What if I told you that I had found a traditional, authentic Old World dish that delivered the perfect balance of carbs, protein and fat; was packed with vitamins and minerals; had ingredients that had been shown to lower your risk of disease; was super affordable; and could shrink your waistline by providing a delicious and filling dinner for a mere 400 calories or so? Surely, you’d think I’d just discovered the Holy Grail of nutrition. But in fact, what I’d just discovered was pizza.
Pizza as the Italians make it, that is. Here in America, where chains like Pizza Hut and Papa John’s make it a contest to see which one can come up with the most caloric concotion of this simple dish, pizza has turned into at times a gnarly nutritional nightmare that can pack more than half a day’s worth of calories and nearly a day’s worth of sodium. So we couldn’t help but be intrigued when we heard the news that Domino’s just opened up a pizza delivery shop in Milan.
Thankfully, the chain is one of the healthiest pizza chains in America, making a recent effort to slim down their pies. But you'll still find calorie bombs in surprising places. To help you navigate the Domino’s menu, the team at Eat This, Not That! took every item into our food lab for analysis. Don’t order up another pie, sandwich, salad or dessert until you read this! (And note: All nutritionals below are for two slices of a medium pizza, hand-tossed. For an even greater calorie savings, order the gluten-free crust or Brooklyn style, but never go for “thin” or “handmade pan”—doing so adds 60 calories or more per slice!)
And to quickly burn off those slices of pepperoni—without days in the gym—don’t miss this list of the essential 55 Best-Ever Ways to Speed Up Your Metabolism—Fast!
FIRST…THE WORST PIZZAS
#8 Worst Pizza at Domino’s
Fiery Hawaiian Pizza (two medium slices)
500 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,520 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 24 g protein
Say aloha to this pizza—as in “see ya later”! Although the calorie is in line with some of the best at Domino’s—at 250 per slice—the Fiery Hawaiian has the second-highest sodium count on the menu—more half-a-day’s worth for two slices!—because of the salty meats (ham, smoked bacon) and hot sauce slathered over pineapples and roasted red peppers. For your next luau, order the Honolulu Hawaiian instead—same pizza with no hot sauce and 180 mg less sodium.
#7 Worst Pizza at Domino’s
Philly Cheese Steak Pizza (two medium slices)
520 calories, 26 g fat (12 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,140 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 22 g protein
With a decent balance of protein (sliced steak, the healthiest meat on the menu besides chicken) and veggies (onions, green peppers and mushrooms), this could have been one of the Best. But the two cheeses—provolone and American—and a provolone crust up the fat content. In the end, two slices have as much fat and sodium as a real Philly cheesesteak—with 30 grams less protein! Speaking of protein, choose the right one and start burning fat today—start with this amazing list of The 29 Best-Ever Proteins for Weight Loss!
#6 Worst Pizza at Domino’s
Buffalo Chicken Pizza (two medium slices)
540 calories, 24 g fat (13 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,300 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 24 g protein
Two of the best bar foods come together to create one of the worst pizzas at Domino’s. Despite the healthy chicken breast topping, and some heart-healthy onions, the three fatty cheeses (American, provolone and cheddar) make this a buffal-no.
#5 Worst Pizza at Domino’s
Bacon Cheeseburger Feast (two medium slices)
540 calories, 26 g fat (11 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,180 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 24 g protein
A remnant from the days when Franken-foods were all the rage, this meat-fest is thankfully just a pizza topped with bacon and ground beef. (Hey, it could have been a burger with pizzas for buns.) Still, with 13 grams of fat per slice—about two more than we’d like—this is one cheezburger you can’t has. By the way, sometimes, fat isn’t bad: click here to discover the essential list of the 20 Best Full-Fat Foods for Weight Loss!
#4 Worst Pizza at Domino’s
MeatZZa Feast (two medium slices)
560 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,520 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 24 g protein
Featuring every meat on the menu except the healthiest ones (steak, chicken), this pie gets our blood pressure boiling—literally. Topped with pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage and beef, it has nearly half-a-day’s worth of sodium and zero veggies. Afterwards, you’ll go right to ZZZ.
