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What's the Best Frozen Pizza?

For fun, I like to try every frozen Pizza out there.
Any Recommendations for a good one?

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  1. I live with a pizzaholic. Honestly, the man can eat pizza three meals a day for days on end. And he's not a college kit. He's a 36 year old, professional with a serious pizza problem. Frozen, delivery, take out, it doesn't matter.

    Here are his faves:
    Absolute favorite -- Home Run Inn, I think it's based on a Chicago chain, available on the East Coast too. It is a darn good frozen pizza
    Red Baron -- regular, not the ones with fancy crusts
    Tombstone -- again, the standard crust and toppings
    Freschetta and Digiorno are good stand-bys as well.

    What do you think?

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    1. re: geg5150

      I am a pizzaholic. Good thing I live in NY and there is a decent pizzeria across the street from my apartment. Even though I haven't had frozen pizza for years, my favorite used to be the Stouffers French Bread Pizza with Pepperoni. The only problem is you have to bake it and it takes 20-30ish minutes.

      1. re: ESNY

        I love Stouffers French Bread Pizza with Pepperoni (& also hate the long baking--but it's worth it)! Glad to know that there's other so-called pizza connoisseurs that share my appreciation for it!

        1. re: Robbie711

          that has to be my favorite frozen pizza. so rich.

          1. re: fara

            I have to have the combo version. Yummy!!!

        2. re: ESNY

          I just tried Stouffers French Bread Pizza based on these reviews. Disgusting. Now I know why they call it french bread pizza. A layer of melted margarine soggy bread slime underneath the pizza sauce. Gross. Nothing redeeming about it except some decent quality pepperoni. The worst frozen pizza I've ever experienced.

          I seriously can't believe I ate that nastiness. The only reason I did is because I didn't have anything else to make and didn't feel like going to the store again and wasting money.

          1. re: specil

            Sounds like you need to read the directions more closely, They are never soggy and actually very crunchy if you bake them for the required amount of time. French baguette bread is actually quite tough

      2. I have recently discovered American Flatbread and I think it is fantastic. The tag line for their handmade pizza is "Food Remembers". It is a frozen pizza made with love and I think I can taste the difference! http://www.americanflatbread.com/

        That said, I also adore Totino's cheese pizza....especially when it is on sale for $2.50.

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        1. re: juliebird

          I second this one. I serve American Flatbread often as appetizers; the herb and cheese (no tomato) is a sophisticated pie. Guest often rave about it, and rather than lie and take credit, I fill them in on the secret. Damn good frozen pie.

          1. re: juliebird

            Oh my goodness, I'm glad I stumbled across this. I've been to the American Flatbread restaurant in Burlington, VT, and their pizza is delicious! Supposedly my supermarket stocks the frozen kind, I must've just overlooked it or not made the connection. Definitely buying it next time I'm there!

            1. re: Solstice444

              Hmm. I've been to their Burlington location as well, and I must say that although the Am. Flatbread can be quite tasty (we had a hard time deciding between the several dozen flavors listed) it is quite different from New Haven, New York, or Chicago pizza.

            2. re: juliebird

              Wow! They sell this at a grocery store near me. I'll have to try it soon! thanks!

              1. re: juliebird

                Me, too! You just have to be careful on baking times because it's already a cooked bread and of course very thin. I made one recently at 425° for about 5-7 mins.

              2. The Nibble, a food blog - www.thenibble.com -- recommends Pizza Romana.

                http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main...

                It says it's available at Whole Foods, but I haven't seen it at the Whole Foods in L.A. The review was so effusive, I would really like to find the stuff.

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                1. re: omotosando

                  Whole Foods in Los Angeles carries American Flatbread. So does Gelson's.

                  1. re: omotosando

                    I looked for Pizza Romana at Whole Foods (Calif. St branch) San Fran. and also did not find it...don't know about other Bay Area branches though.....

                    1. re: ChowFun_derek

                      Hey, they are in the freezer section of the Whole Foods here in Naperville, IL. Very good...wow, the crust is crisp and thin tasty tomato sauce...I love the Margharita and usually can eat the enite pizza and I am done for the day :-)

                      1. re: mppaul2

                        I see that Pizza Romana is now available online for overnight shipping. http://www.cubemarketplace.com/search... It ships from Cube on La Brea in Los Angeles. I'm not sure if you can also buy it in person.

                        I am also intrigued by the Pizza Romana Hand-Stretched Pizza Crust so you can make your own.

                        http://www.cubemarketplace.com/produc...

                  2. Technically not "frozen" but how are the ones at Trader Joes, in the refrigerated section? They look really good...

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                    1. re: amandine

                      They're OK- I like the greek pizza in the refrigerator section whenever I get a feta pizza craving. Other than that- I like the frozen ones better.

                      1. re: amandine

                        some at Trader Joe's are frozen and most of the more interesting sounding ones are GROSS. the best one we've tried is the self rising crust one with a lot of toppings. sorry i can't remember the exact name.

                      2. Oh yes. I like the four cheese from TJ's, I add sliced kalamatas and sun dried tomatoes. Good for the pizza fix.

                        1. ok, again technically not frozen but the prepared pies at Costco by the meat section are pretty darn good. they weigh almost as much as my right arm and really good. several types available from plain cheese to supreme and one pie is enough for three serious appetites

                          1. Home Run Inn!!!! It's by far the best! And not just as a hometown favorite. MMMM homeruninn crust.... now i want pizza. but i always want pizza.

                            I also pick up these frozen cornmeal crusts (vico bros or something) that bake up great. I like Muir Glen pizza sauce and whatever toppings you like. it's easy to put that together and personalize it.

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                            1. re: annimal

                              That's Viccolo...I believe...used to have a place here in S.F., it closed so now they do refrigerated and frozen pizzas and crusts...

