Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Pizza Hut / Papa Johns / Panago / Dominoes

September 16, 2014

Brief Note from J
Following my comparison burger feast, I decided to do one for the pizza joints as well, cause well, it's only fair right? :D Although the pizza joints this time around weren't as close as the burger joints were in my previous post, I nonetheless planned and mapped out the 'journey' (see map below), also taking note to call in the right intervals to ensure the pizzas wouldn't be made too early. We picked up all the pizzas within the hour, and reheated them in the oven for pizza integrity. Below, behold my findings.

4 pizza chains
6 pizzas

Every pizza was a small except for the Pizza Hut's which were medium (we had to get medium at PH because one diner insisted on stuffed crust, which was only available in medium or large)

Canadian: Pepperoni, bacon crumble, mushrooms and pizza mozzarella (thin crust) - 2

J's comment > very cheesy, probably because of the thinness of the crust; adequate amt of the advertised toppings, but the true winning factor was definitely the proportion of cheese which topped (haha...) the other pizzas; crust was thin and slightly firm but not crisp

John's Favorite: Pepperoni, sausage, six cheese blend of Mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, Asiago, Provolone & Fontina, herbs (regular crust) - 2

J's comment > given the amt of listed cheeses on this pizza, I thought for sure this would be the cheesiest pizza of the bunch (wrong!); crust much too doughy; sausage quite flavorful actually; not much pepperoni

FYI, this was the only pizza chain that provided a 'complimentary' dipping sauce; we got the garlic butter and dang that was some addictive stuff! (sorry, in our rush to get the pizzas lined up for their photoshoot before they got cold, I missed the shot of the dip)

Pepperoni Lover's®: Double pepperoni and extra pizza mozzarella (stuffed crust) - 2

J's comment > another quite cheesy pizza (in the center that is, the cheese in the stuffed crust was just hard and bland); strong pepperoni flavor

Steak mushroom melt: Cheezy cheddar sauce, steak, bacon, sautéed mushrooms, mozzarella and cheddar (regular crust) - 2

J's comment > crust not as doughy or thick as Papa John's, but ingredients completely bland - I saw the piece of 'steak', chewed on the piece of meat, but in a blind taste test would not have been able to distinguish that this was 'steak'; needs more cheese too

Quattro Formaggio: Passata tomato sauce, parmesan, asiago, romano and mozzarella cheese (thin crust) - 2

J's comment > you'd think the thin crust would highlight the amt of cheese that is being advertised as being piled on; cheese hardened really quickly (remember we actually reheated all the pizzas at home in the oven until the crust was hot and the cheese slightly melty); crust was slightly crisper than Pizza Hut's thin crust though, and I do prefer this crust, but not at the expense of crappy cheese

Hawaiian: Pineapple and slices of ham topped w an extra layer of cheese (regular crust) - 1

J's comment > crust just as thick and doughy as Papa John's and ingredients just as bland as Panago's, w the same amt of 'cheeselessness' that both Papa John's and Panago's are guilty of; definitely the worst of all pizza worlds; sure the pineapple tasted like canned pineapples, but ham was just like the Panago 'steak'

Pizza Hut Menu
decent variety of flavors


Pizza Hut on Urbanspoon

Papa John's Menu
decent variety of flavors

Papa John's on Urbanspoon

Panago's Menu
most innovative flavors, but delivery of same is questionable

Panago Pizza on Urbanspoon

Domino's Menu
most limited menu of the bunch; if only the reason was for focusing on quality (absolutely not)

Domino's Pizza on Urbanspoon

Labels: chain, fast food, junk food, pizza, vs

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