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2014-08-07 08:25:06 AM  
People are lazy, why haul your ass out to the pizza joint when someone will bring it to you.
 
2014-08-07 08:55:26 AM  

EvilEgg: People are lazy, why haul your ass out to the pizza joint when someone will bring it to you.


Dnrtfa?
Pizza Hut does deliveries. In the US only 14% of their business is dine-in.
 
2014-08-07 09:01:27 AM  
A drunken hookup isn't a "love affair".
 
2014-08-07 09:04:48 AM  

lindalouwho: EvilEgg: People are lazy, why haul your ass out to the pizza joint when someone will bring it to you.

Dnrtfa?
Pizza Hut does deliveries. In the US only 14% of their business is dine-in.


Wait there are articles attached to these headlines?  How long has this been going on?
 
2014-08-07 09:08:21 AM  

Arkanaut: A drunken hookup isn't a "love affair".


not even if you enjoyed eating it. at the time.
 
2014-08-07 09:12:38 AM  

Arkanaut: A drunken hookup isn't a "love affair".


^^^^^^^^^^ right there
 
2014-08-07 09:13:45 AM  
It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com
 
2014-08-07 09:27:38 AM  
is that why they're suddenly peddling wings too?
 
2014-08-07 09:58:10 AM  
After years of consuming their products, 'merikun sausage-like fingers are too fat to dial the delivery numbers?

I know - nobody "dials" phones anymore. Geesh!
 
2014-08-07 10:14:01 AM  

Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]


I remember when they came out with that in the 80s.  It was incredible.

But yeah, there were not many choices back then as far as restaurants go (compared to now).  But for $20 or there about, you could get a pitcher of beer, a pitcher of soda and a pizza big enough to feed a family of four.  I remember having to wait for a table at the local Pizza Hut.

And goddamn, where else were you going to play tabletop Galaga?!
 
2014-08-07 10:25:02 AM  

Arkanaut: A drunken hookup isn't a "love affair".


With Pizza Hut, it's more of a "love amediocre"
 
2014-08-07 10:38:56 AM  

Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]


The hell? PizzaSlut is selling casserole now?
 
2014-08-07 10:39:37 AM  
My sisters love Pizza Hut's MSG bombs. I once was visiting the family and I wanted to have a nice family meal. I was willing to pay for a nice restaurant carry out. One sister insisted on buying instead. Yep, our nice family dinner was Pizza Hut. My other sister was thrilled. The city has some really good pizza places, why go with the grease-on-cardboard place?
 
2014-08-07 10:43:27 AM  
Pizza Hut changed their dough for Pan Pizzas some years ago, probably marketing BS, and since then I don't bother anymore.
 
2014-08-07 10:45:37 AM  

Earguy: My sisters love Pizza Hut's MSG bombs. I once was visiting the family and I wanted to have a nice family meal. I was willing to pay for a nice restaurant carry out. One sister insisted on buying instead. Yep, our nice family dinner was Pizza Hut. My other sister was thrilled. The city has some really good pizza places, why go with the grease-on-cardboard place?


My mother in law only buys Pizza Hut because she always has coupons for them. I ask her why not try any of the 100's of real pizza places in town. Her excuse is its too expense and they dont taste like real pizza like pizza hut. She also hates any italian place besides olive garden.

/csb my in-laws went to Texas to visit family and my mother in law wanted pizza hut for lunch. My father in law said, you are in an area with some of the best bbq ever and you want that shiat?  She got bbq and still to this day complained that is was too expensive at $7 a plate
 
2014-08-07 10:50:43 AM  
I have yet to live somewhere that did not have a local place that is better than the chains.

This nation seems to be a celebration of the mediocre though So the chains thrive.
 
2014-08-07 10:57:29 AM  
Does Pizza Hut really make pizza - I thought it was just a pile of inedible grease

It may have been like this when I was a kid in the 80s, but I don't remember it being pure oil - and I also remember the cheese having that melty quality when you pulled it apart it all kind of oozed.
 
2014-08-07 10:58:09 AM  
I haven't had a Pizza Hut pizza in 25 years. Does each pie still have two pound of sugar in the sauce?
 