                            2. Not the traditional frozen pizza, but I'm addicted to bagel bites. I could eat them everyday.

                              1. California Pizza Kitchen's Five Cheese Pizza or the Thai Chicken Pizza.

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                                1. American Flatbread, 3 cheese variety. Absoultely delicious and with none of the crap in some froxen pizzas. My kids ask for it by name.

                                  1. Home Run Inn!!!! Best frozen pizza around. We even like it better than the fresh baked pizza from the rest. Sometimes eat it as is but also doctor it with pepperoni,fresh shrooms, roasted peppers. Great crust---try it, you'll like it!

                                    1. I like Home Run Inn frozen pizzas(the single serving size) as well, but they're not for everyone. First, they use the ubiquitous Chicago pastry crust...you either love it or hate it...I'm, in general, kinda *meh* as far as it goes. HRI also uses tons of cheese which can get to be a bit much after awhile. Having said that...sometimes they just hit the spot.

                                      Also, I used to love Stouffers supreme french bread pizzas(always baked not microwaved), but have noticed their sauce getting repulsively sweet over the years. It's rare that I eat them anymore, alas.

                                      other than those...I think the blandness of Jack's supreme pizza makes a great base for multiple add-ons and additional spicing...the crust really holds up to whatever you put on it.

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                                      1. re: aelph

                                        Jack's pizza is my base for a quick meal. I can get them on sale 5/$10 and doctor them up for a decent pizza. The crust holds up really well and the sauce is just enough.

                                        1. re: Dee S

                                          When I lived in the Midwest, I loved Jack's. Can't get in California.

                                        2. re: aelph

                                          I have never tried Home Run but am eager too. I totally agree that Stouffers sauce has become disgustingly sweet. Never tried Jack's either.
                                          I do like Frechetta brick oven thin pepperoni.
                                          I do like some of Amy's pizzas.
                                          When I was in middle school, Pilsbury had a microwavable pizza that sat on a silver box and had a crispy crust. I really loved it!
                                          When I was very little, I think it was Genos that had about 12 mini pizzas on a metal tray in pepperoni, sausage and cheese. I used to eat them all the time and LOVED them. I can eat pizza all the time. Usually even bad pizza is OK with me. I am from NY and REAL NY pizza is my ultimate favorite. The Chef Boyarde box pizza had sause in a can that tasted pretty close to Pizza Huts. Last time I had it though, I think they had changed it. It seemed really sweet.

                                        3. Wolfgang Puck's Margherita, cheese and pepperoni varieties are pretty good.

                                          CPK's five cheese & tomato, Margherita and sausage/pepperoni/mushroom are also good as-is (not much doctoring needs to be done).

                                          My kids devour Celeste pizza-for-one Original Four Cheese pies endlessly and like the occasional Totino's cheese or pepperoni.

                                          I agree with aelph about the Home Run Inn pies - they come out of the oven smelling great, nice cheese and toppings, good sauce but the crust... IMO it is so dense and rich that for me it really ruins what would otherwise be one of the best frozen pizzas available.

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                                          1. re: CDouglas

                                            I find both CPK and Puck's frozen pizzas to be so bad as to be offensive. I also recently had a frozen Amy's organic pizza and it too was terible. I'm about to swear off frozen pizza.

                                            1. re: omotosando

                                              I agree Wolfgang Puck's pizzas are awful! We tried the cheese and the pepperoni....Couldn't even finish them. They had a strange sweet and almost rotten taste to them... blech! We like DiGiorno and Freschetta, but usually we just buy a ball of dough from a local pizza shop and make our own.

                                            2. re: CDouglas

                                              Where are the Wolfgang Pucks pizzas? Have you seen them lately?

                                              1. re: Sandy Eggo

                                                Actually, now that you mention it, no. I used to get it at Giant Foods in Maryland but recently switched to Harris Teeter and they do not carry it.

                                            3. the tarte d'alsace from TJ's is very good. gruyere, ham and carmelized onions. it's in the frozen pizza section.

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                                              1. re: rebs

                                                Had this for the very first time last week. Loved it and wondered how it would be with very ripe and very thinly sliced pears on top. Hmmm...

                                                1. re: rebs

                                                  When I first read the title I was thinking - frozen and best doesn't seem to go together...

                                                  But I agree TJ's Tarte d'alsace is probably one of the better ones out there.

                                                  1. re: notmartha

                                                    Just tried this for the first time last night (TJ's just recently arrived in our city). Bliss. I generally avoid frozen pizzas, but the tarte d'alsace might just become my new comfort food this winter.

                                                2. Trader Joe's frozen Margherita or Tre Formaggi pizzas are a great base to add your own basil and sliced salumi onto...

                                                  1. I usually go for the Costco thin crust margheritas and sometimes jazz it up with some basil, oregano, and thin slices of tomato.

                                                    When feeling decadent, I go for the Homerun pizzas. The crust is so bad for you but it tastes so good. The calories are horrific.

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                                                    1. re: vsoy

                                                      Does Costco have frozen pies?

                                                      1. re: Meg

                                                        In CTthey sell a 3-pack of Mystics, which is the best we get out here.

                                                      2. re: vsoy

                                                        I always kept a three-pack of thin crust Margherita pizza from Costco (can't remember the name) in my freezer that I fancied-up with some garlic, crushed red pepper, sundried tomoto and fresh basil. I thought that's as good as it would get until I tried the CPK thin-crust. yummy!

                                                      3. Somthing about Totino's party pizza. I'm a huge and proud pizza-holic and I get a craving for this once in a while. The crust get's flaky and delicious.

