4 Most Expensive Pizza Chains, According To Customers – Eat This Not That
At its best, pizza conjures up images of swirling dough, splashes of red sauce and someone wearing a chef’s hat exclaiming “this is love!” with a strong Italian accent.
But it turns out that when the pizza costs one more, customers do not always have the same romantic perception. The price of everything from food to labor is on the rise, and the big pizza chains are feeling it. Unfortunately, they also pass these higher costs on to their customers. And while prices vary from brand to brand, there are several big pizza chains whose customers are particularly disappointed. Why? Because the increase in price of their pies does not come with an increase in value.
Read on to find out the five most expensive pizza chains, according to who is ordering.
Poor Pizza Hut. We recently did an in-depth analysis of most overpriced fast food brands in general, and The Hut was the only pizzeria to make the list. Its prices are higher than Domino’s and Papa Johns, but the quality is apparently not superior enough to justify the difference.
As one Redditor put it, after saying they were going to take their money to Little Caesars or Domino’s, “Pizza Hut is on a crash course to go broke.”
Even Domino’s, with its loyal fanbase, seems to be veering into overpriced territory. There are a lot of Reddit and Twitter buzz about Domino being too expensive for what you end up getting.
The chain also made changes to two of its best-known value deals this year, making them much less valuable. The $7.99 to-go offer has been removed from stores and is now only available online, while the $5.99 Mix and Match combo is now priced at $6.99.
Additionally, the channel’s prices are expected to continue to rise throughout 2022.
California Pizza Kitchen is a fast food chain rather than a fast food chain, but according to some, even the high experience doesn’t make up for the fact that the pie itself costs more than it’s worth. As one Redditor wrote, “I’ve noticed over the past decade… [the] the pizza is getting more and more expensive but it seems to be shrinking in size.” Another added, “Love their pizza but it’s such a rip off.”
Papa Johns’ artisan specialty pizzas will set you back $21.99 per pie. Consumers have taken note of the move towards better quality, accompanied by higher prices, that the chain is making, and aren’t exactly thrilled. For a brand that was supposed to sell “better ingredients, better pizza” all along, the switch to more expensive premium pies, like the Epic Stuffed Crust, may be confusing for some.
One Redditor expressed that sentiment by calling Papa Johns “overpriced trash,” saying his pizza “isn’t even that good to justify the price.”
Kaley Roberts is a food writer. Read more