7 Great Pizza POS Systems To Serve Up & Deliver Slices Of Pie
These pizza-friendly POS apps offer a variety of tempting features, from raw ingredient tracking to delivery options.
Pizza is the ultimate food; I’d be perfectly content subsisting entirely on pizza forever. But in lieu of consuming a large stuffed-crust pizza, alone, my pizza-related activity for today is writing about the best cloud-based POS software systems for pizzerias.
Pizza POS systems typically come loaded with must-have features, such as EMV compliance, raw ingredient tracking, and the ability to input complicated pizza orders with ease. Some cloud pizza POS systems (mmm, “cloud pizza,”…that sounds good) also offer some sweet extras, such as online ordering and delivery options.
In this article, I’ll go over the merits and shortcomings of seven pizza-friendly POS systems — Square, Clover, Toast, Upserve, Revel, Shopkeep — to help you figure out which one is the best for your pizza shop.
If you have any thoughts on my choices, we can talk about those in the comments. Or we could just chat about pizza, that would be cool too.
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7 Best Pizza POS Systems
The best pizza POS systems offer features, such as ingredient management, online ordering, delivery, and takeout. Whether you operate a takeout pizzeria or a sit-down pizza parlor, having the right POS system can make your life a lot easier. Here are some of our top picks for pizza POS software.
1. Revel Systems: Best For Quick-Service Pizza Parlors
Best for quick-service pizza parlors.
Revel Systems is a comprehensive iPad POS with a truly exhaustive set of features. Revel has a ton of slick features and integrations, and it might be your POS of choice if you want a super-customizable POS with options for delivery management, tableside ordering, online pizza ordering, kitchen display systems, multilocation support, and more.
Revel has been around since 2010, and it has many satisfied customers in the food industry thanks to features ranging from a digital menu board to an open API. You can build on Revel’s functionality with its app marketplace — Revel also builds branded mobile apps for merchants. Highly-scaleable Revel can even work for enterprise-level foodservice businesses and counts Popeyes Chicken and Arby’s among its customers.
Revel’s software is super robust and can be customized for both full-service and quick-service pizzerias, though I would say it’s better suited for quick-serve overall. The POS has strong menu-building capabilities and customizable ordering options that let you add toppings, create half-and-half pizzas, and enter special requests. You can even track your delivery drivers like you would an Uber driver.
Revel is probably the highest-end iPad POS on this list. Plans start at $99/month for core POS functionality (without extras, such as online ordering), and they are billed annually with a three-year contract and an agreement to use Revel’s in-house payment processor, Revel Advantage.
- Numerous integrations
- Highly customizable
- Suitable for quick-serve and full-service pizzerias
- Three-year contract required for the best rate
- Pricing may be too high for smaller businesses
2. Clover POS: Best For Busy Pizza Parlors
Best for busy pizza parlors.
Clover is a complete restaurant POS with lots of useful functions for both counter-service and table-service restaurants. Clover has modules for ingredient tracking, online ordering, and delivery, and it even markets a pizza-builder app made specifically for pizzerias. Clover’s popular Counter Service plan is $39.95/month and includes online ordering, bar tabs, tips, shifts, discounts, and more; Clover’s Table Service plan is $69.95/month and adds table management.
Clover uses its proprietary hardware with various options, including Clover Station, Clover Station Pro, Clover Mini, and Clover Flex. Clover is always sold with a Fiserv merchant account, though there are thousands of different entities that sell Fiserv merchant services. Your rates and terms will vary on which Clover reseller you choose, so it’s important to choose a good one, or buy it directly from Clover. Being an all-in-one system that combines hardware, software, and payment processing, Clover is incredibly easy to set up and use out of the box.
The Clover POS system is ultra-customizable — it comes out of the box with basic POS functionality, and you use apps, typically purchased via a monthly fee, from Clover’s app market to add the specific features you need. Clover’s “Swift Pizza” app offers several useful functions for quick-serve pizzerias for $19.95/month.
- Easy to set up
- Numerous apps and integrations
- All-in-one system
- Limited to one payment processor
- Upfront costs
3. Toast POS: Best For Pizza Delivery Restaurants
Best for pizza delivery restaurants.