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                                                        1. re: GDSinPA

                                                          I like Totino's combo - something about that sausage - kind of spicy and soft texture - haven't seen the sausage pizza in quite a few years, only the combo or cheese.

                                                          1. re: LStaff

                                                            I grew up in Pizza Hut country (Pizza Hut started in Wichita) and we only ever had frozen pizza when my parents went out and we had a babysitter. That's also the only time we ever got pop, too, usually Coke in quart-size glass bottles. The frozen pizza on those days (may have been the only one available at the time, about 30 years ago, in our part of the world) was Totino's combination. I still get one of those when I'm in the mood for "grub" (tasty but little food value).

                                                            I think I was about 10 when Red Baron pizza started, and they sent out a guy in a plane dressed as the Red Baron, and we all went out to the airport and met him. (My grandpa ran a grocery store, so we may have had some special access.)

                                                            Nowadays if I'm going to eat a frozen pizza I have to be pretty lazy because with only a minimum of effort I can make a pizza for myself. I generally choose a DiGiorno Rising Crust, either supreme or 3-meat. If I get the 3-meat I usually chop up some veggies and add them with more cheese, along with some pineapple because my husband seems to think that's required.

                                                            1. re: LStaff

                                                              I also love Totino's. I don't know what it is about Totino's but my sister and I both love it - must be a strange comfort food thing.

                                                              1. re: LStaff

                                                                I hit that combo pizza once in a while as a guilty pleasure (read: drunk food). I'll doctor it up with various spices and whatnot and yum. That actually makes me want one now ...

                                                              2. re: GDSinPA

                                                                I especially love the fact that you can often get Totino's pizzas for a buck apiece at the local Kroger or H-E-B. At that price, they're a real guilty pleasure.

                                                              3. #1 Home Run Inn

                                                                #2 a childhood favorite Celestes.

                                                                1. Ahh..bon..donza pizza for one.

                                                                  1. I tried this 'made in Italy' woodfire baked sliced mozzarella & tomato frozen pizza from Stop & Shop in CT/NY and it really was good. Their goat cheese & spinach pizza was quite tasty, too. The crust was crisp and the toppings were flavorful.I don't usually buy store brand pizza...but it sounded interesting and it was under $6. Usually I buy Tombstone original or extra cheese. Childhood FAVORITE was Tree Tavern..

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                                                                    1. re: LHorch

                                                                      I agree, the Stop & Shop woodfired pizzas are very good, for frozen. There is one with olives, peppers and artichokes. Even the plain cheese is very nice, and they do say "made in Italy"; whatever that means. My childhood favorite was also Tree Tavern (you can still find them in NY and NJ, although they're not quite the same...same quirky box, however). I also used to like the large, square Celentano with the bakeable tray.

                                                                      1. re: SunnysideUp

                                                                        Still like Tree Tavern in between visits to the regular parlor. Tastes the same to many of us, love the retro box that never changed. Neither have the ingredients, made without all of the unecessary preservatives and flavor enhancers. Did not realize it untill recently, but I guess it could now be classified a HEALTH FOOD! Yippee! Think I'll go and get one at the A&P right now! When they were around, the thick square Celentanos were very good too, and again, without the extra, unecessary ingredients as I remember.

                                                                    2. Mystic brand pizza is a good quality/value ratio pizza. Thin crust, sauce not overly sweet, cooks fast (16 minutes). about $3.50 at our local supermarket; also boxes of 3 pizzas available at our warehouse market for under $10 (BJ's).

                                                                      I find CPK and Flatbread too expensive to justify "frozen" versus good fresh local takeout.

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                                                                      1. re: HDinCentralME

                                                                        Also a big fan of Mystic.

                                                                        Used to like Celeste and Stouffers, can't eat them any longer
                                                                        CPK is just too, well, not pizza to me. Thai Chicken? Pizza is Italian and Brooklyn, not Southeast Asia, give me a break pahleeeeze.

                                                                        Tree Tavern was and is very good when you can find it. Frusshetta is way to tomato-ey.

                                                                        I now just grab some pizza dough, roll it, grab some cheeses, meats and throw it in a super hot oven.

                                                                        1. re: jfood

                                                                          Let me guess, you're on the East Coast.

                                                                          To say pizza is Italian and Brooklyn is like saying hot dogs are German and Chicago. CPK stands for CALIFORNIA Pizza Kitchen; California style pizza is distinct for its lack of traditional toppings. Instead, fusion cuisine is the order of the day. The most ubiquitous of the California style topping is BBQ chicken, but you can do just about anything... BLT, Peking duck, Philly cheesesteak... you name it, someone in California has put it on a crust. To say that California style pizza isn't pizza is patently absurd. Now, if you don't mind, I have a gorgonzola and apple pizza in the oven to tend to.

                                                                          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                                            Yup, born and raised in NJ, schooled in DC and Chi-town. Your are right about my characterization, except that Hot Dogs are actually NJ and Chicago and I should have added New Haven to my Italian and Brooklyn reference to Pizza.

                                                                            Hey, California has brought some great combinations to the palate. I stare at my Puck Cookbook next to my Bugialli and Hazans and believe that each have a place. But pahleeze, Thai chicken pizza, philly cheesesteak pizza, BLAH!! I would probably have less of an issue if you west-coasters would just make up a name to use instead of pizza.

                                                                            BTW, that thing you have in the oven with gorg and apple sounds outstanding, maybe add a little balsamic on top when it comes out of the oven. DW would like a slice as well.

                                                                          2. re: jfood

                                                                            Mystic is absolutely the best, hands down!

                                                                            1. re: AtetotheBar

                                                                              You have to be kidding or maybe you work for Mystic?!?! Mystic is by far the worst frozen pizza I've ever eaten! "Home Run Inn" on the other hand is an amazing frozen pizza.

