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Is there a frozen pizza worth eating? [Moved from Pacific Northwest]

wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 02:44 PM

Let me anticipate your reaction - why would you want to? The answer is logistics while staying a friend's condo in Birch Bay with a dog. Little Caesars is the local choice and is just not worth it. The take and bake option has fallen short. Looking at the frozen food aisle in the grocery seems to indicate that somebody is eating all those pizzas. Are they all just cardboard crust and fake cheese?

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    Simpatico RE: wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 03:04 PM

    I'm partial to the California Pizza Kitchen extra-thin crust, Sicilian style. I've been known to use this as a "plate" to hold a salad of micro-greens tossed with a simple vinaigrette.

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      kchurchill5 RE: Simpatico Mar 6, 2009 03:54 PM

      Not bad, yes maybe not great but isn't the time you spend with your friends more important than the pizza or just you and your family enjoying the time. I get a local grocer generic pizza and jazz it up with my ingredients and presto, descent. I know not perfect but not bad

      Also out of town I bought a jar of sauce, yes a jar, some fresh mozz, some ingredients and pre made crust. Pizza. About the same cost and it was great. Loved every last bite So yes I don't mind frozen, I find it ok, not like homemade, but not picky, I love mine fresh but I learn to just eat whatever and accept it. California Pizza was ok, my homemade for the same price was just as good and made two vs one. even though it had a jarred sauce. Or jazz up a standard one, It still is ok for me. And no offense micro greens with pizza would never work for me, A cold beer and some fried stuffed jalapenos (is my families favorite with pizza) Micro greens would never work. Sorry, I do I like micro greens however.

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        Divamac RE: Simpatico Mar 7, 2009 05:49 PM

        My favorite pizza at CPK is the one served with a pear and gorgonzola salad atop it. For some reason, I've never thought to do the same thing at home.

        The CPK pizzas from the market are my current favorite, too. But I buy more of the Palumbo's thin crust from costco because of the price. I like to fix it up with fresh herbs, roasted or sundried tomatoes or other toppings to make the pizza taste fresher.

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        christy319 RE: wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 03:34 PM

        In the Seattle area at least you can buy "A New York Pizza Place" brand (they have a restaurant in Maple Leaf) and it's not bad. It'd definitely real cheese, and better than those awful national brands.

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          dagrassroots RE: christy319 Mar 6, 2009 04:07 PM

          I second this, probably the best frozen pizza I have had. You can doctor it up a little to make in better. I get it at PCC.

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          akq RE: wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 03:42 PM

          Yes! Pizza Romana, imported from Italy (I bought them at Metropolitan Market in lower Queen Anne that used to be Larrys...). I've had both the black truffle & wild mushroom and the porcini & fontina - excellent! They were on the spendy side ($8-12, I think), but excellent.

          1. jinx342 RE: wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 04:04 PM

            Can't you go to a local parlor, but a fresh piece of dough and make your own? Othewise, I concur that California Pizza Kitchen is edible -- you can jazz it up with fresh mozz, etc...

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              bu dat RE: wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 05:03 PM

              trader joes has a line of pizzas that are imported from italy and are quite good. i've only had the margarita pizza, so can't speak about the others - but it's excellent. this is the only one i've had that i've purchased more than once.

              1. Bill Hunt RE: wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 06:53 PM

                I've had fair luck with the "California Kitchen" frozen pizzas. Now, I do add quite a bit to each, but as a base, they seem to work pretty well.

                When given a viable alterntive, I would gladly do otherwise.


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                  libgirl2 RE: Bill Hunt Mar 19, 2009 09:27 AM

                  I had one once with most of the toppings on the bottom, between the crust and cardboard. Complained to company, never heard a thing from them. It was not the first time we got a pizza with most of the toppings of, or in another case, not much on it to begin with.

                  I buy the Palermo's pizza at Jewel and have been fairly pleased with them. I like thin crust and theirs comes out nice and crisp.

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                  KevinB RE: wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 09:22 PM

                  A Canadian chain called "M&M Meats" had a meat lover's rising crust on special for $5.99 Cdn. this week. Tried one tonight - surprisingly good (although, because I like a lot of cheese, I dropped a handful of grated mozza for the last five minutes). Decent crust, lots of toppings, and a tasty enough sauce. I don't think I'll ever order a large take-out for $14+ ever again.

