Mason Community Picks All-American Choices for On-Campus Dining

Posted: June 24, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Graham

A survey of the largest dining facility on the Fairfax Campus shows that students, faculty, and staff subscribe to all-American eating habits, most often choosing traditional favorites such as fried chicken and pizza.

Between Sept. 3, 2004, and May 20, 2005, Ciao Hall in Student Union Building II served more than 200,000 meals during lunch and dinner. “Thursday, by far, is the most popular day of the week for Ciao Hall, mostly due to staff and faculty participation,” says Jamie Feindt, Ciao Hall manager.

Food line at Ciao Hall
All-American fare is popular at Ciao Hall.

Feindt says the staff at Ciao Hall is committed to providing a diverse menu, but the least eaten entrée is the veggie burger, while the most popular is fried chicken. Mason students and staff also have a bit of a sweet tooth for the most popular dessert: chocolate coconut graham cracker bars.

Pizza is also a top favorite, with more than 10,000 pizzas—which equals about 110,000 slices—served during the term. The most popular are the specialty pizzas, with pepperoni and cheese pizzas coming in second and third, respectively.

Feindt estimates that almost 540 pounds of french fries are served per week, totaling about 20,000 pounds over the year.

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