Toast POS works well for pizza parlors of all sizes, from takeout/delivery to full-service restaurants. Unlike the other pizza POS software systems on our list, Toast was built specifically for food service. This POS and restaurant management system starts at $0/month for the core POS and runs exclusively on Android devices, giving Toast a little more versatility than its iPad-based counterparts. Toast POS uses hardwired terminals with (optional) handheld tableside ordering devices (Toast Go, pictured above) and kitchen display screens.
The system is feature-rich but easy enough to learn, with a straightforward, intuitive interface. Some cool functions of this POS include the ability to update your menu online, offer digital or printed receipts, and provide customized tip percentage options during customer transactions. QSR can definitely use Toast, but the POS also has plenty of functionality to support a full-service bar-and-restaurant. Toast also has multiple digital ordering options, including online ordering, contactless delivery, and a mobile ordering app (to get these features, you’ll need to subscribe to the $165/month Essentials package).
Toast offers its in-house, integrated payment processing, which means you can’t use your own merchant services provider. Toast promises to match the rates of your current merchant services provider, but if you want to use a specific outside payment processor, this isn’t the POS for you. Toast is also a little pricier than some of the other options on our list if you want all the advanced features.
- Android-based system
- Online ordering and delivery features
- Free plan available
- Suitable for restaurants of all sizes
- Limited to Toast’s in-house payment processor
- Can be expensive
4. Upserve POS: Best For Pizzerias With Large Dining Rooms
Best for pizzerias with large dining rooms.
Upserve is a cloud POS made specifically for restaurants that’s available on both iPad and Android tablets. With features such as online ordering, recipe costing, and delivery management, Upserve works great for quick-serve and takeout pizzerias. However, it also has features for full-service pizza parlors, including table management and tableside ordering using the custom-built Upserve Tableside device with built-in contactless payments. In a lot of ways, Upserve is similar to Toast, so if you are interested in Upserve, it’s a good idea to compare it with Toast also.
Upserve is a pizza POS system that integrates in-house, call-in, and online orders, making it easy to manage all your orders. It’s also super easy to add a tip, fee, or delivery charge to any check.
Upserve subscription plans start at $59/month, but you’ll need the $199/month subscription to access such features as inventory management and loyalty. Online ordering is also included with the $199/month subscription (for a limited time only; usually, it is a paid add-on). All plans come with flat-rate payment processing using Upserve Payments.
- Specifically made for restaurants
- Numerous features
- Easy to use
- Fewer integrations than its competitors
5. Square For Restaurants: Best Overall Pizzeria POS System
Square For Restaurants POS
Best overall pizzeria POS system.
Square has become known throughout the industry for its ease of use and functionality, and this is no exception when it comes to Square for Restaurants. From its easy-to-use interface to its uncomplicated payment processing fees, Square is all about simplicity — and it does it well.
Additionally, Square is one of the more affordable options on the market today. With its Free Version, you’ll have access to a number of great features, including table management, menu management, order management, fast-order entry, and multiplication management. You’ll need to upgrade to plans starting at $60/month to access more advanced features, including advanced reporting, live sales, and loyalty programs. You can get the most out of your POS by adding integrations from the Square App Marketplace. One of the top integrations is with Caviar, which gives your restaurant options for delivery and takeout orders, or you can pair your system with one of the major delivery services.
Square for Restaurants is best suited for small- to medium-sized restaurants. For high-volume restaurants, processing fees may add up quickly, so you might want to shop around your options. Square does, however, offer custom quotes for high-volume businesses, so be sure to reach out to get a quote tailored to your business. Most pizza restaurants, however, will find that Square’s competitive pricing, features, and ease of use really hits the spot.
- Competitive processing
- Easy to use
- Numerous integrations
- May not be suitable for high-volume restaurants
- Reports are somewhat lacking
6. TouchBistro: Best For Small Pizza Shops
Best for small pizza shops.
TouchBistro is a hybrid POS system designed specifically for the restaurant industry. TouchBistro is a locally installed system that doesn’t require an internet connection outside of the initial download and future software updates. A connection is also required for credit card payments.
