Review: Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza from Little Caesars

When talking about chain pizza places, I usually think of the “Big Three” as Pizza Hut, Domino’s, and Papa John’s.  Sitting off in the shadows of the Big Three is Little Caesars, the one who clearly wants to be included in a “Big Four”.  Recent pizza offerings like the Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza show that to get noticed, you might have to take some risks.  The latest innovation from LC is the Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza and it wants your attention… it’s got my attention.

Bacon Wrapped Deep Dish PizzaLittle Caesars describes their new Bacon Wrapped DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza like this:

The Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish Pizza is a full HOT-N-READY® Pepperoni & Bacon DEEP!DEEP!™ Dish Pizza, wrapped along the crust with full slices of bacon.

I’m going to try and go with “BWDDDP” instead of the entire name of the pizza where I can for this review… you understand.

Bacon Wrapped PizzaThe new Bacon Wrapped Crust Deep! Deep! Dish Pizza is an 8-corner rectangular Detroit-style deep dish pizza cooked in an olive oil coated metal pan where the cheese tends to melt and crisp to the edges of the crunchy crust. The goal of this style of pizza is to get a crispy bottom crust with a softer, chewier interior crust.  Having the hand-made dough wrapped in whole strips of thick-cut bacon before the baking process gets the bacon to become embedded into the crust.

Bacon Deep Dish PizzaPriced at $12.00, the BWCDDDP is $4 more than the standard large pepperoni HOT-N-READY DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza.  The big difference between the two… bacon, lots of bacon… 3.5 feet of bacon… $4 worth of bacon.  It’s not worth $4 of bacon beyond the novelty of it all.  I was curious to how Little Caesars would pull off a deep dish pizza crust wrapped in bacon and after seeing it in person for the first time I thought, “hey, that’s pretty cool”.  Honestly though, it was cool, yet it wore off pretty quickly.

Bacon Wrapped Pizza CrustThe pizza is topped with a combo of pepperoni and bacon pieces which makes me think, is this bacon overload?  Bacon is great and all, but is this too much?  I’m going to say yeah, too much bacon (even if it is pretty thin).  The bacon itself is OK, nothing of a big standout… a little smoky, definitely the salty standard.  The addition of pepperoni (four pepperonis on each piece) and even more bacon as a topping makes for a pizza that was a little difficult to enjoy beyond a couple of squares.  The meaty, sharp saltiness of the bacon and pepperoni had me wanting a better balance.  I think the idea of a bacon crust is pretty cool and innovative, but I would have much rather preferred some more subtle toppings.  My thought was, “this would probably be a whole lot better as a veggie topped pizza with a deep dish bacon crust”.

Bacon Wrapped Deep Pizza Little CaesarsAs expected, the BWDDDP is very greasy… handle each slice with a oil-soaked napkin kind of greasy.  Flavor obviously is packed with each bite, but as I mentioned before, it’s too much of that salty/savory quality that even plain old bacon-less crust would have helped break it up.

Bacon Wrapped Pizza Deep DishAt a price which rivals most major pizza chain promotions, the BWDDDP only has the novelty of its bacon crust to bring in the customers.  One of the strongest aspects of the Little Caesars business model is the cheap pizza and this new style is expensive when you compare it to the traditional LC fare.  The bacon wrapped crust would have worked a lot better for me if the toppings had been thought out better because this pizza desperately needs flavor balance.

Pros: Innovative, the bacon sticks onto the crust seamlessly. Bacon lovers rejoice... there's a lot of bacon. Filling, 1.5" thick.

Cons: $4 upcharge for bacon. Lacks a balance of different flavors/ingredients. Thin bacon makes for some dry, crumbly issues in some areas.

Taste: 5.50/10
Value: 5.50/10
Price: $12

Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10

More Info: http://littlecaesars.com/OurMenu/Pizza/BaconWrappedCrustPizza.aspx
Nutrition Facts:
450 calories, 23 grams of fat, 830 mg of sodium, and 40 mg of cholesterol per slice

21 comments on “Review: Bacon Wrapped Crust DEEP! DEEP! Dish Pizza from Little Caesars

  1. Robert says:

    I agree that the bacon seems like overkill on this, but god it looks good. Their deep dish is MILES ahead of their standard regular crust pizza. Drool.

