I have not eaten pizza for quite a period, however, just in the past several weeks I have been introduced to pizza with tastes markedly superior found at the even good local pizzerias I patronized in the past.
The first was a pretty small chain that had a crust that had a taste and consistency new to me. Moreover, I found it superior to previous experience. The store was just out side of D.C. and the pricing was in the premium range for a slice. But it was worth it [perhaps unfairly assessed, in neither case did I pick up the bill].
The second might not be a chain or franchise operation at all, but it was even better than the one described above. Here one walks through a line with an individual preparing a custom created pizza to your choices of flour, sauce, cheese, toppings: vegetables and meats along with a selection of final touches after baking. For those skewing to the mass market versions, robotic pizzas will suffice and probably win on price. However, for those with a more functional palate higher quality particularly when combined with personal choice will win out. Nonetheless, the latter will sadly be the smaller market albeit perhaps the more profitable. [This time I paid the entire bill and I look forward to a return visit.]