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.

Pretzel Pizza Little Caesars 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.

Pretzel Pizza Little Caesars 2My 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.

Pretzel Pizza from Little CaesarsThe 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.

Pretzel PizzaWith 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.

Taste: 6.25/10
Value: 8.50/10
Price: $6

Overall GrubGrade: 6.75/10

More Info: http://littlecaesars.com/OurMenu/Pizza/SoftPretzelCrustPizza.aspx

55 comments on “Review: Soft Pretzel Crust Pepperoni Pizza from Little Caesars

  1. Rory says:

    Wow, mine didn’t look anything like that. Mine had about 3 inches of crust around the whole thing, it had about 4x a much salt on it, and the cheese sauce was hella skimpy.

  2. Andi says:

    I grabbed one this afternoon. I chickened out and asked for one with regular sauce instead of the cheese sauce. I really had the same feeling with the salt. I was looking forward to the salty finish but wow was I overwhelmed. I’d totally buy it again though.

    • Ralip says:

      So they let you get the tomato sauce instead of the cheese sauce? Ok then I might do that too.

      • Andi says:

        Yeah, I asked the chick and she was like “Well, you’re the first person to order one, I don’t see why not…?”

        I was a little concerned since I saw other people saying it was against guidelines to make it traditionally.

        • Nathan says:

          I tried to get one with marinara last week at the store where I was. They told me I couldn’t do it because it was a promotion. That store probably lied because they didn’t want to do it.

      • rodney says:

        I finally tried it this weekend, I also got it with their regular pizza sauce. Better than their normal pizza, but way too much salt. If they eliminate the salt, they would really have something that I would go back for. I don’t think Wendy’s or any of the other places put salt on their pretzel bread items, it’s really not necessary.

  3. Ray says:

    Looks like cardboard, or like dominos from the late ’80s/ early ’90s.

    • J says:

      The two that i got taste like card board too!! The crust was too salty and tough. My jaw was sore by the time i was finished eating… I have tried one with the cheese sauce and one with regular sauce. I LOVE SOFT PRETZELS and this pizza was totally disappointing.

  4. Boo says:

    I absolutely love salty foods. I like salt on my salt. But this pizza has me teetering on the line of, dare I say, too salty? It makes me appreciate the Pepsi, though! And definitely get the extra side of cheese sauce for dipping the crust. Perhaps take this pizza whilst deer hunting? #saltlick

  5. Justin ST says:

    They can keep this, thanks.

  6. Ria says:

    A non-food blogger did a post about this pizza and said it was amazing so now I feel I need to try it. My husband is very excited about it so we’re going to get one on Friday night. I agree that is seems like it should come with a dipping sauce! For only $6 though, it’s worth taking the plunge and trying it:)

  7. kristin says:

    It is seriously disgusting…I feel like throwing up

  8. Jonathan Wayne says:

    Wow, this looks even more disgusting than Little Caesars usual fare and that is saying a lot. This is the kind of pizza even dogs, pigs and hyenas would refuse to eat.

    • HARRY says:

      I am a hyena and would like to refute your claim. All my dawgs and hyena friends ate the #*%# out of this pizza. I can’t speak for the pigs. But seriously, for $5 you can’t do much better as far as pizza chains go. Get off your high horse.

      • Jonathan Wayne says:

        Go F yourself. As a matter of fact Dominos is selling medium 2 topping pizzas for $5.99 so yeah, I can do a hell of a lot better than this garbage for the same money.

        • Robert says:

          Domino’s regular pizza is disgusting, as are their meats, as is their skimpy anount of cheese. Nope, LC is better and cheaper. Same goes for the pan pizza. “Hyenas”, really?

        • WALLY says:

          Go Feed yourself? That’s exactly what Harry the hyena did! Weren’t you paying attention?!?

        • Aaron says:

          Whoa there cowboy. Why curse at someone who makes a decent point? Little Caesars around here is just fine. So you can get TWO pizzas at Dominos for $12 + tax. Last time I checked, that comes out to $12 + tax. In my town there are not a lot of options, and if I were to choose between two pizzas (for $12+ tax) or one pizza for $5, I would choose the latter. Nothing against Dominos, but they are nothing to write home about if you are comparing the two restaurants.