2014-08-07 11:00:26 AM  
You keep focusing on marketing, and not on how your pizza is one of the most awful abominations I've ever called dinner, and you'll be the Radio Shack of the food industry. Pizza is not supposed to be squishy, and should bear no resemblance in texture to my dishwashing sponge. Also, I have serious doubts about whether or not the "cheese" used in pizza hut pizza is actually from a cow, or any animal at all.
 
2014-08-07 11:00:55 AM  
They dumped the P'Zone.

For $5, it was a cheap, nice lunch.

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It almost made me forget about how they got rid of the awesome Priazzo Romano in the early 90s. Almost.

They deserve to be in the dumps.
 
2014-08-07 11:13:21 AM  

p the boiler: Does Pizza Hut really make pizza - I thought it was just a pile of inedible grease

It may have been like this when I was a kid in the 80s, but I don't remember it being pure oil - and I also remember the cheese having that melty quality when you pulled it apart it all kind of oozed.


Oh god stop I can't get any harder.
 
2014-08-07 11:15:36 AM  

Copperbelly watersnake: I have yet to live somewhere that did not have a local place that is better than the chains.

This nation seems to be a celebration of the mediocre though So the chains thrive.


Madison, WI almost qualifies.  There's some good food here, but none of it is pizza.

/Glass Nickel is okay, I guess.
 
2014-08-07 11:28:04 AM  
Back in my high school days, my friends and I would occasionally go to the local Pizza Hut. Friend of a friend worked there, so free food. What stuck us odd was that they almost never had a "plain cheese pizza". For a time was Pizza Hut just shipping frozen pies to stores just to be cooked??
 
2014-08-07 11:28:19 AM  

eagles95: Earguy: My sisters love Pizza Hut's MSG bombs. I once was visiting the family and I wanted to have a nice family meal. I was willing to pay for a nice restaurant carry out. One sister insisted on buying instead. Yep, our nice family dinner was Pizza Hut. My other sister was thrilled. The city has some really good pizza places, why go with the grease-on-cardboard place?

My mother in law only buys Pizza Hut because she always has coupons for them. I ask her why not try any of the 100's of real pizza places in town. Her excuse is its too expense and they dont taste like real pizza like pizza hut. She also hates any italian place besides olive garden.

/csb my in-laws went to Texas to visit family and my mother in law wanted pizza hut for lunch. My father in law said, you are in an area with some of the best bbq ever and you want that shiat?  She got bbq and still to this day complained that is was too expensive at $7 a plate


Damn, $7-a-plate is some cheap BBQ in Texas. Was it any good?

A single beef rib from Louie Meuller's cost around 30 bucks. Granted its 1.5 pounds and is freaking super awesome but it isn't cheap.

As for Pizza Hut, loved it as a kid especially for the salad bar where I could make little pizzas out of the cucumber slices. Pizza Hut may be crap but it is still better than that shiat from papa johns.
 
2014-08-07 11:30:02 AM  
I've avoided Pizza Hut for nearly a decade, ever since a slice my friend was eating had a freakin razor blade between the cheese and the crust. When she called up the Pizza Hut to tell them about it, the manager flat out called her a liar, and suggested she was just trying to get money from them.

The crappy pizza is just a secondary reason I avoid them.
 
2014-08-07 11:31:15 AM  

lindalouwho: EvilEgg: People are lazy, why haul your ass out to the pizza joint when someone will bring it to you.

Dnrtfa?
Pizza Hut does deliveries. In the US only 14% of their business is dine-in.


Pizza Hut does deliveries? I just assumed that you had to go there to pick it up considering they wouldn't deliver to me when I lived a mile away from the Pizza Hut because they didn't deliver in my area (and there wasn't another Pizza Hut that I could order from).
 
2014-08-07 11:35:13 AM  
I miss their old style restaurants. Dark, red glasses .. a few video games in a corner. Awesome place to go and hang.
 
2014-08-07 11:36:43 AM  

Nadie_AZ: I miss their old style restaurants. Dark, red glasses .. a few video games in a corner. Awesome place to go and hang.


