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Pizza Hut Fools Us Into Thinking It's Now Pasta Hut

Pizza Hut Is Now Pasta Hut . . . or Is It?

OK, I'm assuming this is a Pizza Hut's way of playing a practical April Fool's joke on all of its customers, but you never can tell these days. It could just be and oddly-timed marketing scheme.

This morning, the Pizza Hut chain unveiled new signage declaring they're now serving pasta so good that they've decided to change their name. The dishes that inspired the name change are the Creamy Chicken Alfredo and Meaty Marinara. The 3-lb. servings — that are baked in a blend of sauce and cheese — will be available for $11.99. Scott Bergen, Pizza Hut's CEO, said:

For 50 years we've been all about pizza. As we've prepared for the launch of our new line of Tuscani Pastas our customers have consistently told us these pastas are so good we should change our name to Pasta Hut. Starting tomorrow, Pizza Hut is Pasta Hut.

I can't imagine they would actually change their name, although I could see them doing it for a short promotional period. Surely the name change must be an April Fool's joke? Either way I want to know, are you curious about their new baked pastas, and would you buy pasta from Pizza Hut?


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McCubcakes McCubcakes 9 years
I'm going to bet money that they aren't keeping the name Pasta Hut. Pizza Hut is a 50 year old company so they are staying. And I'm sure 3 lbs. is so you can feed your entire family without spending a lot of money. With the possibility of a recession going on right now I think it's great.
trix6 trix6 9 years
The name change is a temporary promotional stunt to promote their new pasta dishes. They are planning to return to Pizza Hut (unless Pasta Hut is really some big hit. In which case, they might just leave it after all.)
RW-tara RW-tara 9 years
i saw the flyers for their pasta dish, it' looks delicious, i'm gonna try it. I like their pizzas too *shrug* .
jlr32phl jlr32phl 9 years
not that i wouldn't try the pasta, but it think it would be a waste of a trip to pizza hut to not get pizza!
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
Pizza Huts food makes me have the hershey squirts, i cant imagine what a tray full of thier cheese and pasta would do.
dexy225 dexy225 9 years
They already serve spaghetti and meat balls. The 3lb serving may be a family value meal.
Gabriela14815884 Gabriela14815884 9 years
I love Pizza Hut, its funny cause they sent me an email about being Pasta Hut LOL I think its a joke though they have the pastas on their website... the chicken alfredo looks good...if it were for real I'd give it a try.
popsplenda popsplenda 9 years
The story is true, albeit oddly timed as far as the sign change is concerned. There were several news releases last week regarding the decreased profitability of pizza and the hope that Pizza Hut's recent losses in profits will be offset by the new line Pasta. Yum Brands Inc. applied for a trademark of the name Pasta Hut in January of this year. Do you guys research your articles before you post 'em?
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
i guess everyone is trying to eveolve in order to stay current and fight against the clutter in the marketplace. i'm not sure that i would ever go to pizza hut for more than a pizza, especially since they really aren't my favorite pizza place anyway. i guess we'll just have to wait and see what happens.
bushra bushra 9 years
i got an April Fool's email from Pizza Hut today (used to order online when i was pregnant and could only stomach pizza - really!) offering to clean your house while you ate...
k_izzle k_izzle 9 years
Heck no.
eshellmoyer eshellmoyer 9 years
I can list three pizza or pasta places that would have the same or higher quality baked pasta for less money (though you'd probably only get a two person serving), within a half mile radius of where I'm sitting right now, so I probably won't ever try it. I am spoiled by living in New York though. If I was with friends who were ordering Pizza Hut, I would try it. I'm always open to obscenely large quantities of leftovers. I liked the Pizza Hut Big New Yorker (even though it tasted nothing like New York pizza), because they didn't spray that awful butter stuff in the pan before baking it. I just can't deal with the greasy crusts of their other pizzas.
will205 will205 9 years
wow -that is a lot!
Marci Marci 9 years
I don't do Pizza Hut or any other fast food, but I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people went to a Pasta Hut since a lot of people eat their pizza.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 9 years
I've tried their pizza twice in my life and twice I've been sadly disappointed. It's the worst. So no I won't be trying their over cooked pasta dishes even it's free.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 9 years
It sounds like a good way to mix an april fool's joke with marketing for their new pasta dishes. pretty clever. the whole "3 lb serving size" thing makes me think that maybe the whole think is a joke. that's unbelievable.
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
No Pizza Mutt for me! I realy dislike everything about their pizza, so I can't say that I am drawn to their pasta dishes. Besides, I like to make my own sauces for pasta. Thay way I know what's in it!
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Oh, yeah, I think they only had pasta in the single serving, except at the buffet! (Yes this was one of those kinds of Pizza Huts!)
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
Sounds like April Fools marketing scheme to me! I will say though, I went to high school in a tiny town that only had McD's, Subway, Sonic, & Pizza Hut, so we ate at "Pizza Slut" a lot. And they had pastas back then (99-02). They were SOOOOOOO good, but they are SOOOO not good for you! I liked their Chicken Alfredo or Chicken Primavera, something like that. It had chicken, veggies, noodles, & cheese. And it came with this DELICOUS garlic bread! ooooh the crap I used to eat!
tweet-hotpants tweet-hotpants 9 years
i guess i'm in the minority here- i love pizza hut pizza and i'd definitely get their pasta.
ElizabethRae ElizabethRae 9 years
They did a news story here last week so I know that they really are about to start serving pasta. I am excited about it because it adds variety. We order pizza at work and I hate it, but if we could do pizza and pasta I think it would be better. I'm sure the 3 lb serving is a family style dish, like the pizzas are.
juliej juliej 9 years
Is anyone else disturbed that it said 3 lb serving????? I'm sure the name change is a joke, but hopefully the 3 lb pasta is too!
jspeed jspeed 9 years
a three-pound serving of pasta??? that seems like a lot...
SugarCat SugarCat 9 years
The pasta probably tastes like it's been soaked in grease, just like the pizza, so no thanks! April's Fools joke, all the way.
almost-famous almost-famous 9 years
I agree Elladee. I'll be surprized if it's a big hit!
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