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What do you girls and guys think is the best frozen pizza?

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  1. From my childhood - Tree Tavern. Probably not the best, but for some reason I still like it. No chock full of artificial ingredients, very basic and lends itself well to doctoring up with your own stuff.

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    1. re: sivyaleah

      When I saw the title of this post I immediately thought of Tree Tavern as well. It was common in the NYC metro, but haven't seen it here in Pgh. It wasn't much, but as you note, it 's subdued flavor didn't get in the way of whatever toppings one added. And the crust wasn't all that bad - certainly not the bready junk of all these self-rising abominations in the market now.

      1. re: Panini Guy

        Exactly -- Tree Tavern! NYC boy all the way. Need to go try one again.

        1. re: woodburner

          It must be a NYC thing. I grew up in Brooklyn, and am in NJ now and I've been eating it since at least the 1970's. It's been around a very long time.

          1. re: woodburner

            Ha, TREE TAVERN HERE TOO!
            Ive never had anything like it!

      2. The apple-gorgonzola handmade Italian pizza on the Archer Farms line at Target. The ingredient list doesn't look like a science experiment, it's 4 bucks, and absolutely delicious. As far as I can tell, the same company makes the frozen pizzas for Trader Joe's.

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        1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

          had the Archer Farm pizza today (imported from Italy?) my hubby had the gorgonzola apple and I had the Four cheese pizza. very good pizza!!
          Best I've had so far!

          1. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

            I agree about Archer Farms, though I'm not a huge fan of gorgonzola pizza. LOVE the spinach and goat cheese and the mediterranean vegetable varieties, though. Really, I would not have known they were frozen pizzas if I hadn't taken them out of the box myself. I've actually started to like a lot of the Archer Farms foods (it's Target's in-house brand). We just moved and now have a Super Target nearby- so I've been trying them out.

            1. re: LizR

              I know!! we get lots of things from Supertarget now! pretty much all Archer Farms items have been really good!!! and Target has such a large variety in different cultures, like that a lot!
              definitely gonna try the other pizzas too!!!

              1. re: LizR

                Our Target didn't have the fancy varieties... we tried the thin-crust marinara today (I added pepperoni) and it looked good but it was very disappointing. The only good thing I could find to say about it was that it wasn't over-salted (It wasn't salty at all...) I was hoping for a rich tomato flavour, but the tomato didn't have any flavour at all. :(

                1. re: Kajikit

                  I just had the bbq chicken thin crust. It was pretty good, especially with red chili flakes added ;)

                  1. re: Kajikit

                    my hubby tried the regular pepperoni today from Target and didn't like it. The ones we really like are the 'imported from italy' pizzas from Archer Farms... I've only seen them at the Super Targets...

                2. re: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester

                  Hmm those pizza's do seem similar - and I like them both!

                3. Depends on what you're looking for. For me the comfort pizza is Elios (which I then put saurkraut on). I've been liking the Fresheta lately though - pretty good crust & sauce. Once in a great while (when looking for somthing different) the Thai chicken pizza from California Pizza Kitchen.

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                  1. re: HunterJay

                    Yea, I kind of like Elios too, another childhood leftover.

                    1. re: sivyaleah

                      There will always be a spot in my heart for Elios. My other favorite, which I eat about once every 5 years, is Stouffers French Bread Pizza cooked in an oven/toaster oven.

                      1. re: ESNY

                        Those are my two childhood favorites, too! The Elio's really brings back memories.

                  2. I have always been a sucker for Tombstone pepperoni...no idea why...and now am filled with shame...

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                    1. re: Pylon

                      In my dorm in college we used to make Tombstone pizzas at the front desk for three dollars in these cool "pizza ovens". I had never had frozen pizza before then, but there's something magical about phoning downstairs. ordering a three dollar large pepperoni, and having it ready and waiting for you in ten minutes....I still buy Tombstone once in a while, but it just doesn't have the same charm...

                    2. I like the American Flatbread brand

                      1. if you every get from fresh direct try their brand of frozen pizzas. Decent ingredients and nice taste. Otherwise I like the Amy's brand. A little on the expensive side but tasty.

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                        1. re: bethanyj

                          FRESH DIRECT PIZZA'S ARE THE BEST! Good Call!!! Thin crust, sauce is fantastic....

                          1. I am partial to the Home Run Inn pizzas, which are available frozen, here in the South.
                            Delicious and real cheese; they are fully baked before being frozen.