  2. John says:

    I agree, their deep dish offering is better to me than anything that the real big 3 can offer. Now their regular crust $5 one is kinda useless, but then again, it’s $5…

    I’ll spend $12 for the novelty of this one, but then go back to the $5 deep dish lunch combo!

  3. Snackeroo says:

    I really need to try this heart stopping monstrosity.

  4. Devin H. says:

    Pepperoni and bacon is usually my topping combo of choice, so this is definitely right up my alley. I do think it’s a bit expensive though, especially for Little Caesars. It doesn’t help that all of the local stores here usually charge more than the national price (the pretzel crust pizza was $7 here instead of the $6 it was nationally advertised as, and even the $5 Hot ‘n’ Ready is like $5.55 or something here), so it’ll probably end up in the $14-$15 range. I may try it once to satisfy my curiosity, but it seems prohibitively expensive to make a regular thing.

  5. Joseph B says:

    I loved it. I like the regular deep dish so of course I loved it. But at 12 bucks? Eh.

  6. Caitlin says:

    I’m so glad you reviewed this! I agree, a veggie topping would probably be much better with this pizza (though I can see why they didn’t do this as the bacon overload probably attracts a lot of guys wishing to show off their masculinity – my brother being one of them). I’m going to miss the pretzel crust!

  7. Matt says:

    The edges of the crust are the best part of this pizza, so I don’t see why you’d want to cover up the best part. Doesn’t seem like the same cheesy, crispy corners will still be there with the bacon around the edge.

    • rodney says:

      The LC’s in my area never seemed to have the cheesy, crispy corners anyway, which is what made it look so good. Honestly, I remember eating one piece and throwing the rest out, nothing but a giant wad of bread with a thimble full of sauce spread on, and lightly applied cheese.

      I will give this a try though, just to say I did.

  8. rob says:

    Maybe they could add another layer of bacon between the cheese and the crust.

  9. Jason says:

    TIL Little Caesars is actually third, in the pizza wars. Papa John’s is a close fourth.

    http://www.pmq.com/December-2014/Pizza-PowerThe-2015-Pizza-Power-Report/

    • Malik says:

      That’s interesting, I think the perception has always been that Papa John’s was first. I’m happy to see that, even though I never eat there, they always have the perception of the under dog.

      Personally don’t like the taste of Papa John’s either, I’m more of a Dominoes guy.

      • Roger says:

        Yeah, by sales it’s Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Little Caesars, Papa John’s. By number of locations it’s Pizza Hut, Domino’s, Papa John’s, Little Caesars. Absolute ranking? Sort of how you want to ‘slice’ it.

  10. Jason says:

    You might be able to add veggies on it if you call ahead. I liked the pretzel crust, but hate the cheez-whiz sauce that came standard. They always gladly changed the sauce and toppings and never charged me extra. It might depend on how strict the owner is.

  11. Leykis says:

    Had this tonight and loved it!

    The reviewer obviously has a dislike for Little Caesar’s pizza, which makes me wonder why would you bother reviewing something from a place that you don’t like to begin with? Makes no sense.

  12. rlloyd3 says:

    I do miss the days you could get two large deep dish pizzas from Caesar’s for $7.99, and they came in that nifty bag with the thin sheet of cardboard on the bottom.

  13. Mike says:

    No that was the 24 pieces…

  14. Fudgie says:

    I picked up one of these bad boys last night. The box was significantly heavier than the regular deep dish, IMO. I think this is the finest thing that Little Caesar’s has ever done, and it’s a bargain at $12. I sassed mine up with some oregano, crushed red pepper and garlic. Bon Appetit!

  15. Connie says:

    Absolutely delish…..i just ate 3 slices of bacon wrapped deep dish lil ceasars, only down side No delivery, ok so i drove 10 mins….so worth it,,,ill be there once a month if not twice for sure. The pizza was golden crispy and so much cheese yet moist with just enough sauce and the bacon perfect crip wrapped around while bacon pieces on top..WOW DELISH,,wish i could find coupons, ,,Enjoy pizza/bacon lovers 🙂

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