This past week in New Jersey I was able to test Lamonica's frozen pizza dough. I bought the dough balls online from Sur La Table and paid about $9.00 each for 8 pieces at 1 LB. each. Expensive, but this was for a test. The dough was thawed out and re-balled to 11 oz.dough. When we made the pizzas the dough opened like a dream. It was perfect. Baked the pizza in 3 minutes with the Turbo Chef Fire oven. ( If you haven't got this oven, get one. You will be the talk of the town for the next 20 years. It heats up in 15 minutes and you can set it for any temperature you want.)
I saw some discussion about buying the Lamonica's frozen pizza dough balls at Costco Business Centers and checked out the new Business Center in Hackensack,NJ as well as the local Costco's in NJ and they do not sell them.
I went to the Restaurant Depot in Hackensack and they had frozen dough balls 24 ea. at 575 grams for $20.00. I don't remember the Italian name for the product, but we bought a box and tried them out. Defrosted 6 dough balls and re-balled them to 10 ea. at 345 grams. Baked the pizzas and they were very glutenous. A lot of extremely large bubbles formed on the pizza. These were the biggest bubbles I have ever seen on a Pizza cooked at 650 Degrees F. The subsequent pizza were docked prior to adding sauce and that took care of the problem. The pizzas were excellent. I mean they were just excellent. You can not ask for more. So $9 per ball at Sur La Table or $.83 at RD, give me a break.
I may never mix a dough ball again. I will check out the Costco next to my home in Las Vegas next week to see if they have the Costco (Lamonica's) frozen dough balls, and if not I will go to the LV Reastaurant Depot to see what they have the Italian named copy I found in NJ. Both frozen dough balls were just great.
If one thinks about the volume just Costco alone uses every day for frozen pizza dough balls, 500 stores at 300/day that's 150,000 on the low side. When a company like Lamonica's decides to open a plant producing frozen pizza dough balls, It's a huge investment. The recipe has to be spot on. That's why the frozen dough ball sold at RD is also spot on. I don't think one can improve on that formula. If a location is near your home, put your mixer out on the next garage sale, you won't need it for pizza dough.