Monday, November 19, 2012

Review: Pizza Hut - Italian Meat Trio Overstuffed Pizza

Pizza Hut's new Italian Meat Trio Overstuffed Pizza features pepperoni, Italian sausage, and pork sausage layered with marinara sauce and cheese, sealed between two pizza crusts and finished with bits of  parmesan and a blend of 7-Italian seasonings.

I paid $12.99 for one and the Overstuffed Pizza is the same size as a 14" large Pizza Hut pizza.

Since this is a layered pizza, I'll take a layered approach to this review, starting with the top:

Top crust - the top crust was slightly crispy and nicely herby. The little bits of parmesan don't add much flavor, but adds to the crisp texture. Not a bad start. It reminded me a little bit of a pie crust.

Filling - the filling was lacking. While the pepperoni and sausages provided enough flavor (in the bites that contained them), there needed to be a lot more cheese and sauce. The sauce in particular was particularly sparse and uneven. It felt like much less than what's on a typical pizza.

If something is called "overstuffed," you'd expect at least some filling to escape when you bit into it; I had no problems eating this neatly save for a few odd grease spots. A Hot Pocket has more stuff inside than the Overstuffed Pizza. Also, the filling was all clumped in the center and the edges were sealed, which left me chewing on doughy bread for a good third of the pizza slice.

Bottom crust - the bottom crust was a thick, dense, soft, slightly chewy, doughy bread. If the pizza had a nice heft to it, it was mostly due to the bottom crust and thick end crust. The bottom crust was filling and might have been nice dipped in some marinara sauce. Too bad there was hardly any sauce to go round.

Bottom line: Pizza Hut's Overstuffed Pizza is more like an over-crust pizza. I was pretty disappointed. There's too much bready pizza crust going on here and not enough stuffing. I'd say it's similar to cheese bread, but there's not enough cheese for that.

For the price, I'd rather get a similarly topped and slightly cheaper Stuffed Crust Pizza ($12).

Nutritional Info - Pizza Hut Italian Meat Trio Overstuffed Pizza
Serving Size - 1 slice
Calories - 660 (from Fat - 290)
Fat - 32g (Saturated Fat - 13g)
Sodium - 1500mg
Carbs - 65g (Sugar - 3g)
Protein - 27g
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