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                            1. re: tritecliche

                              I just had one of the Home Run Inn pizzas-- sausage and pepperoni. They do the job when I get home real late and need to heat up or nuke something. My other suggestion is to get a really good carryout pizza like from Piola or any brick oven joint and freeze it... does that count?

                            2. Embarrassed to admit, but I sometimes buy the individual size deluxe from Mama Celeste, normally $2 at my local supermarket but often on sale for a buck. I always sprinkle some parmesan cheese on top along with some basil and crushed chili pepper and sometimes even some onion, red bell pepper, and storebought pepperoni.

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                              1. re: nosh

                                Sprinkle cornmeal on the baking sheet to add a nice crunch to the bottom of the crust. Also, try sprinkled on top with sauteed chopped garlic, and after baking, dolloping with ricotta.

                                1. re: nosh

                                  Don't be embarrassed, I kind of like that stuff too. I still feed it to my husband when it goes on sale. Now I'm really liking the DiGiorno (when on sale) and the Archer Farms isn't half bad either. I unfortunately will be watching my weight for the rest of my life so I am pretty much stuck with the Lean Cuisine frozen pizzas, which is the best of the "diet" pizzas.

                                2. I'm partial to DiGiorno--the one with the rising crust, "supreme" or whatever they call it with several kinds of meat and some veggies. But it almost never makes it into the oven exactly as it comes out of the box. Mike likes pineapple on pizza, so sometimes I add that, and at the very least it gets more cheese.

                                  I grew up on Totino's Party Pizzas. Whenever we had a babysitter we also got a Totino's pizza and one of those quart-sized glass bottles of Coke. It was the only time we ever had pop, and the only frozen pizzas that were to be had around there.

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                                  1. re: revsharkie

                                    I also got the Totino's when I was baby sat or baby sitting! They were awful in a good way........

                                    I had a great frozen pizza the other day.... Reggio's pepperoni. Got it at Aldi for $2.99. Not very big, but nice spicy sauce, plenty of pepperoni and a good crust. Am going back this weekend and hope they are still there. Planning on picking up a couple.

                                  2. The Trader Joe's ones are really good. The Trader Giotto (sp?) four cheese is a classic, and the Olympiad one with peppers, feta and olives is quite tasty.

                                    1. Mystic Pizza - available in a 3 pack at Costco

                                      Amy's - simple and good

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                                      1. re: wandasue

                                        Amy's caramelized onion pie is pretty good as frozen pies go.

                                      2. Wolfgang Puck puts out a very nice BBQ chicken pizza. We like it.

                                        1. AHH CPK is great a few weeks ago Albertsons has a 2 for sale and so I said why not. I love the Margaritta I still have the garlic chicken to try. But for 5 bucks each, sprinkle a little parm and red peper flakes a side salad and you have a great fast meal.

                                          1. My vote goes to Freschetta (hope I'm spelling that correctly). All of the varieties I've tried have been good. I was surprised when I first had it because it was nothing like the frozen pizzas I grew up on. I was urged to try DiGiorno, but didn't like it nearly as much.

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                                            1. re: lycheegal

                                              I'm pretty much the opposite. I tried Freschetta and wasn't terribly impressed. But I like DiGiorno. To each their own, I guess. If we all liked the same thing there wouldn't be as many different kinds.

                                              1. re: lycheegal

                                                I tried the Freschetta 4-cheese (or 5? can't remember) last week. Super yummy! Tons of cheese, and I love that it's square. In fact I liked it so much I keep saying 'maybe I'll go get a Freschetta pizza for dinner....'
                                                Now I just have to try the Tree Tavern I bought last week too, after reading about it here. Thanks everyone, you've introduced me to a new frozen world!
                                                :)

                                              2. jfood grew up with celeste and when stouffers french bread and outgrew each of them. Can't even eat either. Tree Tavern was a great kid pizza that is still great.

                                                Now jfood is in CT and Tree Tavern is not available and jfood really likes Mystic. Little jfood has a couple of Amy's in freezer and if work is as expected this week, one may hit the plate one night this week.

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                                                1. re: jfood

                                                  American Flatbread Pizza is my favorite frozen pizza, particularly the tomato sauce and three cheese variety.

                                                  1. re: jfood

                                                    jfood-Not sure where in Ffld Cty you are, but have you looked for Tree Tavern in Stamford/Darien Stop n' Shops or at Grade A? That's where we used to get it back in the mid-90s when I lived there. I think Stew's might have even carried them.