Indeed, and Birch Beer.

When I was a kid it was the "good" pizza. Now I know my tastes have improved as I've aged, but they also seem to have gone down market.
 
2014-08-07 11:45:20 AM  

xaks: Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]

The hell? PizzaSlut is selling casserole now?



Sadly the Priazzo is a distant memory, a glorious remnant of the excess of the 80s.Two layers of crust and stuffed full of deliciousness, they were reportedly devilishly difficult to make.
 
2014-08-07 11:49:21 AM  
I like how obvious it is when a Pizza Hut goes under, and the building is re-purposed.

http://usedtobeapizzahut.blogspot.ca/
 
2014-08-07 11:57:06 AM  
yeah, their dough sucks. the marinara sucks. the roni sucks and the cheese sucks.
Plus, kids all over the place.

I'll take mine made with olive oil and not rapeseed oil.
 
2014-08-07 11:59:13 AM  

Sybarite: xaks: Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]

The hell? PizzaSlut is selling casserole now?


Sadly the Priazzo is a distant memory, a glorious remnant of the excess of the 80s.Two layers of crust and stuffed full of deliciousness, they were reportedly devilishly difficult to make.


I had a summer job at a Pizza Hut in high school.

Priazzos were not "devilishly" difficult to make, but certainly required a bit more effort to assemble.

For a medium-sized Priazzo, you rolled out a thin crust for a large pizza, put it in the medium-sized pizza deep-dish pan, weighed out the fillings and spread them evenly, rolled out a medium pizza-sized thin crust, laid it on top, folded the lower edge over and crimped (that was the labor-intensive part), and sent  through the oven.  Top with the standard amount of sauce and shredded cheese for a medium-sized pizza, and send it through the oven again. (IIRC, halfway the second time.  The pizzas were put on a conveyor belt through the oven, and there was a door at the halfway point, for small and personal-sized pizzas that didn't need to bake as long.)

It was a standard Chicago stuffed pizza.  Priazzos were not all that popular at the Pizza Hut where I worked, which was in suburban Chicago.
 
2014-08-07 12:04:48 PM  

McGrits: eagles95: Earguy: My sisters love Pizza Hut's MSG bombs. I once was visiting the family and I wanted to have a nice family meal. I was willing to pay for a nice restaurant carry out. One sister insisted on buying instead. Yep, our nice family dinner was Pizza Hut. My other sister was thrilled. The city has some really good pizza places, why go with the grease-on-cardboard place?

My mother in law only buys Pizza Hut because she always has coupons for them. I ask her why not try any of the 100's of real pizza places in town. Her excuse is its too expense and they dont taste like real pizza like pizza hut. She also hates any italian place besides olive garden.

/csb my in-laws went to Texas to visit family and my mother in law wanted pizza hut for lunch. My father in law said, you are in an area with some of the best bbq ever and you want that shiat?  She got bbq and still to this day complained that is was too expensive at $7 a plate

Damn, $7-a-plate is some cheap BBQ in Texas. Was it any good?

A single beef rib from Louie Meuller's cost around 30 bucks. Granted its 1.5 pounds and is freaking super awesome but it isn't cheap.

As for Pizza Hut, loved it as a kid especially for the salad bar where I could make little pizzas out of the cucumber slices. Pizza Hut may be crap but it is still better than that shiat from papa johns.


They were were near the Alamo and stopped off in some small town. The place was full of Alamo tourists and had all the food cooking in giant pits in back. My father in law said the best brisket he's ever had and the pulled pork was amazing. It was so good my father in law left my mother in law at the condo on an off day of sight seeing and drove back to that place for another round of brisket
 
2014-08-07 12:34:41 PM  
Maybe they should stop putting what ever is in their dough that turns your shiat dark(Pepto Bismol style)
 
2014-08-07 12:35:19 PM  
Every time a decent pizza place opens around here, they go out of business, yet the conveyor oven - just as good to eat the box places survive.

When we go to our vacation place in CA, first thing we do is get us Papa Murphy's pizza, I hope it stays as good as I remember.

