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Dec 29, 2008 08:01 PM

Pizza Hut Natural?

just saw the commercial and wondered if anyone had tried it... supertaster?

interesting to try and appeal to a different demographic. i haven't had pizza hut in years but occasionally get delivery on an emergency i just CAN'T do anything else night. it might make me try it above someone else mediocre.

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  1. "Natural" doesn't actually mean anything, you know.

    1. from the same people who brought us the gut-busting PANormous pizza. funny stuff.

      for the record, the crust on the natural is touted as "multigrain" which is as meaningless as "natural." unless it's "whole" grain, it's made with refined flour.

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      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

        they say no preservatives in the pepperoni and no high fructose corn syrup in the sauce. i never said i thought it was great. just interesting. am curious to see what it tastes like is all, don't actually think it's "healthy". although it may be better than the original.

        1. re: AMFM

          AMFM, i hope you didn't take offense - my comment wasn't directed at you, it was just a general musing. it probably is better than their standard pizza, but i don't know if that's saying much :)

          1. re: goodhealthgourmet

            agreed. hence why i haven't eaten it in years!
            i just can't help but wonder more details about this one. like what it REALLY is and what it tastes like! :) none taken.

          2. re: AMFM

            Uh-oh. They must not have gotten the memo from the HFCS manufacturers about how "natural" HFCS is. There might be a nasty little war in agribusiness land! ;-)

              1. re: Ruth Lafler

                Do all the chain pizza places use HFCS in their sauce? Just curious, since none of them seem to list ingredients on their websites.

                1. re: cookie monster

                  They don't say that other companies do have HFCS, only that they don't. I just looked and the one I could find ingredients for -- Domino's -- doesn't have HFCS. However, considering most BBQ sauce and ketchup does, then I wouldn't be surprised if most pizza sauce does.

                  1. re: Ruth Lafler

                    I just looked at a jar of Prego and a jar of Ragu. Neither of these has HFCS or even corn syrup as an ingredient. Seems to me that if these two mass-produced tomato sauces don't use it, HFCS may not be a common ingredient at chain pizza joints either. BBQ and ketchup are expected to be sweeter, so that may be the difference.

                    Papa John's website claims their sauce is "all natural" too.

                    1. re: mojoeater

                      the dole diced tomatoes with basil and garlic have it. gross - and shocking to many people trying to eat healthy. it's A LOT of places you wouldn't expect.

          3. Unless you live in a rural area there HAS to be a local mom & pop pizzeria that can do better. I'm fortunate enough to live in Chicago and although there's a Pizza Hut about a quarter of a mile from me there are easily 4 or 5 local places that are just as close but infinitely better. It astounds me that in that environment Pizza Hut still manages to draw customers.

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            1. re: ferret

              I don't live in a rural area and we have probably 8 "mom and pop" pizza places in a 5 mile radius around them. We have systematically tried all of them in the 5 years I've lived in this city, many of them more than once and none of them are good. Most are mediocre and nothing you'd bother getting again and some are downright awful. I support indies but indie doesn't automatically mean better. It's the same for diners and other small restaurants in my area. Most are just so awful you can't even eat the food, you're better off going to Perkins, and I think their food sucks.

              1. re: ferret

                I live near Trenton, NJ, and it's hard to get bad pizza around here. Yet we have a Pizza Hut or two that survive quite well. I go there annually at best, but there is an appeal. If you ask anyone from my area though, I don't think we consider it really to be pizza. It's like something else entirely. Like, if we say "let's go for pizza", everybody knows we're going to a local joint. You'd have to specify that you were going to Pizza Hut otherwise everybody would think you were nuts. There was a Papa Johns here, but they closed pretty quickly. And Domino's does ok, but again, nobody says "let's go for pizza" when they mean "Domino's". We treat it as a different species of animal entirely.

                1. re: Heatherb

                  When I go home to Trenton, I always go to Parkway Pizza" in Ewing for my pizza. Rochester pizza stinks. See my post below.

                  1. re: rochfood

                    :-) That's where my boyfriend's family gets their pizza from. It's excellent, but I still like DeLo's better.

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                1. Just another way to package a smaller pizza and charge more money. Like the 5 dollar medium pizzas at Domino. I rarely get pizza hut,,but I'll take it any day over Dominos and probably over just about all of the local chains here in Rochester where they voted Papa John's the city's best Pizza.haha. There is one local joint that serves true NYC thin crust, so that is my fav. But what passes for local pizza here is 3 inch thick doughy crusts. Man, they get the wings right, but stink at the doughy pizza. Hello thin crust. (Just like my "beef" with the local chinese rest's, good sauces and veggies, but usually substandard, fatty, grisltly meats.)

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                  1. re: rochfood

                    my thing with all the chains is that they do deliver. the local places are often pick up only. and that's a different thing. i MUCH prefer better pizza. but when i really need DELIVERY even in busy suburbia, i have little choice but to go with the chains.

                    1. re: rochfood

                      I've been searching for a Pontillo's or Checker Cab comparison in Boston for many years with no luck. Rochester and Buffalo NY have some of this countries best pizza's - too bad about Papa Johns.