TouchBistro has a number of great features for restaurants, including new online ordering and reservation options. Other features include table management, menu management, inventory management, order kiosks, tableside ordering, online ordering and delivery, and numerous integrations. TouchBistro is best suited for small- to medium-sized businesses, although its updated features now make it a strong choice for larger pizzerias and restaurants, as well. The system is also extremely user-friendly for you and your customers.
You can choose from a list of third-party payment processors or use the in-house option, TouchBistro Payments. TouchBistro is one of the most affordable cost-effective restaurant POS systems on the market, with prices starting at $69/month. Add-ons such as online ordering and reservations come at an additional price.
- Easy to use
- Competitive pricing
- Integrates with third-party processors
- Feature set is lacking when compared to competitors
- May not be suitable for larger businesses
7. ShopKeep: Best For Pizza Shops Selling By The Slice
Best for pizza shops selling by the slice.
ShopKeep is one of the best POS systems for quick-serve businesses, and while it wasn’t made specifically for pizza, it has useful pizza features, such as raw ingredient tracking. The system is highly scalable, customizable, and affordable (call for a custom quote; there’s also a limited free plan). Pizzerias can set their system up so that they can, for example, add different toppings and calculate those into the total price of a pizza. Customers can order pizzas online using your custom online ordering website.
ShopKeep runs on both iPad and proprietary Clover hardware. In addition to its versatility, reliability is another benefit of ShopKeep. Its offline functionality ensures that you’ll still be able to run credit card transactions even if your internet connection goes down. If you do have a problem, ShopKeep will work hard to fix it for you, thanks to its top-notch customer support.
ShopKeep integrates with numerous payment processors, allowing you to work with your preferred merchant services provider — or you can use ShopKeep’s in-house payment processing, ShopKeep Payments, which offers interchange-plus rates.
All in all, most pizzerias will find this to be a high-quality POS, particularly for a quick-serve and takeout pizza shop, including pizzerias that sell by the slice. However, full-service restaurants may find the feature-set somewhat lacking.
- Integrates with numerous payment processors
- Good offline functionality
- Scalable & customizable
- Feature set is lacking when compared to competitors
- May be unsuitable for full-service pizzerias
Looking For One Of These Pizza Point Of Sale Systems?
The options on this list certainly aren’t the only POS systems out there that will work for your restaurant. However, these are the best options we’ve found based on our own research and testing.
There are a few popular POS options you may have seen or heard of that aren’t on our list. Here’s why they didn’t make the cut.
HungerRush got its start as Revention, a POS company that catered to pizzerias. Since then, the company has grown and now counts other types of restaurants amongst its customers. While HungerRush stands out for its fully customizable POS systems, these systems come at a high price. While there are numerous add-ons, these add-ons can add to your total bill, driving the cost of your new POS system into the thousands. Unless you’re willing to dig deep into your pockets, there are a number of other POS systems that are more cost-effective and offer the features you need to effectively run your business.
Ordyx has a lot going for it. It’s competitively priced, has a number of integrations, and has a great ordering system. However, it does lack some features you’d find with other budget POS systems, which may be a dealbreaker for some quick-service and full-service establishments. Customer complaints about a clunky UI that isn’t as quick and responsive as it should be and complaints about customer service also are issues that prevented Ordyx from making our “best of” list.
For smaller restaurants that use a basic POS system, Lavu offers a cost-efficient upgrade. Prices start at just $69/month for a single terminal that comes with a number of great industry-specific features. However, there are some drawbacks to using Lavu. Some customers have reported bugs in the software, which also can take some time to learn and isn’t as user-friendly as the software of its competitors. Equipment leases from the company are also quite expensive, driving up the cost of your system. Additionally, some customers have gotten locked into multi-year contracts that come with high early termination fees.
eHopper stands out among its competitors for its free POS software and equipment. Unfortunately, its features are pretty basic, even with its paid plans. Reporting is limited, and though the company promotes free credit card processing, these costs are passed along to your customers. While this system may work for smaller quick-service restaurants, most businesses will find that there are other free POS options — such as Square — that better fit their POS needs.
