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Anyone who knows me will know I am obsessed with pizza. The tang of pepperoni, the oozing cheese, the crunchy crusts (cheekily dipped in a little garlic mayo), I just can’t get enough. So when Pizza Hut Restaurants told me they had a new recipe for their gluten free pizza bases and they wanted me to test them out, I jumped at the chance.
I remember when Pizza Hut Restaurants first started doing their gluten free bases. I rang Steve so excitedly on the day – they were the first major chain in my area to start doing them – and demanded we go straight there for dinner. Before that, I hadn’t been into a Pizza Hut restaurant since my A Level days when I used to go with my friends and jealously watch them devour slices while I sipped on a coca-cola.
I’ll be honest, when I tried their gluten free pizzas the first time I wasn’t too impressed – but that has all changed. These news bases are pretty damn good!
I was feeling quite ill when I received my voucher from Pizza Hut and not up to a restaurant trip, so we decided to order a takeout. The only thing better than pizza, is eating pizza in your pyjamas. Fact.
I went for a meat feast, packed with extra pepperoni (obviously) and a sneaky doubling up of cheese. While I tend to try and avoid dairy a lot of the time, I am in love with cheese and was in need of some proper comfort food!
The pizzas are different from Dominos or Pizza Express in that they are square shaped. I’m not too keen on gluten free foods being ‘different’ – most of the time I want to fit in and for my food to look like everyone else’s when I am eating out. But I guess this helps in the fact that it is very easy to identify straight away which one is the gluten free pizza.
There is also (still) only a one-size-fits-all option for the gluten free bases. This is a MAJOR grip of mine. No, I cannot eat gluten, but this does not mean I am on a diet. I want to gorge on giant pizzas, not eat a small one while my boyfriend demolishes one twice the size. But I digress, before I get into a rant on coeliac size-discrimination, back to the pizza in hand.
I was impressed with the quality of the new gluten free base at Pizza Hut. There was plenty of toppings which is always a bonus, and the base was a lot better than the previous one. It had that floppy texture which I love in a slice, where the end droops down, loaded with the weight of cheese and fiery meats, and the crusts have a delicious crunch and are great for dipping.
I had never expected I would buy from Pizza Hut but, to honest, I think I would probably choose them over Dominos now. Their bases were a really good quality and didn’t feel quite as grease overall as a Dominos can be. This is a great improvement and I would happily recommend Pizza Hut to any coeliac who is after a decent slice. Just please, Pizza Hut, wouldn’t it be so amazing if you were the first chain to offer a LARGE gluten free pizza? Just a thought…..
*I was sent a voucher to review the new Pizza Hut Restaurant bases but this has in no way influenced my honest review as a professional gluten free pizza eater. Click here to view their website or here to view their gluten free options.