a bench with a view

a bench with a view

Sunday, July 15, 2012

the jury is still out


I'm sure you have seen the advertisements for the new pizza from Pizza Hut, the garlic bread pizza, (pictured left in the picture above).  I've seen this advertised for the past month or so and honestly, I have to tell you, I was a bit curious about it all.

And the very fact it was new was enough for me to want to try it. I'm a sucker like that. Put new on something at the store and it gets my attention. Even if it is something that has been at the store for years and they update the packaging and say "new", I can guarantee you nine out of 10 times I'll want to try it.

I was wondering how the garlic bread pizza was put together. It sounded intriguing to me, or maybe I'm just easily amused? But basically it is nine pieces of garlic bread (thick garlic bread; honestly there's never been a piece of bread, or a pasta or a potato that I haven't liked) with cheese and for $8.99, their current special, you get to choose one topping, we chose pepperoni. So nine pieces of garlic bread, not pizza dough, garlic bread laid in rows 3 x 3, covered with pizza sauce, cheese and pepperoni, or whatever topping you want. The cheese kind of binds it all together.

Obviously we tried it tonight. Just to be on the safe side, we got a "safe" favorite, a large pizza with sausage, chicken, olives, mushrooms and diced tomatoes on it (see picture on right) just in case the garlic bread pizza wasn't a hit.

My impression? It was just garlic bread with pizza sauce and cheese and pepperoni on it. I'm not sure what the big hype is about it. Son makes something similar with a bagel with pizza sauce and cheese and pepperoni on it and toasts it in the oven until crispy (and it tastes absolutely delicious).

This is a bit pricey too when you start to break it down. Nine pieces of garlic bread, $1 each (at the cost of $8.99) plus the cheese and toppings, not sure it is that good of a deal.

But it was worth it to try it once.

Will I order it again? The jury is still out on it. I'll let you know. We had several pieces of both pizzas left over, we'll see how the garlic bread pizza holds up as a leftover.

So what do you think? Have you tried it? Would you try it? Do you like pizza and if so, what is your favorite toppings?

(have a great Sunday......)

50 comments:

Janice's footsteps said...

UMMM I love pizza but for years when the kids were younger they would only eat pepperoni not my fav but now I will stand up and order what I like I like some of the white sauces chicken pizza's or a veggie. The pics make me want pizza right now. Hope you are enjoying the weekend :}

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I haven't tried that pizza out, but we've made French Bread Pizzas over the years and I'm sure this would be quite similar. Like your son, we made our own with pizza sauce cheese and pepperoni only using the bread. Now I want to try it out on garlic bread too. Thanks for the idea.

Godsgalnj said...

After you described it, I think I'll stick to making that garlic bread thing at home... but it does look yummy and I certainly would love to try it. I loooove pizza! And pepperoni's my favorite topping! :)

Seriously Though said...

I'm pretty much a pizzaholic. There would be no pizza left in either box if I were there. One bite and I'm out of control and have to eat the whole thing.

Toriz said...

Oh WOW! We had something before you!

Sorry... I couldn't resist because it's so rare we get things first!

Anyway, I've tried it... It's OK, but just "OK" really. I adore garlic bread, but the garlic pizza just isn't as tasty as garlic bread usually is in my opinion. I've had it a couple of times, and will possibly do so again, but it's nowhere near as good as garlic bread usually tastes!

Karen Greenberg said...

The idea sounds delicious, but that does seem a bit pricey. I don't care for Pizza Hut overall, so I don't think I'd try the pizza. I might try to make something similar at home, though!

Shelly said...

I gave up eating any kind of bread, crusts, biscuits, etc. about 4 years ago, but it surely looks good. Actually, any kind of bread looks good to me!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

We've never had that ... I'm not usually into the more gimmicky pizzas (cheese-stuffed crusts, etc.). Just give me a plain, regular pizza ... topped with Italian sausage, red onion, and mushrooms and I'll be quite content. ;-)

Intense Guy said...

I'm gonna go with the little Ceasars guy that says, "Eat the Pizza!" - that garlic bread thing looks like way to much bread!

:)

Carolina said...

Thanks for the review! I too I'm a 'oh, it's new, let me try it shopper'. We tend to make our pizza dough and top it with cheese and pepperonni. Youngest daughter doesn't like 'homemade pizza' and will only eat store bought....go figure!

salemslot9 said...

hi Betty
I have alot of catching up
to do on your blog
when I was younger
it was always pepperoni
now, my John & I don't eat pork
so, unless they have beef pepperoni
we have ground beef
probably mushrooms
if, there's a 3rd item
olives

Jeanie said...

