Best Frozen Pizza
Published on By Gina Briles
Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley Review
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BEST FROZEN CHEESE PIZZA. The Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley impressed our testers with its "tangy sauce," "herb flecks," and "complex" flavor profile with a taste of "more than one cheese." Some thought it smacked of "dry bread flavor" and still "tasted like frozen food." Nonetheless, most said they would eat it again and it received the highest score in the cheese pizza category.
Like all the pizzas we placed in front of our tasting panel, this pre-prepared pie wasn't perfect. One panelist said it had a "fatty flavor" and some found the starchiness of the crust "overpowering," but most Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley reviews were positive.
What led this pie to victory in the cheese pizza category was a certain harmony of texture and taste. Panelists said it had a "nice ratio of sauce to dough" and liked the "evenness" of the crust. They also appreciated this product's "nice tomato flavor" and "complex" mix of cheeses.
A search for additional Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley reviews online yielded scant feedback, although consumers' attitudes toward the brand seem generally favorable. Bloggers tend to talk about Freschetta in relation to giveaways or coupons but make positive comments about the pizza itself (which they often get to sample for free). The writer behind A Nut in a Nutshell, for instance, calls the 4-Cheese Medley her favorite variety and says she indulges in it more often than she'd like to admit.
At a price of $5.99 for 26.11 ounces at our local supermarket, the Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley ($5.99 for 26.11 ounces, or 23 cents an ounce) commanded about 10 cents more per ounce than our cheapest selections. But reviews landed it on the high end of our blind taste test, as well. It took the top spot among the cheese pizzas by a nose, with an average rating of 3.2 out of 5. Only half the tasters said they would choose to eat this pizza again, however.
While this pizza can't be considered delivery-quality, as frozen pies go it's a solid choice that ticked most of the boxes for our testers, from initial appearance to aftertaste. Panelists liked the "tart to sweet finish" of the sauce and the slight spiciness, as well as the visual appeal of the "herb flecks" sprinkled on top.
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Freschetta Signature Pepperoni Review
(From $5.99 Best)
BEST FROZEN PEPPERONI PIZZA. This Freschetta pizza won over our panel in the pepperoni category and earned the highest score overall. Tasters called it "well-balanced," with lots of sauce that managed to taste both sweet and spicy. Although reviewers were divided over the "doughy" texture of the crust, all but one panelist said they would eat this pizza again.
This flavorful pie with "a little spice" was not only the winner in our pepperoni pizza category but received the highest score of all of the pizzas we tested, period. It averaged 3.7 out of 5 and earned two nods for favorite pepperoni pizza. All but one of our nine testers said, unequivocally, that they would eat it again. Panelists noted in their Freschetta Signature Pepperoni reviews that the pizza features "good-looking pepperoni" and "lots of cheese." They also liked the sauce.
Our hungry helpers were hard-pressed to come up with any criticisms of this pie. That said, as we saw with nearly all the frozen pizzas in our blind taste test, there was more disagreement about the crust than about any other aspect of the product. One Freschetta Signature Pepperoni review compared the crust to "cardboard," while a few others described it as "squishy" and "doughy." On the other hand, some opined that it had a "nice texture."
At $5.99, Freschetta Signature Pepperoni ($5.99 for 27.35 ounces, or 22 cents an ounce) was a little more expensive than others we sampled but worked out to a reasonable 22 cents per ounce. We found no specific Freschetta Signature Pepperoni reviews online. However, two dozen consumers give Freschetta frozen pizzas in general an average rating of more than 80 out of a possible 100 on Viewpoints. Most of the comments are positive, although reviewers also register a common complaint: that toppings are inconsistent and seem to be thrown on haphazardly.
Our tasting panel noticed no such inconsistency with the pepperoni and focused more on the "well-balanced" flavors than the appearance of this pie.
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Trader Giotto's Pizza 4 Formaggi Review
(From $3.99 Good)
GOOD FROZEN CHEESE PIZZA. A thin, crisp crust and "sharp cheese flavor" distinguished this Trader Joe's-brand pie from other contenders. Panelists agreed that the "flavor was better than the appearance." The pizza's "mild" taste and "savory sauce" put it solidly in second place in the cheese division.