                                                                        2. Mama Celeste.

                                                                          Because I "expect" frozen pizza to be awful. It's frozen, after all.

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                                                                          1. re: ipsedixit

                                                                            even when the individuals are $1 I walk on bye!!!

                                                                          2. and Mama Celeste is *awful* ain't it? Oy.

                                                                            brief confession: I found myself going through some odd throwback collegiate phase this past year where out-of-the-blue/all-of-the-sudden I had to have that pizza; in all it's synthetic, goopy, ersatz, plasticine, sodden-crust glory. Fie on you Mama Celeste and your conspiratorial faux pizza!

                                                                            1. Nothing beats Totino's after a night at the bar. It's ready in 10 minutes, and mouth scorching is kept to a minimum.

                                                                              1. Freschetta's sauce-stuffed crust pizza. I love the sauce, even if they've been getting really shoddy about the manufacturing quality (they just fold the dough over instead of actually having a crust, unlike their earlier efforts).

                                                                                Second in line is the DiGiorno stuff (I like the pizza better than Freschetta, but the sauce in the crust wins for me...) An interesting try was the stuffed pizza ("Chicago" style). It wasn't my favorite, but i'll eat just about any type of pizza in existence.

                                                                                I'll have to try the Home Run if I find it out here.

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                                                                                1. re: Devourer

                                                                                  Costco has Home Run in a 2 pack and I'm pretty sure Ralph's or Vons will have it too.

                                                                                  1. re: Devourer

                                                                                    The stuffed DiGiorno was crazy. . .like an actual deep-dish pie made of cheese. I've never had Chicago-style, but I guess this might be it. Took WAY too long to cook, though (like close to an hour if I remember) and the cheese deep in the middle STILL wasn't hot enough!

                                                                                  2. I think California Pizza Kitchen has the best frozen pizza that's available anywhere. I think it's better than most delivery pizza and have a hard time paying $15 for one when for five I can get better pizza frozen. LOVE the nice, chewy, yummy crust-the Jamacian Jerk is my favorite

                                                                                    1. Consider frozen pizza a palette on which you do improvements. Buy whatever is on sale then add onion, pepper, olives, leftover sausage or bacon from breakfast, sliced tomatoes, mushrooms, whatever you have lying around---then more cheese, oregano, and sprinkles of real olive oil. BTW Trader Joe's barbecued chicken pizza is very good, although I add bacon, onion, and more barbecue sauce.

                                                                                      1. A Jersey girls gotta say Tree Tavern...as much for the nostalgia as the thin crust!

                                                                                        1. Geno's Crisp and Tasty...actually tastes like Totino's. They are both great to me.

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                                                                                          1. re: Johnresa

                                                                                            Geno's (or is it Jeno's??) is my fave (cheese only) - and at 99 cents, who can beat it? However, I bake it on my pizza stone with added mozzarella and quartered Sicilian Green Olives. SO GOOD!!
                                                                                            Also, the cornmeal crust ones in the Trader Joe's refrigerated section are really good (esp. the one with olives and sundried tomatoes.) Add some feta, more olives and crushed red peppers and life is good!

                                                                                          2. Whole Foods brand organic BBQ chicken pizza. It's really, really yummy. The sauce is sweet but not overpowering, as some BBQ sauces can be. The cheese (gouda, I think) is mild but flavorful, and complements the other flavors nicely.

                                                                                            I LOVE totino's!! (The Whole Foods pizza tastes nothing like Totino's in case you were wondering.) But can someone please explain to me why it's SO expensive on the east coast? Back home in Austin at HEB we could get them for like 85 cents a pop! I felt a lot better about eating that awful (but oh so yummy) stuff when it was actually as cheap as it tasted...

                                                                                            1. Decent texture. Moderate to low in cost and decent size for the price. I'm not into exotic combos; I like standard toping combination pizzas. So it's Red Baron for me, but I much prefer ordering out from a pizza place over frozen.

                                                                                              1. President's Choice thin crust vegetarian.

                                                                                                1. The made in Italy pizzas under the Archer Farms brand at Super Target. I have a feeling they're made by Italpizza, the same people who make the private label pizzas for Trader Joe's. The ingredient list is the shortest I've ever seen on a frozen pizza box. For example, here's the complete ingredients for their Apple & Gorgonzola pizza:

                                                                                                  Crust: Soft wheat flour, water, salt, oil, yeast
                                                                                                  Topping: Apple, gorgonzola cheese, Asiago cheese, Mozzarella, Grana cheese (contains lysozyme from eggs).

                                                                                                  That's it. No weird chemicals, no filler, just... pizza. What a nice idea.

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                                                                                                  1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                                                                                                    Archer Farms is a TERRIFIC store brand. I'll have to look for that pizza next time I hit ST!

                                                                                                  2. Trader Joe's Organic Three Cheese Pizza is, for our family, the only frozen pizza we have found that is worth getting, and it has become a freezer staple. It is plain thin crust, and actually better than most of the "thin crust" pizzas we have had at pizzerias around Chicago. Crispy, quick, and quality. Like the Jester's post above, a very short ingredient list. I didn't know it was the same company.

                                                                                                    Just for perspective, I am not an organic food evangelist...in different stages of life, I've eaten every kind of nasty chemical-infused frozen pizza out there. I am, however, a thin crust devotee of New York origin, and the Chowspouse - although raised a Chicagoan - has been heard to admit converting to the thin-crust camp following a long-ago stint in NYC. The three of us, including Chowtot, heartily endorse TJs organic 3 cheese pizza.

                                                                                                    1. Red Baron is the only frozen pizza for me. With the regular crust, the fancy crust. My absolute favorite is the four cheese fancy crust, but I haven't come across a single Baron I didn't enjoy.

