Ranking when it's fresh: 2
The best way to eat the leftovers: Once again, the toaster oven comes through
I'll admit I stopped eating Pizza Hut regularly after I absolutely dominated its reading program, BOOK IT!, in fifth grade and got myself some free pie. And it's especially shocking because this pizza is almost inedible when eaten cold. It tastes like it's been sitting on a kitchen counter for a day, and not in a fridge. It tastes… off.
It also tastes horrible coming out of a microwave. Do not microwave this pizza. With one weirdly notable exception, it ruined every single piece of pizza I ate for this story. It turns most cheese into gum. But hold on, things are about to get better. Coming out of a pan, this tastes good! The crust is crispy. The cheese is hot and delicious. But there's a better way if you have a toaster oven. And you should -- it's completely worth the investment.
Something great happens to Pizza Hut when it's toasted 24 hours after you buy it. Its pies are a little thicker than your average pizza chain, and that works to its advantage as the sauce and cheese taste 100x better on the thick crust from when I ate it hot the night before.
Pizza Hut is one of those pies that improves with age, like a fine wine, or a Susan Sarandon. It's not my favorite chain pizza, but slide a slice in a toaster oven a day after buying it, and you're in for a revelation at dinner. Or if we're not kidding ourselves, breakfast.
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