Sold through specialty supermarket Trader Joe's under an Italianized house brand name, this four-cheese pizza sells for a budget-friendly $3.99. It may have one of the lower price tags among our test pizzas, but the pie's small size gives it the highest price per ounce: just under 30 cents. Nonetheless, Trader Giotto's pizza reviews from our panel suggest it's worth the money.
With an average score of 3.1 out of 5 among the panelists, this pizza came in second only to Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley in the cheese category. Although it didn't rank quite as high, it drew more "favorite" votes. It seemed that, while the Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley was lauded for being a "well-balanced" package, the Trader Giotto's pizza was more polarizing: Not everyone liked it, but those who did felt strongly about their preference.
Testers who favored Trader Giotto's were drawn to the abundance of cheese and "mild" taste, as well as the fact that it was "different from the others" they sampled. A few detractors said they wouldn't eat this pizza again -- one went so far as to spit it out -- but most Trader Giotto's pizza reviews from our panel declared the pie "decent" to "good" overall.
Trader Giotto's Pizza 4 Formaggi ($3.99 for 13.4 ounces, or 30 cents an ounce) has also gotten some love online. The blogger behind An Immovable Feast often evaluates Trader Joe's products and included the Pizza 4 Formaggi in a larger roundup. His brief Trader Joe's pizza review expresses surprise that a plain cheese pie could be so flavorful.
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DiGiorno Half & Half Review
(From $5.00 Good)
GOOD FROZEN PEPPERONI PIZZA. DiGiorno's half-cheese, half-pepperoni pie did double duty in our blind taste test, but only the pepperoni side passed muster with tasters. It earned the second-highest score in the category largely on the backs of its big pieces of pepperoni -- called "a little spicy" by panelists -- and its "salty, saucy, savory" flavor profile.
We tested this half-cheese, half-pepperoni option in both categories, but only the pepperoni side curried favor in DiGiorno Half & Half reviews from our panel. This was the second-highest-rated pepperoni pizza in our blind test. Testers awarded it mostly 3's and 4's, for an average rating of 3.4 out of 5 points. This score may not seem impressive at first glance, but even the first-place winner in the cheese category didn't rate so high.
DiGiorno Half & Half reviews were mixed on the crust, however. Some called it "doughy" and others described it as "grainy." Some said the "cheese was kinda stiff" and others opined that the pizza needed more sauce. However, the "spicy pepperoni" and "tangy" flavor helped mitigate those complaints.
Interestingly, the cheese side of this half-and-half pizza from DiGiorno scored only 2.7 out of 5, leading us to conclude that the pepperoni plays a big part in the appeal of this particular pie. It cost $5 at our local supermarket. At a weight of 30 ounces, that works out to just under 17 cents per ounce.
Online assessments are few and far between. In DiGiorno Half & Half reviews on SheSpeaks, moms mention that they appreciate being able to buy only one pizza to please kids with two different tastes. The team behind the Slice blog on Serious Eats included an exclusively pepperoni version in a taste test and sided with our panelists who declared the crust far too doughy, but they liked the not-too-sweet sauce. While there's no mistaking this for delivery pizza, they said, it has its own charm.
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Totino's Pizza Review
(From $1.00 Think Twice)
Deemed "unappetizing" by one taster and "the worst pizza ever" by another, Totino's Party Pizza was the lowest-priced but also far and away the lowest-ranked cheese pizza we put in front of our panel. From a "slimy, stiff crust" to a taste called "very artificial," the pie was panned across the board. Interestingly, two tasters said it was their personal favorite, despite giving it poor marks. By way of explanation, one commented that the pizza undoubtedly is "not great, but it brings back college."
At a mere dollar per individual-sized pizza and a paltry 10 cents per ounce, Totino's pizza ($1 for 9.8 ounces, or 10 cents an ounce) was by far the best-priced option on our list. The value the pizza offered for that bargain-basement price is a trickier topic to address. Totino's pizza reviews from our blind taste test made it clear that the cheese variety in particular has many failings.
Panelists called the appearance "unappetizing," "cheap," and "very odd." As for aroma, they commented that this budget pie "smells bad," "like potato chips, not pizza." The taste was likened to "cardboard," with testers drawing attention to the "slimy, stiff crust" and the "very artificial sauce and cheese." Online, a disgruntled Totino's pizza review on the Amazon Fresh grocery service site points to the chemical-heavy list of ingredients. Most of our tasters ranked this Totino's pizza a dismal 1 out of 5, with a 2 out of 5 and a 0 out of 5 thrown in for good measure.
