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ByNickolaus Hines/Updated: July 9, 2021 1:24 pm EDT
People can get very specific about their Domino's pizza order, and for good reason. By some counts, there are around 34 million different ways to customize your pizza. It's a lot to take in and a lot to consider, especially if you're ordering for a group rather than for a personal piece of enjoyment. That's where the Domino's specialty pizzas come in.
These tried-and-true pies satisfy (for the most part) without the added stress of being overwhelmed with options. In the best case scenario, the specialty orders are balanced and well thought out. In the worst case, the pizzas can feel like a jumble of trending food items thrown on top of pizza dough. Who was really asking for a pizza that is reminiscent of a cheeseburger, anyway? Thankfully, you have this ranking to sort the delicious from the duds without having to try every one of their specialty options.
These are all of the specialty pizzas at Domino's as of September 2020, ranked from worst to best.
Prices and availability may vary by location.
14. Domino's Cheeseburger pizza
At a bare minimum, a true cheeseburger has ground beef, cheese, and a bun. It is, by Merriam-Webster's technical definition, just a hamburger with cheese on it. Domino's take on the cheeseburger is lacking that very crucial last ingredient because, well, it's a pizza. But that's not what shoots the cheeseburger pizza straight to last place on this list of specialty pizzas. The ketchup-mustard sauce does that all on its own. To state what would feel obvious to pretty much anyone in the history of pizza, ketchup-mustard sauce does not belong on pizza.
The addition of the sauce is immediately noticeable from the smell, as are all the onions. It's easily the defining ingredient, to which a reasonable person might ask, why? According to a press release, Domino's created the cheeseburger pizza and released it in late August, 2020, for people who crave a cheeseburger but don't want something that's "cold and soggy when it's delivered." This hypothetical person would, however, be wanting a pizza, or else they wouldn't be perusing the Domino's website for dinner. The cheeseburger pizza unfortunately won't satisfy a pizza craving or a cheeseburger craving. Yet you are in luck if you have a craving for a bunch of ketchup and mustard on a hand tossed crust painted with oil and garlic.
13. Domino's Wisconsin 6 Cheese pizza
This is simply a cheese pizza by another name. Nothing against the purists who prefer cheese and nothing but cheese on their pizza, but the Wisconsin 6 Cheese doesn't bring much to the table other than lots and lots of its namesake. It's like a cheeseboard, but one where you're forced to eat every available cheese at once on a pizza crust with some tomato sauce.
Wisconsin 6 Cheese first came out in 2010 as part of the American Legends pizza line, and it was announced with a press release that assertively started with the statement, "Cheeseheads Unite!" It has mozzarella, feta, provolone, cheddar, Parmesan, and Asiago. All are great cheeses perfect for pizza, but the lack of an excitement factor is hard to get past. And then there's the issue of the name. All of these but cheddar are typically associated with Italy (where mozzarella, provolone, Asiago, and true Parmigiano cheeses all come from) or Greece (feta dates back to Ancient Greece, according to Encyclopedia Britannica) rather than Wisconsin. According to Forbes, Domino's and nearly every other big pizza chain gets its cheese from one company: Leprino Foods, which is headquartered in Denver, Colorado.
That all said, there is a time and a place for Wisconsin 6 Cheese. Namely, that time and place is either when you're with a group of extremely picky eaters, or when you have a bunch of toppings from home that you plan on adding to the top yourself.
12. Domino's Ultimate Pepperoni pizza
This specialty pizza faces the same identity problem as Wisconsin 6 Cheese. If you want a pepperoni pizza with lots of pepperoni (or an "ultimate" amount of pepperoni, if you will), then why not just order extra pepperoni? If you order from the Domino's pizza builder, it costs $9.99 for a regular medium pepperoni pizza, and $11.99 for the same pizza but with double pepperoni. A medium Ultimate Pepperoni, on the other hand, costs $15.99, according to the price checking website Fast Food Menu Prices.
Domino's says it uses a blend of pork, beef, and spices in its pepperoni, and that the Ultimate Pepperoni is made with two layers of the meat "to honor pepperoni's top spot in the pizza universe." While it's true that pepperoni is the most reliable classic topping and deserves respect as such, springing for a pie off of the specialty pizza menu that's just a pepperoni pizza with extra toppings is not going to turn any heads as an especially special order.
