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Little Caesars’ Launches 50/50 Cheesy Breadstick Pizza

One of the more recent trends in pizza is to make a pie that’s 50% ‘za, 50% something else. Pizza calzone hybrids, for example, have become popular on Instagram.

Little Caesars is capitalizing on this trend by making their own version of a half-and-half pizza, this time using their cheesy breadsticks to go alongside the slices.

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The new Slices-N-Stix Pizza features four slices of pepperoni baked on the same crust as eight pieces of Little Caesars’ cheesy breadsticks. It comes with a side of Crazy Sauce, which is the chain’s take on a marinara dipping sauce.

For those ordering individually from Little Caesars, this could be an interesting pizza used to get your full meal in one box. It reduces cardboard waste and leftovers all at the same time: If you usually go for half a pizza in an order, that is.

The Slices-N-Stix Pizza is a limited time offer that will be available starting August 31st. You can pick up one for $6.

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Little Caesars Launches New 4×4-Style Pizza Nationwide

It’s not unusual to ask for a half-and-half pizza in order to enjoy two different flavors, but Little Caesars is now doubling up on that experience with its new Quattro pizza.

The Quattro has four quadrants, each with its own toppings. A quarter of the pizza consists of Pepperoni, another has Italian Sausage and Bruschetta, the third is Italian Sausage and Pepperoni, and rounding out the four sides is classic cheese.

The only bummer is that you can’t customize the toppings, as the Quattro will be available as part of their Hot-N-Ready offerings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., local time.

With fast food restaurants constantly pushing their apps, Little Caesars fans can get an early taste through the app, from now until August 26, where it will be available for walk-in orders.

The Quattro will be only around for a limited time, and is selling for $7 per pie, which is about average for their premium Hot-N-Ready options.

While the Quattro is sure to turn heads, there have been reports of Little Caesars testing a Quattro Crust, which is a similar concept, except instead of toppings, there are four different crusts consisting of cheddar and jalapeño, cheddar and bacon, Asiago and Parmesan, and Parmesan breadcrumbs.

Hopefully we see a nationwide launch of the Quattro Crust, or even a combination of both, but until then, our tastebuds can go crazy over the current, multiple-topping version.

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Little Caesars Has A Pizza With 4 Different Kinds of Crusts In The Works

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Little Caesars is revolutionizing the way you eat pizza.

We like to argue that the crust is the best part of the pizza (especially if you make it from scratch), but we understand that’s not the most popular opinion. Little Caesars seems to agree, because it’s putting a stop to those picky eaters who always throw the pizza crust away.

The pizza chain recently revealed its latest creation, and we don’t know why no one’s thought of this before. We already can’t get enough of Little Caesars’ four-crust pizza.

See how Little Caesars held up in our pizza chain taste test.

4 Flavors, 1 Cheesy Pie

This all-new flavorful beauty is called the Quattro Pizza. It’s a large pepperoni pizza that boasts four delectable crust flavors—in the same pie!—and we seriously need a bite. The Quattro Pizza crust includes:

  • Cheddar and jalapeno
  • Cheddar and bacon
  • Asiago and Parmesan
  • Asiago and Parmesan breadcrumbs

Since the crusts are interwoven, it only makes sense that the flavors shift gradually and contain similar ingredients. Spicy pizza lovers can get the kick they crave with cheddar and jalapeno, and cheese lovers don’t have to sacrifice their tender taste buds with the cheddar and bacon crust. The pizza also comes with two dipping sauces: Butter Garlic and Buffalo Ranch.

The Quattro Pizza Is Still Being Tested

You’ll have to be patient if you want to get your hands on this pie. Little Caesars is still testing out the Quattro Pizza, and it’s currently available only at participating locations in Kentucky and Virginia. (Find out what was recently on their menu in Georgia.)

The Quattro Pizza is said to cost only $8, but its calorie content will definitely put a dent in your diet. One slice racks up 373 calories, meaning the whole pizza contains 2,984 calories. Mama mia! But we’re thinking all those flavors are definitely worth it. (Don’t worry, you can always sub in one of these guilt-free pizzas.)

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Little Caesars Testing Plant-Based ‘Impossible’ Sausage Supreme Pizza

Little Caesars has gone out of its way in the past to add extra meat to its pizza with offerings such as the Extra Most Bestest pizza, and even a bacon wrapped crust.

Now they’re taking things to the other extreme, being the first major pizza chain to add a plant-based meat to its menu with the Impossible Supreme Pizza.

If you’re not familiar with Impossible Foods, they gained fame through their “bleeding” plant-based Impossible Burger, and is often considered the closest beef replica on the market.

The Impossible Supreme will include a seasoned sausage version of that “meat,” along with mozzarella, muenster cheese, caramelized onions, mushrooms, and green peppers.

 

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Impossible Foods has also taken this opportunity to test a sweet and spicy sausage for the pizza, as opposed to the standard ground-meat that has been used in markets until now.

