Pizza (pronounced peetza), is a popular Italian dish made with an oven-baked, flat, generally round, bread that is covered with tomatoes or a tomato-based sauce and mozzarella cheese. Other toppings are added according to region, culture or personal preference.
Pizza Hut, a chain of restaurants peddling the above as the main staple on its menu, has made a name for itself with its menu being appreciated by many.
Pizza Hut offers lovely ambience, great taste, amazing variety and above-average service. Lets start with the food and the menu. Being primarily a pizza parlour, I was pleasantly surprised to see a variety of choices for clientele who may not necessarily be pizza fans. This is one of its key advantages over other pizza places, making Pizza Hut a great place to go to with kids.
Pizzas are, of course, the star attraction but there are other options as well. The menu starts with a range of non-alcoholic beverages which is a wonderful accompaniment to pizza, a fact that most other pizza places ignore. Besides the standard aerated drinks, they have an interesting collection of iced teas and mocktails.
The variety of garlic breads is interesting and far superior to other pizza parlours. Do try the Garlic Bread Exotica for an exciting variation to the usual garlic bread. Or the Garlic Bread Spicy Supreme if you like things a little hot.
My friends really enjoyed the Cream of Mushroom soup. You could try it, if you like vegetables in your soup. Another surprise is the list of salads and pastas. I havent tried them, but its another feather in the cap for Pizza Hut. Getting your kid to eat some salad while tempting them with pizza!! Hmmm.. an idea worth mentioning! Im sure my mom would have carted me to this pizza joint when I was a kid!!
Then we have the Star - The Pizza itself. Personally I love thin crusts. But Pizza Hut deserves a pat on the back for their Pan bases. It lives up to their advertisement of being light and fluffy on the inside and golden brown and crunchy outside. I loved the Chicken Supreme and their Pepperoni pizza is great too! You could ask them for a 50-50 pizza and try out two of your favourite pizzas as One pizza!! At no extra cost! Their pizza is flavoured to suit the Indian palate, tending towards the spicy side. But if you like your pizza bland, Im sure they can adjust it to suit your taste. They have a good selection of both, vegetarian and non-vegetarian items so clientele of either preference is well catered to.
Next, the ambience and location are well designed. The place is spacious and tables can be joined to make room for larger groups. The room is bright and airy, giving a feeling of space and light. Its especially wonderful to go to on a rainy day when the world seems gloomy. Its a happy place and perks up your mood. The location is very visible and easy to spot. You wont miss it. The two things that could improve are the waiting area which is very small. As the place is quite crowded during regular meal times, both lunch and dinner, it would be wonderful if they could have more seating in the waiting area. And second, there is a small table-for-two, right next to the kitchen, which is very uncomfortable. I wish they would get rid of that.
Price is a higher than other pizza places, but I wouldnt mind paying a premium for the above-average service and the beautiful décor. Be prepared to shell out at least Rs. 350 per person for the pizza and an accompaniment. Worth every paise though! They do have wonderful (read cheap) options for Visa card holders though. I would definitely recommend you to use your Visa when you visit them!
Lastly and definitely not the least, the service. I would give a standing ovation to these guys. The service is at-par with that of a good restaurant. Service here is much superior to any pizza place Ive ever been to (which, believe me, is no small number). The manager is personally involved in filling in any gaps that may arise in service, which tends to happen during peak hours. From opening the door for customers to billing them, hes on top of things, which certainly deserves applause. (No, he didnt do it just for me just because Im reviewing the restaurant. I noticed him doing these things for other customers when I was enjoying my pizza). It would be great if they increased their serving staff by a few heads though. It would ease up the pressure they face during peak times.
So overall, I have given them a five star rating. Try the place out for yourself though! Oh yes, and dont forget to ring the bell (for great service) when you leave. I certainly did that, twice!!