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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.

Daiya – Mushroom & Roasted Garlic

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Big surprise.  Miscellaneous ingredient-free food items (gluten-free, fat-free, sugar-free, etc) are usually pale immitations of the real (or maybe “standard” is the right word) thing.  This pizza holds up just fine.  Not as good as the best non-gluten-free (double-negative, I know) pizzas out there, but as good as you’d expect if you randomly grabbed a pizza off the shelf without checking the brand.

The issue is the price.  I paid $9.38 for a 17oz pie.  That’s $.55/oz, or 66.7% more expensive than the average frozen pizza.  Although not the most expensive brand I’ve tried, the other brands at or above this price range are significantly tastier.

I don’t fault Daiya.  I’ve noticed that gluten-free pizzas are expensive and imagine it has something to do with the ingredients and/or process of making such pizzas being more expensive.  However, the higher than average price tag combined with not higher than average taste means I cannot recommend this to anyone lacking a gluten-allergy.

Purchased at HEB for $9.38.  17oz, $.55/oz.

Tandoor Chef, the Original Naan Pizza – Margherita

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It’s pizza.  It’s on naan bread.  It’s naan pizza!  Naan is an oven-baked flatbread popular in asia.  I first heard of and tried naan bread in an Indian restaurant in the Seattle suburb of Fremont.  It’s similar to pita bread.

The pizza was pretty good but forgettable outside the uniqueness of its crust.  It reminded me of a higher quality (the toppings tasted better) Totino’s pizza, mainly because the naan bread crisped similar to the way a Totino’s crust crisps when baked.

Not at all a bad pizza, but also not at all worth the price when compared to Totino’s.  Totino’s Supreme pizza costs $1.35 for a 10.9oz pie ($.12/oz).  Tandoor Chef’s offering comes out to $3.48 for a 7.8oz not-quite-pie ($.45/oz).  I might give it another shot out of curiosity since $3.48 is still cheap, but I don’t think it’s worth the extra $2 over something so similar.  Maybe if I find myself thinking about it naanstop over the next week I’ll buy another one.  Sorry, I was desperate for a terrible pun.

Purchased at HEB for $3.48.  7.8oz, $.45/oz.  7 out of 10.

The PizzaMann Cometh

Hello everyone and thanks for visiting this blog!  For about a year, I’ve posted short frozen pizza reviews on Facebook.  Friends seem to love them.  Several urged me to turn the concept into a blog.  That’s why we’re here.  I’ll start transferring those Facebook posts over to this blog soon.  Once that process is complete, I will post all new reviews here and eventually share some analytics based on data I’ve collected along the way.  Until then, happy baking!