I like pizza with a thin crust so the garlic bread pizza probably wouldn't be my favorite, but I would certainly be willing to give it a try.

Mevely317 said...

Good morning Betty!
I, too, am a sucker for most anything marked "New!" ... n' generally disappointed.
Hubby and I enjoy a long-standing tradition of Pizza Fridays ... but only recently found a (locally-owned) take-out on which we both agree. Compromise, right? -- I get my thin-crust and he (or our dog) gets my pepperoni.
My REAL test is how it tastes cold the next morning! (Ya, I'm one of "those" people.)
Have a delightful day!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

We have ordered it 3 times so far because Amber & Dylan like it. For me doing low carb I only eat the toppings on our pizza anyway but it sure smells good!

Patrick said...

Anymore for me it's all about the crust. Since loosing 50 lbs on South Beach Diet 6 years ago I just always buy 'thin crust' regardless of anything else promoted. Recently we have also discovered with Patti's failing abilities due to MS that the only kind of pizza she can actually hold with her one remaining good hand is thin crust. Soooo in our story the jury verdict is all about the crust beyond a doubt. :)

Caregivingly Yours, Patrick

Danielle L Zecher said...

My husband walked in while I reading this post and gave the picture a thumb's up. :-)

The garlic bread pizza does sound a little pricey for what you're actually getting. My mom used to make something she called pizza bread when I was a kid. She used French or Italian bread with cheese and sauce and we all topped our own pieces of bread as we liked. It was good and everyone was able to have what they wanted.

I'm not a big fan of Pizza Hut. It seems that most of the ones around here have really gone down hill in the past few years. My husband still loves them.

I love Papa John's for pizza and I love veggie or just plain cheese. I don't really care for any of the meats you usually find on pizzas.

My husband and I always talk about how neat it is that everyone seems to like pizza a different way.

Barbara In Caneyhead said...

Dominoes makes a seasoned pizza crust that is especially good. I have bought the garlic bread on sale, 50cent sauce seasoning and tomotoe sauce, onions, peppers, cheese on sale and a cheap can of mushroom pieces or black olive slices and made garlic bread pizza for our bunch when we were pizza hungry and I could not afford it take out.

Debbie V. said...

Thanks for trying it for me - and posting your thoughts.

Stew said...

As a previous owner of a pizza store, I have experienced pizza in every size and shape. I doubt there is anything that I haven't tried, whether I offered it on the menu or not.
The base for my pizza was a foccacia bread. It is sweeter and rises more than your standard crust so a New Yorker would most likely not enjoy mine. I also used to offer something similar to what you are describing. It was not a big hit with my customers. But I don't hold that against the pizza. I think french bread lovers would love this. It looks like it is sliced and then baked, leaving a soft bread texture to the bottom. I'm imagining a good dose of butter and garlic as well. In such a case, I think I would prefer to omit the pizza sauce and then pile on the cheeses.
Personally I like to have spices on mine rather than toppings. Try dried tomatoes or onion flakes for example. You can enjoy the texture of the pizza and not worry about toppings getting away from you.

JosephAlsarraf said...

No, but, I love Pizza Hut! I think the garlic bread was just to compete with Domino's new garlic bread pizzas, I don't like them, I liked the older version of Domino's pizza. The garlic bread doesn't taste good once it gets cold. Speaking of trying out new things...... Have you tried Pizza hut's pizza rolls? I've tried them recently and their really good, like stuffed crust with toppings, yum delicious! : )

BelovedBomber said...

I love a supreme from Pizza Hut, actually even better when it is cold, but it seems to upset my stomach the last few times I ate there. I did want to tell you how much I appreciated your input on Holding On. I never thought to draw. Now, I am not a good artist, but I am a visual learner so I think this can really help me as I journal. Thanks so much!

jack69 said...

We probably won't give it a try. WE both love Garlic bread, but our choice for Pizza is the pan crust Veggie Lovers at Pizza Hut.

You are right about the left over taste though, that does make a lot of decisions, because most Pizza is great as left overs..
Love from this side!

Lynn Proctor said...

no i haven't tried this kind--but i do love pizza hut--esp. the stuffed crust or thin veggie--now i am hungry :)

mare ball said...

gosh, these both look delish! But, I don't eat pizza anymore... the cheese, the bread, can't eat that lovely stuff anymore. When I get "pizza", it's flat crust, with all veggies and half cheese. BORING. :-)

Rita said...

Been years since I have ordered a pizza, but I think I'd want to stick with a regular pizza--or preferably a thin crust. :)

Martha said...

