While I make it mandatory to eat like the locals on my foreign trips, on this particular day I was pressed for time near a train station in Sintra, just outside Lisbon. I could eat a leisurely lunch and miss the bus to Cascais or see what Pizza Hut in Portugal was like. I chose the later. Besides, who’s to say locals don’t go to Pizza Hut?
I thought it would be similar to what a Pizza Hut is like at US airports, but this was not the case. It was more like a Chipotle or other fast casual chain in the states. I sat down and a waiter brought me a menu. (I know, right!)
I ordered a veggie individual pan pizza, which was served in a small skillet. Even though the restaurant looked different, the pizza itself did not. One difference from the US is that corn is one of the a standard veggie toppings. It still had that “too perfect” round shape and uniformity that comes from mass production. Every bite seemed oily, although it seemed like the grease was coming from the slab of bread instead of the cheese.
The taste was slightly better than what I would expect in the states, probably because I didn’t buy it from a cheap cardboard box under hot lights at an airport, which is the only circumstance I would buy Pizza Hut pizza when in my own country. Overall, if you’re in Portugal and short on time, Pizza Hut is less bad than in the states, but still bad.