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L.A. Pizza Huts are giving away stuffed-crust pizzas (without the pizza part)

Pizza-less stuffed-crust pizza is still free pizza.

Stephanie Breijo

Fans of stuffed-crust pizza know it’s all about one thing: that molten mozzarella-like cheese that oozes from what is, traditionally, the most boring zone of the pie (apologies to crust die-hards). This week, you can skip right to the best part.

Twenty-five years ago the mad geniuses at Pizza Hut created—nay, demanded—more from pizza crust, giving us the glory that is stuffed crust pizza and a “crust first” ad campaign so ubiquitous in the ’90s that even Casper the Friendly Ghost and Donald Trump got in on the action. Of course you don’t need a floating body, formal attire or a garish penthouse to bite into stuffed-crust pizza, and in L.A. this week you don’t even need to order it.

Today through Thursday, two L.A. Pizza Hut locations are giving away a pizza-less stuffed-crust pizza—meaning just a ring of cheese and bread, inarguably the best part—with any purchase of $10 or more. The new “Nothing But Stuffed Crust” is available only in L.A. and Dallas, and it’s getting handed out to the first 50 customers a day at each location.

Here in Los Angeles, crust-first evangelists can find the bizarre-but-we’re-not-complaining creation in Mid-City (1555 S Western Ave) as well as Hollywood (6660 Sunset Blvd). Just note: This giveaway is for takeout and curbside pickup only, so skip the delivery apps if you’re hoping to snag one of these circles. 

If you’re not one of the first 50 customers each day—or you live outside of L.A. or Dallas—you can find actual, entire stuffed-crust large pizzas on sale for $11.99 nationwide. As illustrated by Casper and his ghost crew, that’s practically 1995 pricing.

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