Unfortunately, the pizza is only being trialed in three Little Caesars test markets located in Florida, New Mexico, and Washington state, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. local time.

We can be hopeful that it will launch nationwide, though, as Impossible has been ambitious with its production of late, even planning a nationwide burger launch with Burger King, which would be its biggest rollout to date.

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Little Caesars Brings Back The Illustrious Bacon-Wrapped Pizza

Of all the Littles in this world, from Wayne to Pump, none have had the impact on the food game quite like Caesar.

While music fans are often excited for new album drops from their favorite Lil, food fans go crazy for announcements like Little Caesars‘ latest.

Starting March 21, just in time for March Madness, Little Caesars will be bringing back Bacon-Wrapped Deep! Deep! Dish pizzas for a limited time.

This pizza, which made its original debut in 2015, is wrapped in a 3-foot bacon wall so thicc, Donald Trump is bound to be envious.

It is baked in a custom rectangular metal pan to give it that authentic Detroit-style feel, and topped with pepperoni and bacon bits.

As of this writing, the Bacon-Wrapped pizza is available for early access starting today, March 18th, to fans who download and order through the Little Caesars app.

If you’re as excited as we are, you might want to delete Tinder for a bit, make some space for the Little Caesars app, and dig into this massive deep dish that our bacon-loving dreams couldn’t even fathom to experience.

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Little Caesars Lasagna Pizza Was Just Spotted On The Menu In Georgia

If Garfield were real, he would be all over this new pizza that Little Caesars just low-key developed. Right now, they appear to be testing a Lasagna Pizza that actually comes topped with pasta.

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Redditor ragenx first spotted the pie, and took to the platform to see if anyone else had tried it to get their feedback. Since then, another Reddit user found it in Pooler, Georgia, while Chewboom reported that the pizza had also been seen in Ohio and West Virginia.

Ordering online at the Georgia location reveals the pizza being sold for $9. It comes topped with mini pasta ribbons, meaty marinara, Italian sausage, and a blend of mozzarella, Muenster, and ricotta cheeses. The entire pie is surrounded with a toasted Parmesan breadcrumb crust.

While it’s not the same as having actual layers of lasagna on top of a pizza a la EpicMealTime, it’s still a hefty creation in its own right that merits trying at least one slice.

We’ve reached out to Little Caesars to get more information on availability and locations where the Lasagna Pizza are available, and have yet to hear back as of press time.

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Little Caesars Just Launched A Pizza Locker That Lets You Avoid Human Interaction

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Little Caesars Pizza is the one spot I go to whenever I want to put in the least amount of work to fulfill my pie cravings. The brand’s Hot-N-Ready menu makes it super convenient when I’m starving after work and just want to grab something quick before hopping back on the freeway home. The only minor inconvenience, during the afternoon rush, is that sometimes I’d have to wait in line — something the pizza chain now has an easy fix for.

In what they’re calling a first for the restaurant industry, Little Caesars just announced the national rollout of their Pizza Portal pickup. The Pizza Portal station is essentially a self-heated locker that lets customers roll through a location and pick up a mobile order without ever having to speak to anyone.

They’re pretty similar to Amazon lockers.

All you have to do is place your order through the mobile app, pick your store, and pay for it. Once you arrive, you can skip the counter and and enter either a 3-digit pin or scan a QR code directly into the station and the secured compartment will unlock, giving you access to your hot order.

If successful, the Pizza Portal pickup could skyrocket the convenience of Little Caesars pizza to a whole new level.

Piping food in hand, you’re pretty much in and out before traffic even begins to clear. That’s fine, though. Pizza tastes best when you’re in a parked car bumpin’ Josh Groban.

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The Best Pizza Chains Across The USA, Ranked

Pizza is one of the most ubiquitous foods across the United States, and we’ve all got our favorites when it comes to the go-to pizza spot. Whether it be that hit of childhood nostalgia or the crave-worthy blend of crispy cheese, buttery crust, and hearty sauce, slices of pie transcend cultural and dietary divides. You can find curry-topped pizzas, vegan pizzas, cauliflower crust pizzas, and everything in between all across the country.

When it comes to the providers, though, the stalwarts of sauced-up dough still stand. Hundreds of pizza chains, big and small, bring the pie to the people today, and some have established themselves as THE joints that will go down in history as some of the USA’s best. This is a look at the 10 best chain pizza spots that have and will continue to shape the country’s pizza scene.

In picking the names for this list, chains with more than 20 locations were considered based on national impact, popularity, size, quality, and any unique contributions they had that changed the way we eat pizza. With the plethora of options to choose from, plenty of top names just barely missed the cut, whether they be industry giants or high-quality upstarts. However, each chain on this list has been a pillar of pizza for the United States, and will continue to be for years to come.

10. Papa Murphy’s

 

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Papa Murphy’s has always been the bridge between Domino’s and Tombstone. The take-and-bake king preps everything for you to heat the pizza up at home, with no concern about any long cryo-sleeps it may have had in a grocery store freezer. While it seems like the age of delivery may have people moving past this once-disruptor, it’s still one of the top 5 earning pizza sellers in the US and top 10 in terms of popularity. They may not be in the public eye as much as some of the bigger players, but they’re still an impactful force on America’s pizza scene.

