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« on: May 06, 2010, 01:20:14 PM »

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Don't get me wrong, it's good pizza, but usually it's cost prohibitive and so I rarely ever have it. Guess I'm in the minority.
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« Reply #1 on: May 06, 2010, 01:24:43 PM »

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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2010, 01:27:41 PM »

Their new deal is $10 for any pizza.  Any pizza, any size, any toppings.  Not a bad deal.  All the big chains have been lowering prices lately as it was getting redicoulsly exoensive to get 'cheap' pizza delivered.  After delivery fees and tip it was close to the $20 range for a large pizza.  I much prefer to go to a local owned pizzeria shop and just pick it up for that price.  Or just hit little caesers and get a $5 large pepperoni if I want some on the cheap that is at least semi edible.  That being said I never get Pizza Hut anymore due to the fact that I went and picked a couple up one day and had an unsavory expierence.  Short story I ordered two pizzas and walked out before they were ready due to the way the employees were acting.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2010, 01:45:17 PM »

I love me some pizza hut. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my waist line) the closest one is clear across Boston so I haven't had it in years.
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« Reply #4 on: May 06, 2010, 02:06:14 PM »

I almost never order in pizza anymore. I think maybe once in three months, if that. I'd much rather pick up a pizza at the grocery store / walmart and bake it myself. I mention Walmart because they have some particularly good pizzas. Their deli section has bake at home pizzas for about $6 ($10 for an extra large); And their 'great value' pizza line is actually really good. Chicken Bacon Ranch, and Buffalo Chicken pizzas are both standouts, for about $4 each.

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« Reply #5 on: May 06, 2010, 02:13:39 PM »

I got to the local pizza places instead of the chains.  there's one that gives you the option of having the cheese melted while the pizza bakes or getting the cheese put on afterwards so it's only slightly melted from the heat of the pie.  the latter tastes so much better for some reason.  however, the place I primarily go to has even better pizza and their garlic bread with cheese is to die for.  they put grated garlic on the bread, not just garlic butter like other places do.
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« Reply #6 on: May 06, 2010, 02:16:23 PM »

After having pizza in Italy I can't go back to "American style" pizza anymore. I much prefer the italian minimalist thin-crust style. Especially their pizza margherita. The chain that gets closest to that around here is zpizza.
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« Reply #7 on: May 06, 2010, 03:23:42 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 06, 2010, 01:20:14 PM

Don't get me wrong, it's good pizza, but usually it's cost prohibitive and so I rarely ever have it. Guess I'm in the minority.

Cost-Prohibitive? I guess it depends what you're ordering but we've typically been able to get a couple larges for $20 or less which is a helluva lot of food for $20. We generally go with Papa John's as it's far less greasy than pizza hut, but I think cost prohibitive is the last thing that comes to mind with pizza hut. We tried take and bake, but I preferthe pizza to be done when I bring it home, rather than just starting.
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« Reply #8 on: May 06, 2010, 03:27:52 PM »

Quote from: SensuousLettuce on May 06, 2010, 01:20:14 PM

Don't get me wrong, it's good pizza, but usually it's cost prohibitive and so I rarely ever have it. Guess I'm in the minority.

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« Reply #9 on: May 06, 2010, 04:05:55 PM »

I used to really like their pan pizza, but the one down the street from my house could never get it right.  We ordered from Domino's on a whim, and have been ordering from them since.  Their new recipe is awesome.
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« Reply #10 on: May 06, 2010, 04:13:40 PM »

When I went to visit my in laws in missouri, I was surprised at how many pizza huts there were... like every 20 feet.

The weird thing?  We ended up eating at one... last time I've had it (4 years ago?)

Saturation.

My favorite chain is Papa Murphy's... way better than any of the delivery places.
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« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2010, 04:40:26 PM »

Quote from: kratz on May 06, 2010, 04:13:40 PM

My favorite chain is Papa Murphy's... way better than any of the delivery places.

Yeah, I get Papa Murphy's once every week or two. It's just too good not to and there's one about three minutes from my house.
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« Reply #12 on: May 06, 2010, 04:41:33 PM »

Why is every guy who owns a pizza place a "Papa"? (or named "Ray")
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« Reply #13 on: May 06, 2010, 04:44:26 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on May 06, 2010, 04:41:33 PM

Why is every guy who owns a pizza place a "Papa"? (or named "Ray")

this must be the ultimate place then.
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« Reply #14 on: May 06, 2010, 04:49:23 PM »

Quote from: Teggy on May 06, 2010, 01:45:17 PM

I love me some pizza hut. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my waist line) the closest one is clear across Boston so I haven't had it in years.

Plus, you have Papa Gino's for really cheap pizza.

