We haven't had too much success tasting pre-fab pizzas aimed at specific diets in the past. Our test of four frozen vegan pizzas turned up four big duds, while Domino's gluten-free crust proved edible only when piled with tons of toppings. Our single foray into the world of gluten-free and vegan frozen pizzas gives me shudders to even think about. But what about a semi-homemade gluten-free pizza? Pamela's produces a family of gluten-free products, including a Gluten-free Pizza Crust Mix. I'm happy to report that this is the most successful gluten-free pizza product we've tasted in this office.
'taste test' on Serious Eats
A few months back we put six brands of sliced pepperoni head-to-head in a taste test to find the best ones for snacking and pizza-making. Welcome back to round 2, where we tackle the greasing, curling power of pepperoni sticks.
Look at that. I mean, just look at that picture above. Awe-inspiring? Perhaps. A little frightening? Certainly. Gluten-free and Atkin's friendly? Not on your life. What you are staring at there is the Italian sausage variation of Domino's Bread Bowl Pasta. Introduced back in 2009 with the tagline "pasta so good you'll devour the bowl," it comes in four flavors—Chicken Alfredo, Italian Sausage Marinara, Chicken Carbonara, Pasta Primavera—with the option to build your own by adding ingredients from their pizza toppings lineup.
Pepperoni is ah-one-ah-spicy-sausage that ranks as America's preferred pizza topping. And that makes good sense. The spicy, air-dried sausage is an Italian-American creation after all! We're here to help you navigate the packages of sliced grocery store pepperoni.
We wanted to do a comprehensive taste test with all four major delivery pizza competitors but hit a few snags along the way. So instead, we're doing a head to head, Domino's vs. Papa John's Thin Crust Tasteoff.
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.
You may remember the preliminary round of canned-tomato sampling that we did in September, in which we asked for input on tomato brands for Round 2. Well, here's Round 2. With a surprising winner....
In the interest of finding a great-tasting canned tomato for pizza-making, a small group of pizza and tomato enthusiasts taste-tested 16 different canned tomatoes. Though this tasting is not as scientifically rigorous as it might be, there were some interesting observations. High price is not predicative of good flavor. Second, the "DOP" tomatoes we tasted did not score very high at all. And the top two spots weren't even San Marzano tomatoes from Italy; instead, they were grown in California's Central Valley.
"Sadly, frozen pizza will never develop that primordial ooze that truly good pizza has." [Photographs: Robyn Lee] Brings to mind... Dr. Oetker Frozen Pizza » Totino's Party Pizza as "Pizzarito" » Surreal '60s Pizza Roll Commercial » With so many frozen pizza brands claiming to use higher-quality ingredients and "new recipe formulas," aiming to taste like, well, not frozen pizza, we decided to cruise the freezer aisle and load up the shopping cart to see if any of them were actually decent. Not so surprisingly, this didn't win for most delicious and exciting taste test at Slice–Serious Eats headquarters. The...