Give Me A Large Hawaiian Stuffed Crust With Anchovies and Cockroaches

The best thing that one can say about this story — in which a pizza gourmand found a cockroach cooked into the cheese of his Pizza Hut pizza pie — is that Pizza Hut found the topping completely unacceptable. Domino’s, on the other hand, would have simply initiated a marketing push to define the topping as the unique ingredient of a new California style pizza.

Also noteworthy is the fact that, from the photograph, this appears to be one of the few fast food horror stories that isn’t depressingly phoney. This isn’t some drop-a-dead-roach-in-your-food-and-scam-a-few-mil fake out we’re talking about here. That roach is baked right in there

The roach (genus Blatella germanica, if you’re wondering specifically what to ask for when you call for your next delivery) was served to a customer in Australia, which resulted in a $13,000 fine levied against Pizza Hut. Tim Eakin, Pizza Hut’s Australian lawyer, admitted it was pretty disgusting, but stressed that “[this] is not a case of dangerous food.”

Pest topping made diner’s skin crawl [SMH.com.au]

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  1. The roach probably survived the baking process too.

  2. Myron says:

    UGH. Thanks for showing that right before lunch EST.

  3. Scott says:

    The only “unusual” thing about this is that they could actually see the roach. If you eat out, you can be certain you’ve eaten a roach before, and mice turds, and spider eggs, and hair, and dirt. Even the upscale places have bugs & rodents (I used to work in a bakery when I was in college, and had a boyfriend who was a waiter; both were nice places).

    Oh yeah, one other thing: if you’re going to drink right from the bottle, you might want to go ahead and wipe that thing first… (worked in a supermarket when I was in high school – lots o’ mice babies were born inside cases of beer & soda).

    How’s that lunch sitting, Myron? ;o)

  4. thejanna says:

    Sounds like a pretty authentic Hawaiian pizza to me. I have a friend who lived in Hawaii for 3 years where they have a rather extensive roach population. She has tons of nasty roach stories, including several incidents of roaches in food. One girl even took a few licks at the “frozen pecan” in her butter pecan ice cream before taking a closer look…

  5. Paul D says:

    This is why I never eat at restaurants with low-level “mood” lighting. I want my table lit up like Christmas before I eat.

    Never eat in the dark.