I'm not a big fan of Pizza Slut, especially delivered.  It gets all soggy and nasty if you don't get it fresh out of the oven, no matter what the crust.  Papa John's is even worse...that shit is all but inedible. 
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« Reply #15 on: May 06, 2010, 05:27:56 PM »

Pizza Hut is downright cheap compared to some of the non-major-chain places we have around here. If you order a large from the Italian place up the street you're spending $25 when all is said and done. Now, it blows Pizza Hut out of the water in terms of taste, but I'm not sure if does so to the tune of being twice as expensive. Incredible Pizza is another smaller chain we have around here. Really good, but again you will be lucky to get out of there under $20.

The Pizza Hut $10 any pizza thing is the best deal ever. I have had more Pizza Hut since they started that promotion than I think I had the previous 2 years combined.
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« Reply #16 on: May 06, 2010, 05:55:11 PM »

Quote from: Blackadar on May 06, 2010, 04:49:23 PM

Quote from: Teggy on May 06, 2010, 01:45:17 PM

I love me some pizza hut. Unfortunately (or fortunately for my waist line) the closest one is clear across Boston so I haven't had it in years.

Plus, you have Papa Gino's for really cheap pizza.

I'm not a big fan of Pizza Slut, especially delivered.  It gets all soggy and nasty if you don't get it fresh out of the oven, no matter what the crust.  Papa John's is even worse...that shit is all but inedible. 

I don't know. Extra veggies, Extra sauce, well done cooking on the Papa John's stuff makes it pretty good IMHO. When I have to order pizza, a large pepperoni, grilled chicken, mushrooms, peppers, onions, and roma tomatoes, with extra sauce, cooked to well done is my go-to order.
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« Reply #17 on: May 06, 2010, 06:24:53 PM »

I loved Pizza Hut 25 years ago. Then they killed Priazzo, and with it, all my hopes and dreams for the future. Ok, maybe not, but I loved that stuff. There are tons of pizza places in Seattle, and while pricey, we've had some great pies from both Paggliaci's and Jet City. Plenty of other places we haven't tried.
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« Reply #18 on: May 06, 2010, 06:28:09 PM »

Quote from: YellowKing on May 06, 2010, 05:27:56 PM

The Pizza Hut $10 any pizza thing is the best deal ever. I have had more Pizza Hut since they started that promotion than I think I had the previous 2 years combined.

My local Papa John's has been doing the same thing for a while now. 1 Large 3 topping pizza for $10. How often do you really need more than 3 toppings anyway?

Maybe I'll order Pizza Hut next time I'm in the mood for some pizza and compare. But I've been a PJ's fan for a while now.
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« Reply #19 on: May 06, 2010, 07:21:32 PM »

Where I live, there's a Chicago pizza place, Paxti's, that is just fucking amazing. Elsewhere though, Dominos for the win.
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« Reply #20 on: May 06, 2010, 07:31:12 PM »

When I was a kid Pizza Hut came to my small town right after the long-time local place shut down and a new one opened.  I loved Pizza Hut at first, but as I got older and moved to other places, I've lost track of what made it appealing for me.  

As to why they are #1, it's the same reason McDonalds is #1 or some other national chain.  National chains have the advantage in these kinds of surveys.  For pizza, it's really just Domino's and Pizza Hut that are truly national anymore, though I gather that Papa Murphy's is on the rise.  Like others, Papa Murphy has become my pizza place of choice.
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« Reply #21 on: May 06, 2010, 07:36:41 PM »

did Pizza Hut not change its name to Pasta Hut last year?...i think i remember some of ours,or maybe in London changing names

did the name not stick?.or was it just the UK who got this dumb name change?

i think Domino's is more popular here,however i always call out from local pizza places as both Dominos and the hut are too expensive for me

another thing,the Pizza Huts here are more for 'family going out having a meal' type chain..than ordering etc,so that's me out straight away
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« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2010, 08:18:17 PM »

Quote from: metallicorphan on May 06, 2010, 07:36:41 PM

did Pizza Hut not change its name to Pasta Hut last year?...i think i remember some of ours,or maybe in London changing names

did the name not stick?.or was it just the UK who got this dumb name change?


I believe that was limited to Europe.  There were rumors about it happening in the US, but so far they are still using the Pizza Hut name here.

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« Reply #23 on: May 06, 2010, 08:58:36 PM »

I use to love Domino's as a kid and even worked at one in college.  When they switched to using corn meal instead of flour though, to me it was never the same.  Even the new stuff they have now still is no good for me with the corn meal.  I can't believe it makes that much of a difference.

Really enjoy Pizza Hut's thin crust though and the Pan is not bad every now and then.

Local favorite though here in KC is Minsky's Pizza.  Great pizza. Expensive though.  Would kill for a $10 Large LOL.

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« Reply #24 on: May 06, 2010, 09:00:05 PM »

It was temporary.

Quote from: March 2008
The nation's largest pizza chain will temporarily change the logo on its headquarters on the Dallas North Tollway to "Pasta Hut," perhaps as early as Thursday, said Chris Fuller, a spokesman for Pizza Hut, which is owned by Louisville-based Yum Brands Inc.