#3 Worst Pizza at Domino’s
Ultimate Pepperoni Feast (two medium slices)
520 calories, 26 g fat (11 saturated, 0 g trans), 1,300 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 22 g protein
Made with two layers of pepperoni sandwiched between the cheese, this pie doesn’t double the damage done by a build-your-own pepperoni pie, but you will down 45 more calories and 4 grams more fat. Are those extra slices of salami worth an extra half-hour on the treadmill the next morning?
#2 Worst Pizza at Domino’s
ExtravaganZZa Feast (two medium slices)
580 calories, 28 g fat (13 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,540 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 26 g protein
Despite being the most caloric “Feast” at Domino’s, the ExtravaganZZa isn’t the worst pizza overall. Yet it has the highest sodium count and ties for the most saturated fat, thanks to the “loads of” pepperoni, ham, Italian sausage, beef, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and black olives topped with extra cheese. Which pizza could be worse than this?
AND THE #1 WORST PIZZA ON THE DOMINO’S MENU IS…..
Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza (two medium slices)
640 calories, 36 g fat (13 saturated, 0 g trans), 1,240 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 28 g protein
Meet the unhealthiest pizza at Domino’s—one they call an “American Legend.” And it’s a legend for all the wrong reasons. This slice has more calories and more fat than any pizza on the menu. And we discovered the hidden reason why: Domino’s takes a healthy grilled chicken breast, adds some smoked bacon and tomatoes, and then drizzles on a “garlic parmesan white sauce” that’s made not with butter (like a traditional white sauce) but with fatty soybean oil! Learn which other foods to avoid—and which to enjoy—thanks to Insanity trainer Shaun T, Maria Menounos, Padma Lakshmi and more in these 50 Best-Ever Weight Loss Secrets From Skinny People!
AND NOW…THE BEST
#7 Best Pizza at Domino’s
America’s Favorite Feast (two medium slices)
500 calories, 24 g fat (10 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,260 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 20 g protein
Crowdsourced from their most popular toppings, this new classic—laced with pepperoni, Italian sausage and mushrooms—is as good as it gets when ordering old school flavors, resembling something we might have built ourselves….although we’d limit it to one meat, to reduce the sodium.
#6 Best Pizza at Domino’s
Wisconsin 6 Cheese Pizza (two medium slices)
500 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,040 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 24 g protein
At Domino’s, the fat and sodium counts add up quickest on the meaty pizzas, which is why you can enjoy two slices of this gooey six cheese pizza—with mozzarella, feta, provolone, cheddar, Parmesan and Asiago cheese—for only 500 calories.
#5 Best Pizza at Domino’s
Memphis BBQ Chicken (two medium slices)
520 calories, 22 g fat (11 saturated, 0 g trans), 940 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 24 g protein
Grilled chicken is the healthiest protein on the Domino’s menu, and pairs nicely here with onions, BBQ sauce, and a cheese blend made from mozzarella, provolone and cheddar. As a result, you get a nice hit of protein with a lowish sodium count. Eat This, Not That! tip: build your own medium cheese with just chicken and save 100 calories! Quick tricks like that are just one of the 25 Most Overlooked Ways to Lose Weight!
#4 Best Pizza at Domino’s
Honolulu Hawaiian Pizza (two medium slices)
500 calories, 22 g fat (10 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,160 mg sodium, 8 g sugar, 24 g protein
Named after Hawaii, invented in Canada and most popular in Australia, this one-time novelty—with sliced ham, bacon, pineapple and roasted red peppers—has become an American classic. Order one without the bacon and you get the salty pork with less sodium. (And avoid the Fiery Hawaiian pizza—one of our Worst Pizzas at Domino’s!)