Shockingly, given the panelists' negative feedback, three said they would eat it again and two identified this as their personal favorite among the cheese pizzas, despite giving it low scores. In explanation, one Totino's pizza lover allowed that the pie is "not great, but it brings back college."
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Totino's Party Pizza Review
(From $1.00 Think Twice)
As with its cheese counterpart, tasters unleashed on this "thin and fake" "college garbage pizza" and most said they would pass on eating the super-cheap yet "terrible" pie again. And yet there remained two panel members with a soft spot for this product's familiar taste, although they rated it poorly.
Totino's Party Pizza was the biggest bargain of all the frozen pizza options our panel tried. The pepperoni version cost a mere $1 for a 10.2-ounce pie, which works out to a per-ounce price of just under 10 cents. Like the cheese-topped Totino's Party Pizza, the pepperoni ranked poorly, with all but two tasters saying they would "never" eat it again. Those holdouts, though, named it their favorite frozen pepperoni pizza. The pair gave it scores of 5 out of 5, calling it "thin," "fake," and "yummy." Their actions matched their words: This was the only pizza we tested that was eaten in its entirety. Granted, it was one of the smaller pies we served, but the cult followers of Totino's Party Pizza ($1 for 9.8 ounces, or 10 cents an ounce) seemingly couldn't get enough.
In general panelists found Totino's Party Pizza "thin and fake" with "grainy cheese." It also "didn't smell very good," they said. The pizza was "artificial" and "cheap tasting," with "strange tomato flavor" and "stale spices." One panelist summed up this pie as "college garbage pizza."
The pepperoni Totino's Party Pizza is far better reviewed online than its cheese counterpart, and the comments paint a familiar picture. The blogger behind the now-dormant Gigi Reviews, who has reviewed hundreds of foods, guiltily admits that although she can't defend any aspect of this cheap frozen pie, she also can't help but indulge and enjoy it for what it is. A Totino's Party Pizza review at Brand Eating also extolls this pizza, admitting that it may not be high-quality, but it's tasty. Another Yahoo Voices reviewer proclaims herself a convert to the pepperoni Totino's Party Pizza from a more expensive brand.
This strangely polarizing pie may have scored low enough to fall into our "don't bother" bucket, but given the wildly contradictory opinions among our panelists and online posters, it can't be completely ignored.
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Frozen pizza may be the hallmark food of our chaotic modern culture. It feeds struggling students, kitchen-phobic singles, and busy families. Stocking the freezer with premade pies also saves time for the over-scheduled and saves money compared with delivery or eating out. The question is: Which are the best frozen pizzas for those late nights and dinners on the run? We shopped for top frozen pizzas costing no more than 30 cents per ounce and served up a feast of six cheese and six pepperoni pies to a panel of nine willing participants, who dished on which were the best frozen pizzas and which were the worst.
Taste Testing the Best Frozen Pizza
In the cheese pizza category, panelists in our blind taste test preferred Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley ($5.99 for 26.11 ounces, or 23 cents an ounce), gravitating toward its "nice tomato flavor" and crust with "decent firmness." In second place: Trader Giotto's Pizza 4 Formaggi ($3.99 for 13.4 ounces, or 30 cents an ounce) from the specialty supermarket Trader Joe's. It achieves a "decent balance between sauce, cheese, and dough," according to the tasters. They did not appreciate Totino's Pizza ($1 for 9.8 ounces, or 10 cents an ounce), saying it tasted "very odd," somewhat like "cardboard."
The tasting panel named Freschetta Signature Pepperoni ($5.99 for 27.35 ounces, or 22 cents an ounce) the top frozen pizza in the pepperoni bracket and gave it the highest score overall for its "flavorful sauce," "good crust," and "spicy pepperoni." DiGiorno Half & Half ($5 for 30 ounces, or 17 cents an ounce) didn't impress the panel with its cheese half but made our list on the strength of its pepperoni and "tangy sauce." Last on the scorecard again, Totino's Party Pizza ($1 for 9.8 ounces, or 10 cents an ounce) drew criticism in the pepperoni category for "stale spices" and an overall "fake" taste.
The pizzas were purchased from suburban supermarkets outside a large metro area; prices may vary elsewhere. We've included the price per ounce because some of the test products were individual pizzas and others were big enough to feed a family. Regardless they all cost less than $6, compared with closer to $10 for a full-size pizza from a specialty brand such as Amy's and more for a premium take-and-bake pie.