Haven't tried it and haven't even seen the advertisement since I generally don't watch TV. I am a pizza lover but pizza Hut is probably one of my least favorites. I love authentic NY style pizza, it's hard to find a good one, at least around here. Plain cheese is the best on a good NY pizza but if it's a franchise I usually get Hawaiian :)

Martha said...

PS - "thick garlic bread; honestly there's never been a piece of bread, or a pasta or a potato that I haven't liked" - I have to agree!!!

rmslil said...

I havew not tried it but my Mother can fall for anything with "new" in the title especially fast food.

Chatty Crone said...

You see - you spent the money and reviewed it for us! Now we know. Wonder if you could take that off your taxes? lol So how are you doing in beautiful CA? sandie

Juli said...

Youngest and I eat Gluten Free, so almost all pizza joints are out for us...

...but when we make our own it's straight extra cheese for him.

I love olives, meats, cheeses, mushrooms... yummy!

But the best I ever ate was before I knew I needed to be gluten free, it was a Blanco pizza in Rome Italy. It was square, no sauce, just salt and water mozzarella. Unbelievable!

TARYTERRE said...

Never even heard of this??? sounds a bit intriguing. But after your critique, I think I will pass trying it.

Hollie said...

I LOVE PIZZA!! I have saw the commericials but haven't tried it! My favorite topping is mushrooms and lots of them!!! YUM!!

Marianne said...

I like your sense of adventure! We take our pizza way too seriously in this Chicago household, so I fear my husband would never gamble on the great unknown.

Farida of In Love With Sunflower said...

Pizza is one of the favorite comfort food of my family. I like mine simple and I prefer the thin crust. I usually love Shakey's over Pizza Hut :D

SweetMarie said...

I do eat Pizza Hut pizza, but I love pizza in general. :) Papa John's is one of my favorites. I love thin crust with extra cheese and ham or all meat...yummy!

Robyn :) said...

This is the first I have heard of the garlic bread pizza lol. It does not sound like something I would like.

We usually get Dominos because of the ease of online ordering and fast delivery. And it tastes so good!! In fact, I think I am going to order one now!! I also like Papa Johns but the service is lousy at the only one here in town. I like just cheese, or mushrooms and tomatoes and once in awhile anchovies.

notes4neta said...

Well, according to my kids, it would have one big strike against it from the get-go: It isn't round. Pizzas taste better when they're round, at least at our house :)
My thoughts were the same as yours - we often made a shortcut version of pizza using dinner rolls cut in half and called them Pizza Buns. That's what this reminds me of. I'd stick with the real thing myself. :)

Dee said...

Not sure I would like it...:-/

Blondee said...

I haven't heard of it, but we don't watch a lot of television and the Mr. is not a restaurant kind of guy. I love anything garlic though...so it sounds good!

Dana said...

I just saw the commercial for the garlic bread pizza yesterday, and I admit that I thought it looked good! We'll probably give it a try one of these days. :)

Tamera Brose said...

I'll stick with the regular pizza and go with the bread sticks with cheese and dipping sauce. I like the breadsticks better than the pizza anyway.

Bica said...

I, too, love to try new foods. I think this would intrigue me, but I think dough would win out for me, too. Love, Love, Love pizza. Fortunately, I don't have it as often as I would like!!

Saimi said...

We're good old fashion Domino Pizza fans and our favorite is Pepperoni, mushrooms and green peppers, regular crust.

I'm not one to venture out and try something new, I tend to stick with what I like and keep it at that...boring I know!

Barb said...

I love Domino's Pizza too, though my all time favorite will always be Godfather's pizza. Like you I enjoy trying something new; would have the one you tried but friends who tried it said it was no different, nothing worth spending money on. I'll probably try it once but doubt I'd become a fan.

The Brown Recluse said...

I haven't tried it, but I just saw the commercial about two days ago! As soon as I saw it, I thought, "I gotta try that!"

And I will.

I prefer Pizza Hut pan pizza (I like ALL pizza though), and I like it with bell peppers, mushrooms, and pepperoni! Yum. I may order me a pizza tonight!

Tami said...

I'm with you - never met bread of any kind I didn't like. Both pizzas look great. Thanks for the report on the new one.

Jane said...

They both look delicious! I love pizza because it's such good comfort food. Aren't olives the best?!

Mary said...

Personally, just give me a regular pizza with mushrooms & I'm good to go!

Deanna said...

I absolutely LOVE pizza, but am not a big fan of Pizza Hut. I either make my own, or frequent two family owned pizza joints in town. We go for the good ol tried and true supreme type pizza. I'd be surprised if I ever order the garlic bread pizza, but never say never!

Bobbi said...

I love pizza! But I try to stay with just plain cheese, mushrooms and onion.