In that all-important moment of deciding to order pizza, the debate over Pizza Hut or Domino’s is likely to arise. Both Pizza Hut and Domino’s are top contenders for a piece of pizza pie market share, and compete with creative incentives to make ordering pizza a cinch. With Pizza Hut‘s recent introduction of mobile order-by-text services, and Domino’s clever pricing strategies to encourage bulk orders, it’s a close tie when it comes to satisfying your pizza needs.
Still, it’s the taste and quality of that slice that counts when it comes to making the final choice; since both franchises offer similar menu options and pricing, a slice by slice comparison of the standard variety – the classic cheese – and breadsticks might make your decision easier:
Pizza Hut Cheese Pizza
The classic hand tossed Pizza Hut cheese pizza is made with a soft and pillowy dough. The crust is made with herbs and extra oil, giving it a ‘buttery’ flavor and adding some substance to the pie when your toppings are all gone. Leftover crust can easily be dipped into marinara sauce or ranch dip. The cheese content is higher than most, and a mozzarella/3-cheese blend is satisfying and flavorful.
Nutritional information: One slice of the medium Pizza Hut cheese pizza contains 240 calories and 10 grams of fat; you’ll also get 20% of your daily calcium requirements in one slice, and 12 grams of protein.
Domino’s Cheese Pizza
Domino’s Pizza stands apart from the competition with its classic hand-tossed pizza dough recipe, tangy sauce, and high cheese content. Domino’s pizza is chewy and the dough is a simple recipe with no extra flavorings or enhancements. For those who add pepperoni or sausage, neither offers an exceptionally spicy flavor, and may disappoint those looking for bold and zesty flavors.
Nutritional information: One slice of the classic 14″ Domino’s Cheese pizza contains 272 calories, 9 grams of fat, and 12 grams of protein. Each serving also gives you 14% of your daily calcium requirements.
Pizza Hut Breadsticks
One order of classic breadsticks contains five pieces, and breadsticks with cheese are available for just $1 more. The original breadsticks are covered with a light butter garlic sauce and are chewy, flavorful, and on the salty side. They’re best paired with Pizza Hut’s tangy marinara sauce.
Nutritional information: Each regular breadstick contains 150 calories and 6 grams of fat.
Domino’s breadsticks are baked to a golden brown, and are similar in texture and consistency as a focaccia bread found at your local supermarket. Unfortuantely, they don’t offer much flavor even though they are covered with dried herbs and a light brushing of oil. Each 8-piece order comes with a side of marinara sauce, but they do taste just like the crust of the pizza. If you tend to discard your pizza crust, these breadsticks aren’t for you.
Nutritional information: Each breadstick contains 130 calories and 7 grams of fat.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for a super-cheesy pizza and don’t care much for the crust, Domino’s pizza may be your best choice. Still, when it’s the classic pizza and breadstick combo you’re looking for, Pizza Hut still stands as one of the best.