Each pizza was baked in a standard, non-convection oven according to the instructions on the box. The directions called for the pizzas to be placed directly on the top oven rack, rather than on a baking sheet or pizza stone. Samples were set out on plain paper plates, marked only by a reference number or letter. This was designed to ensure that tasters didn't know which brands they were eating and could form unbiased conclusions about the best frozen pizzas, although some panelists managed to identify go-to brands simply by look or smell.
Panelists graded the pizzas based on appearance, aroma, taste, and texture. Taste, of course, was the biggest determinant of how each product fared. Smell and texture can also make or break a food's appeal, while appearance seemed worth noting but didn't turn out to have much effect on the outcome.
Allowing that these are largely subjective measures, our tasters tried to be as objective as possible. Some even gave personal favorites low scores, recognizing that their preferences were based mainly on nostalgia. They rated the pizza samples on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the worst and 5 being the best. They were also asked if they would buy and eat each pie again. Some panelists gave the frozen pizzas low scores across the board, expressing a general dislike for cook-at-home pies. Although none of the test brands scored higher than an average of 3.7 out of 5, the top frozen pizzas and the duds were indisputable.
Frozen Pizza Reviews
Appearance set the stage but in the end played only a minor role in our frozen pizza review. All the pizzas were round, some with thick crusts and some with thin, and the pies varied in size. While they all basically looked "like frozen pizza," panelists did point out variations. Visible herbs were judged to make pies such as the Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley ($5.99 for 26.11 ounces, or 23 cents an ounce) a little more appealing.
Pizzas with a "nice cheese ratio," such as Red Baron Classic Crust 4 Cheese ($5.99 for 21.06 ounces, or 28 cents an ounce) and DiGiorno Half & Half ($5 for 30 ounces, or 17 cents an ounce), were called "appetizing" and "fresh-looking." On the flip side, Trader Joe's Deep Dish Pepperoni ($3.99 for 16.5 ounces, or 24 cents an ounce), Tony's Crispy Crust ($1.19 for 7.12 ounces, or 17 cents an ounce), and Totino's Party Pizza ($1 for 9.8 ounces, or 10 cents an ounce) were dinged for "thin, grainy cheese" that "looks stringy."
Pizzas that were "nice and saucy," namely the Red Baron cheese pizza, Safeway Select Half Pepperoni & Half Cheese ($4.99 for 28.7 ounces, or 17 cents an ounce), DiGiorno's half-cheese, half-pepperoni pizza, and Freschetta Signature Pepperoni ($5.99 for 27.35 ounces, or 22 cents an ounce) garnered better reviews from tasters than "blonde" pies lighter on sauce, such as the two Totino's Party Pizzas. One panelist wondered if the Totino's cheese pizza was a "gluten-free vegan pizza" due to its "very odd" appearance. They noted that the cheese didn't melt like "real" cheese.
Aroma.Smell and taste go hand-in-hand, so we anticipated that the aroma of each pizza might factor into its success. Scent turned out to matter to reviewers only when it struck a negative chord.
Our tasters' frozen pizza reviews described most of the samples, including DiGiorno Half & Half, Red Baron Classic Crust 4 Cheese, Trader Joe's Deep Dish Pepperoni, and the Freschetta Signature Pepperoni and 4-Cheese Medley pizzas, and as having a "non-distinct pizza smell." Panelists considered the aromas "nothing special" and said each smelled "like all the rest." Safeway Select Half Pepperoni & Half Cheese had a stronger aroma, although tasters reported that they could "smell the bread over the sauce or pepperoni." They had notably negative reactions to the scents of the Totino's Party Pizzas. Participants opined that the pies simply smelled "bad," and one tester remarked that the cheese version "smells like potato chips, not pizza."
Taste.No matter how good a pizza looked or smelled, if it failed to deliver on flavor, it was out of the running. The Red Baron pizza presented an "excellent," "golden" appearance but fell in tasters' estimation when they discovered its "mediocre," "uninteresting" flavor profile. Similarly, frozen pizza reviews described Safeway Select Half Pepperoni & Half Cheese as "thick" and "juicy"-looking, but the pizza turned off panelists with its taste of "raw dough" and "wine-flavored sauce." On the opposite end of the spectrum, Trader Giotto's Pizza 4 Formaggi didn't impress with its "uninteresting" looks, but its "flavor was better than its appearance," according to one frozen pizza review.
