The “Pizza Wars” are alive and well as the “big three” battle for our hard earned dollars, coming to the point where who knows, one day soon we may be able to get a large one-topping pie for just a buck!
Case in point where Pizza Hut locations around Hawaii are now offering “any pizza” for $10, or one medium “Big Eat Pizza” for just $5, carryout price. That’s a “big eat” deal indeed!
A 12″ medium pizza can adequately feed two adults, so that was the perfect solution for me and my girlfriend to have a quick, cheap, easy, and most importantly DELICIOUS meal the other night. This from Pizza Hut’s Old Stadium Mall location.
I don’t eat pizza that often, but when it comes to pie from the “Big Three” — Papa John’s, Domino’s and Pizza Hut — my favorite has always been Pizza Hut.
As always, it all comes down to the crust and the sauce, who in my humble opinion, as for the US chains, Pizza Hut’s da’ numbah’ one, no ka oi, ichiban best! OK, I said it. Start throwing dough, sauce or whatever’s else in the kitchen at me, I don’t care. That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it!
So here we have a Pizza Hut 12″ diameter medium pan pizza that includes cheese and pepperoni, while I also requested mushrooms as an extra topping for $1.75 more, which turned my $5 “Big Eat Pizza” into a $7.07 “B.E.P” (not the band) including tax. Still a sweet deal.
Let’s pop it open and check it out…
All that for just $5 bucks? Super! Except for one thing: the mushrooms. What the heck is that, CRUMBS? Most of the ‘shrooms’ on there are tiny pieces of chopped-up STEMS! STEMS! Wassup wit’ dat?! Hey man, I know the customers are getting this pie for a SONG, but when it comes to extra toppings that we’re paying FULL PRICE for, you better give us our money’s worth! Seriously!
And they really stepped on the wrong person’s foot on this one, because I for one LOVE mushrooms, and when you skimp me on that, I’m MAD. Real MAD.
It’s not so much the quantity of mushrooms I have a problem with, but that they’re putting tiny pieces of chopped-up stems on it, which has ZERO eye appeal. Is it so hard to thinly slice a mushroom right down the entire body with stem and cap all attached? Common’ I do that at home all the time! So anyway, end of rant, but just SAYING. Ehem!
For the “slice shot”, I chose one that had actually had a descent amount of mushroom cap slices on it…
Are you also noticing what I’m noticing? The crust. Look how thin the crust is!…
3/16″ thickness to be exact. I measured it. Ha ha. The entire pie was also exactly 12″ in diameter, as advertised, so they’re not skimping on that dimension, just the amount of dough their handing out to make the crust. He man, you want more dough? Pay more dough! lol
Despite a thinner than usual crust, it still had that wonderfully toasty ‘n tasty bottom (I think I’ve told someone that before)…
Let’s have a bite (or two or three)…
Om-nom-nom-nom-nom-nom. Good. Really good. Oishii. Ono too da’ max!
Although the crust was thin, it still had enough rigidity to hold up without limping over too much. It also remained crunchy and not soggy at all.
The balance of their tasty sauce, thinly-sliced pepperoni and mozzarella cheese was just right. While I have to admit, even though I had mostly mushroom “crumbs”, they still held up their flavor enough to warrant the extra $1.75 toppings charge.
I LOVE Pizza Hut pizza. While it still can’t topple the reigning Oahu Pizza Champ (in my book), which is North Shore Farm’s Pesto Neapolitan Pizza, for what it’s worth (FWIW), Pizza Hut’s “Big Eat Pizza” carryout 12″ medium pan pie for just $5 is definitely one of the best deals in town.
2320 S King St
Honolulu, HI 96826
The Tasty Island Rating:
(4) Excellent. Worth another visit or purchase. (Winnahz!)