Review: Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza from Little Caesars
When it comes to Little Caesars pizza, nostalgia is the only thing keeping the relationship alive. As a kid, I loved Little Caesars. Sometime in the 90’s, free delivery meant rising pizza prices and my local Little Caesars disappeared. The company bounced back since then and I’ve had a Little Caesars in my area for a number of years, but I’ve yet to rekindle the romance until the new Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza piqued my interest.
Little Caesars describes their new Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza like this:
Little Caesars new Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza is a large specialty pizza that starts with a flavorful, buttery, soft pretzel crust made fresh daily in store. It is topped with creamy cheddar cheese sauce, a blend of 100% real cheese, and pepperoni, and then finished with an irresistible four-cheese gourmet blend of Asiago, Fontina, Parmesan, and White Cheddar cheeses.
I’ve had a pretzel-crust pizza before… at place called Pretzel & Pizza Creations in my town. I went into that first experience thinking a pretzel crust pizza would be a lot stranger than it turned out to be. My familiarity for this style of pizza had me ready for the Little Caesars offering.
My first impressions of this pizza revolved around how salty it was. When I say it was salty, it’s not even speaking solely the actual pretzel crust ring with its coarse pellets of pretzel salt. I expected the pretzel crust part to be salty, but the ingredients getting there felt unbalanced at first. There are six cheeses in the mix and no pizza sauce. Maybe my tolerance for how salty it was started to build as I kept going because it seemed to even out some the more I ate. The first two slices were off the charts salty for me and if I stopped there and didn’t move on to that third slice, I would’ve been left entirely unimpressed. While the initial balance of ingredients felt off, my tastebuds probably got numb to it and I started to appreciate the creamy layer of cheddar cheese sauce with each bite. I can’t say that I could identify each cheese in the six present, but I could recognize their sharp impact. This is no mild mozzarella we’re talking here, the cheese blend takes over. The pepperoni is sliced super thin and that’s OK considering you don’t need much of it to make a significant difference.
The crust is altogether sturdy and dense while still being an easy chew. Having some soft pretzel crust waiting for you at the end of each slice has some novelty to it, but I kind of wished it came with a special dipping sauce. I found the crust to be pretty well made and very reminiscent of a typical soft pretzel, yet I wasn’t too crazy about the salt and nothing to offset that.
With a price of $6 for a large, the Soft Pretzel Crust Pizza is a good value. As is expected with a lot of specialty pizzas, it makes for a decent change of pace slice in between your favorite go-to variety. Even though the flavor balance seemed to be more noticeable as I kept eating, I still find this pizza to be a challenge if it’s your only purchase. A solid attempt, but really not for everyone. The great price will likely make your decision a lot easier.
Pros: Only $6 for a large. Crust was impressive. Blend of cheeses. If you like dipping your pretzels in cheese, this is right up your alley.
Cons: Struggles to find a flavor balance at first... super salty. Dipping sauce would've been nice.