Monteli – Organic Margherita

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Amazing!  Perfect 10!  So much gooey cheesy goodness.  Tasted like a perfected version of one of HEB’s Taste of Italy pizzas.  That’s about the highest praise I can give a pizza.  This was one of the best frozen pizzas I’ve ever tried.  Cannot wait to try some of their other varieties!

This is a little more expensive than your average pizza, but it’s worth it.  This pizza rang in at $.44/oz ($5.98/13.58 oz, about maybe 10″ in diameter).  Of all the pizzas I’ve tried, the average price is $.34/oz.  Taste of Italy – Monteli’s closest competitor in my eyes – rings in at $.35/oz.  You wouldn’t go wrong saving about a dollar and buying an HEB Taste of Italy pizza, but $1 is a trivial amount to pay for perfection.  Besides, not everyone lives near an HEB.

Purchased at HEB for $5.98.  13.58 oz, $.44/oz.

Home Run Inn – Margherita Sausage

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This one had me intrigued. I don’t like sausage on pizzas and can be indifferent towards the margherita style, but Home Run Inn makes one of the best pepperoni pizzas out there. Imagine my surprise to find out I like this slightly more than their regular pepperoni pizza. Lots of flavor mixed in with the usual extra cheesy Home Run Inn taste. It might just be that this was my first time baking a pizza in a gas oven [note – this is an old review from November 2015 I never posted], so I’ll have to reevaluate my opinion of their regular pepperoni variety. Poor me, an excuse to eat more pizza.

Purchased at HEB for $5.98.  32.5 oz, $.19/oz

Central Market HEB – Margherita

2015-10-22 19.45.08Another good one from HEB.  Not much new I can say here.  Very similar to the Cherry Tomatoes and Spinach variety but not quite as good.  The tomatoes, cheese and sauce all packed a ton of flavor.  It came with a small pesto packet, but I prefer the margherita pizza sans pesto.

Purchased at HEB for $4.98.  14.99 oz, $.33/oz.

[Non-Frozen] HEB Made in Store – Pepperoni

This was not a frozen pizza, but it’s worth reviewing anyway as I still consider it competition for actual frozen pizzas.  This is a product HEB made fresh the day I purchased and subsequently baked it.

Excellent pizza.  Reminded me very much of the kind of thin crust pizza you’d find at a typical mom & pop hole in the wall.  Those are some of my favorite pizzas.

The price is right, too; $7.99.  A little more expensive than a typical frozen pizza (as expected since this is made fresh), but proably  cheaper than going out and buying a comparable 12″ pizza (the size of today’s review subject) at a small hole in the wall.  I’ll most likely buy the larger 16″ version and HEB’s store-made 12″ margherita pizza soon.

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

American Flatbread – Pulled Pork, Pineapple & Jalapeno

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Reviewed in a vacuum without influence from the copious quantities of other pizzas I’ve eaten, the American Flatbread “Pulled Pork, Pineapple & Jalapeno” pizza is pretty average. Compared with American Flatbread’s other offerings, it’s disappointing.

I like pulled pork, I like pineapple, I like jalapenos and I love pizza, but they didn’t combine for something special like I hoped. In fact, the pork detracted from the taste of this pizza and that’s what I was most excited about.

The jalapenos were a detractor as wel. Every time I took a bite that included a piece of jalapeno, that’s all I tasted. I like jalapenos as an enhancement, not as the sole flavor.

The pineapple wasn’t a detractor, but it was practically flavorless.

This doesn’t tarnish my view of American Flatbread, but it does bring their hot streak to a close at 3 amazing pizzas out of 4.

Purchased at HEB for $6.98. 12.4oz, $.56/oz.

Bon Appetit – Mozzarella & Pesto

Note – here’s another old one.  I need to work through my backlog.  I have 31(!) unposted reviews with more on the way.2015-10-17-15-18-33

This is the second Bon Appetit pizza I’ve tried. First was the “Spinaci” pizza. I liked that one only the slightest bit more because it turns out I’m a little partial to spinach pizza, but I’ll definitely purchase this one again. The mozzarella packed much flavor; a big reason I loved it. The crust also came out perfect as well as the distribution of ingredients. High quality, well made pizza.

Purchased at HEB for $4.98. 13.27oz, $.38/oz.

American Flatbread – Sliced Tomato & 5 Cheese

Note – this is an old one I forgot to post, hence the old stove top.2015-10-28-21-39-14

The best frozen pizza I’ve ever had was the American Flatbread Ionian Awakening variety. Though this wasn’t quite as good, I still give it a 9.5 out of ten.

The crust and cheese were perfect. The crust had almost a fried taste to it which helped set it apart from other brands.

The fried taste has to be related to the good amount of grease on this pizza. Just look at the picture! The grease made me feel very slightly sick afterwards, but that passed quickly.

The only real problem is the price. $5.98 for a for an 8.5oz pizza puts it at $.70/oz. For context, the average pizza I’ve eaten had a cost of $.30/oz. Had this been the same aize as your average probably 12in or so 28oz thin frozen pizza, the cost would come out to $19.60. Nearly $20 for a frozen pizza. I’ll still get these every so often, but that’s a lot of money for a personal size pizza when American Flatbread has competition from other much cheaper but almost as tasty options.

It may have a high price tag, but the “Sliced Tomato & 5 Cheese” pizza is a 9.5/10 based on taste and quality alone.

Purchased at HEB for $5.98. 8.5oz, $.70/oz.