The Best Frozen Pizza (in a convection oven)

The Taste Tester is an unabashed, unapologetic lover of ALL pizza. He is not discerning in his taste. Pizza, even pizza I would consider sub-par, is better than any other meal in his opinion. His standard in evaluating most of the things I make is-would he choose this over pizza? The answer is almost always no.

This makes eating out a challenge. Pizza is usually the cheapest option when eating out or getting take-out. And, since eating out is usually a rather unhealthy endeavor, the Taste Tester hates to waste his calories on a meal he considers only average. Therefore, we eat a lot of frozen pizzas, as they are usually cheaper and more convenient than eating out.

For as long as we have been together, the Taste Tester’s go-to frozen pizza brand was Tombstone. Pepperoni to be exact. But recently, we wondered, is this still the best frozen pizza? There have been so many recent developments in the frozen pizza realm, so we decided we should get to the bottom of it once and for all.

The Test

To determine the very best frozen pizza, we sampled a pepperoni pizza from each brand. They were each cooked in my microwave convection oven, not my conventional oven. I think this may have had an effect on the crispiness of the crust, but once we started with the convection oven, I did not think it was fair to switch. We will do another test using the conventional oven and see if that changes the results.

To help you interpret our opinions, you should know that the Taste Tester loves pepperoni and it is his preferred pizza. I like all kinds of toppings but am normally satisfied with pepperoni as well. I also prefer thin crust while the taste tester usually likes New York style pizzas, but is open to all types of crust without a strong preference.

Each pizza was rated by both the Taste Tester and myself in each of the following categories:

Crust
Toppings
Sauce
Overall

We rated them on a scale of 1-10 in each category, which left a total possible 40 points from each of us, for a total of 80 possible points.

The Results

The Taste Tester and I, in the interest of science, will continue to test as many frozen pizzas as we can get our hands on. I have summarized the scores here and I will link to the reviews as I write them! This is completely unbiased and we were not in any way compensated or requested to give these reviews. Believe it or not we took it completely upon ourselves to conduct this experiment.

Freschetta Brick Oven: 73.1%

DiGiorno Stuffed Crust: 65.6%

Red Baron Classic Crust: 50.6%

DiGiorno Rising Crust: 47.5%

Meijer Pizzeria Hand Tossed: 45%

Kroger Rising Crust: 45%

Kroger Simple Truth Organic: 15%

 

DiGiorno Rising Crust Pizza

For this test, we tasted the DiGiorno Rising Crust Pizza. At Meijer, this retails for $5.49, but we found it on sale for $4.88.

Total: 38/80; 47.5% 

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 4/10

Sauce: 6/10

Toppings: 6/10

Overall Taste: 5/10

Total Score: 21/40

Foodiocentric:

Crust: 3/10

Sauce: 3/10

Toppings: 6/10

Overall: 5/10

Total Score: 17/40

 

Both the Taste Tester and I were relatively satisfied with the amount and the quality of the toppings on this pizza, but I felt it was way too much crust. The crust was soft on the bottom, it was hard to get this one cooked through without burning the top. I definitely felt the sauce here gave the distinct frozen pizza taste.

 

 

Red Baron Classic Crust

This week, the Taste Tester and I tried Red Baron Classic Crust frozen pizza.  At $3.79, the price is pretty hard to beat. That was a factor in our overall analysis.

Total Score: 40.5/80; 50.6%

The Breakdown:

Taste Tester

Crust: 5/10

Sauce: 5/10

Toppings: 7/10

Overall: 5.5/10

Total: 22.5/40

Foodiocentric

Crust: 2/10

Sauce: 5/10

Toppings: 6/10

Overall: 5/10

Total: 18/40

 

As you can see by the scores, both the Taste Tester and I were impressed with the amount of toppings on this pizza, especially given the low cost. I found the sauce satisfactory, but nothing special. I think sauce is really what often gives off the “frozen pizza” taste. Not bad sauce, but nothing remarkable. The crust was quite soggy. I did note that the outside crust was good, so I will be anxious to try this one again in my conventional oven, as I think the crust would crisp up nicely.

For $3.79, we would definitely try this one again!