#3 Best Pizza at Domino’s
Deluxe Feast (two medium slices)
460 calories, 20 g fat (8 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,100 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 18 g protein
The more loaded a pie is at Domino’s, the fewer calories it tends to pack—if there’s veggies. That’s the case here, as green peppers and onions turn what is essentially their America’s Favorite Feast pie (pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms) into a deluxe calorie-saver.
#2 Best Pizza at Domino’s
Spinach & Feta Pizza (two medium slices)
500 calories, 24 g fat (12 g saturated, 0 g trans), 920 mg sodium, 2 g sugar, 22 g protein
When Domino’s ditched their Artisan line of upmarket pizzas, we feared they’d lose our favorite one—yet it remains. Make it your new favorite, too. Crafted with spinach, onions and a creamy blend of mozzarella, Parmesan, provolone and feta, this winner has less sodium and sugar than any other pizza—and a decadent flavor, thanks to the briney feta.
AND THE #1 BEST PIZZA ON THE DOMINO’S MENU IS…..
Pacific Coast Veggie Pizza (two medium slices)
460 calories, 20 g fat (9 g saturated, 0 g trans), 940 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 20 g protein
At most fast-food restaurants, the veggie option is the least interesting. Not here. This Californian pie feels chef-created, topped with a creative mix of roasted red peppers, fresh baby spinach, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, black olives and a blend of cheeses. We’re not surprised a vegetable pizza is the #1 Healthiest Pizza at Domino’s—we’re surprised it tastes this good. For more decadent fat-burners, don’t miss this list of the 25 Best Carbs That Uncover Your Abs!
AND THE #1 BEST BUILD YOUR OWN PIZZA IS….
Grilled Chicken and Jalapeno Pepper Pizza on Brooklyn-Style Crust (two medium slices)
390 calories, 15 g fat (5 g saturated), 1,090 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 18 g protein
The grilled chicken is the leanest meat on the menu and toppings like jalapenos (or garlic, or any of the peppers) add a kick of flavor without provolone-sized calories.
#7 Worst Sandwich at Domino’s
Philly Cheese Steak
690 calories, 28 g fat (15 g saturated, 1 g trans), 2,120 mg sodium, 5 g sugar, 39 g protein
Domino’s sandwiches aren’t really sandwiches—they’re pizza toppings overloaded into an 8-inch white bread bun, each slathered with “butter flavored oil,” which is actually a soybean oil mixed with salt. That’s why every sandwich packs in nearly a day’s worth of sodium or more—and why each has 1 gram of artery-clogging trans fats. Here, this Philly Cheese Steak packs twice as much sodium as two slices of the same flavor pizza! To burn that off, you’d need these 33 Ways to Flatten Your Belly—Fast!!
#6 Worst Sandwich at Domino’s
750 calories, 30 g fat (16 g saturated, 1 g trans), 2,200 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 47 g protein
You had us at chicken—this has more protein than any other menu item—but lost us at parm. The sugar-filled mariana, and salty Parmesan, Asiago and provolone, make this one Italian job you should turn down.
#5 Worst Sandwich at Domino’s
Sweet & Spicy Chicken Habanero
800 calories, 32 g fat (17 g saturated, 1 g trans), 2,170 mg sodium, 14 g sugar, 46 g protein
Chicken: awesome. Jalapenos: cool. Pizza cheese: If you must. But the real offender here is right there in the title. The “sweet mango habanero sauce” is made with sugar, corn syrup and fruit juices, and there’s sugar coating the pineapple, too. The result is a sandwich with the highest sugar count at Domino’s.
#4 Worst Sandwich at Domino’s
Buffalo Chicken with Blue Cheese
830 calories, 41 g fat (16 g saturated, 1 g trans), 2,690 mg sodium, 5 g sugar, 42 g protein
The scariest ingredient at Domino’s isn’t the sausage or pepperoni—it’s the soybean oil, the common denominator in all the unhealthiest dishes. Here, it’s blended into the blue cheese sauce, along with salt, sour cream powder and—surprisingly—High Fructose Corn Syrup, an ingredient Domino’s normally shuns in favor of sugar.