        • HARRY says:

          No dominos near me, last time I had it I didn’t think it was much better but yeah I agree it’s a little better but you also pay more. Plus I only need one pizza, I’m a lone hyena. I will stick to paying $5 and some change as opposed to $14, partner.

  9. Stephen A. Benaski says:

    Never got past my attempt to order one. I wanted to give the new crust a try and called to order one. I asked for a pepperoni, green pepper and onion pizza. I was shocked when the gentleman on the phone explained to me that the pretzel crust can only have one topping unless you order a pizza 1/2 & 1/2. Toppings cannot be put on top of one and other!
    I passed……..

    • Luis says:

      They’re supposed to let you sub out the pepperoni for any other topping, after that it’s 1.75 more for each toppings. So 6.54 +1.75 for 2 toppings

  10. Ray says:

    LOL at some of the comments. $6 in top ramen packs is a better investment than this.

  11. Megan says:

    Interesting that you said your tolerance for the saltiness increased as you went along, Ryan – I found the opposite to be true. I thought the first three bites or so were delicious, even though they were a little on the salty side…and every bite after that became less and less tolerable. After the first slice, I started picking all of the salt pieces off of the crust…after the second slice I stopped eating the crust altogether…and even without the crust it still completely overwhelmed me.

  12. Eric says:

    So those of you that actually tried it, was the crust decent, like a soft pretzel at the mall?

  13. John says:

    I actually really enjoyed this pizza. I’m not one that gets super picky when it comes to a $6 pizza. The extra topping comment isn’t true, at least at my local little Caesars. I got mine with half pepperoni and banana peppers and half with pepperoni and mushrooms and they had no problem making it that way. And to answer the other question, yes it definitely tastes like a pretzel. Maybe not as good as a mall pretzel but I thought it was pretty damn good. I’ll definitely be getting this again.

  14. john says:

    I had to try it, but I will never waste my money on that garbage again they should stick to making pizza

  15. john says:

    It was like eating a mouth full of salt

  16. Cassie says:

    Pretzel and pizza creations was one of the best pies I’ve ever had!! We’re from Cincinnati but ended up down in Maryland after attempting to skip tolls on the way home from Philly…all the extra hours and gas were worth it for that delicious pizza!! Apparently there’s a new bar by UC that has a pretzel pizza but am not counting on it tasting even a 1/3 as good. Then again in reading this article, let’s hope that bar’s pizza tastes at least three times as good as this horror!

  17. Amy Walters says:

    So, I just got one of these today. I really liked it. then again, I love salty foods, I love soft pretzels, and I love pizza. it’s not a ‘boy, this is the best pizza I’ve ever had in my life’ deal, but then again, my ‘best pizza I’ve ever had’ isn’t going to be the same as the best pizza YOU’VE ever had. That being said, you can’t eat this thinking of a ‘normal’ pepperoni pizza. Enjoy it for what it is. Also, it brings to mind one of my favorite jokes; you know how Pizza is like S*x? When it’s good, it’s really really good; and when it’s bad, well, it’s still pretty good.

  18. Karl says:

    I don’t think I’ll be able to poop after this. Not much fiber.

  19. Tom says:

    U can just add a side of cheese sauce for dipping for like a buck or less

  20. Tom says:

    Very good pizza tho!!!

  21. Jimbo says:

    Mine was regular LC’s crap crust. No pretzelness to it at all.

  22. Dia Betes says:

    Hello folks. It appears that sodium will kill you before I do this time.

    -Diabetes

  23. Jenny says:

    I literally just brought one home, I flipped open the box and my eyes widened. Light salt on the crust, perfect placement of the cheese; I chose to keep the nacho sauce. Perhaps the kids at my local Little Ceasars put extra love into my particular pie. I’m so happy with this and i would purchase this again.

  24. rosalins says:

    Little ceasars says you can order it without the salt and so I did and loved it especially for $6.

  25. Ricky Lloyd says:

    I absolutely loved the one I ordered (no special requests), and my fiancee hated it. My conclusion? Opinions, much like individual locations in a chain restaurant, will vary.

  26. riel says:

    wow this pizza was soo creamy and the flavour was out of this world!!

