There is an art form to making great pizza. The crust must be perfect, the sauce perfectly flavored, and the cheese evenly distributed. All of these elements must be distinguishable from one another but blend perfectly. Everyone has a reliable pizzeria they go to in their neighborhood to satisfy those requirements. Some are even willing to travel miles to experience it somewhere else. Gourmet pizza is a precious culinary gift, but sometimes it isn’t always easily attained.
Whether you are hard up for cash, trying to feed the kids a quick lunch, or need to feed a crowd fast, frozen pizza is always there to save the day. But which frozen pizza, if you are going to serve it, is worth the buy? We already told you which pizza is the healthiest and while that is important, when it comes to a once in a while indulgence, taste reigns supreme. So in order to find out which frozen pizza brand satisfied that craving the best, we sought out to taste some of the top brands in your freezer aisle.
In our double kitchen ovens, we calculated the happy medium temperature and time each of the pizzas needed to cook. We lined the trays with foil, and secretly marked which brand belonged to each pizza. Then, after each pizza was cooked to perfection, we unloaded the trays, piping hot and ready for tasting. Classics like Ellio’s frozen pizza were pitted against more “gourmet” pizza brands like Whole Foods and Trader Joe’s to see if nostalgia or genuine flavor appreciation would win out. Our blind tasters took the crust, sauce and cheese into consideration and gave each pizza a score, which was later tallied and averaged to discover the top frozen pizza pie. To find out who our pizza champ is, click through our slideshow!
11. 365 Three Cheese Mini Pizzas
In last place is the Whole Foods’ mini pizza bites. While the size is perfect for a party, your guests may sneer at these ”doughy” frozen pizzas. Across the board, tasters found the cheese to be particularly offensive, calling it “mushy” with a “fakeness that is potent.”
Serving Size: 7 Pizzas
Total Servings: 2
340 calories per serving
680 calories per package
14 grams total fat
10. Tombstone Original Pizza
Though most of our tasters agreed that this frozen pizza had a classic look and feel, it appears that you can’t judge a book by its cover. Most described it as “generic” and that most of the problems were in the sauce. Apparently to our tasters it had a “good look and feel” but didn’t measure up in taste at all.
Serving Size: 1/2 Pizza
Total Servings: 2
380 calories per serving
760 calories per package
16 grams total fat
This post was originally published on April 2, 2014.