The P’Zone -- Pizza Hut’s version of a calzone -- is back. Ben Wyatt is more excited about this revelation than he was about the Cones of Dunshire, and I am too. Though Pizza Hut is doing a bit of a song and dance I’ve seen before (ahem, McDonald’s always touting the limited availability of McRibs), I’m more than happy to board this nostalgia train that takes me back to when P’Zones first launched, 17 years ago.
The three new -- or should I say relaunched -- P’Zone flavors are pepperoni (self-explanatory), meaty (which contains all the meats: pepperoni, ham, beef, pork, and Italian sausage), and supremo (Italian sausage, green peppers, and red onion with cheese). The return of the P’Zone coincides with March Madness, which makes sense because Pizza Hut is official and only pizza sponsor of the NCAA tournament and also because, for some reason, people really need to carbo-load for the long weeks of watching other people play basketball.
“March Madness is one of the most captivating sports moments of the year,” Marianne Radley, Pizza Hut’s chief brand officer, said in a statement. “Even if your team doesn’t advance in the tournament, the comeback of the P’Zone is something we know all fans can rally around.”
To see if she’s right, we had to investigate firsthand. I set out to try the rereleased P’Zones to see if they evoked the same joy they did for me when I was eight, especially with their new price point of $5 (when P’Zones were first re-released back in 2008, they cost $6.99, according to reporting by Food Beast). Here are my findings, ranked in order from my least favorite to the best one (there’s only three, but still).