                                                    1. re: Panini Guy

                                                      thanks PG, work near S&S in Norwalk

                                                    2. re: jfood

                                                      For those of us born in this century, it has to be Freschetta!

                                                      TT

                                                    3. Folks in/around Chicago: Cough up the $13 at Jewel and buy a Leonardo's of Naperville spinach stuffed pizza. The restaurant is long gone, but the pizza exists -- and it's nearly as good as the fresh one.

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                                                      1. re: kdeadline9

                                                        Stouffer's French Bread Pizza
                                                        Totino's

                                                      2. Amy's Organic Cheese Pizza is absolutely great. i grew up eating New Haven Apizza, and though this is NOTHING like it, for a late night frozen pie it is just great. nice simple sauce, crust is chewy but will char nicely if you push it a little temp wise, and all organic. real cheese, sauce, crust, no additives. American Flat Bread is also great, but super expensive compared to Amy's. Amy's around here are between $5 and $6, AFB is over $10. We have stocked the freezer around here with Amy's pizzas. the frozen mac and cheeses are pretty good too from amy's... enjoy fb

                                                        1. I like Amy's and TJ's. Surprisingly enough, I also like the Lean Cuisine deep dish pizzas.

                                                          And for convenience's sake, I usually buy the Celeste pizzas - they're always on sale for $1 at Pathmark.

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                                                          1. re: piccola

                                                            We would eat Mama Celeste while watching the Dukes of Hazard in the 70s! It wasn't bad (but it always would burn the roof off my mouth).

                                                            1. Do you have Buitoni frozen pizza in the U.S.? It's really very good and their new one which is a 5 minutes in the microwave pizza is decent, too.

                                                              1. Trader Joe's, 4-cheese is good and it's only $3.99. We always keep a few on hand in the freezer.

                                                                1. We've only tried a few... Albertsons doesn't have a large range of choice alas...
                                                                  Freschetta had a great crust and lots of flavour, but alas lots and lots of salt, so I couldn't eat much of it. :(
                                                                  Digiorno thin and crispy wasn't nearly as salty, but it didn't have anything special about it - it was your average frozen pizza, only it had enough toppings on it that you didn't need to add anything extra.

                                                                  1. Want to try the Archer Farms after reading the posts. California Pizza Kitchen's 5-cheese and tomato is pretty good, especially if you add pesto and prosciutto.

                                                                    1. The single serve Red Baron Pepperoni isn't too bad

                                                                      1. Word of warning: it's not the Life Choices mini-pizzas. I bought a box last week and was thoroughly disappointed. The crust is doughy and the sauce is too sweet. I'll still eat it because it's there, but it won't satisfy even the smallest of pizza cravings.

                                                                        1. I don't really like any of the commercial ones that much, but if pressed, I'd say California Pizza Kitchen.

                                                                          We had Mineo pizzas shipped to us from Pittsburgh. It didn't compare to eating in their shop, but for being over 2500 miles away, they weren't half bad. I'd do it again.

                                                                          1. I really am not a fan of frozen pizza but that said my husband who LOVES food but is very particular has to have Totino's Party Pizza on hand for when he gets sick it seems to be his comfort food???!!!
                                                                            When I was a kid though (grew up in Toronto) we had this really gross stuff that came in a an that was called "Pizza Spread" . Who knows what it was but it was the best thing in the world spread on bread and heated in a toaster oven!!!

                                                                            1. I really like Freshetta (the sauce is very tasty) and Amy's Spinach pizza.

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                                                                              1. re: Gingerleen

                                                                                Freschetta Pizza Salami with pesto. 3 pack from Sam's Club for 8-9 bucks. Can't beat it for the price!

                                                                              2. I know it's weird, but I like Tony's Original Crust Pepperoni.

                                                                                1. Here in Chicago, the best is Home Run Inn- I prefer the 12 inch sausage with grilled vegetables- It's as good as some fresh pizza's I've had delivered... It's loaded with toppings, and I even enjoy a leftover slice nice and cold out of the refrig the next day!!!

                                                                                  1. Just had a delicious Freschetta Brick Oven Pizza that had Mushrooms and Spinach on it with a delicious Garlic Cream Sauce, I had to add a little pepperoni but besides that for $5 on sale I couldn't beat it.

