This article is part of a larger series on POS Systems.
Operating a pizza shop is different from other foodservice businesses, so naturally your point-of-sale (POS) system requires different functionality. An efficient POS system for your business must easily handle customer customization, delivery expectations, differing order volumes, and order combinations.
We scored dozens of popular POS systems for their cost, ease of use, and pizzeria-specific functions like delivery management with integrated GPS tracking, customer order history, and robust marketing tools.
Based on our evaluation, the best food delivery software for restaurants are:
- Toast: Best overall pizza POS for all pizzeria types
- SpeedLine: Best for complex orders and combos
- Revel: Best for 5+ location pizzerias that want a cloud POS
- HungerRush: Best for online and in-app ordering
- Slice Register: Best for quick setup
- Square for Restaurants: Best free POS for slice shops and small shops
Top Pizza POS Systems Compared
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Quiz: Which Pizza POS Is Right for You?
Toast: Best Overall Pizza POS for All Pizzeria Types
What We Like
Toast is a hybrid POS system that operates on industry-grade Toast terminals and handheld devices. This system has long been a high performer in our rankings of best restaurant POS, and it offers several key features—complex nested modifiers, delivery management, driver management, and online ordering—that make it a great fit for pizzerias. It even offers pay-as-you-go options for up to two POS terminals to help small shops get started for no upfront cost. Toast’s industry-grade hardware is also ideal for the often hectic environments pizzerias create.
Toast earned a 4.14 out of 5 in our pizza POS ranking. The system earned points for its free starter software price and ease of use. All of the pizza-supporting functions, like delivery management and pizza combo building tools, are present and accounted for. The system lost some points for locking users into the built-in Toast Payments, requiring a two-year contract, and charging extra for inventory and ordering tools.
Did you know?
More than 25% of our quiz respondents use a combination of in-house and third-party delivery drivers. Toast is a perfect fit for these types of operations.
Take a deeper look at Toast by exploring these rankings where Toast came out on or near the top:
- Best Bar POS
- Best Online Ordering Systems
- Best Kitchen Display Systems
- Best Quick Service Restaurant POS
SpeedLine: Best for Complex Orders & Combos
What We Like
SpeedLine is a locally installed POS that has been supporting pizzerias for decades. This system includes all order variations on a single screen and automated promo applications, and even integrates with call center software so you can turn over your phones on busy nights. The order screen highlights ingredients on signature pies so your cashiers don’t waste any time adding and subtracting ingredients and building custom pizzas.
SpeedLine earned a 4.08 out of 5 on our pizza POS scoring criteria. Like Revel, SpeedLine earned a ton of points for its mountain of functions; it even earned a perfect 5 out of 5 for niche pizza functions.
But, also like Revel, SpeedLine’s biggest weakness is the price. With a system that requires on-site installation and custom quotes, the cost can be high, in the $5,000 to $15,000 range. Most of that cost is upfront, with few ongoing monthly fees. But if you don’t have that kind of cash on hand, SpeedLine won’t be a fit.
Did you know?
More than 60% of our quiz respondents are traditional pizzerias, with lots of delivery orders plus on-site dining. These operations are exactly what SpeedLine was designed to support.
Revel Systems: Best for 5+ Location Pizzerias Wanting a Cloud POS
What We Like
Revel Systems is a massively functional restaurant POS that operates on iPads. This multifaceted POS includes integrated, maps-based dispatching and staff-facing smartphone apps for delivery drivers. It also supports multiple payment processors, so high-volume pizzerias can shop for the best processing rates. Add in the complex combo-building features, and Revel Systems is a natural fit for pizzerias that want a cloud-based POS.
Revel earned an overall score of 3.95 out of 5 in our pizza POS ranking criteria. It earned the highest score on this list for its general POS functions. Its niche, pizzeria-supporting tools also come right behind SpeedLine and HungerRush (two systems designed specifically for pizzerias)—although it lacks pay-at-the-door capabilities and robust coupon configurations.
Not supporting just one or two locations, however, impacts our final rating on this system. Because of the high upfront cost, two-terminal minimum, and three-year contract (the longest on our list, along with HungerRush), Revel should only be considered by pizzerias with 5+ locations. The scale of its POS only really works for businesses of this size.
HungerRush: Best for Multichannel Ordering
What We Like
HungerRush is a cloud POS reinvention of the former legacy POS, Revention. The system was initially developed specifically for pizza shops. The updated cloud-enabled HungerRush includes a ton of the insightful tools developed by its grandaddy system, like speed screens that include build-your-own pizza and payment options on a single screen. It includes built-in tools for ordering via multiple channels—online, mobile app, and text.
