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Taste Tested: Domino's New Pizza Recipe

Taste Test: Domino's New Pizza

Domino's Pizza ended the year with a big bang! The pizza delivery chain acknowledged that its current recipe for pizza was less than ideal and announced it had given its core product a complete overhaul. Execs promised the new pie would have a sweeter sauce with a red pepper kick; shredded, rather than diced, mozzarella with a hint of provolone; and a butter, garlic, and parsley crust. We ordered a cheese and a pepperoni of the new version to see whether it really lived up to its lofty promise. Did it? Find out when you read more.

Crust: Although the pizza smells great — and led a bunch of unknowing Sugar staffers into the kitchen — the first thing we notice is that the pizza doesn't possess even an iota of crispiness. The doughy bread, which is just a tad bit rough and scrapey on the bottom, would have more textural appeal if it had been cooked longer. The crust is much saltier with a far more pronounced garlic and butter flavor. There are even a few specks of roasted garlic baked into the dough.

Sauce: Although we aren't able to detect any red pepper, the sauce seems more flavorful, and also sweeter.

Cheese: The flavor and consistency of the cheese is similar to the old recipe — melted and gooey. Some tasters claim it has a bit more of a tang, likely a product of the provolone blended in.

I wasn't able to locate nutritionals for both recipes, but I'd say that the new recipe has more salt and sugar than the old one. Still, overall, the pizza is an improvement from the old recipe, and the limited-time offer (two medium, two-topping pizzas for $5.99 each) is a decent deal. Have you given the new recipe a try? What did you think of it?


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ilovmsm ilovmsm 6 years
My husband and I were so excited to try the new receipt. Unfortunately it was very disappointing. The crust was undercooked and the sauce tasted more like ketchup. The only ok part of it was the cheese. This experience was enough to make sure we do not order from Dominos again.
danakscully64 danakscully64 6 years
I'm very picky about my pizza, too many places have soggy crust and greasy toppings. Domino's is one of the places, even with the recipe change, I will not be trying. I can tell just by the "changes" that I won't like it. The best pizza I've ever had was at Round Table Pizza. Their crust is crispy and the flavor of their sauce and cheese is amazing. Little Caesars comes in a close second. I still prefer homemade pizza though, it's easy (even with homemade dough) and cheap. I like BBQ sauce, veggie chik'n, cheese, and cilantro on my pizza, you can't get that at a pizza shop.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Anon 14-- ham and pineapple on pizza can be found at almost any pizza place. Isn't that what they call a Hawaiian pizza? I never liked Dominos and though they may have changed their recipe it hasn't interested me. I also pretty much grew up on Little Ceasers but now I can't stand the taste of it. I prefer Straw Hat, Stuft Pizza, and Mountain Mike's for chain pizzas and Jake's and Willow Street wood fired pizza for small local joints. If I want a pizza I want good pizza and am willing to pay a little more for it.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 6 years
Anon 14-- ham and pineapple on pizza can be found at almost any pizza place. Isn't that what they call a Hawaiian pizza? I never liked Dominos and though they may have changed their recipe it hasn't interested me. I also pretty much grew up on Little Ceasers but now I can't stand the taste of it. I prefer Straw Hat, Stuft Pizza, and Mountain Mike's for chain pizzas and Jake's and Willow Street wood fired pizza for small local joints. If I want a pizza I want good pizza and am willing to pay a little more for it.
PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
I haven't tried it yet but from what I keep hearing they should have just left the sauce alone and worked on the creating a new crust.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
I haven't had dominos pizza since my college days..I was a broke student from another country who just happens to love pizza and wants to try as many different kinds as possible. I happened to enjoy it back then, but never really 'missed' them to the point, I go out of my way to find one. But nothing wrong of trying the new recipe, in fact, I'll do it next time I feel like having pizza. :D
kurniakasih kurniakasih 6 years
I haven't had dominos pizza since my college days..I was a broke student from another country who just happens to love pizza and wants to try as many different kinds as possible. I happened to enjoy it back then, but never really 'missed' them to the point, I go out of my way to find one.But nothing wrong of trying the new recipe, in fact, I'll do it next time I feel like having pizza. :D
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