Review: Original Pan Pizza from Pizza Hut
Pizza Hut introduced their new and improved Original Pan Pizza a couple of weeks ago. Their previous version was never too popular with me so as always, take my subjective opinion and then supply your own in the comments. Pizza Hut says their updated Original Pan Pizza has an “even crispier golden-brown crust and more flavorful blend of cheese and sauce, offered at an unbeatable price.” Let’s review:
I had the original, Original Pan Pizza within the last year so I’ll try to compare the new against the old (although the Hand-Tossed is my go-to). For toppings, I went with pepperoni and sausage. The new crust is softer and lighter than the previous version. Pizza Hut says their new recipe has a crispier crust, but I disagree. It’s less dense and has an extra airiness to it. Imagine a soft sponge infused with oily meat drippings and that’s the new Original Pan Pizza crust to me. The crust seems like it would make a better breadstick than a pizza crust.I’d be lying if I said the more flavorful blend of cheese and sauce that Pizza Hut claims was true. I’d also be lying if I said it wasn’t true. It’s just really hard to tell. There is a lot of flavor to the pizza and maybe it’s too much. Yeah I picked two salty meats as toppings so I didn’t do myself any favors with making it easier to identify the other flavors. The pizza did seem cheesier because I noticed a stretch of it separating multiple slices. That stood out as different than before. As for sauce, it was more robust than I remembered and maybe even lost a bit of sweetness.I took advantage of Pizza Hut’s large 2-topping online-ordered carryout deal for $7.99. Even though I wasn’t too impressed with the updated Original Pan Pizza, a large 2-topping pizza at less than 10 bucks is a good value.I’m not against the pan pizza style overall, but I think I know what would make a more enjoyable crust. I think Pizza Hut took a step back instead of forward with their new recipe. I’d much rather prefer some chewy crunch to the crust. The light, airy crust of the new Original Pan Pizza makes it a limp mess of an already greasy pizza.
Pros: Good promo price. Cheesy. Solid toppings.
Cons: New crust is limp and light... too much like a deep-fried sponge. Oily salt bomb.
Price: $7.99 large 2-topping carryout deal
Overall GrubGrade: 5.25/10
More Info: pizzahut.com