  27. Matthew says:

    You can always request for their dipping sauces intended for their Crazy Bread/Wings for a small charge. I imagine the jalapeno cheese dip would taste epically cosmic with a pretzel pizza crust. 🙂

  28. Bill says:

    Me and my daughter gave it a try… we both liked it..However I must admit I had to brush off some of the salt on the crust. As with most pizza, I ate some of the crust but not all of it. My pizza itself didn’t seem to be overly salty… I’m really not a big fan of LC regular pizza… it’s decent when fresh and hot…then when it cools a little, it’s garbage. I thought this was better than their regular pizza. I would say their deep dish pizza blows this away… but for what it is and the cost, it did good… no complaints. With that being said…I’m sure some LC stores have done a pore job making pizza in general so i guess your at the mercy whoever throws it together…..

  29. Pizza lover says:

    Tried it for the first time today. Both my husband and I felt it stuck in the small intestines like a ball of dough. Upper Stomach pain for several hours and had to drink tons of water to get it to move out! I only had one slice, my husband had two slices. Not a fan.

  30. Michelle says:

    My son and I both enjoyed this even though we are not regular fans of LC, I loved the salty crust that was soft and easy to chew, the cheese was creamy and plentiful. I also ordered some of the jalapeno and cheddar dipping sauce which went great with it.

  31. ryan says:

    too damn salty…yuck

  32. jen says:

    my family really luvs the pretzal pizza. And my best friend who dosent like pizza that much even luvs this pizza and would eat it every day if u keep it on the menu. Please dont get rid of it this is very very good. And when we get them we always get everyone there own pizza and that ends up being 5 pizzas at a time.

  33. CakeMouth says:

    I think the commercial for this is super funny.
    Anyway, I tried this, and more than salty, it was a bit one note. I added some chopped tomatoes and crushed peppers, and I will now probably get it another time.

  34. Kelly says:

    Interesting that yours actually came with pretzel bread. I ordered one this afternoon after seeing the eye-pleasing commercial. I thought it was too good to be true. But then I opened the box to not find real pretzel bread, it was simply a regular crust with extra butter to make it darken in the oven. The salt was a little too much at first however I did enjoy the cheese sauce because I’m a sucker for that stuff. Pretty disappointed that there was no pretzel crust on mine!

  35. Sean says:

    Worst, Pizza yet, Have made my own pretzel pizza and had others but little Caesars does not taste like Pretzel at all and had more of like an egg taste to me, didn’t even taste like pizza at all, will not buy again…Will stick with there deep dish or stuff crust…

  36. maggie says:

    had the pretzel crust pizza, and I thought it was terrible. crust was thin, and hard. way to much salt on the crust. tried it once, won’t do it again.

  37. Bryan says:

    I had Little Creasers pizza. NOT the best thing in town. the sauce is the problem I don’t know where they get it but it makes the pizza bad. (using non vulgar words) as for Dominos they are not the greatest either. I copy their cheesy bread and get double for less. Nobody north of Boston make a really good pizza, NOBODY! I’m going to try to make a pretzel pizza myself.

  38. kells says:

    I tried this a few times and the best way to eat it in my opinion is…. no pepperoni and add extra cheese HMMMMM so good! keeps it tasting more like a pretzel.

  39. joe says:

    So many ppl are complaining about the salt…. you can always ask for no salt or easy on the salt?

  40. MB says:

    I tried this on a Friday after work. Within 20 minutes I was broken out in hives. Thinking I came in contact with something at work, I took a couple Benedryl and went to bed. The next night I reheated it and ate a couple more pieces. This time the same thing happened, only worse and the Benadryl did not work. I ended up in the emergency room covered in hives. They told me it was something I ate, that’s why I was head to toe in hives. I keep a food journal and it was the only thing I ate that was different. I want to know what is in it so I can determine what I am allergic to. Now, I have no food allergies and am very healthy. This was totally out of the blue. So, am looking for anyone who may have had the same reaction or knows what the ingredients are. Anyone?

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  43. BD-Mt says:

    Hey you all! This is the very BEST Pretzel Pizza you can ever buy! Some of you should not be so darn fussy–do you want LC to hand feed you also? I always buy the Pretzel Pizza from LC, and I absolutely love the taste and texture. LC should always keep this in their Menu, as a lot of us can’t get enough of it. LC take note! Keep making this great tasting pizza! It’s great and always will be. We all love it! ! !

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