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Does "Good" Frozen Pizza Exist?
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  • Post #211 - November 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am
    Post #211 - November 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am Post #211 - November 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:My college-age stepson LOVES Jacks pepperoni. Best thing I can say for it is that it’s very thin and plastic wrapped so I can fit a bunch of them in the freezer w/o taking up much real estate.


    Back in college I wasn't especially discriminating (pre-"foodie" era, NOBODY was that discriminating). I'm pretty sure I went through a 6-month period eating a Tombstone pizza every day (back when I could do that and not gain an ounce).
  • Post #212 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:33 am
    Post #212 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:33 am Post #212 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:33 am
    Eastside Pizza Cafe out of Warrenville makes the best frozen pizza I have had, bar none. I read about them in a Tribune article a few months back when Old Town Ale House determined if they were able to serve frozen pizza, the COVID-19 restrictions/laws (at least at that time) would allow them to re-open. The selected Eastside Pizza Cafe as their supplier.

    It is really, really good. High quality ingredients, lots of different toppings included a couple white pizzas, and everything crisps up super well in the oven with no special steps or hitting it with a broiler before serving. So far, the only problem is that they are $9 each at Whole Foods. I've read online that they might also be sold at Woodmans and/or Sunset, but I haven't confirmed it either way. I also called Eastside directly hoping they might have a factory store or something where the pizzas are more reasonably priced...but no reply from them yet.

    Next time I am in the vicinity of Warrenville, I'm definitely going to scout it out and see for myself.

    For now, I've loaded up from when Whole Foods had all frozen pizzas 50% off a couple weeks ago...that'll hold me for a bit!
  • Post #213 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:52 am
    Post #213 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:52 am Post #213 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:52 am
    [quote="DClose"]Eastside Pizza Cafe out of Warrenville makes the best frozen pizza I have had, bar none. I read about them in a Tribune article a few months back when Old Town Ale House determined if they were able to serve frozen pizza, the COVID-19 restrictions/laws (at least at that time) would allow them to re-open. The selected Eastside Pizza Cafe as their supplier.

    It is really, really good. High quality ingredients, lots of different toppings included a couple white pizzas, and everything crisps up super well in the oven with no special steps or hitting it with a broiler before serving. So far, the only problem is that they are $9 each at Whole Foods.[/quote]

    Eastside Pizza's are good. But better is Bill's Pizza and Pub in Mundelein. The frozen ones are only available at the store and a couple of Whole Foods and Sunset markets. They are $14+ at Whole Foods. My wife and son love the double crust cheese.
  • Post #214 - December 10th, 2020, 4:26 pm
    Post #214 - December 10th, 2020, 4:26 pm Post #214 - December 10th, 2020, 4:26 pm
    PizzaHolic67 wrote:Memory is everything....sometimes things aren't as good as we remember.
    I made Appian Way a few years ago (not frozen, I know) , but it was horrible. Then I got Kraft Pizza Set from Canada, and it was EXACTLY as I remembered(when it was available in the US in the 70's).

    My Mother and her brother made Appian Way pizza at home during the 1950s. It was so prized, there would be bitter fights to make sure they each received the same amount of pizza.

    Back in the late 1960s, my Mom bought Appian Way pizza to revisit her memories. I recall the kit consisted of a flour mixture to make the dough, pizza sauce and cheese to sprinkle on. I don't recall it being very good.

    My Mom can really sell the idea of these highly prized memories of Appian Way Pizza. Apparently these memories were shared with someone at Culinary Historians, who brought a kit to a meeting. I took it home waiting for the day to make Appian Way Pizza.

    Today was the day, when I spied it in the pantry taking up space it did not deserve. I made this pizza with more care than it deserved. I added water to the flour mixture, stirred until it came together, then carefully pressed it into a thin layer of a 12-inch pizza pan. Instead of applying sauce to the dough, I laid out half the pepperoni, slivered peppers and onions. I spread out the mozzarella (there was no cheese in the kit), then laid out the other half of pepperoni, slivered peppers and onions. I then carefully dropped little blobs of pizza sauce all over the surface. My assembly was influenced by Detroit style pizzas.

