Monday, August 26, 2013

Review: Little Caesars - Stuffed Crust Pizza

Little Caesars' Stuffed Crust Pizza is an option at some Little Caesars locations and features a hand-tossed pizza with a sizably thick crust filled with cheese for $8.99.

There's also an option to "crazy crust it," where you can have them brush the crust with a garlic butter-flavored spread ("buttery flavor") and sprinkle on a generous amount of parmesan cheese in the same fashion as their Crazy Bread.

I ordered one with sausage and was offered the crazy crust option for no charge when I arrived to pick it up so I went for it.

I haven't had Little Caesars' sausage since I was a child back when their gimmick was the successful "Pizza! Pizza!" where you essentially bought two pizzas for the price of one. I imagine the sausage must have changed in the 10-plus years in between but I can't really remember.

Regardless, the sausage was good. It's not the ideal coarsely-ground, loosely-formed stuff at nicer places, but it was juicy and flavorful with a pinch of herby flavor. It was a little gummy though but I've found that to be the norm among the big chains. They didn't skimp on the coverage either (it probably helped that I wasn't paying $5 for a pizza).

The cheese had a nice bit of gooey stretch that I've often found lacking as of late with chain pizzas and the sauce was a simple tomato sauce without too many distractions.

The crust was the weakest portion here. It was soft, dense, chewy, and a little spongy like bread... fresh-baked bread but it wasn't very pizza-ish. There wasn't any of the irregular air pockets and not a hint of crispness to be found. It was soft from crust to core. The stuffed crust ended up feeling like a generic cheese-filled breadstick. The saving grace was the buttery parmesan "crazy crust" which added a much welcome hit of flavor.

Overall, the Stuffed Crust was just too bready for my liking. I would definitely get the sausage again though and can always get Crazy Bread for the same flavor sans the cheese.

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