11. Domino's Chicken Taco pizza
This pizza sprung forth unto the world at the same time as the Cheeseburger pizza with the same intention: deliver a popular food that's not a pizza, but in the format of a pizza, according to a press release about the Chicken Taco pizza from Domino's. This one, however, does not have a sauce as atrocious as a ketchup-mustard blend. Yet instead of using the traditional Robust Inspired Tomato Sauce that Domino's uses as its standard sauce, the Chicken Taco pizza uses a blend of spices it loosely labels in the press release as "taco seasoning."
On top of the seasoning are ingredients like grilled chicken, onions, green peppers, diced tomatoes, and a mix of provolone and cheddar cheeses. What it's really missing is a big heat presence. There's always the option to add in some jalapenos to customize your order, but it's something that should be an automatic for anything claiming to be taco inspired.
On its face, the Chicken Taco has many of the ingredients required for a real taco. Except, of course, the one ingredient that truly makes a taco a taco: the tortilla. It's worth trying for the novelty of it, but it's not going to satisfy anyone craving either a pizza or a taco.
10. Domino's Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza
There are two types of sandwiches in this world: those that are better as a pizza, and those that are not. The Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza from Domino's is the latter, but barely. The pizza is topped with ranch, bacon, grilled chicken breast, tomatoes, and a mix of mozzarella and provolone cheeses. To up the cheese factor, it also has a provolone-enhanced crust. A more truthful name might be the Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch and Lots of Cheese specialty pizza.
The main argument going against this pizza is that Domino's also has a Chicken Bacon Ranch sandwich (as does Subway, but that's a debate for another time). Ranch dressing holds up better on thick sandwich bread than it does on thin pizza dough. Ranch on pizza can be a divisive conversation,but there's a reason why ranch is typically added bite by bite as a dipping sauce rather than having it sit on top: The sauce is simply a better dip than it is a main when it comes to pizza.
Still, if you're looking to feed a crowd of people who all happen to desire chicken, bacon, and ranch, then this pizza is a much more solid choice than attempting to split a sandwich of the same type six ways.
9. Domino's Philly Cheese Steak pizza
Steak on pizza doesn't always fly. The meat can be too much to bite through, leading to the awkward situation of having to shovel the rest of the piece into your mouth with a fork or, worse, your hand. That's not the case with the Philly Cheese Steak pizza from Domino's. It also avoids the trappings of the Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch pizza, because although the sandwich version of a Philly cheesesteak is a tried and true classic, the pizza version is something of its own.
Philly Cheese Steak (the pizza version) is topped with beef tenderloin steak, onions, mushrooms, green peppers, and, of course, cheese. It's provolone rather than Cheez Whiz, a "cheese" type with a long Philly cheese steak history as The Philadelphia Inquirer notes, but the adjustment works better for the pizza — at least a lot better than the forced use of a ketchup-mustard sauce to make the Cheeseburger Pizza. Domino's skipped using any traditional pizza sauce to keep it closer to the classic sandwich, though there's a case to be made for ordering a marinara dipping sauce on the side to add your own.
At the end of the day, you might run into the same problem as you do with the other specialty pizzas inspired by non-pizza foods. It won't satisfy a craving of either one of the foods individually, but in this case there's the possibility that it will start a new craving.
8. Domino's MeatZZa pizza
Don't be too confused by the double "z" in the name, as this is simply Domino's take on a regular old meat lovers pizza. Ham, beef, Italian sausage, and pepperoni (or salami if you choose to make the swap) define the pie. You might be wondering why Domino's didn't just go all out and add the rest of its meat options into the mix, and that's a fair question. Bacon and Philly steak could have upped the ante, and even adding some chicken for a white meat option would make the MeatZZa stand out some.
When it comes to specialty pizzas, though, people have to work with what they have unless they want to pay extra for additional toppings. The MeatZZa is still a hefty option with what's included if you're really looking to check off all the boxes on your meat consumption for the week. All in all, the MeatZZa is a fine standby, but it lacks any true depth to make it interesting.