    This baked for 20 minutes in a 450 degree oven, though in retrospect it should have come out earlier. The pizza was brown around the edges and bubbly throughout, it looked far better than it tasted.

    This may be first time a crisp pizza may have been too crisp. Mom took a few bites, then pushed her plate away. She then began examining the box wondering out loud how old could this mix be. My Dad finished her portion, then he and I split the last piece.

    Lunch was rescued by a large salad, otherwise it was a dud.

    I think we have reached the point where there is no more need to buy any more Appian Way Pizza to refresh our memories. I can just read this account back to my Mom instead.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

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  • Post #215 - December 10th, 2020, 6:39 pm
    Post #215 - December 10th, 2020, 6:39 pm Post #215 - December 10th, 2020, 6:39 pm
    Edwardo's has a pretty good frozen pizza. Butera has been putting them on sale as of late for 2 for $8.88. The size varies from 24oz to 31oz depending on cheese, cheese/sausage, cheese/sausage/pepperoni. Home run inn's thin crust in the same sizes/price has also been offered.
  • Post #216 - December 13th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Post #216 - December 13th, 2020, 2:48 pm Post #216 - December 13th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Had our first Home Run Inn pizza the other week and thought it was very good.
    Pithy quote here.
  • Post #217 - September 29th, 2021, 7:27 am
    Post #217 - September 29th, 2021, 7:27 am Post #217 - September 29th, 2021, 7:27 am
    I might be late to the game but I stopped at Tony's the other day to re-up my supply of the excellent de la Viuda hot sauce and saw, for the first time, frozen Massa pizza. Great curb appeal with nice slices of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomato and basil visible through the plastic wrap. Cooked up nicely, decent crunch to crust and nice ratio of toppings/crust. Wanted it to be better but overall it was pretty good.

    https://www.massapizzaco.com/products
  • Post #218 - September 29th, 2021, 7:59 am
    Post #218 - September 29th, 2021, 7:59 am Post #218 - September 29th, 2021, 7:59 am
    My wife and I have become big fans of the Motor City Pizza Co. Detroit-style pizzas you can get at Costco. The dough is actually fluffy and the bottom gets crisp.
  • Post #219 - September 29th, 2021, 6:24 pm
    Post #219 - September 29th, 2021, 6:24 pm Post #219 - September 29th, 2021, 6:24 pm
    For a while I'd been a fan of the Gino's East deep dish: cheap, and a reasonable approximation of the restaurant pie. But they've gone downhill. They no longer offer the sausage slab, only crumbled; cheese-only has been hard to find, and the flavors just aren't good: the crust tastes pasty, the cheese and sausage bland. It's almost like they've been buying stuff from the packaged Uno's supplier.
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  • Post #220 - October 4th, 2021, 10:17 am
    Post #220 - October 4th, 2021, 10:17 am Post #220 - October 4th, 2021, 10:17 am
    The Detroit style pizza at Costco is pretty good.
    Toria

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  • Post #221 - October 7th, 2021, 6:27 am
    Post #221 - October 7th, 2021, 6:27 am Post #221 - October 7th, 2021, 6:27 am
    Speaking of...(I haven't had the Motor City frozen pizza yet)
    https://www.eatthis.com/news-people-losing-it-over-costco-frozen-pizza/
  • Post #222 - October 7th, 2021, 9:01 am
    Post #222 - October 7th, 2021, 9:01 am Post #222 - October 7th, 2021, 9:01 am
    I dont get the hype. They (Costco's Motor City pizzas (for those who can't look to the previous post for the reference)) are decent, in a stouffers french bread pizza kind of way, but they (Costco's Motor City pizzas) dont get nearly to the level of legit Detroit style. Maybe if you got a slightly smaller pan so that the pizza touched the edges and oiled it up and added extra cheese to the edges it might be better. I have only had the cheese. If you want a bready Sicilian style, they (Costco's Motor City Pizzas) are probably at least as good as any other frozen product, but my family is unanimous that it is too much bread and would prefer a good old home run inn (which is clearly a different kind of pizza).

