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Pizza Hut launches tavern-style pizza in U.S.

By Colleen Cross   

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Plano, Texas – Pizza Hut has introduced Chicago tavern-style pizza at U.S. locations.

Pizza Hut said in a press release it is the first international pizza chain to offer a Tavern Pizza and the first international QSR pizza brand to offer chicken sausage, pesto swirl and spicy sauce as permanent topping offerings.

The origins of the tavern-style pizza date back to Chicago in the 1930s. It became a staple within taverns with bartenders serving up the thin-crust pizza style cut into squares, often for free, in an effort to keep patrons staying longer. In recent years, the style has grown in popularity.

Pizza Hut’s take on the style is available in four recipes: Pesto Margherita, The Ultimate, Spicy Chicken Sausage and Double Pepperoni.


“These menu additions represent a bold step forward as part of our culinary mission to bring our guests modern innovation that embraces what we know our customers are loving and looking for in a pizza,” said Rachel Antalek, chief food innovation officer at Pizza Hut. “Tavern is not just a pizza; it is a culinary trend that reflects the excitement of today’s pizza scene.”

The brand also has introduced eight new toppings and sauces: Spicy Marinara Sauce, Pesto Sauce Swirl, Chicken Sausage, Fresh Diced Garlic, Grape Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Fire Roasted Peppers and Crispy Cupped Pepperoni.


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