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Pesto Adds Subtle Zip To Domino’s New Pizza Crust

By Ken Hoffman King Features Syndicate

This week I reached out for a new Pesto Crust Pizza from Domino’s.

Even though Domino’s is famous for its quick, 30-minute home delivery, I always phone ahead and pick ‘em up myself. Why?

1. I don’t have to tip the driver.

2. Who can wait 30 minutes? I’m hungry now!

Here’s the blueprint: sweet basil, parsley and garlic kneaded into Domino’s Classic Hand-Tossed dough, sprinkled with herbs and Romano cheese, and topped with whatever turns you on (I usually go with Italian sausage and green peppers).

Total calories: 353 per serving. Fat grams: 10.6. (As with most pizza joints, Domino’s concept of a serving is a smidgen different from mine. They think a serving is two small pieces. I think a serving is one large pizza.)

The Pesto Crust Pizza completes Domino’s trilogy of specialty crusts, riding the coattails of last year’s Roma Herb and Garlic Crunch. Like Vanessa Williams’ hit song, they went and saved the best for last.

The Pesto Crust Pizza combines the best elements of its predecessors. It’s like that spaghetti sauce commercial.

Garlic? It’s in there.

Romano cheese? It’s in there.

Italian spice? It’s in there.

The Pesto Crust Pizza is so special that Domino’s had to put some restrictions on it. You can only buy a large pizza, which costs about $9.99 with a coupon. And it’s available only in Hand-Tossed dough. No Thin ‘n’ Crispy, no Deep Dish.

Better hurry, though. These off-the-menu crusts usually go bye-bye in a couple of months.

Since I usually don’t like green food, I was shocked that I enjoyed the Pesto Crust Pizza so much. I just don’t trust green food; it’s too healthy, and my system can’t handle it. Once I ate some spinach by accident and missed a whole week of work.

But the pesto adds a subtle zip to Domino’s pizza without making such an impact that the crust overwhelms the toppings.

That’s the case with Pizza Hut’s Stuffed Crust Pizza, where the crust is the whole show. It’s the only pizza where the family dog gets the good junk in the middle and people fight over the crust.

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