    -Will
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  • Post #223 - October 7th, 2021, 10:45 am
    Post #223 - October 7th, 2021, 10:45 am Post #223 - October 7th, 2021, 10:45 am
    WillG wrote:I dont get the hype. They are decent

    May I make a suggestion. When there are multiple pizzas, restaurants, emus etc in a thread instead of They name the place, item or thing.

    I make a concerted effort to do this very thing, sometimes I miss, but am acutely aware of the Mystery of the They.

    My 2 pennies
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #224 - October 8th, 2021, 7:56 am
    Post #224 - October 8th, 2021, 7:56 am Post #224 - October 8th, 2021, 7:56 am
    WillG wrote:I dont get the hype. They (Costco's Motor City pizzas (for those who can't look to the previous post for the reference)) are decent, in a stouffers french bread pizza kind of way, but they (Costco's Motor City pizzas) dont get nearly to the level of legit Detroit style.
    -Will


    Thank you for the review. I was eyeballin those things remembering the hype I'd heard. I passed them up, but made a mental note to do more research.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #225 - October 8th, 2021, 9:36 am
    Post #225 - October 8th, 2021, 9:36 am Post #225 - October 8th, 2021, 9:36 am
    seebee wrote:
    WillG wrote:I dont get the hype. They (Costco's Motor City pizzas (for those who can't look to the previous post for the reference)) are decent, in a stouffers french bread pizza kind of way, but they (Costco's Motor City pizzas) dont get nearly to the level of legit Detroit style.
    -Will


    Thank you for the review. I was eyeballin those things remembering the hype I'd heard. I passed them up, but made a mental note to do more research.

    Thanks for the clarification, Will. A few products had been discussed recently and I also was not sure which one you were referring to.

    I think with frozen pizza, people often assess it through the lens of their low expectations, rather than by comparison to delivered or other forms of fresh. That's why people sometimes appear to be overly enthusiastic about it. "Hey, this doesn't suck as much as I expected it would" morphs into "wow, this was really good."

    =R=
    Same planet, different world
  • Post #226 - October 8th, 2021, 9:59 am
    Post #226 - October 8th, 2021, 9:59 am Post #226 - October 8th, 2021, 9:59 am
    WillG wrote:They (Costco's Motor City pizzas (for those who can't look to the previous post for the reference))-Will


    My post was not directed to Will specifically. I apologize to Will If my simple suggestion caused him angst anxiety or if he felt ill will.

    In these trying times of crime pestilence politics restaurant closures and ultra high AVB beer I’d hate to be the straw that contributes to someone’s back pain.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #227 - October 8th, 2021, 10:08 am
    Post #227 - October 8th, 2021, 10:08 am Post #227 - October 8th, 2021, 10:08 am
    ronnie_suburban wrote:I think with frozen pizza, people often assess it through the lens of their low expectations, rather than by comparison to delivered or other forms of fresh. That's why people sometimes appear to be overly enthusiastic about it. "Hey, this doesn't suck as much as I expected it would" morphs into "wow, this was really good."

    =R=


    My assessment has morphed into:

    1. For the price, will it be better or worse than a Little Ceasar's 5.00 pile of trash?
    2. For the price, how much worse will it be than a few dollars more for a frozen Classic Crust HRI?

    My sweet spot is somewhere around the frozen Jewel "Signature Select" Self Rising Spicy Italian Snausage for $2.99 or less. IMO - it's just as good as a Little Ceasar's, but if a reg HRI is 6.99, I'll go the cheaper route, for no real reason other than I'm a cheap bastage.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #228 - October 8th, 2021, 11:34 am
    Post #228 - October 8th, 2021, 11:34 am Post #228 - October 8th, 2021, 11:34 am
    Now that I am emotionally stabilized after Gary's vicious assault, I should clarify that I am not saying that the Motor City pizza is bad, it is actually quite good for frozen pizza, particularly for the price. I just dont get all the internet people getting the vapors over it. It is decent but not sponge worthy, though obviously others disagree, and everyone should probably try it for themselves.

