Category: frozen pizza

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.

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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.

Red Baron – Brick Oven Pepperoni Pizza

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Eating this was almost like paying a 4-star chef (I’d say 5-star but come on now, this is frozen pizza we’re talking about) to take a piece of comfort food and dress it up to be just a little bit better. I used to eat Red Baron exclusively growing up (hence “comfort food”) and got sick of it. I guess absence does make the heart grow fonder.

The brick oven baked crust had a thin, crispy, airy texture that allowed the topping flavors to shine. I now realize I prefer thin crusts over the slighlty thicker crusts I ate as a kid, so crust depth likely played a role in how much more I enjoyed this than previous Red Baron purchases.

Rating: 8.5/10

Purchased at HEB for $3.48. 17.89 oz, $0.19/oz.

Urban Pie – Pesto Fresh Mozzarella Pizza

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We came this close to having a new favorite frozen pizza of all-time. That honor still goes to American Flatbread’s Ionian Awakening, but this is an easy second place. The crust was nice and crispy, he mozzarella slices were some of the thickest I’ve had on a pizza, and the pesto was plentiful. I did feel the slightest bit sick afterwards from the grease, but that subsided quickly. All three Urban Pie pizzas I’ve tried have been top-notch. I plan on seeking out their other offerings soon.

Score: 9.9/10

Honors: Best Multi-Topping, 2nd Place (Tied)

Purchased at HEB for $6.98. 16.9 oz, $0.41/oz.