With all the marketing blitz surrounding Dominos Pizza recently, I’m sure you’ve heard of the story by now – they changed their 50-year old recipe in an effort to better respond to ‘America’s’ tastes, or so they say. So of course, the one day of the year we definitely order delivery pizza (Superbowl Sunday), I HAD to try the new Dominos pizza for myself.
I have always been a thin crust fan, and for the Superbowl Party at home, I ordered a majority of thin crust pizzas along with a couple of regular pies for friends who might not be thin crust fans. However, due to the immense number of orders on that day, there was bound to be some snafus at the local Dominos outlet I suppose, and we got mostly regular crusts. They were nice to me when I called to complain, and promised a free thin crust of my choice the next day – who was I to say no? So what you see above is the green-pepper thin crust pizza with original sauce that showed up at my door step – and I have to say, for all the hype, I am a bit underwhelmed by the pizza.
Let’s begin with the good part - the crust. Both the pizza above, and the one thin crust chicken pizza they delivered with the original order, had a nice, light, crispy thin crust - just the way I like it. I do not like the New York style thin crusts (the soggy, malleable kinds) – I like my thin crust to be hard enough to have a bite to it, and for the toppings to stay on it rather than to slide down (unless its a home-made thin crust, where I control the toppings and thus don’t mind a thinner layer). So major points for getting the crust right atleast.
And the green pepper toppings was, well, not screwed up at the very least – a generous enough portion of decent-sized pepper pieces, rather than the wispy, paper-thin, barely-recognizable veggies certain other chains thrown on. I could actually taste the green peppers so they must have been fresh enough.
And now for the moneymaker – the sauce. Yech. For all the revamping they did, I still could not detect any hints of flavor, or atleast pizza-sauce-like flavor. There was something vaguely herbal about it, with maybe the slightest waft of garlicy undertones if I really focused hard – but where oh where was the tang of tomato?! or the bright notes of herbs or spices? or, at the very least, the recognizable flavor of cheese? It was like eating a nice crunchy, pepper-flatbread with barely any sauce on it. The regular pizzas of the night before with the ‘original’ sauce on it were the same way – barely any flavor. The one pizza I ordered with white sauce on it was way more flavorful, I am going to stick with that from next time!
Lets hope we don’t have to wait yet another 50 years for another change to make this sauce better!