                                                                                                      1. If you're in Canada, President's Choice Chicago Deep Dish (Spinach + Cheese) can't be beat.

                                                                                                        Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizzas are pretty good too. My favourite is the Mozarella version.

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                                                                                                        1. re: squeaks

                                                                                                          Glad to see I'm not the only one giving PC some love. Though I like their thin crust better.

                                                                                                        2. DiGiorno's Deluxe is pretty good, but you can always spike any frozen pizza if you keep some pepperoni and shredded cheese handy.

                                                                                                          1. Help me someone! Costco sells a box of individually wrapped smaller deep dish style pizzas. In the box you have a choice of cheese, pepperoni, and sausage. But I can't recall the brand. Nothing you've said is ringing a bell!
                                                                                                            My kids and husband love these things.

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                                                                                                            1. I'm not sure if it can be considered a frozen pizza but I just had a Lou Malnati's and it was absolutely delicious. They make their Pizzas heavy on the cheese and have crushed Tomatoes instead of sauce. They don't have a lot of crust which is something that I love about Pizza but that is just a personal preference. They are rediculously expensive mainly because of the overnight shipping but they are worth it once in a while.

                                                                                                              1. A few of weeks ago my wife thought she was giving me a pleasant suprise from The Freezer God on a so-so football Sunday. It came in the guise of a new, to us, left-coast pizza. Namely; (CPK)California Pizza Kitchen's chicken & garlic white pizza. To say that this was worse than cardboard would be to diss cardboard. I can't believe this stuff passes for an upscale frozen pie.

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                                                                                                                1. re: Harp00n

                                                                                                                  Hah! Love that -- since CPK's Sicilian (thin crust) is a family favorite. What do you like?

                                                                                                                2. Is CPK having an oxymoronic joke here? A Sicilian "thin crust" pizza whose squared has been rounded? For the record: American Flatbread, DiGiorno & Freschetta all make an excellent, for what it is, "slice" IMHO.

                                                                                                                  1. Uno Flatbread BBQ Chicken (available at Costco, haven't seen it anywhere else). Yum.

                                                                                                                    1. I don't love the sauce for Red Barron.
                                                                                                                      I think Tombstone is average, at best.
                                                                                                                      Mama Celeste is pretty repulsive, but I find myself eating this the most?????
                                                                                                                      I like Jeno's Thin and Crispy (I think that's the one with the crispy crust reminiscent of Pilsbury's microwave pizza from the mid 80's. I used to love that pizza!)
                                                                                                                      Stouffer's french bread used to be good. Now, not so much.
                                                                                                                      Fruschetta brick oven thin crust is usually pretty good. I like the pepperoni one.
                                                                                                                      I hate Di'Gorno. It never cooks properly. The crust is still raw and gooey in spots.
                                                                                                                      I've had the Trader Joes mini pizzas and liked them pretty well.
                                                                                                                      Most of the Amy's pizza, I've had, have been pretty darn good. I like the sauce and cheese in her pizza pocket. The crust is kind of nasty, though.
                                                                                                                      I love Tostino pizza rolls. I have no problem eating bagel bites. I would love to eat my way across America ranking pizza and find the Ultimate pizza in America!

                                                                                                                      1. "Pizza Romano" says that in the S.F. Bay area Whole Foods does NOT carry their product, but Andronico's does as do small upscale markets such as Bi-Rite...

                                                                                                                        1. Pasqualis pizza. It is made in Humbolt, IA. I don't know how big of an area is included in their sales. I live about 125 miles away and can get it. If you are anywhere in the area I would highly recommend them.

                                                                                                                          1. I just put a Pizzeria Uno regular crust, not deep dish, refrigerated pin in the oven. Never tried one before. The store also had deep dis available but this everything appealed more tonight. Added anchovies, oil cured olives and lots of romano. Just waiting for it to bake. I'll report back.

                                                                                                                            1. my favorite is Ristorante pizza in either the mushroom flavour or spinach.

                                                                                                                              1. I love Totino's Combo...and it's only $1 here. The melt in your mouth crust is addictive.

                                                                                                                                I don't particularly care for California Pizza Kitchen and DiGiorno's.

                                                                                                                                I'm neutral about Tony's and Red Baron.

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                                                                                                                                1. re: BellaDonna

                                                                                                                                  Yup - Totino's and there on sale for a buck STILL this week. I'll load up cuz' it's an easy fix.

                                                                                                                                2. Elio's pizza is my favorite. It's a regional thing (I'm in Jersey) if I understand things correctly. Honestly, it's not even that great--rather bland and no crust to speak of. Compared to the local pizza in restaurants, it's atrocious. But I grew up eating it for snacks as a child, and it's one of my comfort foods.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: Heatherb

                                                                                                                                    Kind of funny but I'm from Jersey and my sentiments exactly. Ellio's isn't that good in any regard, however I couldn't get enough of it as a kid, even in school they served it for hot lunch, and it is my comfort frozen pizza as an adult. Even if I haven't had a slice, errrrr rectangle, in 20 + years.

                                                                                                                                    *****Edit.....as now I realize I have done one of my pet peeves and responded to a post/thread 6+ years old!!! Who tricked me into responding to this?!?!?!?!

                                                                                                                                    1. re: jrvedivici

                                                                                                                                      Oh my god jrvedivici, I almost responded to the same exact thing and just saw the date on the post! LOL. I also am from NJ and love Ellios- not as a "GREAT PIZZA" but just because it reminds me of childhood.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: carlee134

                                                                                                                                        My twins, age 9 are heavily into Ellio's now as an alternative to mini pizza bagels. One slab of Ellio's is a perfect meal.

                                                                                                                                  2. After all of the rave Stouffer's French Bread pizza reviews I read on this thread...I had to try one to see for myself: It is really good. Thanks for mentioning it.

