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Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« on: May 24, 2005, 08:44:46 AM »
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Like most of us, I am always interested in good pizza, and frozen has its place too. Can forum posters give me their opinion on any good frozen pizzas in their region? Ultimately, I'd like to hook up with someone and possibly order some boxes to try (shipping FedEX or UPS).
Please leave out the usual suspects---Tombstone, DiGiorno, Freschetta, Jack's,Totino's, etc.
Rising crust doesn't really interest me, unless it is outstanding.
I grew up on frozen like (The Original) Tomstone, John's Frozen Pizza, Mama Celeste(large),etc., in Chicago. Please give me your opinions!

Thanks!


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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #1 on: May 24, 2005, 08:59:49 AM »
I know that Pizzeria Uno (the real one on Ohio St.) and Giordano's sell their pies frozen.
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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2005, 10:18:52 AM »
I meant frozen brand name pizzas----but not pizzeria pizzas that are shipped frozen. I live in Chicago, so I get all the fresh Giordano's, uno's, and Gino's that I want.
Anybody remeber this pizza? I tried to recreate what I remember it looked like. It was pretty good stuff, here in the Midwest in the 70's.
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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2005, 10:43:33 AM »
Red Baron!!! :P ;D
It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs! I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained, or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2005, 01:38:43 PM »
As a lazy pizza-maker who isn't all that keen on carry-out pizza, especially here in SoCal, we eat our share of frozen pizzas. To date, the best I have had is the Freschetta Brick Oven. It's a Thin crispy crust square shaped pizza, and the taste and balance of crust, sauce and cheese is outstanding. We get the Italian 4-cheese version and dress one up with sausage (my topping) and another with the wife's choosing and they taste great. Only problem is that since they are pretty thin and light that we go through them too fast!

In Chicago, Home Run Inn has a great frozen product and Reggio's is somewhat similar. ANother favorite for the budget-conscious is the "Jack's" brand.
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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #5 on: May 28, 2005, 12:47:48 AM »
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Like most of us, I am always interested in good pizza, and frozen has its place too. Can forum posters give me their opinion on any good frozen pizzas in their region? Ultimately, I'd like to hook up with someone and possibly order some boxes to try (shipping FedEX or UPS).
Please leave out the usual suspects---Tombstone, DiGiorno, Freschetta, Jack's,Totino's, etc.
Rising crust doesn't really interest me, unless it is outstanding.
I grew up on frozen like (The Original) Tomstone, John's Frozen Pizza, Mama Celeste(large),etc., in Chicago. Please give me your opinions!

Thanks!

Whole Foods (Formerly known as "Fresh Fields") have a fabulous frozen cheese and herb white pizza

i HIGHLY recommend it

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2005, 01:12:00 AM »
I was at Costco today and bought Yoshida's Frozen Thai pizza. It is the same company that makes the yoshida gormet teriyaki sauce which is great stuff! Anyway, 2 pizza's, peanut sauce with lots of chicken and cheese. Fot $10 for the 2, it was really good. I don't buy frozen unless it's something I don't do myself, like thai.

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #7 on: June 01, 2005, 06:50:18 AM »
Well I know you mentioned Totino's, But way back in time say 33 years or so my first memories of frozen pizza was Totino's... I thought it was the greatest thing! Even to this day I keep a few in the freezer. The crust on a Totino's is still unlike any other frozen pizza out there. (Very crispy) and light. At $1.25 a pop,,, They are still a good deal. And tasty-n-quick in a pinch. :)

 I also remember these very little frozen (MiniPizza's),,, G-n-W brand I think,,, Probably the very first frozen pizza's I ever baked myself. And though not frozen,,, Anyone remember Mama Rosa's pizza, I still like that too!!!  ;D
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It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs! I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained, or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #8 on: June 01, 2005, 06:56:10 AM »
All baked!!! Ah the memories. :)
It's an Earth food. They are called Swedish meatballs. It's a strange thing, but every sentient race has its own version of these Swedish meatballs! I suspect it's one of those great universal mysteries which will either never be explained, or which would drive you mad if you ever learned the truth.

