There's a lot of value to be found in ordering high-end versions of typically humble restaurant foods, and I suppose it's possible that the same rule could apply in the grocery store. Actually, I know it works in the condiment aisle, where the $4 mustard is leagues better than its half-price shelfmates. Why can't Annie's Rising Crust Organic Supreme Pizza be worth the ... wait? What? $10.99 for frozen pizza?* All right, let's investigate.
Hola, homeslices. When I last rapped at ya, I extolled the virtues of Totino's/Jeno's frozen pizzas. Some of you agreed. Some of you were like, "Ew, nasty" (even though I TOLD you not to argue with me). And some comments stuck with me weeks later. Like when Kdroste mentioned the "pepperoni nubbins."
The three brands are similar in terms of price (cheap!), nutrition statistics (ghastly!), and ingredients (most of them!). Two-packs of Hot Pockets and Tony's Pouches run about $2.50; I paid $3.69 for four smaller Totino's Stuffers, which makes them roughly the same price per ounce. Another similarity: They all look gorgeous straight out of the oven. In the photo below, you'll notice that the Hot Pocket looks like a Hot Pocket, Tony's Pouch looks like a burrito, and the Totino's Stuffer looks like an empanada.
In the last installment of From the Freezer, we explored the California Pizza Kitchen's Margherita. This time, we take the BBQ Chicken to task and find a few ways to best their "best recipe".
Slice has had a fair amount of frozen pizza coverage over the years, and yet to date California Pizza Kitchen has escaped close scrutiny. Although toppings have a lot of draw with the CPK fan base, the Margherita, whether fresh or frozen, is a tell-all. So what did CPK's tell?
Any frozen pie retailing for north of $5 really needs to be legitimately good eating. I've had recent and pleasant experience with the in-house version of Uno's Artisan Thin Crust pizzas, so I figured I'd start my exploration of the deluxe frozen pizza market with the icebox rendition.
Call it the curse of the frozen vegetables. This pizza from Trader Joe's is topped with mushrooms, tomatoes, red peppers, artichokes, asparagus, and black olives. And you can't taste a darn thing.
The crust makes this vaguely Indian pizza worth seeking out. It's quite likely the tastiest frozen pizza crust we've tried. It's a bit thicker than any naan I've seen, with a crisp skin and totally tender interior—this crust has life to it! It had none of the off flavors or density we've come to expect from frozen pizza. We're looking forward to trying another Original Naan Pizza. Have you seen them in any stores near you?
Hey! What a week for frozen pizza! First it gets a star turn as the subject of this week's Slice pizza poll, and today, the folks at Consumer Reports released their list of best iced slices. After the jump, the press release from CR that just landed in the Slice inbox.
In theory, we love bagel bites. They're so cute! They're like tiny pizzas! You can eat them anytime! But in reality, mini pizza bagels have flaws. Can we find a bagel bite to love? We tried three different brands to find out.
This pie confirmed what I suspected back when we tried Trader Joe's Margherita: with frozen pizza, simple is not always better. A few toppings can be a welcome distraction from frozen pizza's inherent weaknesses.
Kashi's Mushroom Trio and Spinach frozen pizza is taking on too many challenges. It's hard enough to make a tasty frozen pizza crust, let alone a healthy, tasty frozen pizza crust.
I picked up this Red Fork pizza from the Whole Foods freezer case and, upon opening the package, felt quite optimistic. The mozzarella looked, well, real. Fresh, even. With all the claims of all-natural ingredients on the box, I thought we might have found a winner.
[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] With frozen pizza, do you get what you pay for? I was a little shocked at the price of the American Flatbread pizza I purchased this week, a 12-inch number topped with tomato sauce, caramelized onions, mushrooms, cheese, and herbs. The damage: $11.99. More than I've ever paid for a frozen pizza, though not as much as we shelled out for Domino's new 6-Cheese Wisconsin pie, which is 13.99 for a 12" medium and $15.99 for 14" in Manhattan. But the American Flatbread Revolution pie just may be worth the steep price. The cheese is rich...
[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] First, the good news. This pizza from Amy's beat last week's freezer-case choice by a mile. It came of the oven golden and bubbling, with nice bits of cheese that got crisp on the edge of the crust, sort of like an Asiago bagel. The copious cheese was nicely stringy and creamy, and the pesto was surprisingly tasty, much better than most I've gotten jarred (though maybe not quite as good as the fresh stuff we make from our balcony plants). The pesto adds a much-needed dose of garlic and oil to each slice. There was...
[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] I didn't grow up with frozen pizza. My dad used to pop two English Muffins in the toaster oven for us, and top them with marinara sauce and shredded cheese, but that was the extent of my quick-faux-pizza childhood experience. So I come to frozen pizza with an open mind. Is it possible to find tasty frozen pizza? Are there any worth keeping around for when you're in a pinch? We'll see. I started out simple this week with Trader Joe's frozen Pizza Margherita with Mozzarella and Grana cheese....
SuperPretzel Pretzelfils are, according to the product website, "SuperPretzel on the outside. Absolute deliciousness on the inside. Which makes for some seriously good snacking all around." Except they don't.
The only thing wrong with pizza rolls is that you feel like such a damn kid eating them. Also, they are mouth-scaldingly hot just after they come out of the oven but cool off to lukewarm mehishness seemingly within the time it takes to eat two of them. They're like the bananas of the pizza-snack world: There's a sliver-thin window of time when they're perfectly ripe temperature-wise.
Today's Slice "poll" is inspired by an email we got from Slice'r Margaret M. K. It's less a "poll" than a survey or "open-ish thread": What's your favorite frozen pizza? There's no click-to-vote doohickey today — just leave your nominations in the comments!