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.

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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.

Screamin’ Sicilian – Spicy Clucker

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I had high hopes for this. Not only is Screamin’ Sicilian’s “Holy Pepperoni” variety excellent, but multiple people have asked me about this brand which happens to be one of HEB’s fastest selling pizza brands. I think it’s the eye-catching packaging. I unfortunately didn’t care for the Spicy Clucker. It lived up to the spicy name, but I can say now that pizza is shockingly one of the few things bacon does not improve. I also didn’t like the cheese, and nothing about the chicken stood out (unlike the excellent Dr. Oetker Pizza Pollo). Not necessarily bad, but all around forgettable.

Purchased at HEB for $6.95.  21.85 oz, $.32/oz.

Mia Fresca – Pepperoni & Garlic

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Tonight I must thank the Pizza Gods, for tonight the Pizza Gods hath delivered to me heaven on a carb-based platform. That is an overly dramatic way of saying this stuff is excellent. I’ve gotten to the point where it’s hard not to rehash the same old lines every time now that I’ve reviewed 85 pizzas (not all reviews have been posted).

I think the relatively minimal amount of tomato sauce was the driving force that made this sing to me. I tend to prefer more cheese and less sauce than is presented on most pizzas. Mia Fresca’s offering did not seem to have more cheese than usual, but there certainly seemed to be a little less sauce which upped the cheese:sauce ratio.

It helps that the cheese was not greasy at all. Too much grease makes me sick.

The roasted garlic was the perfect topper as it gently enhanced the flavor without getting in the way the slightest. If the minimal sauce let the cheese shine, the garlic propped it up that much more.

The pepperonis were perfect. Cannot say much more.

The price hurts a little ($.45/oz for this vs $.17/oz for your typical Red Baron and Digiorno types), but it’s worth it. I’ll buy this again soon.

Mamma Mia this pizza was Fresca!  Had to work that in somehow.

Purchased as Walmart for $5.97. 13.15 oz, $.45/oz.