                                                                                                                                    1. Two words and answerable immediately: RED BARON.

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: amyvc

                                                                                                                                        Us, too. But I'm intrigued by the people who rave about the Costco pizza...

                                                                                                                                        1. re: melissad

                                                                                                                                          Yes, so am I. Costco can have some great stuff.

                                                                                                                                      2. I have one of the new Wolfgang Puck frozen cheese pizzas(in the white box)in the oven as we speak! Will report soon.

                                                                                                                                        1. I like the Safeway brand roasted vegetable pizza. It is smallish... Just enough for two people for lunch.

                                                                                                                                          1. Have never met a frozen one that I like..am put off by the sauce, usually...My son loves the Whole Foods frozen BBQ chicken one...Must try the flatbread suggestion....

                                                                                                                                            1. I sometimes like the convenience, and the taste, of frozen pizzas - but they are so simple to make with a bread maker churning out the dough, why bother?
                                                                                                                                              And as good as some frozens are, the taste rapidly diminishes as the grease cools.

                                                                                                                                              1. Home Run Inn Pizza out of Chicago is the best. It can be hard to find though. Have found it at Wal-mart, Whole Foods and at Hyvee grocery stores in the past. Better that many fresh made pizzas.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Huskerking

                                                                                                                                                  I have never seen the Home Run in MD but would love to try it.

                                                                                                                                                  I have to admit Totino's pizza and the pizza rolls are a guilty pleasure for me. So not hound worthy, but they taste like childhood. That must be the draw.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Annapolis07

                                                                                                                                                    I just noticed that Harris Teeter carries Home Run Inn. Never tried it (and neither has my wife who's actually from Chicago). Have to agree it's the best frozen pie I've ever had: lots of cheese and a biscuity crust, sorta like Ledo's except not as buttery. And yeah, better than some "fresh" pies, particularly Pizza Hut, which to me tastes like a pizza-flavored sponge that's been used to clean a rancid oil spill.

                                                                                                                                                2. I live in fly-over country, where it's hard to find even a decent FROZEN pizza, let alone a "pizzeria" pizza (I have lived in CA and visited NY, so I have had GREAT pizza in the past!). That said...when I was a kid in the 70s, it was Celeste, Stouffer's when I grew older, and those self-rising pizzas (can't remember their name). I like Freschetta all right when I add my own toppings, and DiGiorno rising dough pizza.

                                                                                                                                                  My question: I have an ancient General Electric wall oven that doesn't get terribly hot. Assuming frozen-pizza eaters don't have wood-burning pizza ovens, which is better for baking a frozen pizza: gas or electric? How do you get best results, no matter what the brand?

                                                                                                                                                  1. I am still waiting to find something that the words "Frozen," "Pizza," and "Good," all refer to

                                                                                                                                                    1. I used to love the mini individual pizzas from Totino's and Home Run Inn but looking back now, I can't believe how much I liked those!

                                                                                                                                                      If you're looking for high quality deep dish frozen pizza, try Gino's East!

                                                                                                                                                      1. The best by far has got to be Portesi pizza made in Stevens Point WI, the "originals" pre-baked style are killer but these are only midwest so sucks to be you if you cant get them!

                                                                                                                                                        1. I've had a lot of frozen pizzas. And since we bought Target's Archer Farms, my sister whom I live with, likes this one the best.

                                                                                                                                                          1. I'm a Totino's man of long stint and can wolf down two at one sitting. Don't even bother slicing them up. Just chuff in one big, pleasurable round.

                                                                                                                                                            PS--I would never buy a CPK pie, but my wife did once and found it poor.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Perilagu Khan

                                                                                                                                                              I had their thin crisp crust peperoni pizza last week. It was really good. Much better than the other pricier thin crust pizzas.

                                                                                                                                                            2. Im thinking of opening a frozen pizza delivery or pick up business. Where we would carry all the best frozen pizzas...(home run inn, digiorno, california, connies, red baron, franchetta, wolf gang...etc.) we would cook them up in a pizza oven and you could add toppings if you would like such as extra cheese..mushrooms..onions..peppers..etc. no sausage. We could deliver them a lot cheaper then if you ordered from a regular pizza place. Should be able to sell them close to grocery store prices plus delivery. What do you think? Would any of you order from a place like that?

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                                                                                                                                                              1. re: stallions114

                                                                                                                                                                You have me scratching my head. Last freshly made pie I bought cost me $12.00. Last time I checked the frozen pizza pie aisle they were running as high at $7-8; for my money a fresh baked pizza is a real dining bargain and 100% preferred over a frozen box pie. Last time I checked gas prices....hmm, you be pulling my leg there stallion.

                                                                                                                                                              2. Trader Joes - Quattro Formaggio (4 Cheese)

                                                                                                                                                                1. The Californis Kithchen Pizza (Sicilian) Is the WORST frozen Pizza ever imagined. Tombstone is better, and I consider it as crap. The Californis Pizza Kitchen Pizza is as BAD as it gets. I just had to theow it out as my 3 kids said it tastes bad and would not eat it.

                                                                                                                                                                  CPK emplotees need to get a new job.

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                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jsoblo

                                                                                                                                                                    In the pizza-like category, I've tried a couple of the CPK flatbread melts: carne asada and five cheese & spinach. The former was pretty gross, the latter was not bad. I think I have one of the chicken & bacon club flatbread melts in the freezer; my hopes are not high for that one.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. There is a Santa Barbara-based company called Olive Street Table that makes a French Pastry Pizza that is seriously awesome. Love the goat cheese and onion!! According to their website you can get them at Costco and a couple of other places, but here in Seattle I've gotten them from Metropolitan Market.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. I live in a place where frozen pizza is almost your best option (besides homemade of course) :(.