                  Unfortunately, I don't think they have shops in the USA, and a drive up to Vancouver seems a little extreme for a few pizzas!

                  1. JK Grence the Cosmic Jester RE: wetdawg Mar 6, 2009 10:04 PM

                    There are two great grocers for pizza: Trader Joe's and Super Target. Both carry private label pizzas made by Italpizza. They're handmade in Italy, and the ingredients are easily pronounceable. At Super Target, make sure you find the ones that say on the label that they're handmade in Italy.

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                      billieboy RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Mar 6, 2009 10:09 PM

                      I live in a small town with 2 pizza joints both of which are awful. The no-name frozen stuff in the yellow box is better. :-(
                      Delisio is tolerable with extra stuff on it.

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                        schrutefarms RE: JK Grence the Cosmic Jester Mar 20, 2009 09:16 PM

                        Trader Joe's "fresh" (refridgerated as opposed to frozen) are one of my favorites ever.

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                        burritto RE: wetdawg Mar 7, 2009 12:38 PM

                        Q: Is there a frozen pizza worth eating?
                        A: No.

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                          kchurchill5 RE: burritto Mar 7, 2009 01:55 PM

                          I think so. I can eat most frozen, I add this and that and I make it work. Just me. I can make just about anything work. It may not be the best but certainly edible. I'm NOT picky. It's not my homemade and not nearly as good, but what do you expect? My local brand is just fine. I just add to it and presto, descent pizza for frozen. It still was better than take out or fast food.

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                            Scargod RE: kchurchill5 Mar 20, 2009 08:54 AM

                            I can eat most frozen too. I would have to be tied down and I would consider it akin to water-boarding. Wait a minute! I think I need to call the Pentagon...

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                              Passadumkeg RE: Scargod Mar 20, 2009 12:55 PM

                              Frozen pizza? Right up there w/ Spam and lite (They can't even spell)beer. Would rather diet.

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                            Passadumkeg RE: burritto Mar 19, 2009 10:42 AM

                            Another vote for no.

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                            embee RE: wetdawg Mar 7, 2009 01:45 PM

                            Oetker frozen pizzas are actually okay, all things considered. I think of these as emergency food, though. One pie feeds one, and they are not especially cheap. This is a "global" brand, but IDK if they are available in your area.

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                              Tatai RE: embee Mar 7, 2009 04:02 PM

                              I agree with you, embee, Dr. Oetker pizzas are quite decent.

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                                porker RE: embee Mar 9, 2009 02:59 PM

                                Dr. Oetker is the only frozen we buy, but I don't know if its available in the US. I remember a thread awhile back and some Americans were assuming they'd have to get Oetker in Germany.
                                They run about $6 in the Montreal area, but regularly go on sale for $3.

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                                  lagatta RE: porker Mar 17, 2009 06:43 PM

                                  This week (starting on Thursday) they are $2,99 at Loblaws and 3 for $10 at M├ętro (don't think the extra 33 cents is very significant).

                                  On another thread, they seem available at Costco in the US, but only the pepperoni type. I much prefer the meatless ones - spinach, mushroom etc. Not vegetarian, but picky about cured meats!

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                                    NellyNel RE: porker Mar 20, 2009 12:42 PM

                                    There was a frozen pizza I used to get in the UK which was actually pretty darn good - The name Dr. Oetker sounds right - it was a German or Dutch company.
                                    They did a 4 cheese variety that was actually delicious - with blue cheese as one of the cheeses....the crust was good, very thin and cracker like.

                                    The Top Chef contestant - Fabio - has just signed a deal w/ Dr. Oetker - to launch their US debut!~
                                    So look out for it - it's worth trying!
                                    (and I hate frozen pizza!)

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                                      Scargod RE: NellyNel Mar 20, 2009 03:06 PM

                                      Red Baron? Just kidding. I wonder if those are still around? US pizza...

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                                        porker RE: Scargod Mar 20, 2009 04:04 PM

                                        I hopped over the border just today to Northern NY. Happened to spy Dr. Oetker in the freezer case in a Price Chopper and it was listed as "New Product"
                                        I was previously led to beleive Dr. Oetker was unavailabe in the US, but they are there. Took a look at the box, seems to be coming out of Mount Laurel (or something like that) New Jersey.
                                        I like the vegetal.

