January 4, 2012 by Ashlee Clark Thompson
There are different levels of quality when it comes to ordering restaurant pizza.
One level down, there are the national chains, which are reliable, but lack a certain zing.
Then there is Little Caesars.
Little Caesars gets a bad rap for its thriftiness. For five bucks, you can walk into the store and grab a large pizza without much of a wait, hence the restaurant’s motto, “Hot and Ready (insert dirty joke here).” Throw in an extra $3, and you can get a meat lover’s pizza.
Now, Little Caesars isn’t gourmet — there’s a little Roman man running all over the boxes, for crying out loud. The pizzas are kind of plain and leave grease spots on the box. But when my husband and I were low on cash but wanted the small thrill of a carry-out pizza, we frequented the Little Caesars less than five minutes from our house.
But here’s how you make that pizza a little more special: the Italian Trifecta.
- Crushed red pepper
- Italian seasoning blend
- Parmesan cheese
I keep these three ingredients on hand to fancify (yep, fancify) a plain Italian-like dish. Little Caesars steps into DiGiorno territory once you sprinkle this magical blend onto a slice. I’ve also used the Italian Trifecta to restore the magic in leftover pasta dishes from other restaurants — and even my mother’s house.