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PLANO, Texas, June 18, 2024 ~ Pizza Hut® has announced its latest menu innovation, the Chicago Tavern-Style Pizza, along with a major transformation of their toppings menu. This marks the biggest overhaul of toppings in over a decade for the popular pizza chain. Pizza Hut is proud to be the first global pizza chain to offer a Tavern Pizza, as well as being the first global QSR pizza brand to offer Chicken Sausage, Pesto Swirl and Spicy Sauce as permanent topping options.

Under the leadership of Rachel Antalek, Pizza Hut's new Chief Food Innovation Officer, the brand is ushering in a new era with the addition of this thin-crust style and unique toppings. These new offerings are now available on menus nationwide.

The tavern-style pizza originated in Chicago in the 1930s and quickly became a favorite among patrons of local taverns. The thin-crust style was often served in squares by bartenders as a way to entice customers to stay longer. In recent years, this style has gained popularity among pizza lovers of all ages for its crispy texture and shareable size. Pizza Hut's take on this classic style offers a modern twist with four delicious recipes: Pesto Margherita, The Ultimate, Spicy Chicken Sausage, and Double Pepperoni.

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According to Antalek, these new additions represent a bold step forward in their culinary mission to provide customers with innovative and delicious options. "Tavern is not just a pizza; it is a culinary trend that reflects the excitement of today's pizza scene," she says. "We have perfected these recipes to pay homage to Chicago's hundred-year-old style in a modern way while pushing the boundaries of what's possible in a pizza with fresh new toppings and flavors."

In addition to the four new tavern-style pizzas, Pizza Hut is also introducing eight new toppings and sauces as permanent additions to their menu. These include Spicy Marinara Sauce, Pesto Sauce Swirl, Chicken Sausage, Fresh Diced Garlic, Grape Tomatoes, Caramelized Onions, Fire Roasted Peppers, and Crispy Cupped Pepperoni. These toppings can be enjoyed on the new tavern-style pizzas or added to any custom pizza order.

The four new Chicago Tavern-Style Pizza recipes are available at participating Pizza Hut locations nationwide starting at $12.00 for a large pizza. Customers can also create their own one-topping Chicago Tavern-Style Pizza. For more information and to find your nearest Pizza Hut location, visit

Please note that pricing, participation, and availability may vary. Additional charges may apply for extra toppings and cheese. Prices may be higher in certain locations, including California. The new recipes are not available on Big New Yorker or Gluten-Free crusts.

Pizza Hut's latest menu innovation and toppings transformation are sure to excite pizza lovers everywhere. With their commitment to providing fresh and innovative options, Pizza Hut continues to be a leader in the pizza industry.
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