The Best and Worst Menu Items at Domino's
Domino's Pizza is definitely a godsend when you are working the nine to five grind, as this fast-food chain satisfies your comfort food cravings thanks to all the delicious pizza, mouth-watering wings, and filling sandwiches found on the menu. Plus, you can't forget about ordering late night delivery pizza and game-day favorites for a crowd. However, it's wise to choose your meals carefully here if you are staying committed to your wellness goals. Foods with high sodium, sugar, carbohydrate, and calorie contents are present on the menu—and some of the worst offenders will surprise you.
To help you order the right items at Domino's, we spoke to registered dietitian Katey Davidson, MSc, RD about the best and worst foods Domino's has to offer. Here are some of the best and worst meals she recommends going with—or skipping—the next time you're looking to get your Domino's fix.
Best: Pacific Veggie; Medium Pie
When deciding on your dinner from Domino's, Davidson recommends choosing pizzas that focus on vegetables, as she says these types of pies tend to be low in calories and bring some extra fiber to your diet. Of course, the Pacific Veggie pie is one of her top picks, as it features fresh vegetables such as mushrooms, spinach, roasted red peppers, and diced tomatoes.
Best: Spinach & Feta; Medium Pie
The Spinach & Feta pie is another winner in Davidson's eyes, as she explains that adding highly-processed meat on top of your slices contributes greatly to your sodium and fat intake. To stay on that relatively healthy path, she suggests ordering this pie, which features spinach and onions, plus cheeses like feta, parmesan, and provolone.
Best: Domino's Deluxe; Medium Pie
"This pie does contain vegetables, as it contains fresh green peppers, mushrooms, and onions," Davidson says. However, she also says it's important to note that this pie does contain processed meat, making it important to limit your choice to one meat (choose either Italian sausage or pepperoni) in order to keep your meal on the healthier side.
Best: Honolulu Hawaiian; Medium Pie
This adventurous pizza may feature ham and smoked bacon, but it also does contain some fruit and veggies, thanks to the added pineapple and roasted red peppers. However, Davidson suggests that when you eat out, you're already likely to eat more calories and fat than you would at home, so this should only be a once in a while option. "This pizza may seem better than others, but by no means would it be something to have on a regular basis," she says.
Best: Wisconsin 6 Cheese; Medium Pie
Davidson notes that though this pizza may be high in calories, she suggests it will provide a good source of protein thanks its special blend of cheeses.
Best: Memphis BBQ Chicken; Medium Pie
"The Memphis BBQ Chicken pizza still will contain a lot of calories, but the meat on this pie will be less processed and a better source of protein compared to the other options on the menu," Davidson suggests.
Worst: ExtravaganZZa; Medium Pie
This pizza may be tasty since it has a generous helping of toppings ranging from green peppers, black olives, and meats like pepperoni, ham, and Italian sausage. However, Davidson says it's still a pie to avoid when dining at Domino's, as too much processed meat makes this pie high in fat and sodium.
Worst: MeatZZa; Medium Pie
This meat-heavy pie is another pizza don't if you are looking to stay strong when it comes to your wellness goals. As Davidson explains, this pizza contains high calorie and fat content because of the overly processed meats such as sausage, Italian sausage, and beef.
Worst: Cali Chicken Bacon Ranch; Medium Pie
Bacon lovers may be big fans of this mouth-watering pie that's filled with grilled chicken breast, provolone cheese, and smoked bacon. However, aside from rewarding your taste buds with rich flavor, Davidson says this pie doesn't do much else for you nutritionally.
Worst: Ultimate Pepperoni; Medium Pie
Pepperoni isn't hard to come by in this filling pie, as it features two layers of the classic meat sandwiched between a blend of parmesan, asiago, and mozzarella cheeses. And while this pizza does deliver 12 grams of protein, Davidson says it's not the healthiest pizza in the nutrition department because it has a high amount of fat, sodium, and carbs.
Worst:Ultimate Philly Cheese Steak; Medium Pie
Slices of steak and vegetables like fresh mushrooms and green peppers may be found on top of this pie, but Davidson suggests it's not the healthiest option on the menu by any means, as it's high cheese (with both American and provolone) and meat content helps keep the calories, fat, and sodium high.