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #9 on: June 03, 2005, 03:33:42 PM »
Well I know you mentioned Totino's, But way back in time say 33 years or so my first memories of frozen pizza was Totino's... I thought it was the greatest thing! Even to this day I keep a few in the freezer. The crust on a Totino's is still unlike any other frozen pizza out there. (Very crispy) and light. At $1.25 a pop,,, They are still a good deal. And tasty-n-quick in a pinch. :)

 I also remember these very little frozen (MiniPizza's),,, G-n-W brand I think,,, Probably the very first frozen pizza's I ever baked myself. And though not frozen,,, Anyone remember Mama Rosa's pizza, I still like that too!!!  ;D

I like the Totino's cheapo ones too. You can't beat them for the convenience and the price. They're very easily customized too. Something about the sauce... I know it's cheap, but I love it for some reason. Maybe it just reminds me of being a kid... I dunno
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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #10 on: June 03, 2005, 03:34:37 PM »
All baked!!! Ah the memories. :)

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #11 on: June 03, 2005, 03:35:27 PM »
Aything from the Bruschetta (sp?) brand is good frozen too.
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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #12 on: June 04, 2005, 06:38:44 PM »
I can certainly appreciate a good frozen pizza.  i especially like tombstones cooked in those little metal timer oven at bars and drive-ins, etc. 

unfortunately i now live in canada, and there are 3 frozen pizza choices at the safeway:
1) kraft rising crust
2) McCain rising crust (ghetto)
3) dr. oetker's

i'm not a big fan of the rising crust pizzas (too much dough) also the ingredients are poor quality

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #13 on: June 04, 2005, 07:30:07 PM »
I don't think I've ever encountered a decent supermarket frozen pizza.  Or worse yet, microwaveable  :-X.  I settle for Dr. Oetker's, if I must.  I've frozen leftover delivery, and that turns out alright.

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #14 on: July 08, 2005, 01:23:10 PM »
I live in central IL and there is a really good frozen pizza called Butch's. I think it is only distributed around Peoria. I can try and dig up some information on getting them shipped to you if you would like. I could ship you some if I knew how to ship frozen foods. Just about every bar in the area serves these as their frozen pizzas. They are also carried at all grocery stores and Wal-Marts around here. You could try and get a hold of them and see how far north they distribute.

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #15 on: January 19, 2006, 12:09:25 PM »
I prefer DeGiorno's frozen pies to any of the pizza chains, and they are 20-25% of the price.  For a mass produced pie they do a pretty good job on crust and toppings.  I use a pizza screen and the crust comes out crispy and the toppings are of good quality.  I hate to say it, but their advertizing campaign where they ask, "Is it delivery or is it DeGiorno?" is right on the mark.   

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #16 on: January 20, 2006, 05:28:53 PM »
The DeGiorno deep dish is a good one to try. takes a while to bake because they are so thick. They aren't very big around, but very good! :pizza:

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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #17 on: January 22, 2006, 06:03:56 PM »
I live in Chicago and have tried all the frozen pizzas you can imagine over the years. Tombstone, DiGiornio, Freschetta, Red Baron,Tostino's, Tony's, Reggios, Home Run Inn, Uno's, Jack's, Amy's, Wolfgang Pucks, Jeno's, Stouffer's, Celeste plus all sorts of private label pizzas too numerous to mention or remember. Some have been good and a lot have been bad.

One of the best I have found that I discovered as of late is Palermo's Primo Thin
It's the best frozen pizza I can remember having in a long time and I have 30 years of frozen pizza eating under my belt to prove it. They sell them here in Chicago at Jewel Supermarkets and at Costco, albeit in limited variety at Costco. I just picked up a 3 pack of their Magherita pizzas at Costco the other day but haven't had one yet. Their cheese pizza that I have had is very,very good and like I said, one of the best.  Here is a website I found for them.

http://www.palermospizza.com/
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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #18 on: January 23, 2006, 08:45:28 AM »
Wiseguy, thanks for the tip.

I've seen them in Costco before and always wondered if they'd be any good, but I've always been afraid to try them.

I'll try to remember to give them a shot soon.


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Re: Need opinions on GOOD frozen pizza brands
« Reply #19 on: January 23, 2006, 10:23:53 PM »
Wiseguy, thanks for the tip.

I've seen them in Costco before and always wondered if they'd be any good, but I've always been afraid to try them.

I'll try to remember to give them a shot soon.


Thanks again!

Costco is a great place to buy because you need not worry if you don't like them. Eat one, if not to your liking bring the others back for a full refund. Although I'm sure you like them. Make sure to preheat the oven well and they'll come out nice and crispy.


 

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