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#3 Worst Sandwich at Domino’s
Italian Sausage & Peppers
860 calories, 45 g fat (21 g saturated, 1 g trans), 2,260 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 40 g protein
Sprinkle some sausage on your pizza once in a while, no problem. But make it the main ingredient in your sandwich, and you a meal with twice as many calories and fat—and three times the sodium—of two McDonald’s Quarter Pounders!
#2 Worst Sandwich at Domino’s
Chicken Bacon Ranch
870 calories, 45 g fat (16 g saturated, 1 g trans), 2,380 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 45 g protein
Eat This, Not That! named the Chicken Bacon Ranch the #1 Worst Pizza at Domino’s, so it’s no surprise its sister sandwich is equally vile, with more calories than any sandwich on the menu. Read on to discover why it’s not the #1 Worst.
AND THE #1 WORST SANDWICH AT DOMINO’S IS….
820 calories, 41 g fat (20 g saturated, 1 g trans), 2,700 mg sodium, 4 g sugar, 41 g protein
Although it has less fat than the Chicken Bacon Ranch, and less calories than the Italian Sausage & Peppers, the ordinary Italian—made with pepperoni, salami and ham topped with peppers, onions and provolone—comes in a shocking first place because it’s got more sodium than any other sandwich here, with as much salt as 102 Rold Gold pretzels! There’s salt in every single ingredient, except for the peppers and onions. You’d consume less sodium scarfing four slices of Domino’s #1 Worst Pizza! For more shocking calorie bombs you’re probably eating, click here for the 20 Unhealthiest Foods on the Planet!
MEANWHILE, THE #1 BEST SANDWICH AT DOMINO’S IS…
Mediterranean Veggie…cut in half
680 calories, 29 g fat (17 g saturated, 1 g trans), 2,050 mg sodium, 5 g sugar, 32 g protein
Even Domino’s “best” sandwich—hiding behind a health halo as the vegetarian option— is worse than anything on Subway’s entire menu. But slice this one in half and you have a passable lunch, with an impressive amount of protein coming from three cheeses (feta, provolone, American) melted over a high-fiber blend of roasted red peppers, banana peppers, diced tomatoes, baby spinach and onions. Health halos aren’t the only tricks marketers pull; discover the ones making you fat by clicking on these 24 Weight-Loss Myths—Busted!
#3 Worst Pasta at Domino’s
600 calories, 29 g fat (16 g saturated, 1 g trans), 1,080 mg sodium, 2 g sugar, 27 g protein
A perfectly good slice of chicken—here draped over durum wheat penne—is spoiled by a sauce. The Alfredo, a blend of water, cream and Parmesan cheese, is also made from 60 other ingredients, including artery-clogging margarine, artificial flavors and additives.
#2 Worst Pasta at Domino’s
670 calories, 35 g fat (16 g saturated, 1 g trans), 1,220 sodium, 2 g sugar, 32 g protein
Bacon normally makes everything better. But bacon mixed into this only adds more sodium and fat to what is essentially the same, nasty Chicken Alfredo.
AND THE #1 WORST PASTA AT DOMINO’S IS….
Italian Sausage Marinara
670 calories, 32 g fat (15 g saturated, .5 g trans), 1,760 mg sodium, 9 g sugar, 28 g protein
This is sausage pizza in a bowl. The only way it could get worse is if you could eat the bowl.
