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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/06/26 11:37:56 (permalink)
Pizza Hut is to pizza as Jack Kevorkian is to the Medical profession.
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/06/26 12:15:27 (permalink)
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Many consumers have never had great pizza and think these awful chain pies are what pizza is supposed to be.

That is the way it is in Cincinnati and Dayton and probably most cities in the USA.

A minor tragedy.  Except for the really good independent pizza pie makers.


It is more of a symptom of a larger problem - people as a group seem to factor quality into the equation less and less over time.  Not just on food, but on everything.

Price becomes not just the #1 criteria but the overriding criteria.  People are not equipped to judge  quality for whatever reason, so the compare the only known factors - price and convenience. 

We have takeout pizza on average twice a month and have to drive out of our way to do it.  I sometimes give a tip even though I am picking it up at the counter, to let them know much I appreciate their craft.

If I am somewhere and pizza is served I will almost always politely decline, not just from pizza hut but from most local joints here in Richmond

What I tell me friends who love how good the pizza tastes when  bring it to the  party is that if the place gives out a lot of coupons for pizza, they probably aren't going to taste that good.

Still, the cheaper pizzas have their uses - like for kids parties :D

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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/06/26 12:22:42 (permalink)
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....Still, the cheaper pizzas have their uses - like for kids parties :D


Don't even get me started on Chuck E Cheese.  It occupies an entire chapter in my Manifesto.
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/06/26 12:30:57 (permalink)
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Here in the greater Chicagoland area, we probably have close to two thousand independent pizza places ( more or less ), and yet Pizza Hut, Domino's and Papa John's are all over the place and seem to be doing reasonably well. Figure that one out if you can....    

I can't. Why would you go to Pizza Hut or Domino's when you could go to Lou Malnati's?

Well, I saw a Food Network program about Lou Malnati's once, so I'd go get a peanut butter sandwich instead.


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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/06/26 20:27:18 (permalink)
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NYPIzzaNut

Many consumers have never had great pizza and think these awful chain pies are what pizza is supposed to be.

That is the way it is in Cincinnati and Dayton and probably most cities in the USA.

A minor tragedy.  Except for the really good independent pizza pie makers.


It is more of a symptom of a larger problem - people as a group seem to factor quality into the equation less and less over time.  Not just on food, but on everything.

Price becomes not just the #1 criteria but the overriding criteria.  People are not equipped to judge  quality for whatever reason, so the compare the only known factors - price and convenience. 

We have takeout pizza on average twice a month and have to drive out of our way to do it.  I sometimes give a tip even though I am picking it up at the counter, to let them know much I appreciate their craft.

If I am somewhere and pizza is served I will almost always politely decline, not just from pizza hut but from most local joints here in Richmond

What I tell me friends who love how good the pizza tastes when  bring it to the  party is that if the place gives out a lot of coupons for pizza, they probably aren't going to taste that good.

Still, the cheaper pizzas have their uses - like for kids parties :D
You can freeze them and roll down snow covered slopes with them also.


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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/06/27 03:32:12 (permalink)
As someone from north Jersey who grew up here and practically lived on the awesome pizza around here, I can remember back in the 80s when there were maybe two Pizza Hut restaurants in my area (both are gone now).  Back then, you'd have to wait up to an hour just to get a table at one on a Friday night, they didn't deliver or offer carry-out, and pan pizza was your only choice, and it was so thick most people ate it with a knife and fork.  It was a novelty for Jersey I think, because thin crust is the rule here.  Now the restaurants that remain are ghost towns and they serve pan fried goo. 


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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/06/27 12:59:11 (permalink)
It was the same out on Long Island. Sometime before 1973, a dozen Pizza Huts opened on Long Island. They did not carry the Thin and Crispy pizza popular in other parts of the country, just a deep dish and a knockoff of NY style pizza that was way off the mark. I don't think they were too successful. About 1975, they all closed. Most of the stores were taken over by independent restaurants. You can still recognize some of the buildings, even though they were remodeled. Then in 1980, Pizza Hut started up again on LI. The one in Westbury, which became an independent after the shutdown in 1975 or so, became a Pizza Hut yet again. Since 1980, many of those Pizza Hut restaurants again closed.

