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.
Little 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.
The 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.
Priced 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.
The 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”.
As 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.
At 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.
Overall GrubGrade: 5.50/10
More Info: http://littlecaesars.com/OurMenu/Pizza/BaconWrappedCrustPizza.aspx
450 calories, 23 grams of fat, 830 mg of sodium, and 40 mg of cholesterol per slice