California Pizza Kitchen – Fire Roasted Vegetables

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This was more of an appetizer or side dish than a true meal. Though the taste was good, something was missing. My recurring thought was that the lack of meat combined with such thin dough really hurt the pizza. That doesn’t seem right seeing as how “thin and lacking meat” is basically the definition of this pizza and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed other thin meatless varieties, so I think this means it lacked substance. It was like I hardly ate anything at all.

Purchased at HEB for $5.86. 14.3 oz, $0.41/oz.

Fight’N Tomato – Pepperoni Pizza

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I thought “Fight’N Tomato” was just a catchy but meaningless name, but it actually refers to the overwhelming amount of tomato sauce on the pizza. Overwhelming to my taste buds at least. Too much for me. Almost all I tasted was tomato sauce. I’m sure there’s an audience for this, but I prefer tasting the cheese and toppings, too.

Purchased at HEB for $5.96.  26.3 oz, $.23/oz.

Screamin’ Sicilian – Lots of Pepperonis

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I first tried this pizza over a year ago but forgot to type a review!

When I first saw the box, I wondered if this was all gimmick.  The giant mouth is certainly eye-catching.

That’s not the case.

I’m happy to report that the taste is as appealing as the box.  This is one of the best frozen pepperoni pizzas (and best frozen pizzas period) out there.  Screamin’ Sicilian is right up there with Home Run Inn and California Pizza Kitchen’s pepperoni offerings.  Seeing as how I prefer thin crust, I was shocked to find a thick crust pizza I love so much.

The Screamin’ Sicilian Lots of Pepperonis lives up to its name. This thing was stacked with big, flavorful chopped chunks.

The pepperonis were held together by some of the gooeyest (is that even a word?), most amazing cheese in the world.  This is probably why it reminds me of a thick crust pizza from Pizza Hut which I haven’t had in years, but I rememer having very gooey cheese.  Also reminds me a bit of a BJ’s Brewhouse pizza.

Big thanks to Matt. He and my dad helped me build a shed before eating this for dinner. That involved 6+ hours in the Texas sun.  I’m happy to say he was equally impressed with this dinner offering.

I’m buying this again and crave more as I type my review a day later.

Purchased at HEB for $6.98. 22.30 oz, $.31/oz.

Digiorno – Spinach, Mushroom & Garlic

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Huge disappointment. Very plain. I’d greatly prefer a simple Digiorno pepperoni pizza. I noticed the lack of pepperonis more than the presence of mushroom, spinach and garlic.

I’m sure the thickness of the crust played a huge role in my opinion of how plain this tasted and not really noticing the additional ingredients.  Too much dough drowns out the toppings.  I used to prefer thick pizzas, but all the sampling I’ve done these past few years has turned me into a huge fan of thin crusts.

If I can find a thin crust version, I might try it.

Purchased at HEB for $5.47.  30.3 oz, $.18/oz.

Market Pantry – Rising Crust Pepperoni

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Tastes like Digiorno. I consider Digiorno pepperoni pizza to be your average, solid, plain-but-good pepperoni pizza. This is Target’s private label equivalent just like HEB Classic Selections is HEB’s. The Market Pantry and HEB Classic Selections self-rising pepperoni pizzas even weigh exactly the same according to their boxes (28.3 oz), so I suspect they are 100% the same thing but with a different store brand slapped onto the box. Anyway, I like Digiorno, so the comparison is not a bad thing. I’ve been spoiled by all the even better pizzas though so I don’t see myself buying this again.

Purchased for $4.69 at Target.  28.3 oz, $.17/oz.

Sam’s Choice – Pepperoni

Just your standard pizza, but a very good one.  Imagine your typical Digiorno, Red Baron or even basic store brand pepperoni pizza.  Now kick the quality up two notches.  That’s what this pizza is.  Great choice for small gatherings due to its size (38 oz; over 2lbs).

My only problem is if you’re at Walmart (this is a Walmart brand) looking for a large pepperoni pizza to eat with friends, you might as well go for a Sasquatch pepperoni pizza assuming they are in stock. Both pizzas cost $.21 oz, but the Sasquatch was the tiniest bit better. Sasquatch pizzas do cost $2 more (Sasquatch is $10, Sam’s Choice is $8) due to the size difference, so the only reason I’d choose a Sam’s Choice pepperoni pizza over a Sasquatch is if I really need that extra $2 or if I have a burning desire for a pizza that’s 10 oz lighter.

At the end of the day, it’s still a very good, solid choice I’d happily eat again.

Purchased at Walmart for $7.98.  38.30 oz, $.21/oz.

[Non-Frozen] HEB Made in Store – Margherita

I have a ton of leftovers in the fridge I need to eat before they go bad, so of course I decided to buy a pizza instead. I’ve had a huge craving for the HEB Made in Store pepperoni pizza I reviewed a little while back and planned on buying that, but I decided to try their margherita pizza for the sake of reviewing something different.

This pizza was nearly perfect in its simplicity. The perfectly crispy crust and volumes of gooey but not too greasy cheese were delightful. Unfortunately, I did not like the tomatoes. They were overly salty and overpowered every other flavor. Guess this means I really wanted a cheese pizza, not margherita. This one caveat is the only thing preventing the pizza from being essentially perfect. That’s ok, I’ll just stick with the regular pepperoni pizza while still recommending the margherita to anyone who’s curious.

Purchased at HEB for $7.99. 17.40 oz, $.46/oz.