When I was a kid, my favorite kind of pizza was pepperoni. Gawd, I loved the stuff. Now I like it okay, but it’s far from my favorite. Oddly, I’ve been talking to a couple other people that say that they loved pepperoni as a kid but now don’t like it as much. Is that the case for any of you? Is there something about pepperoni that makes kids like it and adults not like it?
Forty-five pounds ago, four pieces of pizza wasn’t nuthin. Twenty-five pounds ago it was a challenge. Now it’s pointless, unless the pieces are small.
Clancy and I were driving from the airport when we decided to get a bite to eat. A pizza place was recommended to us by the rental car guy, but it was closed. We decided to eat at Subway instead. We were not particularly enthusiastic. In fact, we had really gotten our hearts set on pizza. At about the same time we saw a Pizza Hut and a local place. Having eaten at Pizza Hut 100 times, we decided to try out the local place.
The first words out of my mouth when we got in my car afterwards was “We should have eaten at Pizza Hut.” The bread sticks were cold and tough. The pizza itself was about the quality you expect from the spinner at a truck stop. It wasn’t terrible, but it was audaciously bland. When we got to Dent County (about two hours away from the airport) and got settled, we decided that we didn’t want to go out again. So we ordered pizza. When you have a craving for pizza, mediocre pizza doesn’t cut it. We tried a local place recommended to us. It was pretty good. Unfortunately, they don’t have a Pesto option. We’ve gotten spoiled the last couple places that we’ve lived with pesto pizza. Looks like there is no pesto option in Dent County. Boo.
As many of you have heard, Domino’s Pizza has kinda-sorta apologized for the quality of their product and promises to do better.
I am just old enough to remember when Domino’s came out of nowhere to dominate the industry. They never succeeded based on the taste of the pizza. They didn’t have to because of their delivery system. Plus, as with a lot of chains, you can get by on not being good just so long as you are not bad. And I maintain that they weren’t bad. I remember places that were worse. I remember Pizza Hut bring roughly as good. So I don’t think the issue is so much the terrible taste of Domino’s Pizza but rather how much better the competition has gotten. Papa John’s entered the scene with a really good product. Then Pizza Hut stepped up their game. Domino’s, meanwhile, was living off the name it made based on its ability to deliver. One step above Little Caesar’s in quality and three steps above on price.