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The Top 5 Worst Chain Pizza Restaurants in America

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Which chain pizza restaurants are the worst? There are plenty to choose from.

Which chain pizza restaurants are the worst? There are plenty to choose from.

With so many mom-and-pop pizzerias in America serving up high-quality pizza made with fresh ingredients, hand-tossed dough, and love, it still surprises me that anyone would order mediocre pizza from a chain pizza restaurant.

I've put together a list of the top five worst chain pizza restaurants in America to expose these joints for producing and selling cardboard-flavored bread topped with just about anything and cleverly disguising it as pizza. Shame. I wish I had more space for more—maybe even a top 10. Let's get started.

Pizza Hut

Pizza Hut

#5 Pizza Hut

Coming in at the fifth worst chain pizza restaurant is Pizza Hut. Who wants to eat pizza in a hut, anyway? I rank them the least worst due to their ever-changing menu. The menu changes rapidly, allowing them the chance to produce a product that is actually decent. The new Detroit-style pizza is one such item. It's pretty hard to mess up a Detroit-style pizza, and Pizza Hut serves up a pretty good rendition. I also added points for fresh toppings and ingredients. "No one out-pizzas the Hut"? I don't think so.

Papa John's

Papa John's

#4 Papa John's

Coming in at number four is Papa John's. With the slogan, "better ingredients, better pizza," I have to disagree. Where I come from, I wouldn't even call what they serve pizza. Conveyor belt pizza isn't pizza. If you have to serve dipping sauce with your pizza, it means your pizza is lacking. Papa John's should stick to cheesy bread sticks and give everyone a break from mediocre, floppy bread with toppings. The best thing at this place is the pepperoncini pepper included in the box!

Domino's

Domino's

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#3 Domino's

As the third worst pizza chain in America, Domino's is bringing faux pizza to the American masses at an unbelievable rate of 400 million pizzas per year. Yikes! Imagine, all of those poor suckers missing out on amazing real pizza from the corner mom-and-pop pizza joint. Sad. Dominos is another conveyor belt pizza restaurant, famous for its floppy crust pizzas with too many artificial colorings and flavorings. To think they offer a pizza called "Brooklyn style." Harumph! Never!

Little Caesar's

Little Caesar's

#2 Little Caesar's

Second place is still a loser when it comes to being placed on this top 5 list of the worst chain pizza restaurants in America. A five-dollar pizza today equals five trips to the bathroom tomorrow. Imagine the lack of quality ingredients in a pizza that costs less than a gallon of gas. If there wasn't already a number one worst pizza chain listed, Little Caesar's, you would be it!

Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese

#1 Chuck E. Cheese

We finally have a winner, or a loser, depending on how you look at it. The #1 position in the worst pizza chain restaurant proudly belongs to Chuck E. Cheese. This pizza joint cleverly disguised as an arcade has been providing families with tomato sauce and cheese-covered cardboard since 1977. A large pizza will set you back at least $14.

Consumer Affairs reports over 170 negative reviews ranging from poor service to cold pizza. Do you know how you can get worse pizza than Chuck E. Cheese pizza? Try eating cold Chuck E. Cheese pizza. This place is trash. Save your hard-earned dough and head to your nearest pizza joint for some crisp, hot, freshly made pizza, "made from real dough."

What Do You Think?

There you have it: the five worst chain pizza places in America. How about you? Do you agree with my assessments or not? Your comments are always welcome.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2022 Charles Kikas

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