Fast Food Review: P’Zone from Pizza Hut

It’s seems as though the well has run dry with new and inventive pizzas.  Creative ideas such as “stuffed crust pizza” are great, but these gimmicks come and go all the time.  The big 3…Pizza Hut, Domino’s and Papa John’s continuously duke it out for pizza supremacy.  Pizza Hut looks to take an edge with their P’Zone.

As I’m sure everyone knows, the P’Zone is simply a variety of calzone.  Weighing in at around 1.07 pounds, the P’Zone (introduced in 2002) makes itself known as a heavyweight.  Printed on the side of the box is a caution of “Heavy Lifting Required”.  Each P’Zone is made with a folded 12-inch traditional crust, a layer of sliced mozzarella cheese and a choice of three different ingredient combinations: (Pepperoni) jam packed with pepperoni; (Meaty) includes pepperoni, sausage, seasoned beef and ham; (Classic) sausage with green peppers and red onions.  Each P’Zone is served with a generous portion of marinara sauce.  A nice change from the standard pizza, the P’Zone is more of a personal item than a shareable.  At a price tag of $6.99 for one or $12.99 if you order two, the P’Zone has recently gone up in price by at least a dollar.

Fun fact about the P’Zone, competitive eating champion Joey Chestnutt currently holds the world record of eating 4.82 pounds (4 and 1/2 P’Zones) in 6 minutes.  Watch the video.  All 3 P’Zone options offer something to satisfy your hunger while pleasing your taste buds.  I believe whether you choose the Pepperoni, Meaty or Classic you are assured to be filled up and happy.  

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Pros: Flavorful crust. Satisfies a big hunger. 3 filling options. Side of marinara sauce.

Cons: Recent price increase. No customization.

Taste: 9.25/10
Value: 6.75/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.50/10
Price: $6.99

Overall GrubGrade: 9.00/10

More Info: PizzaHut.com

23 comments on “Fast Food Review: P’Zone from Pizza Hut

  1. Ross says:

    Hmmm…they need to do a chocolate p’zone. About twice a year my wife and I make chocolate calzones and they’re soo good!
    Glad to see you’re up and running so quickly, Ryan! I got your link from your comment on FFC. There’s some mighty good reading here.

  2. ultradave says:

    Yeah Ryan, good luck, and I hope you can keep this running. You need to get the word out that you’re doing this…..as Ross noted, the only way I knew to find this was via that FFC post. I’ve not seen any mention of it on the other food blogs. Might want to contact them all.

  3. john says:

    For something so large, it looks like it might be a good for 2 smaller meals instead of one.
    Good to see the crust is flavorful too… that way if you get a bite without meat, you still are getting good flavor. nice review!
    haven’t gotten one of these yet, but might have to finally try one!

  4. Raiders757 says:

    I am surprised by the high rating, but I guess food opinions are just as subjective as music opinions.

    I find the P’zones to be rather bland and dry. Even with the dipping sauce. They just don’t taste very good at all. I’ve tried them from more than Pizza Hut as well, but with the same results. Epic fail for me.

  5. kylemeat says:

    Major oversight by Pizza Hut to not offer a meatless version. The vegetarian/health(ier) market is big and growing. ANyways, I had a P’zone when they first came out years ago. I agree with Raider757. Inexplicably flavorless. Easily the worst calzone I’ve ever eaten.

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  8. cress says:

    Bland, dry, and needing seasoning/oil. And the sauce is SO flavorless. I LOVE Pizza Hut, LOVE IT, but HATE the PZone. The sauce they give you in a cup is terrible. It is DEFINITELY not what they put on their actual pizza. It is now at a good price, and is filling..but it is not very good. Get a Hot Pocket instead.

  9. Jon says:

    @cress- I actually really liked the p’zone for a while (I didn’t like anything else on the menu though), but now I tend to agree with you. The last couple times have been underwhelming and I think it’s gotten smaller. They also don’t fill them up as much any more.

    It’s still not disgusting, and easily better than Hot Pocket, so I might not be totally done with it.

  10. gsmith says:

    I’m not one of those types that hates chain pizza places, I actually really like Pizza Hut, but after hearing friends rave about the P’Zone, I tried one and man, it was horrible. It was like eating cardboard, just no flavor to the crust at all. Really dry and just a bad product overall I thought. If you want a good calzone, it’s definitely better to go local.

  11. Ryan says:

    @ gsmith … That’s funny because for me…I’m definitely no Pizza Hut fan….the only thing I like seems to be the P’Zone..go figure.

  12. Steve says:

    I love Pizza Hut and I find the P’Zone one of the best things there. It’s a great pick me up.

  13. Joaquin Montoya says:

    The P’zone in the picture looks like old dough. and the toppings are not cooked well. definatly failed food safety. Pizza Hut Worker

  14. Robby says:

    You HAVE to check out Larosas Pizzeria in the Indiana/Ohio area. Fantastic.

  15. Chris Orosco says:

    Hate being the troll to bring up old topics, but while eating this I decided to look up what other people thought of it. I was really surprised whenever I first ate one of these. I had the classic and hated the green peppers on the inside, but then I tried it one more time later and had a pepperoni and it was great! Cheap and only takes around 20 minutes for it to be delivered, definitely worth the $5 price tag.

  16. richard says:

    Just had a p’zone for the first time absolutely amazing. Believe it or not probably the greatest calzone i ever ate. Had the meaty version that cost me $5.00 and im probably gonna be full for hours i would definitely recommend

  17. Emi says:

    I love P’Zones. I only eat the Pepperoni ones; Classic isn’t as savory, and Meaty is too much, but having 3 options are a wise thing to do.

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  19. Jen says:

    I always wanted to try the peperoni pzone pizza, so i finally had one tonight, it was pretty tasty to me, i thought they over due on the garlic powder but the bread was pretty good and the the peperoni it self. -Jen. Chicago IL

  20. DM Erwin says:

    I saw your statement about the price, and here it did not change,I did get two of them for $10.00. but the filling decreased significantly, now it seams there is more dough then meat in the p-zone, which used to drip with flavor when they first appeared, now their fairily dull.

  21. on mondays they offer their P’zones for 4 dollars each. just ordered two + delivery for about 12 dollars.

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  23. Yeah John….
    It’s definitely filling…not sure if it would be satisfying enough for 2 smaller meals but it would go well to split an order of wings and half a P’Zone.