Food of the Seventies, Pizza Hut Cavatini

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This was a baked pasta dish you could order at Pizza Hut for a brief time in the '70s. The pasta sort of looked like wagon wheels and the dish oozed with sauce and cheese. It came to the table in the single-serving oval dish it was baked in. Steamy, crusty, and yummy! Much better than the pizza.
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Haley - August 24, 2008 - Report this comment
You can still get PH Cavatini in my hometown of Rockville, Indiana. I eat it every time I'm in there & it's always delicious!
Lindy - August 28, 2008 - Report this comment
They have cavatini at the Pizza Hut lunch buffet. It's not the same as the 70s (the sauce was runny) and it's much thicker now.
joey - May 12, 2009 - Report this comment
this website sucks
jolynn - June 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember eating Cavatini and salad every time I went to Pizza Hut in the mid-to-late 1970's. It was so cheesy! I've tried to make it at home, but I think you need the pizza oven to really get that taste.
marty - November 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I wished pizza hut would bring back the cavatini, I eat it 2 to 3 times a week back when they served it.
APRILLE MILLER - December 21, 2009 - Report this comment
MY HUSBAND ALWAYS LOVED CAVATINI AND I FOUND THE RECIPE ON LINE AND HAVE BEEN MAKING IT AT HOME FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS. ITS THE PEPPERONI THAT GIVES IT THAT UNIQUE TASTE. IT IS GREAT AND A BIG PAN GOES A LONG WAY.
julie - December 11, 2011 - Report this comment
this wasnt just in the 70's... i worked at pizza hut in 88-89 and they still had Cavatini...I had it all the time...was a fav of mine!
julie - December 11, 2011 - Report this comment
also,it did not just have the wagon wheel pasta but a triad of wagon wheel, shells and rotini..at least at the pizza hut i worked at in Corydon, Indiana.
Heather - February 01, 2013 - Report this comment
Our whole group would order cavatini! It was our absolute favorite along with the salad bar! Looked up to see if they still have it, most of our pizza huts have closed but if they still have cavatini it would be worth the drive!!!
Steve - January 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I worked at Pizza Hut about 40 years ago. The cavatini pasta was cooked, placed in a container, and had an oil and butter flavor marinade added. We kept it in the cooler until the next day. We added beef, sausage, onion, green peppers, two slices of pepperoni, pizza sauce and mozzarella. Baked until hot and served with garlic toast.
Debra - April 17, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved there Cavatini's something they should bring back. Steve you said you worked there about 40 years ago. Please can you send me the exact recipe for there Cavatinne. I used to ask them to add mushrooms to mind. Oh my email address is blueeyes4310@aol.com. thanks Debra.
RICK - October 30, 2014 - Report this comment
MY DAD USE TO TAKE US TO PIZZA HUT RIGHT BEFORE A MOVIE AND I LOVED THE CAVATINI. EVERYBODY ELSE WOULD GET PIZZA EXCEPT FOR ME, MY FATHER ALWAYS NEW HOW TO MAKE US ALL FEEL SPECIAL...WOULD LOVE TO HAVE IT BACK ON THE MENU, IN TEXAS
Roger - March 07, 2015 - Report this comment
I used to love having cavatini at Pizza Hut restaurants back in the 70's it was a part of their down fall when they took it away.
pam - April 07, 2015 - Report this comment
What was the name of the pizza that was pretty much nothing but cheese & sliced tomato's? I loved that stuff but can't recall what Pizza Hut called it. It's along the same line as the Flying tomato pie the serve at Wig and Pen.
Chuck - September 07, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember eating Cavatini and Nights in white satine was playing on the Jute Box.
Rob Lambert - September 07, 2017 - Report this comment
Pizza Hut originated in Wichita, Kansas, in 1959. It took several years to grow into possibly the only national pizza chain to provide full table service for dine-in customers, bumping the age-old trend of mom-and-pop Italian eateries. A cartoon mascot, Pizza Hut Pete, was seen around stores until 1974. Kiddie premiums included Pete hand puppets and vinyl banks. After Pepsi bought Pizza Hut in 1976, pasta was introduced, spaghetti and cavatina (which had a VERY short leash). The personal pan pizza came soon after. The Hut's PPP always had a hard crust. Wisconsin-based Rocky Rococo (f. Madison, 1974) knows how to make good pan pizza. Rocky's also offers thin-crust pizza, and several pasta dishes. The chain has only 30 stores, with only two outside Wisconsin. Regarding cavatini, it's more of a favorite in old-school Italian eateries. Pizza Hut tried too hard to equal the quality, resulting in little demand for it. Some 15 years ago, Pizza Hut converted to Chicken Shack (Wing Street). In SE Wisconsin, many former Hut buildings have become payday loan-shark and wireless phone places.

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