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May 31, 2012

Review: Pizza Hut - Italian Beef P'Zolo

Pizza Hut's new Italian Beef P'Zolo is one of three new P'Zolos on the menu and features marinated steak, roasted peppers, onions, and mushrooms wrapped in pizza dough and topped with Asiago cheese before being baked.

It's meant to take on Subway's subs and as such is a little bit longer than 6 inches but a little narrower as well. Pricing stands at $3 each or two for $5.

An Italian beef sandwich is typically thin-sliced seasoned roast beef with juices set on a roll with hot or/and sweet peppers. Pizza Hut's version uses a steak that was tender enough and seasoned, but not particularly beefy (or abundant). I suppose that's because for pizza topping, steak is pre-cooked while good steak is best fresh off the grill and seasoned with some salt and pepper. I've found steak to be, in general, a lackluster pizza topping and it's no different here. I think the general effect here is meant to be similar to a cheesesteak, but I actually got more pepper and onion flavor than steak.

Mozzarella, while good for melting and keeping your pizza toppings on your pizza, is a very mild and bland cheese. There's a reason a cheesesteak generally calls for provolone, white American, or Cheese Whiz. Also, I could have used a bit more cheese in mine.

With the general lack of flavor, I tried it with marinara sauce as well as Ranch, but it just wasn't working for me.

I liked the bready shell though. It's made with un-risen Pizza Hut Pan Pizza dough. The thickness varied a bit throughout the P'Zolo with some parts thin and other parts thick, dense, and chewy. The crust had bit of that Pizza Hut Pan crispiness and oiliness to it. Mine's was fresh out of the oven and therefore, piping hot. I didn't really taste any Asiago though.

Overall, the P'Zolo is a pretty good value; a single P'Zolo should be plenty for most. I'm not a fan of Pizza Hut's take on Italian Beef though; store-bought deli roast beef would have had more flavor.

Nutritional Info - Pizza Hut Italian Beef P'Zolo
Calories - 400 (from Fat - 110)
Fat - 12g (Saturated Fat - 5g)
Sodium - 1130mg
Carbs - 53g (Sugar - 5g)
Protein - 21g

Nutritional Info - Marinara Dipping Sauce - 3 oz (85g)
Calories - 60 (from Fat - 0)
Fat - 0g (Saturated Fat - 0g)
Sodium - 440mg
Carbs - 12g (Sugar - 9g)
Protein - 2g



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10 comments :

  1. Sounds like you've never had good mozzarella if you classify it across-the-board as a "mild" and "bland" cheese.

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  2. It's more of a generalization. I'm sure there are plenty of exceptions. The standard stuff at most chains is probably not going to be one of them.

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  3. I've tried all three p'zolo's. Buffalo chicken with ranch is definitely the way to go. I couldn't figure out which sauce to use with the italian beef. Marinara was fine with the 3meat

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  4. Haha, I had the same problem with the Italian Beef, but ended up sticking with the Ranch.

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  5. I've come across several Internet posts that say" Pizza Hut P'Zolo Nutritional Content not posted yet. At least this one posts that of one of their offerings (Italian Beef which I suspect is the lowest in fat and such of the P'Zolo varying offerings). I always want to know what is in my food prior to eating it anywhere. I'll wait with anticipation and curiosity for the nutritional info about the other P'Zolo Sandwiches to be posted! (But I do think Pizza Hut is a really decent place to eat "moderately" fast food.)

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  6. Oh, it is posted: 
    http://www.brandeating.com/2012/05/news-pizza-hut-new-pzolo.html

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  7.  All cheese is disgusting to me.  The nastiest food ever served.  Might as well pile dog poo on something as put nasty old cheese on it.

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  8. -.- Very dissapointed, the trio meat p'zolo was more like an bread stick. Had very little cheese and extremely very little meat. I would much rather prefer a three meat pizza or a P'zone.

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  9.  Most random cheese-hating comment ever lol...

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