Ultimately the taste of the sauce made a greater impact on each pizza's ranking than the cheese or the crust. The top pick among cheese pizzas, Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley, garnered compliments for its "nice tomato flavor" and the "nice tart-to-sweet finish of the sauce." Freschetta Signature Pepperoni, the winner in the pepperoni category, also turned heads with "flavorful sauce" that was "a little sweet" but also had "a little spice." Another crowd-pleaser in the pepperoni division, DiGiorno Half & Half, earned props for "tangy sauce" in combination with "spicy pepperoni." Tony's Crispy Crust and Totino's Party Pizzas suffered in part because tasters detected a "strange tomato flavor" or even "no tomato flavor at all."
That's not to say that other toppings played no part in our panelists' frozen pizza reviews. The second-place cheese pizza, Trader Giotto's Pizza 4 Formaggi, owed its success to a "very cheesy flavor" that one taster compared to beer-cheese bread. Totino's Party Pizzas earned miserable reviews for their "odd flavor," which was said to be "a little sweet and bitter at the same time." Panelists compared the taste to "a scratch-and-sniff sticker," "Pringles," and "cardboard." In the end several tasters dubbed the "fake," "artificial," and "cheap-tasting" pie "the worst pizza ever."
Surprisingly, though, just moments after giving the pizzas abysmal reviews, a couple of panelists enthused about how much they personally loved Totino's Party Pizzas. They had immediately identified the brand based on look and smell and went back for seconds and thirds after their samples were gone. One taster declared that she loved the processed taste of Totino's pizzas but wouldn't allow her kids to eat them. The other panelist acknowledged that the taste is "not great, but it brings back college." Totino's Party Pizzas similarly seem to enjoy a cult following online, as a veteran pizza blogger explains on Serious Eats.
Texture.The most notable factor here was the consistency of the frozen pizzas' crust. Some pizza lovers are thick-crust people or deep-dish, Chicago-style connoisseurs. Others prefer a thin, crisp, Neapolitan-style crust. Thus, a pizza called "doughy" by one reviewer might be judged to have "good texture" by another, as was the case with the DiGiorno Half & Half pizza our panel tested.
Allowing for differing opinions and variations in cook time and temperature, tasters considered the part texture played. They consistently gave Freschetta 4-Cheese Medley the nod on this score for having "decent firmness" and "nice evenness." Although Trader Joe's Deep Dish Pepperoni didn't do particularly well on taste or appearance, panelists said it had "great crust" and a "nice crunch."
DiGiorno Half & Half was deemed "a little doughy" and too "chewy" for several panelists' liking. Similarly, Safeway Select Half Pepperoni & Half Cheese struck tasters as "too thick" and "rubbery." The "crisp," "stiff crust" of the Totino's Party Pizzas didn't make much of an impression. Feedback was mixed on the other pizza samples, with opposite opinions essentially canceling each other out.
Additional Products We Considered
Red Baron Classic Crust 4 Cheese Review
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At around 28 cents per ounce, this cheese pizza with a purchase price of $5.99 was one of the most expensive we tested. Our panelists also awarded it lackluster scores in their Red Baron pizza reviews. With a "non-distinct pizza smell" and a flavor summed up as "mediocre," this pizza impressed testers only with its appearance, which was called "saucy and golden." The blog Food In Real Life, which compares the prepared appearance of food products to the images on the packaging, places Red Baron above DiGiorno but below Freschetta in the frozen-pizza hierarchy. The site's review mentions difficulty cooking the cheese to the ideal brownness.
Our testers gave Red Baron Classic Crust 4 Cheese Pizza ($5.99 for 21.06 ounces, or 28 cents an ounce) props for the taste of the cheese, a mix of mozzarella, cheddar, provolone, and Parmesan. They also complimented the "nice tomato flavor" but found the crust bland. One panelist mentioned that "oregano stands out." In the end most panelists said they would not eat the pizza again.
Red Baron pizza reviews online skew more in this pie's favor. Consumers posting on Viewpoints cite the medium thickness and crunch of the crust and the taste of the cheese as pluses. However, several reviews, including one at Walmart, suggest this cheese pizza needs extra toppings to kick the flavor up a notch.
