Pizza Hut Unveils Chicago Tavern-Style Pizza and Revamps Toppings Menu
Pizza Hut Unveils Chicago Tavern-Style Pizza and Revamps Toppings Menu

Pizza Hut has launched its latest menu innovation, the Chicago Tavern-Style Pizza, and revamped its toppings selection in the biggest overhaul in over a decade. This makes Pizza Hut the first global pizza chain to offer Tavern Pizza, and the first to introduce Chicken Sausage, Pesto Swirl, and Spicy Sauce as permanent toppings. Led by Rachel Antalek, Pizza Hut's new Chief Food Innovation Officer, this update brings a fresh approach to the brand's menu nationwide.

The tavern-style pizza, originating in Chicago in the 1930s, became popular in local taverns where bartenders served thin-crust pizza cut into squares, often for free, to encourage patrons to stay longer. Its crispy thin-crust and shareable format have made it a favorite among pizza lovers. Pizza Hut's version offers a modern take on this classic style with edge-to-edge toppings in four new recipes: Pesto Margherita, The Ultimate, Spicy Chicken Sausage, and Double Pepperoni.

Rachel Antalek, Chief Food Innovation Officer at Pizza Hut said, "These menu additions represent a bold step forward as part of our culinary mission to bring our guests modern innovation that embraces what we know our customers are loving and looking for in a pizza. Tavern is not just a pizza; it is a culinary trend that reflects the excitement of today's pizza scene. We perfected these recipes to truly pay homage to Chicago and the hundred-year-old style in a modern way while pushing the boundaries of what's possible in a pizza with fresh new toppings and flavors."

Alongside the new Tavern-style pizzas, Pizza Hut has introduced eight new toppings and sauces as permanent additions to its menu. These include Spicy Marinara Sauce, Pesto Sauce Swirl, Chicken Sausage, Fresh Diced Garlic, Grape Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Fire Roasted Peppers, and Crispy Cupped Pepperoni. Customers can enjoy these new options on the four new Tavern-style pizza recipes or add them to custom pizza orders.

Here’s a look at the new Tavern-Style Pizza offerings:

  1. Pesto Margherita Tavern Pizza: Features sweet marinara, grape tomatoes, garlic, and basil pesto, topped to the edge and served square-cut on Thin 'N Crispy crust, finished with parmesan-oregano seasoning.
  2. The Ultimate Tavern Pizza: A Thin 'N Crispy crust topped with sausage, pepperoni, fire-roasted peppers, onions, grape tomatoes, and parmesan-oregano seasoning, served square-cut.
  3. Spicy Chicken Sausage Tavern Pizza: Combines spicy marinara, chicken sausage, fire-roasted peppers, caramelized onions, and parmesan-oregano seasoning on a Thin 'N Crispy crust, served square-cut.
  4. Double Pepperoni Tavern Pizza: Includes sweet marinara, classic pepperoni, and crispy cupped pepperoni, topped to the edge on Thin 'N Crispy crust, and finished with parmesan-oregano seasoning.

This menu update showcases Pizza Hut's commitment to innovation in the pizza retail market in India, offering customers new flavors and a contemporary take on a classic pizza style.

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