7. Domino's Pacific Veggie pizza
Perhaps you're craving a salad, but also pizza. If that's the case, Pacific Veggie pizza from Domino's is the vegetarian pizza for you, as this specialty pie is pretty close to just being a salad on top of a pizza. It's topped with the traditional Robust Inspired tomato sauce, mushrooms, onions, roasted red peppers, black olives, spinach, diced tomatoes, and a blend of mozzarella, feta, and provolone cheeses. That's a lot to load on each piece, but the Pacific Veggie can handle it whether you get hand tossed, Brooklyn style, or crunchy thin crust.
What this pizza really has going for it is that it's vegetarian without being plain. There's the umami from the tomatoes and mushrooms (two very umami-rich foods, according to Umami Information Center), the salt kick from the cheese and olives, and plenty of flavor coming from the onions and peppers. Even meat lovers can appreciate, if not fully embrace, a vegetarian pizza as loaded as the Pacific Veggie pizza is. Sure, it might lead to conversations that start with, "Do I have anything in my teeth," but that alone is not a deal breaker.
6. Domino's Deluxe pizza
The Deluxe pizza from Domino's comes with pepperoni, Italian sausage, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, and mozzarella cheese. The Deluxe is essentially a very similar, but slimmed down, version of the ExtravaganZZa specialty pizza. Consider it an ExtravaganZZa-lite that's built for people who are unsure about going the full distance.
The Deluxe does play with the hits, though. Pepperoni and Italian sausage are the two ideal options for anyone looking to use only two types of meat. Pepperoni is the number one pizza topping followed by Italian sausage, according to Domino's, and the blend of pork with garlic, fennel, paprika, and chili powder in the sausage is a nice compliment to pretty much anything else typically put on pizza. The three types of veggies on top balance the pizza out to keep it from becoming too one sided like the MeatZZa or any of the veggie-only specialty options.
All in all, the Deluxe is a prime order for someone looking for a pizza that lacks any extreme ingredients and is right down the middle in terms of flavor due to an equilibrium of meat and veggies.
5. Domino's Honolulu Hawaiian pizza
Few things will make a certain subset of pizza lovers more mad than declaring allegiance to the Hawaiian pizza (which was actually invented in Canada by a Greek immigrant, but that's a different story). Truthfully, the style doesn't get enough respect when it comes to a balance of sweet and savory flavors. Domino's did more than just add "Honolulu" to the name and call it a day when it included the Honolulu Hawaiian as one of the original American Legends specialty pizzas, though. The chain adds in a couple more ingredients that may even convert some devout Hawaiian pizza lovers: ham, pineapple, smoked bacon, roasted red peppers, and a mix of mozzarella and provolone cheeses define the Honolulu Hawaiian pizza.
This all works because pineapple is a natural sidekick to pork (something the Honolulu Hawaiian has plenty of with the one-two punch of ham and bacon). Island resort luaus aren't the only places you'll see capitalize on combining sweet pineapple and savory pork. Al pastor tacos — arguably one of the best types of taco — also mix the two, as described by Tasting Table. Putting the combo on pizza to bring them together with crust and sauce is a logical, and flavorful, move. Order the Honolulu Hawaiian pizza from Domino's if you are already a Hawaiian pizza fan, but also give it a try if you're not.
4. Domino's Memphis BBQ Chicken pizza
You have to appreciate Domino's dedication to specialty pizzas that include chicken. According to the company, non-traditional toppings like chicken started in California in the 1980s as "California Pizza." Domino's isn't trying to pull the wool over anyone's eyes and knows that these types of toppings are "derided by some pizza purists," but you shouldn't deprive your taste buds of new flavor combinations solely in the name of tradition. Enter the Memphis BBQ Chicken pizza.
Throwing in a Memphis spin takes the California-inspired addition of chicken up a notch. Memphis is famous for its barbecue made with a tangy tomato-based vinegar sauce that's all about balance, according to Serious Eats. Domino's does a fine mass market take of Memphis barbecue that works on pizza. The grilled chicken and onions are enough of a topping option when you factor in the sauce and the mix of mozzarella, provolone, and cheddar cheeses. Domino's positions the pizza as "summer in a box" that can "beat back winter blues when you're longing for the carefree living of warmer months." But why restrict yourself? This pizza is a good go-to any time of year that you're in the mood for barbecue flavors and pizza.