I used to work in a real pizza place, deck ovens, house made sausage on pies, we sliced the cheese in house (not shredded, sliced) and made crust from scratch so I'm pretty picky.
 
2014-08-07 12:42:17 PM  
Their pizza here in Florida is way to salty. Plus it tastes like crap. I prefer to craft my own pizzas.
 
2014-08-07 12:42:30 PM  

bmwericus: I used to work in a real pizza place, deck ovens, house made sausage on pies, we sliced the cheese in house (not shredded, sliced) and made crust from scratch so I'm pretty picky


DItto,.
 
2014-08-07 12:44:49 PM  
The only time I ever had Pizza Hut and enjoyed it was when a friend of mine and I were tripping on acid.  It was the only delivery option in the area, and we were in no condition to go out, obviously.  That pizza was amazing.  At the time.  While on acid.
I paid for it the next day with some of the worst heartburn of my life.
 
2014-08-07 12:49:54 PM  

Nadie_AZ: I miss their old style restaurants. Dark, red glasses .. a few video games in a corner. Awesome place to go and hang.


Galaga was a Pizza Hut staple.
 
2014-08-07 12:49:55 PM  

nocturnal001: Nadie_AZ: I miss their old style restaurants. Dark, red glasses .. a few video games in a corner. Awesome place to go and hang.

Indeed, and Birch Beer.
When I was a kid it was the "good" pizza. Now I know my tastes have improved as I've aged, but they also seem to have gone down market.


A friend of mine who used to work in the pizza business attributes it to a cost-cutting change in the oil they use, years ago.  I can believe it.  I remember that the crusts used to be kinda light-tasting, almost buttery, instead of a flavorless mass you could pour the excess oil off of just by tilting it.
 
2014-08-07 12:52:40 PM  

UberDave: Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]

I remember when they came out with that in the 80s.  It was incredible.

But yeah, there were not many choices back then as far as restaurants go (compared to now).  But for $20 or there about, you could get a pitcher of beer, a pitcher of soda and a pizza big enough to feed a family of four.  I remember having to wait for a table at the local Pizza Hut.

And goddamn, where else were you going to play tabletop Galaga?!


Yep.  As a kid it seemed our whole town went to Pizza Hut on a Friday night.  All the parents drank beer whilst the kids played video games and Bonnie Tyler and Asia blasted out of the jukebox.    I was the Centipede master.  The MASTER I TELLZ YA!
 
2014-08-07 12:55:14 PM  

The Googles Do Nothing: UberDave: Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]

I remember when they came out with that in the 80s.  It was incredible.

But yeah, there were not many choices back then as far as restaurants go (compared to now).  But for $20 or there about, you could get a pitcher of beer, a pitcher of soda and a pizza big enough to feed a family of four.  I remember having to wait for a table at the local Pizza Hut.

And goddamn, where else were you going to play tabletop Galaga?!

Yep.  As a kid it seemed our whole town went to Pizza Hut on a Friday night.  All the parents drank beer whilst the kids played video games and Bonnie Tyler and Asia blasted out of the jukebox.    I was the Centipede master.  The MASTER I TELLZ YA!


Galaga and Pacman.
I had forgotten about the jukebox. I don't care this makes me old, those were fun times.
 
2014-08-07 12:59:51 PM  

UberDave: Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]

I remember when they came out with that in the 80s.  It was incredible.

But yeah, there were not many choices back then as far as restaurants go (compared to now).  But for $20 or there about, you could get a pitcher of beer, a pitcher of soda and a pizza big enough to feed a family of four.  I remember having to wait for a table at the local Pizza Hut.

And goddamn, where else were you going to play tabletop Galaga?!


Yep. A pitcher of cold beer and pretty good pizza--a staple for many I knew. They went away from that and guess what?
 
2014-08-07 01:00:07 PM  

Nadie_AZ: The Googles Do Nothing: UberDave: Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]

I remember when they came out with that in the 80s.  It was incredible.

But yeah, there were not many choices back then as far as restaurants go (compared to now).  But for $20 or there about, you could get a pitcher of beer, a pitcher of soda and a pizza big enough to feed a family of four.  I remember having to wait for a table at the local Pizza Hut.