Pizza Hut on LI did run plenty of coupons in the newspapers. I think a lot of it was the novelty factor, as NJskeeter wrote. I went for the Thin and Crispy, which I developed a taste for while in the service. The quality control was non-existant; one time they were great, the next time greasy. soggy, and awful. I think they used better cheese and other ingredients back then as well.
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/08/20 04:18:32 (permalink)
Pizza Hut was the only restaurant in my hometown growing up.  I love it, still do. 

BTW, if you are in KC area you should check out.  Spin! Pizza it is pretty good. 
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/08/20 09:34:36 (permalink)
In many small towns in western Illinois Pizza Hut is often the only place in town.
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/08/20 14:49:13 (permalink)
how sad
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/08/20 14:59:15 (permalink)
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In many small towns in western Illinois Pizza Hut is often the only place in town.


Ain't that the truth.  Same through much of smalltown mid-west.  Here up in the northern tundra of ND, just north of town is a small town called "Ruthville".  Nothing more than 20-30 trailors, gas station, bar, and a... Pizza Hut. 
 

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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/02 11:04:05 (permalink)
Re:  Pizza Hut.  When I phoned in an order several months ago, I was connected to someone in India!  That's right, people in India, who don't know pizza from chapatie are taking your order.  I can't believe that Yum brands would outsource this to a place like that!  When I asked the person on the phone about extra cheeze, she had no idea what I was talking about.  Maybe they should combine their call center with GE, so when your GE oven shoots craps you can go ahead and order a pizza!
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/03 14:38:54 (permalink)
LOL. We heard about Pizza Hut closing its Kansas City call center last year and outsourcing, but we never heard who they outsourced it to. Individual franchisees might have to ability to pick their own call center, too. The biggest problem is for people whose street has not been entered into the map database they use, but that is a problem even with American call centers. The best bet is for people to record the calls, put them on Youtube, then notify Yum Brands or the franchisee of the URL of the video. Philips once outsourced electric shaver calls to India. The woman I talked to had no clue about shaving a face. A week later, I had a guy calling me from the Netherlands (Philips' home country) asking me about my experience with the call center. I had the guy in stitches. For grins and giggles, I called the call center again a month later. Different call center.
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/03 14:41:56 (permalink)
Do all Pizza Huts outsource the call handling?  Is this a recent development?  I'm pretty sure they still answer the phones in my local PH, but it's also been a decent while since I've been in there.

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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/03 15:12:03 (permalink)
One I visit in New Jersey answers the phone in the restaurant, and I think it is a corporate-owned location.
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/03 16:16:21 (permalink)
I have only been to Pizza Hut once. It must have been a"War of the Roses" thing with my ex  years ago. During the visit someone in the kitchen had a heart attack...so I vowed never to say anything bad about Pizza Hut. They also let me have a very seasoned pan...which I still have today.
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/03 17:31:37 (permalink)
sk bob

how sad

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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/16 17:47:46 (permalink)
There are, to my knowledge, five places in my town where one can purchase pizza. Pizza Hut, Papa John's, and Dominos are three of them. The other two are a locally owned shop that makes very basic not-very-good pizza, but supports a lot of local sports teams and has lots of seating and TVs, and the other, Larienzo's Brick Oven Cafe, had real ovens. Unfortunately, they were in an historic building which couldn't take the heat, and the ovens burned the building down. This was two years ago. $4 million in damage, 6 businesses, and 5 apartments destroyed at 4:15 am. Nobody was hurt, fortunately.
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/16 17:53:54 (permalink)
Being so close to NYC I find it incredible you have such horrid choices for pizza!!!!!!!!!!!!

Can't you go to nearby towns for good pizza???
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/16 18:12:41 (permalink)
I suppose I could truck half an hour up to Frederick, but that's a ways to go for pizza. Then, too, I'm not sure where's a good place to go up there. Now if only there were a website, where . . .
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Re:PIZZA (?) Hut !!! 2009/11/16 18:15:40 (permalink)
I have to drive 60 miles to Cincinnati or 85 miles to Kettering to get decent pizza - I live in the boonies of Brown County Ohio.
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