Review: Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza from Pizza Hut
The last time Murray reviewed pizza from a place that overuses the word “Crazy”, it ignited a great debate over whether or not the term was describing the pizza or the people who eat the pizza (see Little Caesar’s review here). The last time Murray referred to himself in the 3rd person was last sentence…strike that, it was this sentence. The last time I went to Pizza Hut was a lot longer ago. In fact, it was long enough ago that I was surprised when their plastic glasses weren’t the classic semi-translucent red I remembered. Nowadays, they have these fancy clear ones with their weird logo which I guess is an impressionistic version of their signature roof, although it looks more like a summer beach hat for a middle-aged woman. Well anyway, I am here to try Pizza Hut’s latest crust gimmick, the Crazy Cheesy Crust Pizza, and not to reminisce about the days of yesteryear.As I ordered, I couldn’t help but think about how long Pizza Hut has been in the business of gimmicky pizza. I immediately thought of their first foray into the world of trick pizza with their “Stuffed Crust” pizza which was endorsed by that flabby dude that put himself in the ring against Tyson back in the mid 90s. Man, that’s a long time ago and yet they’re still coming up with new stupid ways to get people to try their product.
Their more recent variations on pizza had to do with packaging more than anything else. You get two of these with four of those, plus a dipping sauce! I thought maybe they had finally given up on trying to reinvent the crust on the heels of their largely unsuccessful “Hot Dog Crust” run, but if at first you don’t succeed, just try something else. Really, the Crazy Cheese Crust doesn’t amount to much more than a cheese stuffed crust with weird pocket shaped grease reservoirs. The crust, with its mozzarella cheese stuffing, was pretty obviously a pre-packaged, frozen crust, on which the local store puts its sauce, and toppings to order. Mrs. Murray and I ordered a simple, one-topping pepperoni. We asked for a medium, but were told the pizza only comes as a large. One of the first things I noticed was that, despite the intricate nature of the crust’s shape, there really weren’t any burnt edges or underdone areas between pockets. The crust was nicely browned, soft and chewy, not crisp in one spot and mushy in another. This was, unfortunately, the end of the line for any above-average attributes. The rest of the pizza, in a word, was bland.I know, I ordered a simple pepperoni pizza, so I can’t expect a myriad of flavors, but there was just nothing which could be described as taste. Again, I understand that mozzarella is a mild tasting cheese and the crust is often just a vehicle for the rest of the pizza’s ingredients because you can’t just serve a pile of meat and cheese melted together… or could you? There it is, Pizza Hut’s next gimmick: The No Crust Pizza. But seriously, you have to find somewhere to sneak in some taste. Usually, the taste comes in with the sauce. To my disappointment, this pizza’s sauce was nearly absent. I actually lifted up the cheese at one point just to make sure they hadn’t forgotten it. I will say that the pepperoni wasn’t bad (like Little Caesars’), but it wasn’t particularly plentiful either, and for $12.99, I thought maybe it was a little skimpy.I want to make clear that this pizza wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t good. Sorry, Pizza Hut, but for my first time back in probably a decade, you didn’t really impress me. Maybe your next gimmick should be to add taste.
Pros: Well browned crust. Decent pepperoni
Cons: Bland. Skimpy on the sauce and toppings. Pricey.
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: http://www.PizzaHut.com
1 Slice Pepperoni: 390 cal, 20 g fat, 50 mg cholesterol, 910 mg sodium, 34 g carbs