                                                                                                                                                                      IMHO
                                                                                                                                                                      CPK sucks
                                                                                                                                                                      Digiorno used to be good but something about the corn starch they started putting on their crust a few years back turns me off. Plus they've become more bland.
                                                                                                                                                                      Uno deep dish can be good if prepared properly.
                                                                                                                                                                      Never got into Totino's/Geno's/Jeno's...
                                                                                                                                                                      I haven't had Red Baron in a while but used to dig them occasionally.
                                                                                                                                                                      A good old classic Tombstone will do.
                                                                                                                                                                      My favorite lately has been Pizz'Amore by Freschetta.

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                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: jefftib

                                                                                                                                                                        I agree with you on CPK and Digiorno. I recently got a coupon for half off a box of Digiorno pizza w/breadsticks. Don't bother - it was disgusting.

                                                                                                                                                                        Totino's Party Pizza (cheese or pepperoni) - that's one of my guilty pleasures from childhood. Luckily, the nearby grocery stores don't carry them. I once traveled to the closest Walmart (30 minute drive) when I got a craving during my pregnancy. After eating it, I decided it wasn't worth the trip and never went back.

                                                                                                                                                                      2. I think i have pretty good taste.....and imho a $2.50 Mystic white w/tomato with a really good evoo sprinkled on it...maybe some crushed red pepper and course sea salt is Dynomite!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. I am a convert to the frozen pizza made by American Flatbread. Their Ionian Awakening pizza is probably the best frozen pizza I have ever tasted.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. Jack's pizza with naturally rising crust ( makes one wonder what a unnaturally rising crust would taste like). baked til its golden on top and the crust turn to a dark brown. I've only seen it in Wisconsin. tried most of the pizza's listed so far and still Jacks is best IMO.

                                                                                                                                                                            1. Very very ashamed to admit this (please don't throw tomatoes :) ) - and I don't even know if it really qualifies as frozen pizza, but I had one of the wal mart deli pizzas (I think it's called Marketside or something) - the pepperoni one. I was pleasantly surprised at how good it was (and this is coming from someone who is very anti-wal mart).

                                                                                                                                                                              I also loved the Celeste four cheese pizza when I was in college...haven't seen it in years, though.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. I'm really a fan of the Newman's Own. In crust we trust, indeed. I picked one up at the H. Teeter, looked for it next visits to The Weg and later a Safeway, but no joy.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. I agree with a few previous posters regarding Dr. Oetker's Ristorante pizzas, especially the Pizza Generosa, which has pepperoni, red onion, and yellow and green peppers. Everything just tastes really good on that pie. The crust is thinnish and crisps up nicely as well. Plus the boxes used to scream "Italy's Number One Frozen PIzza"* Then you look below at the asterisk and it says *Made in Germany" I always found that funny.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. I like CPK and Wolfgang Pucks the best of the national brands.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My wife and daughter went shopping at Costco a few days ago. They decided to pick up some frozen pizzas because we always like to keep them on hand. My daughter (4.5yo) was allowed to choose whatever pizzas she wanted. She chose this 4-pack of Kirkland Signature Cheese Pizza with Breadcrumb Crust. It was about $9 for the 4-pack. That night, we tossed one of the pizzas into the oven directly on the rack and cooked it exactly according to the directions.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I must proclaim: This is absolutely THE BEST frozen pizza I have ever eaten!!! Heck, it's head and shoulders above several restaurants' fresh pizzas! The crust is thin, but not too thin. It has a wonderful initial crunch when you bite into it that quickly gives way to a deliciously chewy crust. It has just the right amount of tomato sauce with a perfect flavor. The cheese blend is fantastic and is nice and melty right out of the oven.

                                                                                                                                                                                      I could eat a whole one of these pizzas myself, but unfortunately I am required to share. We just now had a second pizza for lunch today and it was just as delicious! I cannot possibly rave about this pizza enough. The next time you're in Costco, pick up a pack just to try it out. I don't think you will be disappointed! The cheese pizza is perfect on its own, but it also provides a great base for adding your own toppings. Next time, I think I will toss on some ham and pineapple for a bit of Hawaiian flair!

                                                                                                                                                                                      And, no, I have no affiliation with Costco or its Kirkland brand. I just thoroughly enjoyed this pizza! I didn't think it was possible to find a great frozen pizza. It's always been difficult enough to find a passable one!

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. American Flatbread
                                                                                                                                                                                        Distant Second Dr Oetkers.

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. Two faves growing up were Tree Tavern and Ellio's. Now I like one called Mama Rosa's.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. Stouffer`s french bread is great but takes to long.
                                                                                                                                                                                            Celeste is great not because you can buy them 10 for $10.

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lz4004

                                                                                                                                                                                              American Flatbread used to be terrific. Now it is terrible. We have had three pizzas from them and they have all been inedible. Crap! Buyer beware. I am really disappointed but what can you say after three terrible experiences?