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Safeway Select Half Pepperoni & Half Cheese Review
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This Safeway store-brand pizza ($4.99 for 28.7 ounces, or 17 cents an ounce) rang in at a moderate price of $4.99 per pie. With the weight a generous 28.7 ounces, the per-ounce cost is low, at 17 cents. Our crew of testers gave the cheese half of this Safeway Select pizza an average score of 2 out of 5 and awarded a higher rating of 2.8 out of 5 to the pepperoni side.
On first impression, our tasters called this pie "thick" and "juicy" and said it "looks fresh." They also mentioned the "thick pepperoni" but noted that the distribution wasn't uniform. When it came to taste, this Safeway Select pizza was less successful. Panelists called out the "weird, bland bread" and "wine-flavored sauce." Others said the "crust overpowers the toppings" and the pizza needs more sauce. Texture-wise, the panel considered the Safeway Select pizza "overly doughy" and "too thick."
Safeway Select pizza reviews online are largely limited to a smattering of blog mentions. The Pizza Project has high praise for a similar pie, the Five Cheese Pepperoni. The reviewer claims he's never found a better frozen pizza, lauding the texture and bite of the crust, the consistency of the sauce, and the flavor of the cheese. Its one weakness, he says, is the decidedly un-spicy pepperoni.
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Tony's Crispy Crust Review
(From $1.19 )
Immediately upon seeing this pepperoni pizza in our blind test, a taster remarked that it "looks like Totino's, but with less cheese." Tony's Crispy Crust boasted a pocket-change price of $1.19, although it's smaller than a Totino's pie, at 7.12 ounces, so the cost breaks down to about 17 cents per ounce.
Panelists commented on the "crumbly cheese," saying there "wasn't much of it." Some took the view that the "sauce was the only redeeming value," while others criticized the pizza for "strange tomato flavor" and pepperoni that was virtually "nonexistent." All one panelist could taste was "bread and salt."
Much like the pepperoni pizza from Totino's, Tony's Crispy Crust ($1.19 for 7.12 ounces, or 17 cents an ounce) tested poorly overall. It received an average score 2.6 out of 5, only slightly higher than Totino's. The same two testers who confessed their love for Totino's, despite the pizza's artificial qualities, said they would eat Tony's Crispy Crust again. The only difference was that no one claimed this inexpensive pie as a particular favorite, as they did with Totino's.
Online reviews similarly seem to indicate that Tony's Crispy Crust is essentially a second-rate Totino's. A reviewer on the blog Burgers, Dogs, & Pizza, Oh My! mentions many of the same artificial qualities that our panelists said Totino's possessed. In this case, however, there was no strange attraction to the resulting taste, and the blogger was left wondering how to dispose of the other Tony's pies he purchased.
On the other hand, a Yahoo Voices reviewer enjoyed Tony's Crispy Crust and expressed surprise at how much cheese and pepperoni it offered for the less-than-a-dollar price she paid at the store.
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Trader Joe's Deep Dish Pepperoni Review
(From $3.99 )
Trader Joe's Deep Dish Pepperoni ($3.99 for 16.5 ounces, or 24 cents an ounce) was competitively priced at $3.99. That's well under the typical $5 to $6 that brand-name frozen pizzas and even some generics regularly go for. The per-ounce cost of 24 cents, however, was the third-most expensive among the products we tested. Trader Joe's Deep Dish Pepperoni might make a cheap dinner for someone eating solo or for two people with small appetites, but it doesn't offer the value of a Freschetta or DiGiorno if you are trying to feed a family.
Our panel of pizza eaters wasn't kind to Trader Joe's Deep Dish Pepperoni. They were unimpressed by the messy pile of ingredients and described the cheese as "stringy" (and not in the appealing way that mozzarella stretches when you lift a slice). Testers were a little more positive regarding taste. Some did like the "savory sauce," but many agreed it was "overly spiced" with "too much Italian seasoning." A few said they thought the pizza had "decent flavor," while for others it fell "a little flat." Perhaps the best thing about Trader Joe's Deep Dish Pepperoni, according to the panel, was the "great crust," which was "nice and crisp."
Online, the blogger behind An Immovable Feast appreciates the sauce and pepperoni but gives this pizza lukewarm praise, preferring other frozen pizzas from Trader Joe's. Our panelists similarly awarded the grocer's Trader Giotto's Pizza 4 Formaggi a much higher score than they gave this deep-dish pie.