    -Will
  • Post #229 - October 8th, 2021, 1:42 pm
    Post #229 - October 8th, 2021, 1:42 pm Post #229 - October 8th, 2021, 1:42 pm
    WillG wrote:Now that I am emotionally stabilized after Gary's vicious assault


    Sigh. I feel like a jerk. How about I send you a box of Thin Mints and a bottle of Barefoot Moscato to soften my guilt.
    Hold my beer . . .

    Low & Slow
  • Post #230 - October 9th, 2021, 5:13 pm
    Post #230 - October 9th, 2021, 5:13 pm Post #230 - October 9th, 2021, 5:13 pm
    seebee wrote: My assessment has morphed into:
    1. For the price, will it be better or worse than a Little Caesar's 5.00 pile of trash?
    2. For the price, how much worse will it be than a few dollars more for a frozen Classic Crust HRI?
    My sweet spot is somewhere around the frozen Jewel "Signature Select" Self Rising Spicy Italian Sausage for $2.99 or less. IMO - it's just as good as a Little Caesar's, but if a reg HRI is 6.99, I'll go the cheaper route, for no real reason other than I'm a cheap bastage.
    But now, I am being assailed by this description of Little Cæsars {misspelling corrected}.
    As far as national pizza chains go, Little Cæsars is yards ahead of others, including P@p@ Johns (deliberately recoded so it doesn't appear in search results), whose politics I loathe and thus will never again have, even were you to offer me a 'free' slice. :evil:
    I am not just scribing this because - when I was running the indoor soccer team, I had very good relations with Stu Meyer, the acting Gen. Mgr. of the Detroit ROCKERS (where a handful of our best players, including Pato Margetic, wound up when we could no longer afford them), who reported directly to Mike Ilitch. If we had gotten ownership of the franchise, Little Cæsars was on the list of potential sponsors.
    The Little Cæsars shop at 4810 W. Diversey was opened about the time I took delivery of the 1987 Chevrolet Sprint. It is still there.
    Complain about corporate pizza as much as you want (and obviously, I have taken a direct shot at another), but I will not tolerate the description of Little Cæsars pizza as "a pile of trash". An image which will not be posted here would reveal a three-meat treat pizza bought there within the past six days.
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  • Post #231 - October 10th, 2021, 7:15 am
    Post #231 - October 10th, 2021, 7:15 am Post #231 - October 10th, 2021, 7:15 am
    Pudgym29, you are absolutely right, Little Seezers is yards ahead of the national chains I've tried, except for maybe Jet's, but I've only had Jet's once. I can't say I have had anything from Pizza Hut in 20 years to compare to Littul Squeezers, but I'll take your (or anyone else's word) for it, in order to save myself the trouble of comparing. Papa John's and Domino's, I've had each once well within the past 10 years, Domino's most recently in August of 2018 in Long Island, NY (don't ask, very late night after a concert in an area that had NOTHING open for delivery,) and I wholeheartedly concur that Littel Seizures is superior for the price. So, my calling it a "5.00 pile of trash" needs to be qualified much better, in that it's a 5.00 pile of trash that's better than a 9.00 complete piece of poop from one of the other joints. I have a Littal Sneezers within walking distance of my front door, and I probably grab one of their piles of trash once every few months. I'm truly not a hater, and I honestly appreciate their product, and give credit to the little niche they've very successfully carved out. They truly are yards ahead.
    We cannot be friends if you do not know the difference between Mayo and Miracle Whip.
  • Post #232 - October 11th, 2021, 2:11 pm
    Post #232 - October 11th, 2021, 2:11 pm Post #232 - October 11th, 2021, 2:11 pm
    On a whim, I bought a Motor City Pizza Co. 5 Cheese Bread Stix product in pizza form. My kids and I were very pleasantly surprised by how good we thought it was. This led to a purchase of their actual pizza. No one liked that. Something about the meats used. They didn't taste like real meat.
    But the Bread Stix was worthwhile. FWIW
  • Post #233 - October 16th, 2021, 10:07 pm
    Post #233 - October 16th, 2021, 10:07 pm Post #233 - October 16th, 2021, 10:07 pm
    I was at Woodman's this past Saturday and I noticed they have a curry pizza (Curry n Crust) which I have never seen as a Frozen Pizza choice sold at an American grocery chain.

    https://www.facebook.com/CurrynCrust/

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