HungerRush earned a score of 3.94 out of a possible 5 on our pizza POS criteria. It earned top marks for niche pizza functions like complex order modifiers and delivery management. In fact, it tied with SpeedLine, earning a perfect 5 out of 5 in this category. But like SpeedLine and Revel, HungerRush lost points on cost. At $99 to $199 per month, HungerRush is midpriced on this list but requires a three-year contract.
Slice Register: Best for Quick Setup
What We Like
Slice Register is a POS built by the popular Slice online pizzeria marketplace, which has more than 18,000 independent pizza shop members. Slice Register’s software and hardware offer the simplest plug-and-play solution of all the pizza POS systems on this list.
Small shops can plug in the Slice terminal, add menu items, and start accepting in-person and online orders in a single afternoon. Slice Register also has a ton of options for brand management and customer marketing. It allows you to customize your website to showcase your business. It offers SEO assistance with search engines, reputation monitoring for online reviews, and boosted search results on Google.
On our ranking criteria, Slice Register earned a 3.80 out of 5. The software scored incredibly well for its niche pizza functions like maps-based driver management and user-friendly ordering screens. Slice Register could have scored higher overall if the system received better customer reviews and supported pay-at-the-door card payments. Slice also charges $2.50 per online order over $10, which can add up if you do a lot of online business.
Since our Last Update:
Slice recently added integration capabilities with Grubhub, DoorDash, Uber Eats, and more, enabling users to accept online orders from these third-party platforms. The feature costs an additional $75/month.
Square: Best Free POS for Slice Shops
What We Like
Square for Restaurants is the food and beverage POS built by the popular payment brand Square. This cloud-based POS operates on iPads, and the baseline software subscription is free to use on unlimited terminals. You can use hardware you already own, and there are no long-term contracts. Slice shops—which don’t need complex order modifiers—will be well supported by this user-friendly system.
Square for Restaurants earned a 3.58 out of 5 on our pizza POS criteria. It earned the highest marks on our list for overall price. The free integrated online ordering site and excellent user reviews also gained points. But, Square for Restaurants lacks the pizza-specific tools that others on this list support.
Did you know?
Square is our top pick for the best POS system for small businesses. It also has retail, appointment, and general-purpose POS solutions.
Dig deeper into the Square ecosystem of small business tools by reading:
- How to Set Up a Free Square Online Store in 10 Steps
- The Ultimate Square POS Setup Guide
- Square Fees & Pricing: The Ultimate Guide
- Square Payroll Review
Methodology: How We Evaluated Pizza POS Systems
We compared dozens of the most popular POS systems based on vital pizzeria functions, including cost, ease of use, underlying POS functions, and niche pizzeria tools. We also considered our resident restaurant expert’s personal experience with each system.
Click through the tabs below for our full evaluation criteria:
10% of Overall Score
Pizzerias have a lot of tech needs and tend to have a slightly higher software budget than other restaurant types. Still, we looked at whether or not each software offers a free plan, free trial, and a plan option under $75 monthly. Because most shops are high-volume, we also looked for systems that allow you to shop around for best payment processing rates. Since shop needs can fluctuate over time, we awarded points to systems that have service contracts that are one year or less.
25% of Overall Score
30% of Overall Score
This category was the real battleground. We looked for everything from driver management to robust coupon support and automated ingredient-level inventory with vendor management. Because pizzas are so highly modified, we specifically looked for pizza-building modules and robust combo-building functions. We also gave the highest marks to systems that support pay-at-the-door card readers so you can save money on card-not-present transaction fees.
15% of Overall Score
Here, we looked for systems that come with 24/7 customer support, guided installation (with bonus points if it is free), and comprehensive training materials. We also awarded points to cloud-based systems that free you from your back office and have strong offline functions so your operation doesn’t crash if your internet does.
20% of Overall Score
What to Look for in a Pizza POS System
Your POS system should provide you with features that can cater to the unique demands of a pizzeria while streamlining your daily operations. Here are the most important features to look for when considering a pizza POS system:
- Online ordering functionality: As more customers seek contactless transactions, having an efficient online ordering feature is crucial. Your POS should enable customers to place orders from the comfort of their homes, either through your website or a convenient mobile app.
- Integrated order management: The best pizza POS systems should seamlessly merge various types of orders—dine-in, online, or phone-in—into one easy-to-manage platform. This kind of order management integration ensures operational efficiency and order accuracy.