THE #1 BEST PASTA AT DOMINO’S IS…
Pasta Primavera…hold the sauce
670 calories, 24 g fat (11 g saturated, 0 g trans), 880 mg sodium, 20 g protein
The Pasta Primavera is as all-natural as Domino’s gets, with durum wheat penne mixed with spinach, mushrooms, onions and canned tomatoes. Just ask them to hold the Alfredo sauce. (And warning vegetarians: there’s chicken meat and chicken juices in that sauce, too.) And to blast even more belly fat, pair the pasta with an iced white tea. A study published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolism showed that white tea can simultaneously boost lipolysis (the breakdown of fat) and block adipogenesis (the formation of fat cells). The tea’s combination of caffeine and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) seems to set fat cells up for defeat. We at Eat This, Not That! love tea so much, we made it part of our bestselling new diet plan, The 7-Day Flat-Belly Tea Cleanse! Test panelists lost 10 pounds in one week!
THE #1 BEST SALAD
Chicken Caesar Salad
90 calories, 3.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 290 mg sodium, 2 g sugar, 9 g protein
Domino’s doesn’t serve salads as entreés, but that’s OK: Eat a Chicken Caesar side salad before your meal, and you’ll eat less pizza, full from the belly-filling 9 grams of protein.
FIRST, THE WORST…
#7 Worst Chicken at Domino’s
Specialty Chicken—Classic Hot Buffalo
170 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,070 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 11 g protein per 3 pieces
A mash-up of white meat and rib meat, the boneless bits in Domino’s “specialty chicken” line make for a (relatively) decent high-protein base, so we ranked them based on the healthfulness of the coating. This one’s unfortunately slathered in Ranch sauce, made with trans-fatty soybean oil and high fructose corn syrup, with salty cheeses (feta, cheddar, pizza cheese) making things worse.
#5 and #6 (tie) Worst Chicken at Domino’s
Mild Chicken Wings and Fire Chicken Wings
200 calories, 13 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,350 sodium, 1 g sugar, 17 g protein per 4 pieces
Every single chicken dish at Domino’s—except for the plain chicken wings—is coated in a sauce made of soybean oil, corn syrup or sugar, each fattening and salty enough to make any of these difficult to recommend. Shockingly, there’s also salt and sugar inside the chicken wings themselves, which is why even these orders come in with more than a half-day’s worth of sodium and as much fat as a serving of buttery Pop Secret popcorn.
#4 Worst Chicken at Domino’s
Hot Chicken Wings
200 calories, 13 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 0 g trans), 1,360 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 17 g protein per 4 pieces
Same story as the Mild and Fire wings, just wish a dash more cayenne red peppers—and 10 mg more sodium. Hot? Not.
#3 Worst Chicken at Domino’s
Sweet Mango Habanero Chicken Wings
250 calories, 13 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 0 g trans), 490 mg sodium, 11 g sugar, 17 g protein per 4 pieces
What this one lacks in sodium—it’s go the lowest count of all the chicken dishes—it makes up for in sugar and calories. How sweet it isn’t.
#2 Worst Chicken at Domino’s
Barbeque Chicken Wings
250 calories, 13 g fat (3.5 saturated, 0 g trans), 650 mg sodium, 10 g sugar, 17 g protein per 4 pieces
Hidden inside a list of 30+ ingredients is “brown barbeque sauce,” made with high fructose corn syrup. That explains why these wings have 50 needless calories more than the others.
AND THE #1 WORST CHICKEN AT DOMINO’S IS….
Specialty Chicken—Crispy Bacon & Tomato
230 calories, 16 g fat (4.5 g saturated, 0 g trans), 750 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 13 g protein per 3 pieces
This one’s coated in two kinds of cheese, bacon, tomatoes and the aforementioned “garlic parmesan white sauce” that’s made not with butter (like a traditional white sauce) but with fatty soybean oil. Avoid these even on cheat days—and start losing weight for pennies a day thanks to these 30 Foods That Uncover Your Abs for $1—Ranked.
AND NOW…THE BEST!
#4 Best Chicken at Domino’s
Specialty Chicken—Spicy Jalapeno & Pineapple
170 calories, 7 g fat (2.5 saturated, 0 g trans), 610 mg sodium, 7 g sugar, 11 g protein per 3 pieces
What make for good pizza toppings do well on chicken, too—you get sharp flavor here for few calories, despite the appearance of the sugary Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce.