                                                                                    1. I don't bother with frozen pizza mucht these days (with a Papa Murphy's nearby, that usually ends up being my pizza of choice) but after reading this, I might have to give some of the Archer Farms ones a try next time I hit Target. Red Baron or Tombstone are probably my favorites, but I'll grab a DiGiorno every once in a while as well (DiGiorno and Freschetta seem to be pretty much interchangeable.) My problem is that by the time I get around to baking one of the things, it's usually spent just a bit too much time in the freezer, and doesn't come out right.

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                                                                                      1. re: Vexorg

                                                                                        I think Red Baron, Freschetta and DiGiorno are all owned by the same compnay.

                                                                                        TT

                                                                                        1. re: TexasToast

                                                                                          Schwanns owns Red Baron, Freschetta and Tony's, Kraft Foods owns
                                                                                          DiGiorno, Tombstone and Jacks

                                                                                      2. We've found a new favourite... the DELUXE Digiorno (whatever it is they call it) - but it has to be the deluxe variety. The thin-crust one doesn't have enough flavour...

                                                                                        1. I grew up on frozen pizzas so I would say I'm a bit of an expert.

                                                                                          My favorites USED to be Totino's and Home Run Inn's personal pizzas but I think both have deteriorated in quality. I've had Reggio's too but I never liked that as I find the spices in the pizza strange.

                                                                                          I moved on to better ones throughout the years, from Lou Malnati's to Gino's East (I'm from Chicago) and I have to say the winner is:

                                                                                          Gino's East pizzas!!!

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                                                                                          1. re: Chew on That

                                                                                            Just tried Geno’s East for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I ended up really liking it, but I have to say I wasn’t too sure about the crust at first. It had a biscuit like quality that kind of threw me. But the more I ate, the more I enjoyed it and now find myself thinking it was one of the best microwave pizzas I’ve tried. It had a great balance of sauce to cheese, without being too salty, too sweet, or too rich. Problems a lot of frozen pizzas seem to run into. I’ll be heading to the store today to pick a few.....

                                                                                            I’ve also had Home Run Inn a few times and thought those were pretty good.

                                                                                            Uncle Ira

                                                                                            1. re: Uncle Ira

                                                                                              Geno's is my favorite from childhood, may not be the best but it wins on 70s era sentiment.

                                                                                              1. re: steinpilz

                                                                                                Are you talking about Jeno's or Gino's East? Geno's East would not have been available as frozen pizza in the '70s.

                                                                                                1. re: PommeDeGuerre

                                                                                                  I think you're right, it was Jeno's not Geno's. Really nothing special except/until we started adding oil, cheese, salami, etc.... My first attempts at "cooking."

                                                                                                  1. re: steinpilz

                                                                                                    My motto is, if you prefer $1 pizza to $20 pizza, the food snobs may snicker, but you'll be much richer.

                                                                                          2. Amy's no cheese. It's amazing and veggie-licious. And I don't normally make it 20 minutes sans meat

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                                                                                            1. re: dagoose

                                                                                              Thanks for validating my veggie existence. :-) I keep on telling my friends to just TRY it, but...

                                                                                            2. Wow, great to see a few references to Tree Tavern which was a favorite when I lived in Jersey (in Boston now and can't find it) I'm also a fan of Stouffer's french bread pizza, cheese or extra cheese. The commonality of these two, to me, is that I use them as a blank canvas, add my own cheese(es), olive oil, seasonings and optional meats. I perhaps overcook both to a nicely well done. I haven't found a frozen pizza that stands on it's own without some sort of embellishment, but I have to admit that straight out of the box Ellios holds some fond childhood memories

                                                                                              1. The new Wolfgang Puck pizzas are killer...Can get at Whole Foods...Expensive but very, very good

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                                                                                                1. re: jinet12

                                                                                                  Wow, really....wolfgang puck? I am surprised. The one I ordered in his restaurant was crap. Must try it sometime.

                                                                                                2. Digiorno's spinach, mushroom, & garlic is the best frozen pizza I've had. Get the regular crust, not the thin.

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                                                                                                  1. re: velmar

                                                                                                    I will second this opinion, I buy the Brick Oven one but for me I need to add a little pepperoni, but it isn't "needed". I absolutely love this pizza, the flavors really come through.

                                                                                                    1. re: velmar

                                                                                                      I agree with velmar and Jimbo. Love this pizza, though it's getting difficult to find in San Diego. I'm in the PB area. They used to carry it at the Vons here and I actually found it at the Target (of all places!) in Point Loma a couple of times. Haven't seen it either place in ages, so if anyone knows what San Diego markets carry this, please let me know.

