Goose Pond, Jo Etta's… you've got competition!

Pizza–I love pizza. I blame it on the fact that I grew up during the golden age of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. One had to eat pizza to be totally radical. Now I am able to eat even the most horrific foodstuffs that resemble da pizza pie.

Not all pizzas are created equal. On the high end of the spectrum, you can have top dollar pizza at an authentic Italian restaurant–chicken Alfredo with broccoli cannot be beat! In the lower area, you have toast with ketchup and processed food cheese product. We are luck that our locally owned pizzerias are in the upper middle class, well above what one would expect for such a small city.

Pizza places have come and gone in this area, and we are left with three: Goose Pond Pizza, Jo Etta’s Pizza Villa, and Pizza Hut. I am not counting any convenience stores or their like that sell pizza–that’s not their main job. I have always loved our two local pizza joints. They both have amazing food at decent prices, and have completely different ideas on what pizza should taste like–both delicious! Pizza Hut though, has always been just “pizza.” If I were in the mood for something, but don’t know what, Pizza Hut would always be good. Their pizza is generic and takes no chances. It is the “store brand” pizza of our time.

Well guess what…

Last month Pizza Hut came out with a new pizza. Called the Big Italy, it measures almost two feet long. This makes it close in size to the once majestic Bigfoot Pizza they used to sell.

I’ve wanted to write about this for a while, but I’ve been waiting on some information from Pizza Hut’s Chief Marketing Officer. I guess he’s been quite busy recently. I can try to explain it better than him, but he is the professional:

The Big Italy Pizza features Italian spices baked into Pizza Hut’s signature Hand-Tossed Style crust – a delicious base for any pizza fan’s favorite toppings from Pizza Hut. The oval-shaped pizza has 18 slices – enough for the whole family – and is just $12 for up to three toppings.

What’s not to love about that? This pizza, in my opinion, is just as good as anything that our local pizza artists can build. Any of you I’ve seen at the pizza anonymous meetings…if you feel the need to fall off the wagon, fall into the buttery crust of the Big Italy!

Oh and Goose Pond, Jo Etta’s… don’t worry. Pizza Hut tells us the Big Italy Pizza is a limited time offer.

The best way to enjoy the Big Italy? Extra cheese, light sauce, ham, and pineapple. Haters gonna hate.

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