'chain reaction' on Serious Eats

Reality Check: Pizza Hut's Cheesy Beef Poutine Pie

I don't know if it's due to flagging sales or if it's just a way to get people talking about their restaurants again, but Pizza Hut Canada seems to be fully committed to the gimmick pizza game. They only recently introduced the Crown Pizza, which featured cheese and meatballs baked into the crust; clearly someone at Pizza Hut HQ realized that this wasn't quite ridiculous enough. They can do better. It was with that in mind, I'm sure, that Pizza Hut released their latest wave of gimmick pizzas, including Creamy Butter Chicken, Asian BBQ, and most ridiculously, Cheesy Beef Poutine. Yes, poutine on a pizza. I am inexplicably drawn to terrible novelty items from fast food chains (which almost never ends well for me), so I obviously had to try this. More

Chain Reaction: Bread Bowl Pasta From Domino's

Look at that. I mean, just look at that picture above. Awe-inspiring? Perhaps. A little frightening? Certainly. Gluten-free and Atkin's friendly? Not on your life. What you are staring at there is the Italian sausage variation of Domino's Bread Bowl Pasta. Introduced back in 2009 with the tagline "pasta so good you'll devour the bowl," it comes in four flavors—Chicken Alfredo, Italian Sausage Marinara, Chicken Carbonara, Pasta Primavera—with the option to build your own by adding ingredients from their pizza toppings lineup. More

Chain Reaction: Papa John's Chicken Parmesan Pizza

Serious pizza people scoff at most national chains, and for good reason. I didn't come here to bash the big boys, and there's no need to list their many spongy, undercooked, and overprocessed shortcomings. I mention it simply to establish up front that I agree with the general Slice consensus that chain pizza tends not to be good pizza. But it's a category that can't be ignored by anyone with a TV, a lazy streak, and a love of online ordering. More

Chain Reaction: Pizza Hut Cheesy Bites Pizza

This limited-time-if-we're-lucky abomination is of the modern trick-pie kind, in which unlikely things are stuffed into, welded onto, or stacked atop a normal, unsuspecting pizza. In this case, the Hutters have affixed mozzarella-filled dough nuggets along the perimeter of a standard round pizza. It's a dubious idea with even worse execution. More

How Is Domino's New Gluten-Free Pizza Crust?

Overall it's got a slightly gritty, very chewy texture. It's not tough-chewy, more elastic-chewy. Kind of springy. You'll notice this as you try to pull the slices apart. You know how stubborn dogs can be when they're determined to hold on to their chew toys? Like that. More

Chain Reaction: Round Table Pizza

With 500-plus locations in the Western United States (and two in Dubai), Round Table Pizza is the fourteenth largest pizza chain in the country. Pizza snobs need not apply, but if you value a massive quantity of nitrate-filled meats over all else, Round Table may be the spot for you. More

More Posts