WingStreet district manager Dan Booth said.

According to the Domino’s Web site, its stores will make about 1.3 million pizzas nationwide on Super Bowl Sunday.

While pizza orders do double during the Super Bowl, store managers expect the star player to be chicken wings.

Pizza Hut/WingStreet will make about 5,000 chicken wings on game day, according to Booth.

Owens said his store will make about 1,000 wings.

“We get a lot of wings. It’s our biggest seller, (so) we stock up on a lot of wings,” said Mike Reid, assistant manager of Papa John’s on 21st Street. “They go nuts on wings.”

Booth said during last year’s game, his store received calls for chicken wings for seven straight hours. But he said pizza orders started to come in after halftime.

“We make more chicken wings,” he said. “A big addition to our sales was chicken wings last year.”

But it’s not only the pizza shops and take-out restaurants that see a rush in sales.

At Albertsons, party essentials such as chips, ice and beer are on sale, according to manager Bill Bargman.

“It’s probably our third biggest party event,” he said. “It’s all about the party.”