the uncertain world of change that we currently live in,
there is great reassurance in familiarity. A steep red
roofed restaurant is a beacon of comfort and cheer to any
homegrown American, who immediately recognizes the promise
of a thick crust, cheesy pizza. Since 1958, Pizza Hut has
become an icon of the American food culture.
As a testament to how enduring and endearing this familiar dining establishment
is to American eating, Pizza Hut has existed in Moab longer than most
other restaurants. Cathy Johnson, general manager since 1982, remembers
starting her career there back when there were “only a couple
of other places in town where you could go out to eat.” The Pizza
Hut here has existed longer than the tourism boom that revitalized
our little desert town, evidenced by the strong local support it still
this is a restaurant that also appeals to visitors who are looking
for a sound deal and familiar food because few people in this country
don’t recognize the gabled red roof and its popular pizza options.
Probably the most indelible images associated with Pizza Hut nowadays
are the hot cheese-laden, thick-crusted slices of pizza being pulled
out of a cast iron pan pictured in ubiquitous commercials and ads.
The Pan Pizza that the restaurant has proudly touted has a baked golden
brown crust and has become a signature pie.
The restaurant has continued expanding its options in pizza, focusing
generally on the crust. Now, the Stuffed Crust offers melted mozzarella
within the crusts’ edge (available only in large). The Thin N’ Crispy
is rolled extra thin for a crispy crust and the Hand Tossed is a compromise
between thin and thick.
Although an abundant variety of toppings are available for creating
your own pizza, another recognizable feature of dining at Pizza Hut
is their choice of the Lover’s Pizzas. The Veggie Lover’s
offers five vegetables: tomatoes, onions, peppers, mushrooms and olives.
The Meat Lover’s has six meats: pepperoni, beef, pork, Italian
sausage, ham and bacon bits. The Pepperoni Lover’s is an extravaganza
of extra pepperoni ensuring that no bite is without the spicy sausage.
And for people who aren’t worried about cholesterol or other
troubling nutritional worries, there is the Cheese Lover’s which
features 2 toppings “buried between 2 heaping layers of 100%
mozzarella cheese,” according to the menu.
you don’t know what kind of lover you are and can’t decide
on toppings, the Super Supreme offers a whopping nine toppings; a cornucopia
of all the choices.
Although most people associate the restaurant with its namesake, Pizza
Hut’s menu includes sandwiches and pastas. The PastaBakes Meals,
which are made fresh daily, are very popular, according to Johnson.
They are made up of layers of special sauce, mozzarella, and rotelli
noodles and served with breadsticks.
Another big draw for diners at the restaurant is the Salad Bar, which
can be chosen as a One Trip ($3.29), All You Can Eat ($4.29) or Carry
Out ($3.39). It’s a quick, economical way of filling up and getting
your greens. The bar features an abundance of choices, including lettuce,
cauliflower, peaches, cottage cheese, crackers and dressings. Johnson
takes pride in the freshness of the ingredients, which are replaced
often throughout the day.
Along with the salad bar, Pizza Hut offers other quick lunch items,
including a 5-Minute Personal Pan Pizza Guarantee. They also offer
take-out for diners who don’t want to spend the time eating in
the restaurant. People have long associated promptness and affordability
with Pizza Hut.
a variety of economic deals, the restaurant is quite affordable, particularly
when feeding an entire family. There are four Meal Deals for set prices
according to the combination of pizza, breadsticks and soft drinks
purchased. Pizza-eaters can save on their second pie and there are
various promotions throughout the year for other deals. Because the
Pizza Hut in Moab is independently owned, not all Pizza Hut coupons
are valid here and it’s best to ask your server before you order.
Johnson is sensitive to her community needs and incorporates them as
much as possible into her managing of the restaurant. She offers a
20% discount to seniors. She’s also promoting a reading program,
in which young children up through Sixth Grade receive a booklet to
record the number of books they read. For every book a child finishes,
he or she receives a pizza.
Pizza Hut is a mainstay of American pop culture, found in most big
cities and small towns. Moab is no exception. Many restaurants have
come and gone in this desert town, but the local Pizza Hut has enjoyed
over twenty years of local and visitor support. Even in our ever-changing
microcosm of Moab, it’s comforting to know that some things remain
Pizza Hut is located on 265 South Main Street and can be reached at
(435) 259-6345. They are open every day from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 or
10:00 p.m., depending on customers. Large, One-Topping Pizzas are $12.89,
PastaBakes range between $4.99 to $5.99, and Meal Deals start at $15.49,
Dinner for Two.
of the Month
Pizza Hut does not like to disclose
their recipes, General Manager
Cathy Johnson decided to share
one of her own personal favorites
that she claims is a life-saver
for a busy working mom.)
1 package egg noodles
1 can lite chicken
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 can chicken broth
Cook noodles until they
are tender. Drain them and set aside. Drain the
can of chicken. Add the noodles and chicken to
the soup and broth in a pot. Heat to a boil,
remove and serve.