We tried the ‘worst’ pizzas in Leicester – and it showed you shouldn’t always believe Tripadvisor

While pizza is maybe one of the best things in the world, most people have had a really disappointing one at some point. A burnt crust, a pathetic scattering of toppings or cold congealed cheese that ruins the whole experience.

We set out to find the very worst pizzas in Leicester and we started out by looking to see which pizza takeaway places had the lowest ratings on Tripadvisor. It seemed like an sensible place to start.

There were four that were jointly last, each with scores of just two out of five on the website. Two of them were Pizza Hut branches in the city – in Melton Road and Hinckley Road – one was the Domino’s near Victoria Park in London Road and the fourth was a Pizza Oven in South Wigston.

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We ignored anywhere with less than 10 reviews and stuck to places that were pizza takeaways Tripadvisor considered to be in Leicester. Assuming Pizza Hut pizzas were similar, we ignored the Melton Road takeaway and taste-tested the other three.

Incidentally, the best-rated pizza places in Leicester, each scoring five, were New York Pizza and Wings in Maidstone Road, Leicester, Pizza Punks in Bath House Lane, Martin Bros. Micropizzeria in Clarendon Park Road and Dough What in King Street.

The order of judging the worst pizzas was based on when the takeaways opened on Wednesday. Here’s how it went.

Domino’s in London Road, Leicester

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The Domino’s pizza was juicy and tasty with a ton of herbs

Among the Tripadvisor reviews of Domino’s in London Road was one that said: “I found hair in my pizza. Also not enough chicken on the pizza. Awful customer service. Wouldn’t recommend.”

Another said: “This was both burnt and cold. I had to throw it away.”

I ordered an overpriced seven-inch meatball marinara for £8.99 online and drove there, left my car in a loading bay with the hazard lights on and ran across the junction to pick up the seven-inch meatball marianara. When I asked for a VAT receipt the friendly staff member asked if I had really paid £8.99 and whether I realised I could have got it for £1.99 on the lunchtime deal. “I don’t care,” I replied. “It’s on expenses”.

But as I left I wondered how I’d feel if I’d just thrown £6 of my own money down the drain. I’d probably be heading home to slate the takeaway on Tripadvisor or something. In the car the smell coming from the pizza had me salivating.

In the past my only problem with Domino’s had been the extortionate price of everything and, sometimes, the dryness of the pizza. But this one was juicy and herby and delicious. If this was among the worst pizzas in Leicester then the city has nothing to complain about.

Since I had to try three pizzas in one day I decided it would be sensible not to eat the whole thing. Oh dear. Too late.

Pizza Hut in Hinckley Road, Westcotes, Leicester

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The Pizza Hut pizza was greasy and cheesey. Like pizza should be.

Next up was a £9.99 pepperoni feast from Pizza Hut in Hinckley Road. The service had been criticised on Tripadvisor but I had a very friendly server. As I walked in he called out from the back, “Mr Tom? Yes, your pizza is ready! Enjoy your food. Goodbye!”

The flavour was pretty good, the pizza was loaded with cheese and it nice and greasy, which is important, I think. While one person on Tripadvisor complained their pizza was “absolutely disgusting” and “barely warm” with “dough hard and like rubber” the pizza I had was very tasty and certainly not “burnt to a crisp” with “toppings all over the place”.

One negative review said the pizza was “sliced like someone had done it with their feet” and I had to agree it wasn’t a great slicing job. But the taste was pretty great. I managed to stop myself halfway through but couldn’t resist picking off the beautifully greasy, slightly crunchy slices of pepperoni from the abandoned half.

Pizza Oven in Canal Street, South Wigston

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A chicken and mushroom pizza from Pizza Oven. Stinky box, great crust

The last place I tried, because it only – supposedly – opened at 4pm was Pizza Oven. As you’d expect, the website wasn’t quite as slick as the other two sites but it did come with a seemingly amazing tool telling you – down to the precise second – when you pizza would be ready. I timed my drive down to South Wigston to arrive as it came out of the over but unfortunately it hadn’t even gone in the oven yet.

“Can you come back in 20 minutes,” the man in the takeaway told me. “I’ve only just got your order, sorry”.

Luckily, since I’d already eaten quite a bit of pizza in the past five hours I wasn’t devastated to wait and I went for a little country drive. Heading home 25 minutes later with the pizza on the seat next to me, the smells were far less tempting than before – there was an odd chemical odour.

Maybe this one would really be a disgusting pizza. I hoped so. But, while the chicken and mushroom pizza tasted a little bland to start with after all the spicy meat earlier in the day, the pizza was actually pretty great.

The odd chemical smell was still lingering but after very careful sniff analysis I concluded it was coming from the box rather than the food. In fact the pizza had the best crust of all the supposedly terrible pizzas I’d eaten that day. It had a real light, crispyness to it that was addictive. And yes, I scoffed it all down.

In conclusion, none of them tasted bad or were even close to being the worst pizza in Leicester. Maybe I just like pizza too much.

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