3. Domino's Buffalo Chicken pizza
If you haven't noticed by now, Domino's has a habit of replacing the sauce first and foremost when it designs a specialty pizza. Sauce variance does indeed alter the look, feel, and taste, so the move makes sense. The Buffalo Chicken specialty pizza falls into that category of saucy, but not traditionally saucy. This pie, as the name suggests, uses Buffalo sauce, which has a vinegar acidity and lightly spicy flavor reminiscent of Buffalo, New York's most famous food. Doubling down on that association, of course, is the addition of chicken.
This is far from just a novelty pizza for people who appreciate Buffalo wings. Buffalo wings became an immensely popular bar food across the country (or, in the words of Food & Wine, "took over America") because the blend of hot sauce and butter in the sauce is hard to hate. The same is true for the Buffalo Chicken pizza from Domino's. The bread and cheese add another factor, making the experience akin to ordering a side of mozzarella sticks (or, to match the cheese used for this pizza, provolone sticks) along with your Buffalo wings and eating both as one.
2. Domino's Spinach & Feta pizza
Tomato sauce is lovely, but white pies exist for a reason: They're good. As far as meatless pizzas go, it's hard to beat the Domino's Spinach & Feta pizza. Creamy Alfredo sauce replaces a red sauce, and spinach (Domino's emphasizes that it uses young rather than mature spinach for the sweetness), onions, and a mix of feta, Parmesan, Asiago, and provolone cheeses round the pie out. It can feel just about as filling as a meat-topped pizza as well thanks to loads of cheese and the creamy sauce.
Spinach may have had a starring role as Popeye's favorite muscle-boosting food, but here it's main job is to balance out the rich dairy. Cream, cheese, and bread is a winning combination, but it can get tiresome after too many bites. The spinach (combined with the different textures and flavors of the various cheeses) keeps the Spinach & Feta specialty pizza interesting for however many pieces you choose to eat.
And while this won't win any healthy awards (even the thin crust has 240 calories per piece, according to CalorieKing), it will keep the carnivore-minded satisfied when they're ordering and eating pizza in a crowd of vegetarians.
1. Domino's ExtravaganZZa pizza
This is a solid everything-but-the-kitchen-sink type of pizza designed for those who really just can't decide what to order. Sure, it won't blow you away by featuring a carefully selected mix of complementary flavors, but it will get the job done and get the job done right. The ExtravaganZZa pizza from Domino'sis topped with pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms, black olives, and extra mozzarella. Classically inspired? Maybe not. Filling and obliging to those who love pretty much everything on their pizzas? Definitely.
The ExtravaganZZa pizza is for when you're with an indecisive crowd where the only set opinion is nothing boring. There's a lot there to pick out for the picky eaters, but it's almost always better to start with more and narrow down than to start with less and be at a loss to how to fill the missing flavors. That's what puts it ahead of the similar, but lesser, Deluxe and brings the ExtravaganZZa to the top of the specialty options.
This supreme cheese pizza is overloaded with 100% Mozzarella and gooey liquid cheese, which is topped with a generous helping of exotic herbs. A large-size Cheese Dominator pizza contains 1 pound of total cheese in it!
Pepperoni. Poll after poll, pepperoni always tops the list of America's favorite pizza toppings. When it doubt, you can't go wrong with a classic.
The best Domino's crust is the hand-tossed crust. It's somewhat thinner than the classic version this chain offers, but as it's handmade, it's not perfectly rounded. Once you bite into it, you will delight in the outside crispness and the golden-brown outer layer.
The healthiest fast-food pizza: Domino's Thin Crust with Light Cheese and Veggies. This particular pizza is the healthiest pick because it comes on a thin crust and is light on the cheese.
The pizza's texture is soft and delicious. Furthermore, the delivery speed and the quality of Pizza Hut's ingredients are far better than Domino's. Pizza Hut isn't always great though. Critics say that they generally serve smaller portions of food than Domino's.
Mozzarella is the most popular cheese option for a pizza and it has quickly become the cheese of choice for other styles, too. Since it's minimally processed, it offers a fresh taste with a light and creamy texture.
