The Australian Delivery Pizza Taste Challenge

Disclaimer: The pizzas in this Ultimate Delivery Pizza Taste Challenge were organised and provided for by Domino’s. The test subjects were duely informed as such prior to participating and not financially compensated for their participation. This is not a sponsored post.

 

Pizza – one of Italy’s most ubiquitous contributions to the culinary world. The humble pizza has experienced a range of fads and trends from the deep pan pizza to stuffed crust to frozen, but whatever the changes, everyone recognises a pizza. Blame it on pop culture, such the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future or She’s All That. Pizza is everywhere and Australians eat approximately 10 hectares of pizza annually. That’s a LOT of pizza. 

After conducting The Australian Supermarket Spaghetti Test, I was invited to conduct a test taste challenge with pizzas by Domino’s. Well, why not? Everyone eats pizza, right?

 

The Contenders

In the Australian Delivery Pizza Taste Challenge, we’ve chosen three delivery pizza companies you’re mostly likely to have access to in Brisbane.

We’ve also picked two popular flavours from each to compare: the Supreme and Meatlovers.

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Assessment criteria

  • Toppings
  • Cost
  • Nutrition
  • Delivery
  • Comments

Toppings

So toppings. I’m not particularly pedantic about my pizza toppings (anchovies? Love them!), but I know a couple of people who have elevated this to a religious calling. So here’s a comparison of toppings on each company by the flavours. Meatlovers is pretty standard across the three companies, but there is a slight difference when it comes to what goes on the Supreme.

Eagle Boys Pizza Hut Dominos
Meatlovers Streaky bacon

Pepperoni

Beef

Sausage

Shredded ham

Cheese

BBQ sauce

Bacon rashers

Pepperoni

Beef

Italian sausage

Ham

Mozzarella (cheese)

BBQ sauce

Rasher bacon

Pepperoni

Ground beef

Italian sausage

Smoked leg ham

Mozzarella

BBQ Sauce

Supreme Pepperoni

Beef

Sausage

Pineapple

Capsicum

Spanish red onion

Mushrooms

Kalamata olives

Cheese

Tomato sauce

Pepperoni

Beef

Italian sausage

Pineapple

Capsicum

Onion

Mushroom

Kalamata olives

Mozzarella (cheese)

Tomato sauce

Ham

Pepperoni

Ground beef

Italian sausage

Pineapple

Capsicum

Mushroom

Mozzarella

Oregano

Rasher bacon

Cost

This information was provided on each delivery docket and receipt.

Eagle Boys Pizza Hut Dominos
Meatlovers $10.95 $11.95 $22.95
Supreme $10.95 $11.95 $12.95
Delivery $8.00 $8.00 $0
Total (including GST) $29.90 $31.90 $35.90

While Domino’s doesn’t appear to charge for delivery, they are still the most expensive of the three. I suspect charging $22.95 for the Meatlovers has the delivery charge bundled in it.

Since we haven’t ordered delivery pizzas in awhile, I was actually pretty surprised 2 large pizzas now costs upwards of $30. No wonder we always ordered with the pick-up option.

 

Nutrition

This nutritional information was obtained via the companies’ respective websites.

Eagle Boys Pizza Hut Dominos
Meatlovers 6116 kJ 7542 kJ  5672 kJ
Supreme 5147 kJ 6816 kJ  5320 kJ

No surprises that the Meatlovers has a lot more energy than Supremes.

Delivery

All three providers were instructed to make their delivery at 12:30pm to an inner-city Brisbane office location with no parking instructions.

Pizza Hut arrived the earliest at 12:20pm. However the driver called me while enroute without a greeting or identifying himself, so there was a little confusion when I first took the call on my mobile. He also asked for me to come down to pick it up, because he was in a car and didn’t know where to park.

Dominos was the next to arrive just on 12:30pm. He also called me enroute, but he managed to find a park and at least brought the delivery to the building lobby.

Eagle Boys was 10 mins late at 12:40pm, but while the delivery man didn’t call me, he did make his own way up to the appropriate level to make the delivery right into the office.

Comments

To ensure as much unbiased opinions as possible, I accepted all the deliveries and re-plated them onto identical plain white plates. I labelled underneath each plate with the corresponding company from which it came with masking tape and a Post-it with a number on top, so we could have a big reveal after everyone had a bit of a say about the taste and everyone could easily reference the pizzas with a number identifier.

The Ultimate Delivery Pizza Taste Challenge

I invited everyone in my office to participate in the Australian Delivery Pizza Taste Challenge, on the condition they should allow me to share their comments. These subjects come from all walks of life and each mentioned they have had pizzas from at least one of these companies.

They were also informed that while these pizzas came from 3 different companies, they were organised and paid for by Dominos.

Everyone was invited to have as much or as little pizza as they wanted from whichever plate they wanted. Here is what they said:

  • Pizza Hut’s Meatlovers (Pizza 2) had too much BBQ sauce, but one commented it looked the best.
  • Two participants mistook Pizza Hut’s Meatlovers (Pizza 2) for Domino’s and one person mistook Domino’s Meatlovers for Pizza Hut.
  • Two participants said Eagle Boys’ Meatlovers (Pizza 3) tasted ‘synthetic’ and ‘cheap’.
  • Two people commented Eagle Boys’ Supreme (Pizza 4) was ‘revolting’ and ‘dry’. One comment was that there were only 3 olives. Four people commented the toppings were concentrated in the middle, leaving a 5cm ring of plain cheese base around the circumference. This apparently is an unforgivable faux pas for pizza consumers, so pizza makers are to take note – always spread the toppings to the edge.
  • A few people thought Domino’s Supreme (Pizza 5) could’ve been cooked longer, but that it still tasted better than Eagle Boys’ Supreme (Pizza 4) and Pizza Hut’s Supreme (Pizza 6).
  • Domino’s Supreme (Pizza 5) had too much pineapple and the bright red skins from the sausages were still on (someone thought it was confetti and ‘looked weird’). Three people said this pizza needed to be cut better.
  • Only one colleague correctly identified every pizza and its origins. He said he could easily tell which ones were from Eagle Boys as he finds they use ‘grainy meat’.
  • Another colleague said he could recognise the Pizza Hut’s Meatlovers, because they use Masterfoods BBQ sauce which is characteristically sweeter than other brands.
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Eagle Boys’ Meatlovers (Pizza 3)

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Eagle Boys’ Supreme (Pizza 4)

The Verdict

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Two people declared Pizza Hut’s Supreme (Pizza 6) was best, while two others disagreed and said Domino’s meatlovers (Pizza 1) was best. Surprisingly, despite being the pizza with the most colour, Eagle Boys’ Supreme (Pizza 4) was the least sampled.

Oh, and pineapples on pizzas? Not popular at all.

 

Do you have a favourite pizza delivery company?

About Melissa Loh

Melissa likes many things other people might find a little strange. She blogs to get her love for creative expression out of her system, and spends the rest of her time either at work facilitating connections or in the kitchen monitoring chemical reactions that result in yummeh-ness. Read more about her here.