They’ve got a lot of Garlic Not-Knots these days at Mountain Mike’s Pizza, and customer feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, the California-based chain said in a press release.

A hot and gooey twist on a time-honored classic, the Garlic Not-Knots are made with Mountain Mike’s signature dough folded around layers of garlic, butter and cheese. Priced at $5.99, the new menu item will be available for a limited time at all of the chain’s nearly 270 locations, the company said in a press release.

Carol DeNembo, Mountain Mike’s vice president of marketing, said the Garlic Not-Knots “were a natural next step for our menu because pizza and garlic knots are such a popular combination, but we wanted to create something truly unique to Mountain Mike’s that would deliver an irresistible cheesy, garlicky flavor that pairs perfectly with our amazing ‘Pizza the Way It Oughta be.’”

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“One delicious bite of the ooey-gooey garlicky goodness, and you’ll agree these knots are not your average knots…they’re better!” DeNembo added.

this is a marketing photo depicting the garlic not-knots with overlaid text that names the product and lists the price at $5.99

Oven-baked and handmade to order, the Garlic Not-Knots! feature a blend of freshly made dough, melted cheese and creamy garlic sauce. They’re the latest in a number of new product innovations that Mountain Mike’s has introduced over the last few years, including the Mountain Fries, the Mini Churrs and the chain’s now-signature and seasonal heart-shaped pizzas.

“We think this new side will be a winner with our guests, and our consumer research points to that as well,” DeNembo added. “Amongst our paying guests, Garlic Not-Knots! garnered a 100% score in the top two box for repurchase intent and recommendation to family and friends. Getting this type of endorsement from our paying guests speaks to the product quality and value that our guests demand. And we’re confident our Garlic Not-Knots will be effective in stimulating trial amongst new guests as well.”

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