The crust: Obviously this is the one and only variable that really matters here, being that the cheese and topping options are no different from the regular pies. There's definitely a buttery taste profile going on with this crust, reminiscent of Pizza Hut, although in texture not quite as dense or "fried-tasting" as the Hut's , while Domino's crust achieves richness without being overly greasy or processed tasting. At this point, we'd say it's probably their best crust option to date, trumping the heavier-tasting deep dish style, hand-tossed and thin crust.
The sauce: The tomato sauce used on the pan pies is no different than the sauce used on all the others, however for some reason, in contrast with the relatively fresh-tasting crust, tasted a bit more processed (and a tad more bitter) than it might normally. Not a total fail, but could definitely used a bit of sweetness to round out the canned tomato paste flavor.
Toppings: Toppings were the same as they normally are, no special options for the pan pie so we got a mix of veggies on one pie and pepperoni and half cheese on another. Domino's could use a little work in the fresh veggie department, but generally speaking, the toppings met expectations.
Overall: The entire tasting panel over here was impressed with the overall taste of the new pan option. If you're going to order Domino's at all, and you're a fan of pan pizza, you might make this a serious consideration.
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