                                                                                                      1. re: auntielo

                                                                                                        Auntielo: Try the Von's in Clairemont Town Sq. I used to buy the Digiorno's with spinach, mushroom and garlic at this location. It's been about six months since I've been there, but it's worth a try.

                                                                                                        Cheers

                                                                                                    2. I vote for Stouffers French Bread. They have been pretty consistant in the last 20 years that I have been eating them. I will give Archer Farms a try. Home Run Inn are pretty good but totally different. Ellio's does remind me of my childhood and strangly I still get them from time to time. Lately I've been avoiding the frozen pizza aisle and getting a pizza from the local shop at half price between 3-4pm. Nice special. Then freezing it what we don't eat for another time.

                                                                                                      1. Interesting thread. I believe that I've had every pizza mentioned in the thread and am actually rather surprised that several haven't been mentioned. Of those mentioned American Flatbread is, for me, the best and also something of a "cult" pizza since it is relatively hard to find. Whole Foods as well as a few Safeways carry it and it is shockingly expensive for frozen pizza. About $8.00 for a small pie. Still, by far the best frozen pizza that I have had and probably better than most of the restaurant pizzas (excepting wood burning and coal oven pizzas) is a regional pie from Minneapolis called Bellatoria.

                                                                                                        At several Costcos in the D. C. area Bellatoria sponsored roadshows which sold out in each store before five o'clock. In an effort to buy more of these I was able to talk to Costco's regional buyer who told me that Bellatoria, in the upper Midwest (i.e. Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Madison) where Costco stores stock this pizza, it sells more pies than ALL OTHER FROZEN PIZZAS COMBINED. This is a particularly remarkable statement given the diversity of product and the pizza obsession in Chicago! I talked to the marketing manager for Bellatoria on the phone and found that the furthest east that their pies are sold is in Michigan. The D. C. Costcos were a trial and would represent a major expansion for Bellatoria which is a small company but has ambitions to go national.

                                                                                                        No this is not Pepe's, Sally's or Patsy's nor Una Pizza Napoletana or Two Amy's. Nor Wells Brothers. But it is a remarkable frozen pizza that for those reading this in parts of the Midwest you should make a special effort to find it. (I know that Woodman's sells it, too.) Bake it at 425 degrees on a pizza stone and, for the last minute or so turn the temperature to broil. Prior to baking it sprinkle olive oil and a bit of oregano and basil on it.

                                                                                                        You'll never eat Freschetta again. Or Domino's or Pizza Hut. Or frozen Uno's or frozen Home Run Inn.

                                                                                                        http://www.bellatoriapizza.com/index.htm

                                                                                                        1. I like Red Baron Pepperoni. Crisp crust, good sauce, for cheap frozen pizza.

                                                                                                          1. I put frozen pizza and fresh pizza in completely different taste categories. I'm very picky about what I consider a good pie - my fav restos on the E. Coast are Una Pizza Napoletana and Pepe's in New Haven.
                                                                                                            What do I like for frozen pizza, Stouffer's french bread. plain. why pretend it's anything other frozen? personally i think pizza doesn't lend itself to freezing very well, pump that crust with chemicals that will make it very crunchy. that's the way to go.

                                                                                                            1. A contradiction in terms. Best, a superlative, can not be applied to an inferior substitute for fresh pizza. What's next? The "best" Dominoes pizza? Think Chowhound, not convenience, please.
                                                                                                              Wet Blanket

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                                                                                                              1. re: Passadumkeg

                                                                                                                I am sorry, but that is disputable. A frozen pizza can contain and exude as much glory as you are willing to give it. Frozen pizzas are a beautiful thing, and they are a sacred thing. And Red Baron is undoubtedly the most beautiful and sacred of all. With it's glistening cheese, and smug Baron mascot...
                                                                                                                Truly, it is holy.

                                                                                                                1. re: roscothechump

                                                                                                                  Rosco - I think you're leaving out the all important qualifier, which is that you're well into the second six-pack when you determine that frozen pizza is glorious.

                                                                                                                  Been there. But never when sober.

                                                                                                              2. amy's spinich pizza, hands down.

                                                                                                                cpk pizzas turn out weird for some reason.i don' like the texture of the crust for their frozen pizzas. even when properly cooked on a hot stone.