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Neither of them made tasty pizza because neither of them had to. There have been local and regional pizza chains that had similar advantages that likewise made mediocre-at-best pizza, such as the now-defunct Roaring 20s Pizza-n-Pipes south of Tampa, FL, that was built around a working Mighty Wurlitzer theatre pipe organ. People went there to be entertained by the pipe organ music while eating some edible hot food, not because the pizza was actually good. (Sadly, YouTube no longer supports the old-style embed code that SodaHead implements, so it’s no longer possible to embed YouTube videos into SodaHead posts, at least not until the SH programmers get to work updating the ancient code that drives this site, so click here for a video of this place at its height.)
Anyway, delivery was something that other chains could start doing, and many did including Pizza Hut, Papa John’s, Mr. Gatti’s, etc. Dominos could no longer rely on their uniqueness in this regard.
Anyway, the then-new Dominos CEO, when he saw the taste test results and realized that “Avoiding the Noid” wouldn’t cut it anymore, recognized that they actually had to start making good pizza if they wanted to compete. Over the years since then they have completely revamped their pizza recipe from the ground up: crust, sauce, everything. They added a line of USA regional-themed specialty pizzas called the American Legends, a line of gourmet pizzas on a special Artisan Crust, added a sweeter Robusto sauce in addition to the old Marinara and the other sauces (e.g. Alfredo) available on specialty pizzas, and much more. Most recently, last year they replaced the Ultimate Deep Dish crust with the Handmade Pan crust which has been repeatedly reviewed by both amateurs and pro food reviewers as being considerably better than Pizza Hut’s signature Personal Pan Pizza crust.
Meanwhile, Pizza Hut has been bought out by Yum! Brands, a conglomerate that also has taken over KFC, A&W, Taco Bell, etc., and most people I know who remember how those used to be agree that they have all gone downhill in quality. (KFC in particular has become a pale shadow of Colonel Sanders’s excellent Kentucky Fried Chicken.) Pizza Hut has also recently tried to add variety, but they think that giving us some dry crust-edge flavors and “sauce drizzles” suffices.
Both have branched out beyond pizza. Pizza Hut has Wing Street wings, and Dominos had wings for years. Pizza Hut was the first to have pastas (Tuscani Pastas in two national varieties [Chicken Alfredo and Meaty Marinara, with Bacon Mac & Cheese as a third alternative in some regions]), while more recently Dominos added Pasta Bowls (including breadbowls) in considerably more variety including choosing your own up to three ingredients (anything that they can put on a pizza, they can put in a pasta bowl). Dominos also has oven-toasted sub sandwiches that I put well above Subway and a smidge below Quiznos in taste. They also have Stuffed Cheesy Bread, and something truly unique called Specialty Chicken (basically like the Stuffed Cheesy Breads but replacing the bread with breaded chicken strips)