#3 Best Chicken at Domino’s
Specialty Chicken—Sweet BBQ Bacon
100 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 saturated, 0 g trans), 710 mg sodium, 6 g sugar, 13 g protein per 3 pieces
High fructose corn syrup, salt, bacon, shredded cheese, bready batter—Eat This, Not That! can’t recommend this one exactly, but relative to the other chicken choices here, it’s not too clucking awful.
#2 Best Chicken at Domino’s
Plain Chicken Wings, No Sauce
190 calories, 13 g fat (3.5 g saturated, 0 g trans), 440 mg sodium, 0 g sugar, 17 g protein per 4 pieces
Here’s proof that the wings themselves are stuffed with oils and salt: Even a sauceless portion has more fat than we’d like to see.
AND THE #1 BEST CHICKEN AT DOMINO’S IS…
150 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated fat, 0 g trans), 440 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 12 g protein
Although they’re made with more ingredients that we’d normally want in our chicken—as in, more than one—these breaded niblets at least provide protein, which means you might fill up on them—and eat less pizza. And if you’re pairing them with a six-pack, you’ll need this list of The 25 Best Foods for a Hangover!
#4 Worst Bread at Domino’s
110 calories, 6 g fat (1.5 saturated, 0 g trans), 100 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 2 g protein
Ordering bread from Domino’s is like ordering a side of extra buns with your Big Mac. Why do it? Even if you order these plain breadsticks, you’re adding 11 grams of carbs to a carb-based meal.
#3 Worst Bread at Domino’s
Parmesan Bread Bites
150 calories, 4.5 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 190 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 5 g protein
Share these and you’re fine. But dip them in the wrong sauce—like Blue Cheese, which has 240 calories, or Garlic, with 250—and you’ve suddenly got a “side dish” that’s fattier than your main.
#2 Worst Bread at Domino’s
Stuffed Cheesy Bread
140 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated, 0 g trans), 240 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 6 g protein
Eat these stuffed breadsticks instead of pizza—like a calzone—and maybe you can get away with it. Add them on top of a meal, and you’re only stuffing yourself.
AND THE #1 WORST BREAD AT DOMINO’S IS…
Stuffed Cheesy Bread with Bacon and Jalapeno
160 calories, 7 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 350 mg sodium, 1 g sugar, 7 g protein
Shocker (not really): The Domino’s bread stuffed with cheese and topped with bacon is the worst. Dip these sticks in the wrong dressing and you’ve eaten the equivalent of two slices of pepperoni pizza. Speaking of scary sides, don’t miss this list of Every Fast Food French Fry—Ranked and see who wins the war between McDonald’s and Burger King!
AND AS FOR THE DIPPING SAUCES
From best to worst: You’re safe with the BBQ, Kicker Hot and Marinara Dipping Cups, each coming in at under 60 calories. The Sweet Mango Habanero Dipping Cup, at 80, is pushing it. And never take a dip in the Ranch (200), Blue Cheese (240) and Garlic (250!) flavors.
FIRST, THE TWO WORST…
Domino’s Marbled Cookie Brownie
190 calories, 9 g fat (3.5 g saturated), 120 mg sodium, 18 g sugar, 2 g protein
This is no worse than a store-bought brownie, which doesn’t make it good. Consider your pizza the night’s indulgence, and finish the meal with a square of dark chocolate.
Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake
350 calories, 17 g fat (10 g saturated, 0 g trans), 170 mg sodium, 31 g sugar, 4 g protein
With as many calories as two Krispy Kreme doughnuts—and three times the sugar of one—this volcanic eruption should be snuffed out.
AND FINALLY, THE #1 BEST DESSERT AT DOMINO’S IS….
120 calories, 6 g fat (1 g saturated, 0 g trans), 85 mg sodium, 3 g sugar, 2 g protein
Baked, not fried, these mini cinnamon breadsticks are warm, and best eaten without the icing, saving you 50 calories.