'Chain Pizzas' on Serious Eats

Is the Chipotle Model Transforming Chain Pizza?

If you caught yesterday's 800 Degree review, then you may have noticed how the pizzeria's Chipotle approach sparked some debate in comments section. That assembly-line approach is spreading quickly as a pizza franchise concept. Is this just a way for chain restaurants to re-package their product, or can these new pizzerias raise the bar for pizza chains? 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

Undercover Pizza Lover, Part II: Domino's Delivery Boy

My first delivery didn't go very well. I forgot the credit card receipt and a 2 liter bottle of soda. I had no option other than to run back to the Big D for the missing goods and get back on the road. If the "30 minutes or it's free" guarantee hadn't been nixed due to several major auto accidents in the 1990s, I would have been in deep doo-doo. 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

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

Chain Reaction: Pizza at The Cheesecake Factory

The Cheesecake Factory offers a menu that includes, well, everything. Hamburgers, nachos, popcorn shrimp, and Thai lettuce cups? Yeah, they've got all of that! And it goes without saying that a menu that aims to please every diner will most certainly include pizza. We take a look at whether The Cheesecake Factory has any hope of getting its pizza right amidst the other bajillion items on the menu. More

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