Review: Firebaked Style Flatbread Pizza from Pizza Hut
It’s no mystery that I’m not too fond of Pizza Hut. Most of my mentions of Pizza Hut on GrubGrade are pretty negative and you wonder why I’m reviewing a Pizza Hut product when I’ve got so much venom. Well, just as long as you know that little piece of background, take this for what it is. I give Pizza Hut a chance from time to time to see if maybe one of us has changed. Pizza Hut just came out with new Firebaked Style Flatbread Pizza and I just placed an online order. Should be here any minute…Fast forward a few minutes…OK, I’m back… pizza arrived, check out the long box picture above. The box is two feet long by 9″ wide. I snapped some pics and I’m now sitting in my office with this new Flatbread Pizza from Pizza Hut. I dropped $11.99 for this, plus $2.50 delivery charge, plus tax and tip I’m down $19.00… laziness can get pricey.
The Firebaked Style Flatbread Pizza is made up of six individual pizzas topped three different ways on a flatbread crust. Each piece is around 3.5 inches wide by 8 inches long. You choose up to three toppings for each pair. I went with pepperoni and onions on my first pair, ham and pineapple on the next one and pepperoni, italian sausage and mushrooms on the final two. Even though I had the option to have three toppings on each flatbread, I only maxed out with one of the pairs.How much of a difference do the toppings make? Well the major focus on these flatbreads is the crust and the toppings so it’s important they don’t have any glaring issues. The flatbreads are low on cheese and sauce which is typical of the flatbread-style pizza. I found this to be a positive considering my issues with not being a big fan of Pizza Hut is the cheese and sauce. With that put aside, the Flatbread Pizza is getting some easy points for that. The only thing new on this pizza is the flatbread crust and I found it to be passable. The edges get pretty tough and hard for a crackery crunch, yet I didn’t mind it that much. Yeah it’s a little on the overly dry side, but I expected that from a flatbread crust that acts as a very sturdy base for the ingredients. There is very little mess this pizza. No dripping sauce or ingredients sliding off or strings of gooey cheese. This pizza is great grab and go grub. I did find the flatbreads with the combo of pepperoni, italian sausage and mushrooms to buckle more under the weight of the ingredients. These pieces also seemed to have more sauce and cheese so either there’s a consistency problem or that’s just a result of the weighty sausage. Not a huge concern.
At a price of $11.99, it’s not an amazing value, but it’s about what I’d expect to pay. The additional seven dollars for laziness won’t be taken into my opinion of the product itself. If you’ve got a group of three people sharing the Flatbread Pizza, there are three separate taste choices in one and two pieces for each person. Two bucks per piece is how it’s broken down and that price seems about average. At this point in writing, I’ve had one of each flatbread and I’m stuffed. I would’ve been satisfied stopping at two so I know the value is fair to me.In closing, of course these reviews are subjective and an opportunity to share your personal opinion and hope that maybe someone cares to read it. Maybe reviews are just fodder for the contrarians that will surely call me moronic for liking or disliking a particular product. To me, all I want is to give you my take, my pictures, and get a discussion going. This review was worth writing because I gave a fair shot to a place that is clearly not a favorite for me. Pizza Hut didn’t wow me in any way with their Flatbread Pizza, but they didn’t turn me off to the idea of completely closing my mind to the idea of changing tastes and changing opinions. On this particular day, Pizza Hut was decent.
Pros: Three topping choices over three pairs of Flatbread Pizza. Focus more on the toppings than the cheese and sauce.
Cons: I didn't hate the flatbread crust, but it was far from perfect with some areas overly dried out.
Grubbing on-the-go: 7.75/10
Overall GrubGrade: 7.25/10
More Info: http://www.pizzahut.com
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