An official announcement of the company's "name change" is scheduled for Tuesday, April Fool's Day.

The Pasta Hut logo will probably be on display for about a month, Mr. Fuller said.

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David C. Novak, Yum's chairman and chief executive, has called Pizza Hut the company's "problem child."

I don't know about overseas, but in the U.S., Yum Brands owns Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silvers, and A&W, which leads us to get unholy amalgam stores where two or three of them are combined into one storefront.
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« Reply #25 on: May 06, 2010, 09:32:56 PM »

I will come in here and be the odd person that really doesn't like pizza very much.  So many better things to eat out there.
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« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2010, 09:44:54 PM »

I'll admit it, I'm a big fan of Pizza Hut.  Y'all can keep that thin crust crap, I'm all about that awesome butter and grease-laden crust they use on their pan.  That said, I typically only eat it once every couple months because it's just so damn unhealthy.
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« Reply #27 on: May 06, 2010, 09:56:15 PM »

Pizzahut is actually the cheapest place around here if you use coupons liberally.  I Recommend retailmenot.com and order online, some coupons stack and you can regularly save 4-5 dollars. 

Sadly I find Pizza Hut food inviting until I actually have it and then I feel sick.
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« Reply #28 on: May 06, 2010, 10:43:38 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on May 06, 2010, 09:00:05 PM

Yum Brands owns Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, KFC, Long John Silvers, and A&W, which leads us to get unholy amalgam stores where two or three of them are combined into one storefront.

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« Reply #29 on: May 06, 2010, 10:47:44 PM »

We used to call them Kentucky Fried Pizza Hell.
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« Reply #30 on: May 06, 2010, 10:50:42 PM »

Quote from: The Grue on May 06, 2010, 09:32:56 PM

I will come in here and be the odd person that really doesn't like pizza very much.  So many better things to eat out there.

Not a big fan, either. When I worked in game development the team had to stay late into the evening for months at a time, and we had pizza for dinner 2 or 3 times a week for months at a time. Ever since then I've thought of it as emergency backup food, something to eat when there's no other choice. Can't remember the last time I had one from a chain store.

I used to make pretty good pizza, but it's not worth the effort and the calories.
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« Reply #31 on: May 06, 2010, 11:44:48 PM »

Quote from: Ironrod on May 06, 2010, 10:50:42 PM

Quote from: The Grue on May 06, 2010, 09:32:56 PM

I will come in here and be the odd person that really doesn't like pizza very much.  So many better things to eat out there.

Not a big fan, either. When I worked in game development the team had to stay late into the evening for months at a time, and we had pizza for dinner 2 or 3 times a week for months at a time. Ever since then I've thought of it as emergency backup food, something to eat when there's no other choice. Can't remember the last time I had one from a chain store.

I see your point, but there's a big difference between pizza in that situation and something straight out of the oven.  I love pizza, but really dislike it when its produced for group meals like that.  By the time it gets passed around it loses a lot of its appeal.

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« Reply #32 on: May 07, 2010, 01:11:17 AM »

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« Reply #33 on: May 07, 2010, 02:38:34 AM »

As I've said in another thread, if Pizza Hut is cost prohibitive, then you're doing something wrong.
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« Reply #34 on: May 07, 2010, 03:46:26 AM »

Quote from: Misguided on May 06, 2010, 06:24:53 PM

I loved Pizza Hut 25 years ago. Then they killed Priazzo, and with it, all my hopes and dreams for the future. Ok, maybe not, but I loved that stuff. There are tons of pizza places in Seattle, and while pricey, we've had some great pies from both Paggliaci's and Jet City. Plenty of other places we haven't tried.

Priazzo rocked!  Made pan pizza look like diet food!
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« Reply #35 on: May 07, 2010, 04:03:55 AM »

Quote from: pr0ner on May 07, 2010, 02:38:34 AM

As I've said in another thread, if Pizza Hut is cost prohibitive, then you're doing something wrong.

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« Reply #36 on: May 07, 2010, 06:07:58 AM »

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Quote from: pr0ner on May 07, 2010, 02:38:34 AM

As I've said in another thread, if Pizza Hut is cost prohibitive, then you're doing something wrong.

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« Reply #37 on: May 07, 2010, 01:16:27 PM »

Delivery = Domino's
Eat in = Pizza Hut
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Quote from: Misguided on May 06, 2010, 06:24:53 PM

I loved Pizza Hut 25 years ago. Then they killed Priazzo, and with it, all my hopes and dreams for the future. Ok, maybe not, but I loved that stuff. There are tons of pizza places in Seattle, and while pricey, we've had some great pies from both Paggliaci's and Jet City. Plenty of other places we haven't tried.

Priazzo rocked!  Made pan pizza look like diet food!

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« Reply #39 on: May 07, 2010, 03:05:14 PM »

Quote from: pr0ner on May 07, 2010, 02:38:34 AM

As I've said in another thread, if Pizza Hut is cost prohibitive, then you're doing something wrong.

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