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Jan 9, 2012

Review: Little Caesars - Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza

While the mainstay of Little Caesars' empire is the Hot-N-Ready pizza, they do offer other options including a Deep Dish Pizza that I tried recently at $7 for a large with one topping.

The Deep Dish Pizza features a thick square pizza baked in a deep-dish pan and cut into eight triangle-cut pieces. I picked pepperoni for my topping.

The deep-dish pan gives it a fried, oily crispy crust similar to Pizza Hut's Pan Pizza but better. The crust is slightly thicker and has a crunchy but a bit of a chew as well. It gives way to a thick layer of moist, spongy crumb (Pizza Hut was a fair bit drier).
The crumb actually reminds me a little bit of soft white bread. The combination and contrast of textures is quite nice.
As for the rest of the pizza, it's all pretty basic; nothing fancy but that's not a bad thing. An adequate amount of pizza sauce, good mozzarella cheese coverage and slightly crisp at the edge thin pepperoni slices. It's basic, balanced and pretty satisfying. Good stuff!

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Nutritional Info - Little Caesars Pepperoni Deep Dish Pizza - per slice (145g)
Calories - 360 (from Fat - 140)
Fat - 16g (Saturated Fat - 6g)
Sodium - 640mg
Carbs - 38g (Sugar - 4g)
Protein - 16g

3 comments:

  1. I would take LC's deep dish pizza over Pizza Hut's pan pizza any day... Pizza Hut's version is just too greasy.

    I actually like Little Caesar's pizza, both the original and deep dish crusts... it's not my absolute favorite, and it's nothing earth-shattering, but for the price, it's pretty damn good.

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  2. Mmm, oh how I love Little Ceasars and their Deep Dish Pizza; it's without a doubt one of my favorites as far as DD goes (this, and Jets are my top two. Perhaps that says something about my taste in pizza but oh well lol). A slice of this with butter parmesan and a piece of crazy bread to swipe across the pizza = utter bliss.

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  3. Once upon a time... a few years back, most folks I knew viewed Little Caesars as the "poor man's pizza."

    Often found inside K-mart stores with few (any?) stand-alone outlets generally only the desperate and poorest of the poor bought a Little Caesars.

    One difference in regards to today's Little Caesars pizza is that the crust appears to actually have been cooked to a golden brown color vice the oft-seen whiter color I recall the Little Caesars of the past possessing.

    Is it possible that Little Caesars haven't so much actually improved, climbing upwards to be more "equal" with the competition with, instead, many of the competition declining in various ways to me more comparable with Little Caesars by offering less than in the past?

    I believe that may be a possibility.

    I am relying upon memory alone but when my mind wanders to past pizzas such as the delightful offerings I consumed at Shakey's, Straw Hat, Round Table, etc. Little Caesars was in no way comparable to the pizzas available at those pizza sources.

    The quality differences was very apparent to me.

    Admittedly, over the years my taste-sensing ability has declined with age BUT... just by looking at the offerings from local "main-stream" pizza outlets such as Dominoes, Pizza Hut, etc. based upon various sensual views (sniff, peek, poke and prod, taste) I detect a lesser amount of cheese used and blander sauce and less tasty toppings, etc.

    Has the drive to lower costs or to keep costs "in line" or whatever led to an overall quality decline that only appears to have increased the quality of Little Caesar offerings?

    One of the great questions of our time that has to rely upon subjective interpretation.

    But, by golly, the dark interior of... was it Shakeys or Straw Hat, with the old-time movies shown and the 100-degree-plus outside sweltering heat and the ice-cold root beer and that yummy pizza takes me back, way back to the early 1970s when Hemis and 440s in roaring muscle cars still ruled the streets.

    Sniff.

    I'm an Old Coot. And a Disgruntled one.

    Sob.

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