Food Review! Well hello ladies and gentlemen and everyone watching. This is Running On Empty Food Review and I am your host for The Report Of The Week. So I'm at the world's largest McDonald's yet again. It's uh been about over a year since I was here last and one of the cool things at least about the world's largest McDonald's here in Orlando is that they have a much larger menu than most other McDonald's in the area and one of the very unique things that they offer here. And I should mention first and foremost this isn't like a new nationwide release, this isn't like a new menu item or promotion that's available at all McDonald's. Really, the immutable fact of it all is that this is a novelty item that's really available at this McDonald's here in Orlando, and then at two others, one in West Virginia and one in Ohio and that is pizza. You can get Mcdonalds pizza here. It was released originally back in the 80s as a big menu promo and things that kind of fell through But there were a few locations and still have it kind of is like a promo unique item etc and this is one of them.
Now, it's a build-your-own pizza. So it's not like they just have pepperoni pizza, and the meatball pizza and a vegetable pizza They have-- It's all customizable, so have an array of toppings that are out there. They have a variety of things you could do with the pizza. You could get a combination. . . You could even get pineapple on the pizza. I bet if you really wanted it you could get no cheese No, sauce just the base and pineapples if that's what you really want. They have a brick oven in there They'll probably do it and you can kind of get a pizza your way, which is pretty cool. And I decided I should say to change things up. Instead of getting a usual pepperoni pizza, which I already did try out and review the last time I was here, I got kind of like a vegetarian pizza as I said, it's build your own, but here's what it has on it, all right. It's got their standard pizza sauce which is like you know mozzarella not mozzarella. Just your standard tomato sauce has mozzarella cheese on it. That's where I was getting that from diced green peppers, diced tomatoes, spinach and sliced mushroom, which is pretty cool that you can get that from McDonald's, you know doesn't sound like it? But it is. It comes in this full-blown official pizza box right here, which I think is pretty cool. I almost dropped it but disaster was averted .And now for the grand reveal. The one thing is sometimes it's tough. Oh here it goes This is what it looks like right here. It's a, uh-- It's like a build-your-own veggie pizza from McDonald's and I Think it is impressive, and I think you know they deserve praise where they get it And they deserve the criticism where it is, but I think it's pretty impressive that this pizza came from McDonald's. I mean if you saw this doesn't look like something that would even be associated with McDonald's so I think that in and of itself It's pretty cool. One thing about the box is sometimes it's a little hard to navigate.
That's okay anyway Let's get ourselves a slice here. Seems like it was cut pretty good. Is that the view of a slice looks like you can see a little bit of a baked on the bottom there? little baked on the crust, too and That's what it looks like so we know what's on it again I kind of wrote it down here mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, diced green peppers, diced tomatoes spinach and mushroom so with that being said I think I'm just going to try this one out. It's a McDonald's veggie pizza going in. You know it was interesting it's a an interesting observation at least. When I went in, remind you this is like in a big tourist hub. There's a lot of people around, a lot of people going in and out back and forth It's around lunch hour too. So midday people are naturally going to McDonald's, especially one. That's this big kind of talked about it etcetera and I thought there were gonna be more people in there taking advantage of the pizza. You know they say it's one of three locations in the country that serves McDonald's Pizza. That's not like this is an item that you could get at any McDonald's and I mean, that's it's legit. It's not like they take out a frozen disc and put it in a microwave for 10 seconds and Bon Appetit They have a full-blown cook oven you know pizza oven right there, which is Pretty cool to have a pizza making station and everything so they're dedicated to it. They have the full set up So I thought they were gonna be people you know ordering pizza in there Surprisingly enough it seemed like almost no one ever even gets the pizza here I don't know if it's because a lot of people just you know go in and associate our I want a Big Mac from McDonald's, and I just want to get a you know double hamburger and some fries and a coke and Maybe they don't even know that you could get pizza here or maybe they see it And they just don't really know what to do it might be a little overwhelming.
But I thought that more people would be kind of taking advantage of McDonald's Pizza cooks again You can't it's not a place. We could get it every day So That's a that's one in kind of interesting thing I thought more people would kind of be taking advantage of the opportunity to get a pizza and with that being said how was the pizza? I think when it comes down to pizza especially something that's treated as a novelty especially something that's kind of looked at that it came from a fast food place. People will instinctively try to associate it with fast food quality that they'll see this pizza from McDonald's and you know they can't do anything about this But when people think of McDonald's and pizza if even such a thought does occur there are We're just gonna think of kind of the lowest Denominator of pizza they're gonna think it's like you know just your your garbage frozen pizza But the preparation that goes into it really does a lot when it comes down to the quality of the pizza. They took their time to do this They put effort into this, and I think you could taste it, too. I think it's comparable to a pizzeria style pizza It's hand tossed And it's not super thin crust but it's not like a deep-dish doughy pan pizza at all, has a little bit of a crispiness and a little bit of a bake on the bottom and on the crust which adds a little bit of a crunch to it, which is pretty good.
Here's my favorite thing about it, though The ingredients are a lot fresher than you would think coming from McDonald's. Because I know sometimes people will get the Big Mac look at the lettuce and then say oh this lettuce tastes like it's been sitting here you know for insert period of time or you get something with a tomato on it and they think the tomato is just rancid or whatever and people might think that the ingredients are just freeze-dried, but they're really fresh. I Was just impressed by it especially the vegetables because those I mean they don't have a very long lifespan in terms of being out And if they're trying to be preserved or frozen or whatever it might be it's kind of noticeable but I was surprised at the overall freshness of the ingredients and it really does make a difference in terms of of The quality of it when it's fresh. When it's freshly made, when it's not just heated up and everything is put together. I think the quality is there, taste is certainly there. It was it was really flavorful. I really enjoyed it really taste the mozzarella cheese on this which is kind of rare even for take-out pizza sometimes the cheese just blends in with everything and all the individual vegetables - very flavorful as I said. Very fresh and overall I was just impressed by it if truth be told and maybe I say that with a little bit of a bias because I had gone here before. I had one of their pizzas before the first time I had it. I didn't know what to expect You know I thought to myself maybe this is this going to be garbage, I don't know but I tried it and I was kind of taken back by how good it was then I came back And I thought it's gonna give out like a veggie pizza, try.
I also said the other day I wanted to try to start you know expanding to maybe some vegetarian types of things and I had my sights on this and sure enough they did a good job with it and And it's it's definitely quality. It might be a novelty item But it's not just gonna be something that is completely flavorless and something you could take a selfie with and and post and then just throw in the trash bin cuz it's that bad. It's something that you'll enjoy and you can share. You could say I got Mcdonalds pizza and you didn't. If you really want to be that person you can. But I think it's a pizza that you'll enjoy too and it tastes pretty good. Price-wise smoothness, it's around $9 which makes sense. Fair pizza for a novelty pizza, but it's a good pizza So I think the price is fair it tastes pretty good so that being said out of 10 I'm going to be giving this pizza a 9 point 3 out of 10 because as I said, I was impressed by it the quality was was much higher than I think many would anticipate from this and just all in all I think they did a good job with it. So that's all that I have for you today I'm your host on the Report of the week. Today We were trying out the McDonald's build your own pizza from the world's largest McDonald's here in Orlando. The verdict is that it is a great meatless meal.