9. Cici’s

 

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The OG pizza buffet, Cici’s is responsible for one of the most American concepts out there. While others like Round Table have added the buffet to their menus since, Cici’s remains the originator and continues upping their game with new pizzas, including a mac and cheese topped one, to boot. Outside of Chuck E. Cheese, I can’t think of a national pizza brand who’s getting as out-the-box as that in their pie toppings department.

8. Sbarro

 

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We all know Sbarro as the hallmark of food court pizza. Whether it be at the airport or shopping mall, seeing one of these is a guarantee of hot, familiar pizza that we can all get behind. Its ubiquity and place in the food court space is unparalleled, and while the shopping mall scene is on a decline these days, Sbarro still brings in $609 million in revenue per year, good enough for one of the top 10-selling pizza chains in the country.

7. Round Table Pizza

 

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Round Table has been for pizza what Umami Burger once was for the burger industry. The pizza parlor brought a heightened level of quality and uniqueness of flavor to their pies that forced everyone else to up their game and go beyond the standards. It’s the place you’re willing to pay a little more at to get a better pizza, and the results show in the dough and the creativity in the pies. Like In-N-Out, they may be West Coast predominant, but it’s a name that is recognizable nationwide.

6. Costco

 

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All of the previous pizza chains have been huge for the industry, but none are as prevalent and pervasive as the wholesale leader. Costco isn’t even a pizza restaurant, and yet, droves of customers come to the food court just to get their hands on the signature pizzas. The right amount of grease combined with a craveable cheese blend and extremely affordable price makes Costco stand out, and it’s why their pie is the one you’re likely finding at the club meeting or quick family get-together. They’re not ground-breaking, and they’re not a giant in the field, but you somehow still manage to think of Costco when a last-minute pizza option comes to mind.

5. Blaze Pizza

 

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Look out, pizza world, because in five years time, this Chipotle-like concept could blaze its way to the top of this list, pun intended. As the fastest growing pie-slinging chain in the country, Blaze’s unique approach of gourmet toppings, customization, and the build-your-own personal pizza has been perfected. Even the originators of the concept can’t keep up with Blaze’s speed as they continue to spread across the country. THIS is where the future of pizza is heading, and the field of competition is beginning to pay attention.

4. California Pizza Kitchen

 

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Those who create a brand new pizza flavor that becomes so popular that every joint in the country starts carrying it deserves a top spot on this list. CPK’s national impact with their BBQ Chicken Pizza has been well recorded, and their infatuation with hot pizza ovens and unique toppings made joints like Blaze possible. Without CPK, we wouldn’t have had the same excitement around the fiery pizza furnaces, and we wouldn’t be pushed to think outside the box on what can go on a pizza.

CPK’s not done, though, as they are now quickly become the leader for gluten-free pizza nationwide thanks to their cauliflower crusts. Decades after opening, they’re still finding ways to stay ahead of the curve, which is hard to do in an industry as vast as pizza.

3. Little Caesars

 

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When it comes to size, spread, and popularity, all of the previous spots ranked pale in comparison to the top 3. That’s especially considering that at $3.5 billion in revenue, Little Caesars is the small fry on this list’s medal podium. However, they are the name behind the $5 pizza and do the simplest variations as efficiently and quickly as possible. With their recent moves toward automation, they’re also proving that they have the potential to catch up to the two giants at the top of this list. You’re never going to see anything really crazy come out of Little Caesars’ menu, but that’s because they don’t need it to be successful or competitive.

2. Pizza Hut

 

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The most shocking thing about Pizza Hut as the runner-up as that it’s not number one on this list. You’d think that The Hut has it all: savvy and trending ad campaigns, cool merch and activations, tons of deals that seem to never stop, and a pretty decent pie. Oh, and they also just took over the role of the NFL’s official ‘za.

Pizza Hut may be a powerhouse in terms of size, but what kills them is their popularity. Little Caesars has been ranked by consumers as more popular than the mega-chain, and The Hut is five times larger. Just because you have more locations and make more money than nearly everybody else doesn’t give you the top spot.

1. Domino’s

 

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What does make you America’s mega-pizza gold standard, though, is being the top pizza chain in both size and popularity. As of 2018, Domino’s is both, having surpassed Pizza Hut in revenue and popularity. They have the deals, growth rate, and quality to keep up with or surpass their staunchest rival in every category, and now have the earnings to back all of that up.

Plus, Domino’s has made itself the leader in delivery by going beyond the building. Their app lets you get your pie at tons of different parks or public areas, something that the rest of the major players in the industry struggle at. They’re even doing good for the local communities and paving the roads, which is one of the most ingenious ad campaigns a delivery company could think of. All of that has given Domino’s the ability to not just take over as the king of American pizza, but to sustain that title for years to come.


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