- Custom pizza builder: A pizza builder tool that accommodates custom orders is key for many pizza restaurants. Most of these features allow for the creation of half-and-half pizzas, specific topping combinations, and other customizations.
- Loyalty program integration: Implementing a loyalty program helps stimulate repeat business, so it’s important that your POS supports it. Loyalty programs typically act as a POS add-on that reward customers with points leading to perks (like a free pizza).
- Ingredient-level inventory management: The ability to automatically track ingredients used per order and update your inventory in real time is another essential feature. Some advanced systems may also allow for ingredient reordering directly from the app.
- Delivery management capabilities: If your restaurant offers in-house delivery, choose a POS system equipped with robust delivery features, including tools like delivery mapping and at-the-door payment processing.
- Third-party delivery integration: Pizza POS systems that integrate with third-party delivery services (like GrubHub, DoorDash, and UberEats) can help broaden your delivery range and efficiency while outsourcing the logistics.
- Comprehensive customer management: A POS with a robust customer management system is essential. It should store key information like customer contact details and preferences. Some advanced systems even have the ability to record dislikes and other notes for personalized service.
- Payment processing: Your pizza POS should offer diverse and efficient payment options, from chip cards to mobile and contactless methods, all at affordable rates. Some providers only support their own proprietary payment processors, while others integrate with multiple processors (offering you the flexibility to seek better rates).
- Reporting and analytics: A successful pizza POS system should provide comprehensive reporting and analytics. This feature allows you to monitor key performance indicators (KPIs), informing strategic planning based on sales data, inventory levels, and customer behavior insights.
- Manageable pricing and terms: One of the most important pizza POS system features is a price that fits into your budget. Many systems also require one- to three-year contracts, so be sure to seek a provider with terms that fit your future plans.
- Tailored features: Additional features may be required depending on your unique business needs. For instance, an intuitive POS system that requires minimal training could be vital in a high staff turnover environment. Or, If your pizzeria also serves alcoholic beverages, consider a POS that caters to specific liquor service needs. A sit-down restaurant will likely benefit from table management, pre-auth for bar tabs, and tableside ordering capabilities.
By considering these attributes in your search for a pizza POS system, you can find a solution that is not only reliable and easy to use, but also tailored to the specific operational needs of your pizzeria.
Ray Delucci has 10 years of experience in the food industry. Early in his career, he worked in an on-campus pizzeria at the Culinary Institute of America. He’s also managed pizza creation in full-service restaurants and even wood-fired catering events in the Napa Valley. It is this experience of pizza-specific cooking he brings to this guide.
Mary King has worked in every type of food service business from coffee shops and pizzerias to full-service fine dining restaurants. With over 14 years of industry experience, she has used many POS systems in real-world food service businesses.
Meaghan Brophy has 10-plus years of retail experience, during which she has operated a variety of cash registers and POS systems in different settings and applications. Since working in retail, Meaghan has 7-plus years of experience writing for retailers and 4-plus years of experience evaluating POS systems.
Katie-Jay Simmons has over 10 years of experience in retail and hospitality settings, with a significant portion dedicated to working in pizzerias. In addition to her hands-on expertise, she has been reviewing retail and restaurant software for 2+ years.
Pizza POS Systems Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
According to our ranking criteria, the best POS for most pizzerias is Toast. However, there are several types of pizza shops—from slice shops that do mainly small cash sales to high-volume, delivery-heavy spots—that have different needs. For those smaller slice shops, we recommend Square, and for high-volume pizzerias, Revel or SpeedLine may be better.
It’s hard to determine the most popular pizzeria POS since many pizza shops have different needs.
Choose a pizza POS system by assessing your pizzeria’s needs and budget and finding a system that fits both. Schedule demos of a few different systems to make sure you’ve got the right fit before committing. Many pizza POS systems don’t offer free trials or short-term contracts, so take the time to research the software before you sign a two- to three-year contract.
Pizza POS systems should be easy to use, enable customizable orders, and integrate seamlessly with delivery apps. In short, it should create an efficient experience for your customers and employees.
With this in mind, we found that Toast is the best overall pizza POS system. With user-friendly, industry-grade hardware, a pizza-building module, and built-in options for driver management and third-party delivery, Toast can expand to fit any operation. Pay-as-you-go hardware options also make it easy for new pizzerias and slice shops to get started for no upfront cost. See if Toast is right for you by getting a full demo.