When I told Hardly-new-at-all-anymore Boyfriend that we were going to write a review comparing different brands of pizza, he could barely contain his excitement.
Pizza is his Best Thing. I think he likes cheesy bites more than he likes me. He is also pretty keen on complaining. He may well be the only person ever to have phoned the feedback number on the Dominos leaflet. Belle too is a big fan. In her top ten meals, pizza features twice – ‘packet pizza’ at number two, and ‘delivered pizza’ at number one.
We’ve also got a bit of a fascination for comparing things. My sister has mocked us for it in the past, particularly after her last visit, where we spent a considerable amount of time comparing the ingredients in chocolate chip brioche rolls from both Waitrose and Aldi, and calculating which had the better cake to chocolate ratio.
As I’m sure you can see, this task was perfect for us.
Our challenge was the ultimate in pizza comparisons – Dominos versus Pizza Hut. It was going to be an interesting experiment. Boyfriend is a dedicated Pizza Hut man, and was relishing the opportunity to slate Dominos. The girls and I however come from a small town with no Pizza Hut, so Dominos has always been our delivered pizza of choice.
We bravely faced the challenge…
We went for Dominos first, our order consisting of one large meatalicious stuffed crust, one large half and half – ham and pineapple and vegetarian supreme, a kickers combo – chicken kickers and potato wedges and three garlic and herb dips. Never one to pay full price for anything if he can help it, Boyfriend found us a voucher online, and we got the whole lot for £22. Bargain.
It arrived after 20 minutes, and here it is in all its splendour:
OK, so maybe it doesn’t look incredibly appetising, but it’s hard to take photos of pizza alright?
So, things we like about Dominos:
- Each pizza came with a free dip, and there were handy holes in the box to put them in, which you don’t get with Pizza Hut
- The toppings were really good – the vegetables tasted really fresh and the bacon actually looked and tasted of bacon, not weird pink cubes
- The surface of the crust wasn’t too greasy
- The dough was really light and fluffy
- The garlic and herb dip was very tasty
- They arrived very neatly and intact, with no cheese stuck to the inside of the box
- “It tasted nice.” (Bee)
- “I liked just all the pizza.” (Belle)
Things we weren’t so keen on:
- The spicy dip
- At one point Bee had a bit of a moment where she thought her throat was closing up and she made a quacking noise like she had a small duck wedged in her mouth. I personally think this was unrelated to the quality of the pizza.
- The size – the crust is folded over, so pizzas were 13’ and 12.5’ and a standard large is 13.5’’. (Yes, we actually measured them. We take this very seriously you know.)
- “I’ll be sick if I eat more, but I need more. Is that something you like or don’t like? It’s something that pains me. Physically and mentally.” (Bee)
- It wasn’t overly hot.
- The stuffed crust. We found the flavour a bit artificial and the garlic was overpowering.
- I didn’t like the uneven cutting, although Belle said she liked this, because you could decide which size you wanted.
All in all it was very tasty. We concluded that the pizza itself and the quality of the toppings were the strong point, stuffed crust and sides were less inspiring. After we’d finished it looked like this:
In the name of a fair comparison, we ordered a similar selection – large crown crust super supreme, large stuffed crust make your own, with ham, pineapple and sweetcorn, chicken strips and potato wedges. One 50% off discount code later, and we had the whole lot in our living room in 25 minutes for just £23.
The new crust from Pizza Hut has meatballs in it. Actual meatballs. It’s bonkers:
I was slightly concerned about the brown staining around the outside of the pizza, but Boyfriend assures me it’s quite normal, and just where they spray the pizza with ‘brown’, to make it look all golden and delicious. I don’t know if he is telling the truth, or just testing to see how gullible I am. Either way I not to let it put me off.
Things we liked about Pizza Hut:
- It was nicely presented, and neatly cut. It had a fancy little stand in the middle too to stop the box squishing the pizza.
- It arrived hotter than Dominos
- “It was freakin’ delicious” (Boyfriend)
- It was bigger
- Good dips
- The sides were much tastier – the chicken tasted like chicken and the potato wedges had more flavour
- The stuffed crust was much nicer
The children don’t agree. “The stuffed crust is much nicer on this one,” I say. Bee looks at me like I’ve just said “so, I did a poo in the street today”.
“Noooo way,” she says, “the other one was way better.”
Each to her own.
Things we didn’t like about Pizza Hut:
- I thought the base was a bit thin and rubbery, but Boyfriend preferred it.
- The toppings weren’t as fresh
- There was a funny pattern on the bottom, that looked a bit like the underside of a fern:
It made me a bit nervous.
“That’s just the thing they cook it on,” Bee reassured me.
“Well I don’t like it.”
“That’s because you’re weird, not because it’s weird.”
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