Review: Pizza Hut re-imagines pizza with confidant new flavors
December 4, 2014 - bbq set
One of a things I’ve always found extraordinary about Pizza Hut is a ability to come adult with new ways to make pizza.
Stuffed crust. P’Zones. Dippin’ Strips. Cheesy bites. Twisted crust. Bigfoot. Pizza sliders. Double low pizza. Square pizzas in cooking boxes.
So we was customarily a small astounded final month when a chain, that got a start in Wichita, announced that it was re-imagining a pizzas again.
This was no elementary membrane stuffing or twisting, though. This concerned a further of 11 specialty pizzas done with several new sauces, membrane flavors and specialty toppings as good as a welfare of lower-calorie “skinny pies.” And drizzle.
Pretty bold, even for a risk-taking product growth dialect during Pizza Hut.
Setting aside, for a second, a fact that dining during a vast pizza sequence competence not be a many obliged thing to do for a health or for a consciences, Pizza Hut has a place in my Midwestern life. we grew adult reading and removing rewarded for it with a Book It banking good for a personal vessel pizza. When we got older, my sister and we would sequence a middle hamburger pizza on Friday nights, eating it while we watched “Webster” and a relatives went out for date night.
Now that I’m a parent, my 9-year-old is ideally transparent that her welfare is Pizza Hut or Papa John’s over a many juicy internal pizza places Wichita offers, from Picasso’s in Delano to Ziggy’s in Clifton Square. And I’ll acknowledge we spasmodic suffer a thin-and-crispy beef and fungus piled with powdered Parmesan with a side of marinara for dipping.
I can't quarrel a Pizza Hut power. So this week, we motionless to entirely examine a new menu in all of a curry-spiced, Sriracha-drizzled, Peruvian cherry pepper-topped weirdness.
And we was agreeably surprised. Yes, a pizza is a sodium bomb, and after eating it for dual days in a row, we compulsory several gallons of water. But a new toppings, salsas and membrane supplement so many possibilities, and, best of all, a pizzas come out looking as pleasing as a selling photos promised.
The vital downside is that a menu is now treacherous as heck, and even after sampling 6 of a new pizzas, I’m still not certain we know accurately how it works. It would need time, income and several pounds to find a ideal combination. (Don’t panic, Pizza Hut fans, a menu still has a strange offerings, too.)
For both pizza binges, we systematic online so we could poke around and see what was available. we chose a “new recipes” add-on on a website, that listed a 11 new specialty pies along with photos. They’re all served customarily as vast pizzas and cost $12.99 apiece.
I chose a Giddy Up BBQ Chicken, that was served on a normal hand-tossed membrane and surfaced with grill salsa and grilled chicken, a new hardwood-smoked bacon and red onions. The finishing touches were shavings of Cheddar baked onto a edges of a membrane and a swirly grill salsa drizzle prettying adult a center. I’m not customarily a fan of grill pizzas, that tend to ambience overwhelmingly of a too-sweet KC Masterpiece. But this salsa was subtle, and a chewy bacon was a good element to a proposal chicken. It was a winner.
I also try to equivocate anything labeled “skinny” since that customarily translates into “weird tasting.” But a spare membrane on Pizza Hut’s new menu doesn’t ambience uncanny during all. It’s made, according to Pizza Hut, with a “smarter” apportionment of hand-tossed dough, and a pizza makers go easy on a meats and cheeses so that any cut contains customarily 250 to 300 calories. The menu offers a list of pre-imagined spare pies, yet we went on my own, grouping one with pineapple and hardwood bacon. I’m a thin-and-crispy devotee, and this membrane tasted identical yet was a small doughier. It’s roughly too good to be true.
The curry-flavored membrane intrigued me from a initial notation we review about it, so we knew we had to have it. we couldn’t see it listed as an choice on any of a “new recipes,” so we combined my own. Curried pizza membrane is a new thing to me, so we comparison toppings we suspicion would strife a least: a sugar Sriracha sauce, sliced ham, Peruvian chili peppers, banana peppers and uninformed spinach. The membrane really smelled and tasted of curry, yet it was a bit of a douse sponge, and a strenuous saltiness of my origination was a problem. It was a spiciest of a pies we tried, dismissed not customarily by a flog in a curry membrane yet also by a prohibited cherry peppers and Sriracha sauce.
The subsequent day, we treated a newsroom to a pizza smorgasboard and this time comparison 3 of a 11 new specialty pies. One was a Garden Party served on thin-and-crispy membrane with uninformed veggies, including a new diced Roma tomatoes and uninformed spinach, all surfaced with a drizzle of balsamic. Although a salsa was too honeyed on a spinach, a pizza was piled with crunchy uninformed veggies. Paired with a spare crust, it roughly seemed like health food.
The Buffalo duck pizza also was a hit. Though a banana peppers and grilled duck toppings didn’t set it dramatically detached from other Buffalo pizzas, a membrane was rimmed with baked-on cheese shavings, and that done it special. It also had a Buffalo salsa drizzle, a good touch. Not customarily do they make a pizzas prettier, they also supplement an additional covering of palate-pleasing hardness and flavor.
Perhaps a many juicy of a selections, though, was a Cock-a-Doodle Bacon pizza, that showcases a restaurants’ new garlic Parmesan sauce, a creamy, thick Alfredo-like invention. It’s easily slathered on a hand-tossed membrane and surfaced with grilled chicken, hardwood-smoked bacon and diced Roma tomatoes. This is a high-calorie, high-fat foodstuff that will make we blubber in appreciation even yet we know that a brilliance will expected means evident abdominal distress. In fact, after both of my tours by a new Pizza Hut menu, several of my samplers complained of teenager queasiness.
Overall, we like a newness of a new menu, and zero was a sum miss. we doubt I’d sequence curry membrane again, yet on destiny visits, I’ll expected ask for spare membrane installed with some of a new veggie options, including a Roma tomatoes and sharp cherry peppers. I’d really ask for a drizzle.
If zero else, a new menu has desirous my Pizza Hut-loving 9-year-old to enhance her horizons. Previously a pepperoni-only girl, she desired a grill duck pizza.
I theory that’s a start.
The new Pizza Hut menu
New membrane options: Toasted Parmesan, pickled pretzel, sugar Sriracha, toasted Asiago, burning red pepper, toasted cheddar, garlic butter, curry, ginger
New salsa options: Crushed tomato, tawny garlic Parmesan, sugar Sriracha, barbecue, buffalo
New drizzle options: Balsamic, Buffalo, sugar Sriracha, barbecue
New commanding options: Salami, seasoned pork, anchovies, hardwood-smoked bacon, banana peppers, diced Roma tomatoes, Peruvian cherry peppers, uninformed spinach