HarborTouch POS provides everything most restaurants need to take orders, process payments, and manage their business. Unfortunately, there are a number of drawbacks that could prove to be a dealbreaker for your business. Complicated pricing tiers, hidden costs, contracts, and poor customer service are among the common complaints found for HarborTouch.
5 Must-Have Features In Good Pizza POS Software
Here are some features that are important for pizza restaurants to consider while they’re looking around.
- Ingredient Tracking: With raw ingredient management, you can track which and how many ingredients are used in each order and update your inventory automatically. Some systems even let you reorder ingredients right from the app.
- Online Ordering: Take it from a millennial: Your younger customers want to place their pizza order without having to speak to an actual human. Customers should have an option to order their takeout or delivery pizza online, either on your website or using an app.
- Order Management: Many pizzerias will have some combination of dine-in, online, and phone-in orders. A POS with strong order management integrates all of these orders in one convenient system.
- Pizza Builder: A POS with a pizza builder module made specifically for pizzerias will allow you to do things such as create custom pizzas, including half-and-half pizzas and unique topping combinations. Even if your POS doesn’t have a pizza-specific app, it should allow you to quickly and easily create custom orders.
- Loyalty Program: A loyalty program encourages repeat business and is usually offered as a paid POS add-on. Customers can sign up with their email addresses and earn points toward a free pizza.
Depending on your specific needs, you’ll likely need other features as well. For example, in a restaurant that might see a lot of staff turnover, an easy-to-learn POS is valuable because it reduces the time spent on training. Sit-down restaurants likely need a POS system with table management, pre-auth for bar tabs, and tableside ordering capabilities, while some quick-serve restaurant setups might benefit from a self-order kiosk.
Looking For A Pizza Delivery POS System? Here's What You Need To Know
Whether your restaurant specializes in pizza delivery or you recently started delivering as a result of COVID-19, there are delivery-specific POS system features you should keep an eye out for when shopping around. These features include:
- In-House Delivery: If you have the staff and resources to offer in-house delivery, make sure you choose a POS system that can be customized to your needs. Make sure to be aware of any additional costs that may apply for using this option.
- Third-Party Delivery Services: Would you prefer that a third party handles your deliveries? For many restaurants, outsourcing deliveries is the quickest and easiest way to get their food on the road. If you choose this option, research POS systems that integrate with third-party delivery services and take note of any additional fees for using this service. Make sure to also check out customer reviews of delivery services to make sure that your customers always receive food that’s hot, fresh, and right on time.
- Advance Ordering: Your pizza shop doesn’t have to be open 24/7, but why restrict your online ordering system? Look for a POS that supports round-the-clock advance orders so you can keep bringing in revenue, even when your shop is closed.
- Customer Management: Make sure that your POS has a solid customer management system. In addition to storing contact information such as names, phone numbers, and addresses, you might want to invest in a system that allows you to input additional information, such as customer preferences and dislikes.
- Delivery Mapping: Some POS systems have delivery mapping systems that assign orders to customers based on their geographic location. Additionally, drivers can receive delivery instructions and directions for more efficient pizza delivery.
- Delivery Flagging System: A delivery flagging system can be used to notify you when a driver is late so the customer can be contacted immediately about the delay. This can also be used when assessing the performance of your drivers.
How Do I Find The Right Pizza POS For My Restaurant?
Choosing the right pizza POS system requires you as the restaurant owner to look at some top systems and then narrow down your choices based on your budget and needed features. As most POS systems come with integrated payment processing, you should also take into consideration the credit card processing rates and fees charged by said POS companies, and consider how long of a contract you are comfortable signing.
Most importantly, you need to test out a POS system before committing to it. Some companies offer a free trial, while others may just have a free demo. It’s also a good idea to read reviews about the system and find out what the common complaints are.
In Summary: 7 Best Pizza POS Systems
- Revel POS: Best for quick-service pizza parlors
- Clover POS: Best for high-volume, busy pizza restaurants
- Toast POS: Best for pizza delivery restaurants
- Upserve POS: Best for pizzerias with large dining rooms
- Square For Restaurants POS: Best overall pizzeria POS system
- TouchBistro: Best for small pizza shops
- ShopKeep POS: Best for pizza shops selling by the slice