There's been a lot of talk about whether Domino's new pan pizza that rolled out about a month ago is serious competition for Pizza Hut, which has offered its own version for years.
Recently, Domino's has been especially brazen in its swipes at Pizza Hut, so we decided it was time for a side-by-side comparison. HuffPost editors ordered two cheese pan pizzas, one from Pizza Hut and another from Domino's, to see which we liked best.
Without further ado, the taste test!
On Domino's pan pizza:
Several editors admitted they were skeptical about Domino's from the start, but were pleasantly surprised with the quality of its crust.
"I was extremely impressed with Domino's," wrote one editor. "The crust had the perfect amount of chew and I thought the cheese was really addicting, if not a bit greasy."
"I'd give Dominos dough a slight edge," mused another. "It has a better texture, it's fluffier."
On Pizza Hut's pan pizza:
One editor said she could tell Pizza Hut's crust was made with frozen dough because it was "bizarrely uniform and just not appetizing." Adding insult to injury, "I found the tomato sauce to be pretty horrible."
Another editor gave Pizza Hut points for its cheese-to-pizza ratio, though she noted that the slice "looks kind of grey."
Perhaps the most damning assessment of Pizza Hut came from an editor who formerly described herself as a "Pizza Hut girl for life." She advised Pizza Hut to "lay off of the seasoning" because it was "way too much!"
In the end, HuffPost editors gave Domino's a slight edge over Pizza Hut in the pan pizza department. Still, neither hit it out of the ballpark. One editor perhaps said it best: "They both give me the distinct impression that I will soon have a stomach ache."
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<strong>How Many Times a Month Do You Eat Pizza?</strong> Overall 4.3 Males 4.8 Females 3.8 Northeast 4.9 Midwest 4.1 South 4.0 West 3.6 <strong>Pizza consumption during meals (diners could choose more than one time of day where they frequently eat pizza): </strong> Dinner - 88% Lunch - 37% Late Night Snack - 18% Breakfast - 7% <strong>Interesting Fact:</strong> Midwesterner diners were much more likely to eat pizza for breakfast than pie lovers in any other region, while diners in the Northeast were much more likely to have it for lunch.<strong> [Also see: <a href="http://blog.zagat.com/2012/06/8-junk-food-pizzas-we-secretly-love.html" target="_blank">8 Junk Food Pizzas We Secretly Love</a>]</strong>
Style Smackdown: The 10 Most Popular Types Of Pizza
1. NY-style thin crust 2. Brick Oven 3. Neapolitan 4. Chicago-style deep dish 5. Sicilian 6. White Pizza 7. Grilled Pizza 8. Sheet Pan 9. Stuffed <strong>[Also see: <a href="http://blog.zagat.com/2012/06/regional-pizza-primer-guide-to-9.html" target="_blank">Regional Pizza Primer: A Guide to 10 Classic Styles</a>]</strong>
Toppings: What's The Best For The Top Of Your Pie?
1. Pepperoni 2. Mushrooms 3. Sausage 4. Onions 5. Ham / Prosciutto 6. Olives 7. Pepper 8. Extra Cheese 9. Spinach 10. Anchovies <strong>Interesting fact: </strong>While pepperoni was ranked as the number one topping both overall and among men, women actually prefer mushrooms as their favorite. Pepperoni was also not as popular in the Midwest and the West, where diners preferred sausage and mushrooms, respectively. <strong>[Also see: <a href="http://blog.zagat.com/2012/06/best-pizza-in-23-us-cities.html" target="_blank">The Best Pizza in 23 U.S. Cities</a>]</strong>
Toppings: Which Are The Grossest?
1. Anchovies 2. Pineapple 3. Broccoli 4. Olives 5. Chicken <strong>[Also see: <a href="http://blog.zagat.com/2012/06/first-ever-zagat-pizza-survey-results.html" target="_blank">First Ever Zagat Pizza Survey Results Are Live!</a>]</strong>
All The Fixins: What Do You Add To Your Pie?
1. Red Pepper Flakes - 51% 2. Parmesan - 38% 3. Oregano - 27% 4. Garlic Powder - 21% 5. Pepper - 10% <strong>Interesting Fact:</strong> Surveyors in the Midwest and the South like Parmesan cheese more often than those in the other regions, while pizza lovers in the Northeast are more liberal with the garlic powder than those in other regions. <strong>[Also see: <a href="http://blog.zagat.com/2012/06/las-vegas-10-best-restaurants.html" target="_blank">Las Vegas' 10 Best Restaurants</a>]</strong><strong>
Eating Habits: Pie vs. Slice, Fold Vs. No Fold
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At The Register: How Much Do You Spend On A Single Slice?
Overall - $2.99 Females - $3.10 Males - $2.88 West - $3.24 Midwest - $3.15 South - $3.06 Northeast - $2.72 <strong>How Much For A Whole Pie?</strong> Overall - $15.84 West - $16.98 Midwest - $16.54 South - $15.37 Northeast - $15.32 <strong>[Also see: <a href="http://blog.zagat.com/2012/06/grab-slice-cause-its-pizza-week.html" target="_blank">Grab a Slice 'Cause It's Pizza Week!</a>]</strong>