Worst: Buffalo Chicken; Medium Pie
Tangy hot sauce, grilled chicken, and a blend of creamy cheeses may give this pizza a kick of flavor, but like other pies listed in the worst category, Davidson says its low fiber content and high sodium and fat component make it something to avoid if you are looking out for your waistline.
Best: Classic Hot Buffalo; 4 Pieces
When ordering the specialty chicken, Davidson says the sauces make the biggest difference. Usually, sweet sauces have more added sugar, so if you are looking to watch your sugar intake, this is something to be aware of. With this in mind, she recommends ordering the Classic Hot Buffalo at Domino's, as it is the lowest in calories, fat, and sugar.
Worst: Crispy Bacon and Tomato; 4 Pieces
Unlike the Classic Hot Buffalo, Davidson suggests that this chicken option is the worst on the menu, as it is much higher in calories and fat.
Best: Plain Wings No Sauce; 4 pieces
Wings may be a classic side order, but Davidson says the calorie and fat content can really add up. If you are looking to save yourself a few calories, she recommends opting for the plain wings, as they are slightly lower in calories, fat, and protein, and significantly lower in sugar and sodium.
Worst: Sweet Mango Habanero Wings; 4 pieces
Although wings at Domino's can come with sauce, Davidson suggests that they tend to be very high in sugar. With this in mind, she says to avoid ordering the Sweet Mango Habanero Wings, as they would likely be much higher in sugar compared to other wings in this category.
Best: Mediterranean Veggie Sandwich; ½ Sandwich
Sandwiches can be a healthy option if you choose your toppings wisely, according to Davidson. With this said, she explains that the Mediterranean Veggie sandwich is going to be your best option at Domino's because it focuses more on vegetables than processed meats. "This can help to reduce the amount of sodium, saturated fat, and calories," she adds.
Worst: Sweet & Spicy Chicken Habanero Sandwich; ½ Sandwich
Although the Sweet & Spicy Chicken Habanero Sandwich is jam-packed with flavorful ingredients such as grilled chicken, pineapple, and jalapeños, Davidson says it's the worst in the sandwich category due to the added sweet dressing, which dramatically increases the sugar content.
Best: Pasta Primavera; 1 tin
If you are craving a hearty bowl of pasta, Davidson says that the best option on the menu would be the Pasta Primavera (order without the bread bowl!), as it is lower in calories, fat, sodium, and sugar, while still providing adequate protein.
Worst: Italian Sausage Marinara; 1 tin
"The worst option on the pasta menu would be the Italian Sausage Marinara," Davidson says. This dish is much higher in sodium and sugar due to the processed meat and sauce, she adds.
Best: Parmesan Bread Bites; 4 Pieces
Although the idea of pairing bread with your pasta, pizza, or sandwich seems tempting, Davidson suggests avoiding bread altogether, as you are already getting a lot of carbohydrates from these items. However, if you do order bread, she advises choosing the Parmesan Bites, as they are much lower in calories and fat compared to the other bread options on the menu.
Worst: Jalapeño Bacon Stuffed Cheesy Bread; 4 Pieces
"The Bacon & Jalapeño Stuffed Cheesy Bread is the worst option on the Domino's bread menu," Davidson explains. "As soon as an item is stuffed, it is going to contribute way more calories because of the additional cheese," she adds.
Best: Classic Garden Salad
When ordering salads at Domino's, Davidson suggests that the fewer extra ingredients in a salad, the lower in calories and fat it is going to be. With this in mind, she suggests that the Garden Fresh salad is by far your best option on the salad menu, as it contains fresh vegetables, which will give you fiber to fill you up quickly.
Worst: Chicken Caesar Salad
Davidson says that the Chicken Caesar Salad is probably your worst salad option because it is the highest in calories due to the added cheese and dressing. "Opt for a light Italian dressing, which will help improve the nutritional profile of the salad," Davidson suggests.
Best: Marbled Cookie Brownie
If you still have room for dessert, Davidson suggests that the Marbled Cookie Brownie is a much better option than the Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake. "It is half the number of calories, fat, and sugar," she says.
Worst: Chocolate Lava Crunch Cake
Although this dessert definitely treats your mouth to some decadent chocolate goodness, Davidson says it isn't a good choice by any means, as it contains a high amount of sugar, fat, and calories. And you don't need any more of those after just indulging in your main course!