Outsiders – Detroit Style Pizza, Pulled Pork + Bacon + BBQ Sauce


This is the kind of pizza I enjoy discovering; something incredible I’d normally not purchase if not for this blog. The BBQ sauce was perfection. That says a lot because I’m very picky about including BBQ sauce on anything besides actual BBQ. I tend to find it overpowering and annoying. Instead, the sauce managed to take center stage on this pizza’s flavor meter, adding an element of sweetness normally not associated with pizza without overwhelming the rest of the toppings. The pulled pork and bacon added another layer of uniqueness to complement the sauce, and the crust (slightly crispy on the outside by soft on the inside) put the overall package over the top to solidify this as yet another special offering from Outsiders Pizza Co.

I thought about excluding the bit about the crust. I assumed I accidentally cooked the pizza just long enough to create the perfect crust. In the end, I realized Outsiders Pizza Co deserves the credit when I read an old review and realized I said the same thing abou their Detroit Style Genoa Salami & Brick Cheese. This points to Outsiders doing something right, whether it be the way they create their crust or simply a highly fine-tuned set of baking instructions that lead to a heavenly taste experience.

In case you cannot tell, this shit’s good. Buy it!

Rating: 9.5/10

Purchased at HEB for $7.99.  26.6 oz, $0.3/oz.


Monteli – Tuscan Garden

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This is something I’d never purchase on my own if I didn’t have a pizza review blog. No cheese? No meat? No buy.

I’m glad I gave it a shot. Pretty good! I’m a big enough fan of cheese for this to be something I’ll most likely never try again, but that’s purely a personal pizza preference thing.

The pizza was pretty well loaded with veggies, the sauce was good and the crust was great. That part didn’t surprise me.

I’ve tried two other pizzas from the Monteli brand (“Organic Roasted Vegetable” and “Organic Margherita”), both some of the BEST frozen pizzas I’ve ever had. As far a I’m concerned, anything this brand pumps out I’ll try. That Monteli was able to produce something this good without cheese is a testament to their quality.

Rating: 8/10

Purchased at HEB for $5.98. 15.31 oz, $0.39/oz.

Uno – Deep Dish Pepperoni

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Great pizza. Cooked well, tasty gooey cheese. A little more sauce than I prefer, but that’s ok. I will buy this again.

This sampling exposes one of the weaknesses of my review format. It can be hard to review a specialty frozen pizza when I don’t have its direct competitor right next to it on my plate. In this case, Uno’s competitor is fellow deep dish maker Gino’s East. I can say for sure I enjoyed Uno more and think it’s because it cooked better and had tastier cheese (hence the short review above), but I’d like to provide a better comparison of the two. I imagine anyone who decides to buy a frozen deep dish pizza for the first time will ask themselves which one they want to try. I might try to do a side-by-side tasting someday, but cooking both at the same time in a single oven would most likely reduce baking quality.

Rating: 8/10

Purchased at HEB for $5.98. 25 oz, $0.24/oz.

Here’s a bonus pic of the Hound of Pizzarvilles.

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Outsiders – Milwaukee Style Pizza, Pepperoni

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Great pizza! The simple box and “Milwaukee style pizza” description caught my attention. The box describes Milwaukee style pizza as “tavern style” which means it has a thin, buttery crust. I think that’s what I liked about it. The very thin crust allowed the toppings to shine, and the buttery taste was the perfect complement. It lived up to the box’s claim that Outsiders pizza is “Damn good.”

This was expensive, clocking in at $8.98 for an 18.6 oz pizza. This works out to $.48/oz which is significantly higher than the average $.33/oz price I’ve found, but I’m ok with it.

This is the second Outsiders pizza I’ve tried. The first one was the equally good “Detroit Style Pizza” featuring genoa salami and brick cheese. I found that at Target a few months ago, but Outsiders is now being sold at HEB.

Outsiders wants to give “the best, under-respected pizza their moment” and calls Detroit and Milwaukee “exotic places.” I like this gimmick and hope to see and try more from them soon.

Rating: 9.5/10

Purchased at HEB for $8.98. 18.6 oz, $0.48/oz.

Freschetta – Pepperoni (Naturally Rising Crust)

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Pretty much the same as Digiorno and HEB Classic Selections. That’s not a bad thing. Those are my benchmarks because I ate them almost exclusively for nearly a decade and I consider them the baseline for determining the taste of a good but basic frozen pizza. I’ll look for other toppings/varieties to see if Freschetta has anything unique to offer.

Rating: 6/10

Purchased at HEB for $5.48. 27.35 oz, $0.20/oz.

Outsiders – Detroit Style Pizza, Genoa Salami + Brick Cheese

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This is great! Packed with flavor and minimal tomato sauce. One of my new favorite pepperoni pizzas! I left it in the oven just long enough (about 31 minutes vs the recommend 25-28) to give the outer crust a little bit of crispiness to accent the soft inner crust.

This was also a great value coming in at $.28/oz. The average pizza I’ve tried is priced at $.34/oz.

Rating: 9/10

Purchased at Target for $7.99. 28.1 oz, $0.28/oz.

Digiorno – Crispy Pan Pepperoni

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Love it! Easily the best Digiorno I’ve ever had and I think my first frozen pan pizza. The crust was crispy as advertised plus light and airy on the inside. The pepperoni seemed extra flavorful. Perhaps the light crust helped accentuate them. I’ll see if I can find more frozen pan pizzas to compare. I might have found a new favorite pizza style!

Rating: 9.5/10

Purchased at HEB for $5.86. 26 oz, $0.23/oz.