Tammy Swift, Published January 07 2009
Fast Food Review
What does that mean anyway? It seems like one of those loophole descriptors, like “lite” or “farm-fresh.”
Having said that, I will also say this: I don’t know if Pizza Hut’s “The Natural” Pizza is any better for you, but it tastes pretty darned good. So good, in fact, that one of our office taste-testers insisted you could feed it to a group of construction workers without anyone suspecting its insidious healthfulness.
The pie contains “all-natural pepperoni” – as opposed to “synthetic pepperoni”? – which means it contains no artificial preservatives or added nitrites or nitrates. Its sauce is made of “vine-ripened tomatoes” and features no high-fructose corn syrup.
But the biggest surprise was the multigrain crust, which is chewier, sweeter and more complex than its Wonderbread counterpart.
The pizza also seemed to contain a smidge less sauce and cheese than a traditional pie. That didn’t bother me: The lighter flavor combinations melded nicely with the almost-nutty crust.
Most importantly, the pepperoni was much less greasy than the regular stuff. There was no need to blot up a miniature oil spill before consuming it.
At $9.99 for a medium, 12-inch pizza ($12.77 delivered, minus tip), “The Natural” is a bit spendy. But it also proves one thing: When it comes to halfway-healthy fast food, we’ve come a long way from the McLean.
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