And goddamn, where else were you going to play tabletop Galaga?!

Yep.  As a kid it seemed our whole town went to Pizza Hut on a Friday night.  All the parents drank beer whilst the kids played video games and Bonnie Tyler and Asia blasted out of the jukebox.    I was the Centipede master.  The MASTER I TELLZ YA!

Galaga and Pacman.
I had forgotten about the jukebox. I don't care this makes me old, those were fun times.


I recently took my family to a Pizza Hut on a Friday and it was deadsville.   Nothing for the kids to do, no music, just a few tv screens showing out of town sports on ESPN.   And the pizza is not as good as I remembered from 30 years ago.   Oh, and NO BEER!

Damn, the early 80s were awesome.
 
2014-08-07 01:02:24 PM  

UberDave: Sybarite: It was never the same after they discontinued the Priazzo.

[cookbookcherie.files.wordpress.com image 439x680]

I remember when they came out with that in the 80s.  It was incredible.

But yeah, there were not many choices back then as far as restaurants go (compared to now).  But for $20 or there about, you could get a pitcher of beer, a pitcher of soda and a pizza big enough to feed a family of four.  I remember having to wait for a table at the local Pizza Hut.

And goddamn, where else were you going to play tabletop Galaga?!


You made all the points I came to make, especially the tabletop Galaga, which I am in the process of hunting down for a coffee table.
 
2014-08-07 01:04:13 PM  

LesserEvil: They dumped the P'Zone.

For $5, it was a cheap, nice lunch.

It almost made me forget about how they got rid of the awesome Priazzo Romano in the early 90s. Almost.

They deserve to be in the dumps.


They still have those up here in Canada - love me a Pzone.

I like their pepperoni pizza at the buffet, don't know how it compares to the states but it sets of all the right lipip receptors in the ol' brainpan.

(Yes there are better places around, but sometimes the 8.00$ buffet.. Canadian!... Hits the spot)
 
2014-08-07 01:07:02 PM  

firefly212: You keep focusing on marketing, and not on how your pizza is one of the most awful abominations I've ever called dinner, and you'll be the Radio Shack of the food industry. Pizza is not supposed to be squishy, and should bear no resemblance in texture to my dishwashing sponge. Also, I have serious doubts about whether or not the "cheese" used in pizza hut pizza is actually from a cow, or any animal at all.


Pro tip:think smaller, and more legs
 
2014-08-07 01:22:07 PM  
About 20 years ago in my teens I worked at both Pizza Hut and Little Caersars.  PH got their dough prepackaged and prepped it in pans slathered with oil a day in advance and tossed it in the fridge.  Where it dry out of course,  literally the dough would be crusty dry by the time it was used.  But when cooked that dried out dough would suck up all the oil from the pan.  I've never really liked PH because of that.

LC made all their dough from scratch every day.  Things could have changed in the last 20 years but I doubt it.
 
2014-08-07 01:22:12 PM  

justinguarini4ever: lindalouwho: EvilEgg: People are lazy, why haul your ass out to the pizza joint when someone will bring it to you.

Dnrtfa?
Pizza Hut does deliveries. In the US only 14% of their business is dine-in.

Pizza Hut does deliveries? I just assumed that you had to go there to pick it up considering they wouldn't deliver to me when I lived a mile away from the Pizza Hut because they didn't deliver in my area (and there wasn't another Pizza Hut that I could order from).


Most pizza places refuse delivery to any neighborhood/street where they've had a few problems. It's not always robberies either - kids may have pranked them once too often.
 
2014-08-07 01:33:10 PM  

Fano: firefly212: You keep focusing on marketing, and not on how your pizza is one of the most awful abominations I've ever called dinner, and you'll be the Radio Shack of the food industry. Pizza is not supposed to be squishy, and should bear no resemblance in texture to my dishwashing sponge. Also, I have serious doubts about whether or not the "cheese" used in pizza hut pizza is actually from a cow, or any animal at all.

Pro tip:think smaller, and more legs


Spiders?
 
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