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A rare McDonald’s item, the McPizza, is gone for good. Or is it?

FILE -- This Friday, March 17, 2017, photo shows the McDonald’s sign outside a restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh.
FILE -- This Friday, March 17, 2017, photo shows the McDonald’s sign outside a restaurant in downtown Pittsburgh. AP

A niche item being sold at just a handful of stores, the “McPizza” at McDonald’s is going the way of the dinosaur, the dodo and Blockbuster Video.

The fast food chain has stopped selling the McPizza, a decision made by its corporate office, sources including Business Insider and Grub Street reported Friday.

Corporate ordered the item be discontinued Thursday at the select few locations in the U.S. that had still been selling it, which included restaurants in Ohio and West Virginia.

Back in May, Business Insider and other sources reported that those two stores were the only ones offering the McPizza from the 1990s through 2017. When they stopped carrying the personal pizza Thursday, some headlines, like one written by Grub Street, proclaimed it “officially dead.” One blog called it the “end of an era.

Or is it?

The McPizza, apparently a deep-rooted fixture in fast-food mythology, might still be available at one last location.

Both of Business Insider’s stories speak of a third location, in Orlando, Fla., that may still be selling pizza. Having just opened in 2016, that location features a pasta and pizza kitchen with a wood-fire oven, according to a 2015 article in the Orlando Business Journal.

The stories in Grub Street and The Comeback make no mention of the Orlando location in their postmortems, perhaps not considering that restaurant’s pizza to be a true McPizza. It was released this century instead of the 1980s, after all.

“McPizza” was never the item’s official name, for what it’s worth. Labeled simply “pizza,” It was offered in over 500 McDonald’s nationwide in 1991, according to The Comeback.

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