Hand-tossing a pizza tends to burst the air bubbles in the dough, so the hand-tossed crust has fewer bubbles and doesn't rise as much as the crust of a pan pizza. The pan pizza crust has a fluffy texture, similar to focaccia. 2. Crust crispiness: Both pizzas feature crispy crust.
However, according to a survey by YouGov America, pepperoni pizza is by far the most ordered pizza in the United States. Why? Pepperoni has a savory salty taste with just the right amount of spice, has a texture softer than salami, and melds perfectly with a variety of sauces, cheeses, and crust types.
This may not come as a surprise, but pepperoni is by far the most popular pizza topping in the United States. It's added to 36% of all pies, and Americans consume more than 250 MILLION pounds of pepperoni annually.
The traditional pizza sauce for most Domino's pizza restaurant pies is the Robust Inspired pizza sauce, a thick, zesty flavor redolent with garlic and other special spices. If you prefer less spicy sauces, opt for the Hearty Marinara sauce.
The key is in how much you love the crust and the taste of the dough. If you are not a fan of dough, then the hand-tossed wins. However, if you want a lot more toppings, then the pan tossed is the pizza that ends up winning.
Our Handmade Pan pizzas are made from fresh, never frozen dough that's hand—pressed into a pizza pan to create a nice, thick crust.
Pizza is best introduced after 12 months of age because it tends to be high in sodium and is a potential choking hazard. If you would like to occasionally share pizza with babies under 12 months of age, aim to limit baby's portion to just the crust.
Amer recommends sticking with a thin crust pizza for a more balanced meal. A thin crust pizza will contain fewer calories than a pizza with a thicker dough, according to Amer. "With a thin crust pizza, you'll eat a better balance of carbohydrates, protein, and fat than you would with a thicker crust," says Amer.
How did pizza get its name? Pizza could come from the Greek word “pitta” meaning “pie”, or the Langobardic word “bizzo” meaning “bite”. It was first recorded in a Latin text dated 997 in Italy and entered into an Italian-English dictionary in 1598 as “a small cake or wafer.”
If it doesn't impress you that Domino's has eight types of cheese, this certainly will: Domino's cheese was created by a true mozzarella maker with help from a professional cheese technologist and a National Cheese Institute Laureate Award winner. When you want the best, you go to the best.
At Papa John's, you'll cut 70 calories per large slice of a cheese pizza. At Domino's, a large thin-crust slice has about 60 fewer calories than a regular hand-tossed slice.
A new study is suggesting that eating pizza could actually help you lose weight. Study participants were placed on a diet that was limited to only 10,500 calories per week. Keep in mind that the average American man consumes nearly 18,000 calories each week.
"We dissected our pizza, then reinvented it from the crust up," then-CEO Dave Brandon told the news outlet. "We tried scores of different sauces, cheeses, and doughs, with the idea of improving each of them."
Pizza Hut's declining sales were due in large part to the pandemic, which closed hundreds of locations across the country. The chain's largest franchisee also declared bankruptcy, which caused the company to lock the doors, shutter 300 locations, and offer up another 927 locations for sale.
Parmesan cheese has an intense flavor so a little goes a long way. It tastes great with so many ingredients too.
Sicilian pizza, also known as "sfincione," provides a thick cut of pizza with pillowy dough, a crunchy crust, and robust tomato sauce.
- 1.1 Gluten Free.
- 1.2 Deep Pan Crust.
- 1.3 Classic Crust.
- 1.4 Thin n Crispy.
- 1.5 Cheesy Crust.
- 1.6 Puff Crust.
Domino's Hand Tossed crust is a win-win for those who crave a crust that's thicker than the Crunchy Thin Crust pizza but thinner than the Handmade Pan pizza. And ordering a Hand Tossed pizza just the way you like it has never been easier.
First up is our nation's capital and the tastemakers of London seemed to favour the most popular item on the Domino's menu: the humble Pepperoni Passion®. Every month over a thousand hungry city-dwellers are craving a pepperoni pizza.
Tastes like plain cheese pizza. Whole tomato slices are refreshing and the crust brings the taste of the pizza oven into your mouth. I like the bit of char and the balsamic is nice. Balsamic is good but crust is soggy.