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. Freschetta wins, hands down.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Well, you now have a reason to go to Walmart. being stuck in a non-Italian rural area , Freschetta had been a so-so default for me. But out of desperation I tried something I saw in Walmart. Marfano wood-fired frozen pizzas from Italy. $5.00 for a medium. Total deal.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Being a Sicilian-American New Yorker you need to know I am incredibly persnickety about pizza.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  These were really,really good. Especially considering they are made in Northern Italy.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I just found out online they sell frozen crusts and I think I need to try them out.
                                                                                                                                                                                                  I doctored my 4 cheese with thin sausage and mushroom slices and some sauteed broccoli rabe and a bit of fresh basil and oregano .Ans some good olive oil, Being true Italia pizza they are not heavy on the toppings and the sauce is so much nicer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Oh and some Galbani mozzarella sotto l'aqua. When this stuff is really fresh it is some wonderful mozz. I've been gorging on it and fresh garden tomatoes and basil for weeks.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. There is no correct answer because just like with ice cream I may like Brand X's pepperoni but not like the rest of their products and Brand Y may kick ass with their cracker crust pizza but their original curst is cardboard.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Only thinking about nationally available brands I find Freschetta to be the best bet. However there are a few CPK pies that are phenomenal and a few that really stink. American Flatbread seems to have gone downhill and I can't recommend them as exuberantly as I have in the past. I would also give a nod to Stouffer's French bread pizza and TJ's fresh individual pies.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Pizza's I would avoid - Costco take n bake, overloaded with sauce and terrible cheese, ditto tombstone's. Red baron = cardboard crust. And I just can't seem to choke down those Tortino's or Celeste things they call pizza.

                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. If you have an Aldi's store near you I found their frozen pizza to be the tastiest around, not like good real Italian take out but the best of frozen stuff Mamma Cozzis

                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I used to buy Freschetta but maybe they've changed the recipe (or my tastebuds have changed) but the crust to me tastes too sweet and unnaturally "biscuity." Having never really grown up with frozen pizzas (mom would always make them fresh), I gave in to my kids and bought them Totino's. I have to say, I actually kinda like them because they're not trying to be anything else besides what they are. And the sauce/cheese/crust tastes "neutral," and not foul like some of the other brands. I think it helps that I cook them on a Lodge Cast Iron Pizza Pan. That seems to give it a nice crispiness and a bit of char.

                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. I gotta throw my two cents in, especially because I haven't seen this mentioned yet. My favorite frozen pizza brand is, hands-down, Culinary Circle. The self rising pepperoni is the best- better than Digiorno and Freschetta. They are the house brand at Albertson's, which is a SuperValu grocery store in the west half of the US. There are other Supervalu stores in the US that would carry Culinary Circle, but I'm not sure of all their names (you can google it). Haven't tried Home Run Inn yet, but the Culinary Circle is by far the best I've ever tried. I'm also a pizzaholic and have tried nearly every other brand on this forum!

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                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Chadouken

                                                                                                                                                                                                            We LOVE the Albertsons house brand pizzas too... they're a 'cheap' pizza but they have plenty of toppings on them. I wanted a change so I bought a Red Baron 'new Hawaian' and I was shocked that it had about six slices of Canadian bacon on it and a few slivers of pineapple - I had to double the toppings on it before I baked it.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. Sorry to report to any Tree Tavern fans out there: it is no longer the pizza you remember. Loved it as a kid. They've completely changed the recipe. Just awful now

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                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: KurtInNJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree. Sadly like so many brands...change is not always a good thing.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: HillJ

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Complaining about an unsatisfying Frozen Pizza Experience is both bizarre and silly at best. But when I saw Tree Tavern in a local supermarket I felt a wave of nostalgia because after living out of state for a number of years I'd completely forgotten about it. The only similarity to the pizza I remember was the box it was packaged in. The cheese, the sauce, the crust----all wrong! I've had a lot of bad frozen pizza in my life but this was up there with the worst. Why fix something that's not broken? I can only conclude that its cheaper for them to manufacture it this way.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Just reviewed this whole thread, as I increasingly keep frozen pizzas around for my son and his friends to make while they're hanging out.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              My favorite brand in general is Home Run Inn. Is that nationally available?

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Some but not all California Pizza Kitchen pies are good. They tend to be a bit lightweight, though (think teenagers)

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Of the others mentioned here, I think I'll seek out Marfano wood-fired frozen pizzas at Walmart and the Archer Brand ones at Target--those are stores I rarely go to, so I haven't come across them.

                                                                                                                                                                                                              But I do feel that the buying power of these companies allows them to get some really decent stuff. The Archer Brand at Target, in particular, is about as trustworthy as brands come.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                I like Home Run Inn, too, but I've only ever seen it at Harris Teeters in the areas I've lived. Both NC and VA.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Bada Bing

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Home Run Inn is based in Chicago. Their frozen pizzas are really pretty good - the thin crust with uncured pepperoni is really tasty, as good as any delivery pizza I've tried (and I live in Chicago, so I've tried some pretty darn good ones (not just "Chicago-style")).

                                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Frozen pizza tastes like frozen pizza. They all have a horrible over-processed, over-chemicaled undertaste and aftertaste, and many taste exactly the same, leading me to think that they are farmed out to the same plant and the same pizza is put into different boxes.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: stevel6

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    On the contrary, frozen pizzas have a wide variety of horrible flavors and textures. The "rising crust" style (Freschetta and DiGiorno) seem to be the worst; the dough has a really high sugar content to aid browning, but leaves it tasting like candied bread. The sauces range from flavorless to diluted ketchup. Toppings are usually indentically diced vegetables, salty pepperoni, and pelletized sausage. I've found I can improve the crust on the cheap, generic house brand pies by using a Lodge Iron Pizza Pan, which helps brown the crust, and running it under the broiler to give it a fake "char" like the brick oven pizzas. Lipstick on a pig, but sometimes I'm out of dough and don't feel like food milling my own San Marzanos.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: monkeyrotica

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Yeah, I feel like if you're going the frozen pizza route, you need to go cheap. The fancier they try to make it the worse the pizza seems to turn out. That Lodge iron pan trick is a good one for el cheapo pizzas like Jack's and Tombstone. It's especially good on Totino's because the hot cast iron fries the cheap dough in its own grease.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. I get a frozen pizza from a Tully's Bar and grill from Big Al's that is the best frozen pizza I have ever had but I cant find them to buy anywhere else.