Serious Eats’ Todd Brock went beyond the press release reblog to try the chain’s creation at Atlanta’s Cumberland Mall (which is the only place they are served thus far). His review damns the Pizzabon with faint praise, in my estimation.
This announcement made me quite nostalgic, as in 1987 I was employed at the (since shuttered, I am told) Cinnabon at the Greenwood Park Mall. Back then, the only variable Cinnabon offered was the amount of icing on your roll. Things sure have changed!
When reached via Facebook, however, a former colleague was unsurprised at the Pizzabon news.
“Dreamt up by stoner mangers, no doubt.” was her take. Which, our manager was SUCH a stoner, oh my god. We’d walk in a back room and the smoke would be so thick it was like a parody of a stoner movie.
Also, it was great when our manager would drop acid then decide she needed to go out front and “work.” Was the Pizzabon the result of a bad, no, terrible trip? Brock’s photos of his disemboweled roll (especially this one) make the Pizzabon look Cronenbergesque enough to suggest that this is a possibility.