                                        Funny, the 'Red Baron' pizzas were next to them. Never heard of them before, but yeah, they're still around, I guess.

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                                  cstr RE: wetdawg Mar 7, 2009 03:00 PM

                                  Skip the frozen, choose another poison.

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                                    dmd_kc RE: wetdawg Mar 7, 2009 07:36 PM

                                    As JK Grence the Cosmic Jester says below, the Italian ones Target sells under their Archer Farms house brand are totally edible. They're still a bit on the dry side, and nobody's ever going to mistake it for a real stone-oven pizza. But I get them occasionally on a Friday night when I'm not in the mood to cook.

                                    On the other hand, Totino's Crisp Crust Party Pizzas are absolutely delicious crap. Nothing -- NOTHING -- at all like actual pizza, but wow are they good junk, particularly the three-cheese one.

                                    I know, I should be shot...

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                                      kchurchill5 RE: dmd_kc Mar 8, 2009 09:20 AM

                                      I agree with the Target ones. I add some fresh olives, some roasted onions and cheese and some garlic of course. Not bad. Usually what ever is in the fridge. It is basically using leftovers and works great.

                                      It isn't a bad pizza. No stone oven but hey, it doesn't bother me. Better than delivery

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                                        Bobfrmia RE: dmd_kc Mar 18, 2009 07:00 PM

                                        My son loves Totinos. I asked him how he could eat it, he said, "don't think of it as pizza".

                                      2. mcsheridan RE: wetdawg Mar 8, 2009 01:01 PM

                                        No. I'd sooner buy a Boboli crust if there were no other options, and get the sauce, cheese and toppings to throw the goodies together in my own oven...or even toaster oven.

                                        Anything but frozen.

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                                          kchurchill5 RE: mcsheridan Mar 8, 2009 01:55 PM

                                          I use Boboli quite a bit, add some great sauce sometimes just a good herbed oil, sometimes a bechemel with parm or a light creamy tomato. Lots of various toppings ... a variety It actually isn't bad for a semi quick not frozen but not fresh pizza.

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                                            mcsheridan RE: kchurchill5 Mar 8, 2009 02:54 PM

                                            I use it now and then when I can't or won't get a real pie from the local mom & pop shop, and once made it the base to replicate what (for me at least) is an unusual pizza I first enjoyed in San Diego at Sammy's Woodfired Pizza: Garlic Shrimp Pizza. It's the kind of thing I would never have tried had I not been travelling. When I'm home, I'm all for pepperoni pizza or pepperoni and mushroom.

                                            This one had sauteed mushroom, red bell pepper, red onion and a roasted garlic sauce (No tomato), and of course, shrimp. Not a bum ingredient in the lot, and the whole is well-worth replicating. :)

                                            At the time I was joking with the waiter about air-shipping the pie back to NJ. He thought I was kidding. (I knew it was a no-go, but damn that was garlic-lovers' heaven on a plate.)

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                                              kchurchill5 RE: mcsheridan Mar 8, 2009 02:59 PM

                                              Sounds good to me!!

                                              I don't use often, but now and then or a last minute. I've done several white one with wild mushrooms a simple parm cream sauce, fresh arugula, roasted garlic and roasted red peppers ... similar to yours. Also fresh thyme, sweet potato, spinach, carmelized onions and goat cheese was a big hit. Just a thyme infused olive oil over boboli, then some roasted butternut diced, carmelized onion, just frozen spinach and then goat cheese. It was decadent. You could of easily added pancetta to this or bacon, but this was a veggie party for a good friend. It was great tasting

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                                          piccola RE: wetdawg Mar 8, 2009 06:11 PM

                                          Amy's organic spinach pizza is great. My boyfriend, an admittedly super picky eater, ate an entire pie in one sitting, despite its flashy green colour.

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                                            HDinCentralME RE: wetdawg Mar 20, 2009 11:49 AM


                                            1. mrbigshotno.1 RE: wetdawg Mar 20, 2009 11:56 AM

                                              Hey, after a few shots and about 10 beers Totinos are just fine and only a buck each!

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                                                libgirl2 RE: mrbigshotno.1 Mar 20, 2009 12:09 PM


                                              2. NellyNel RE: wetdawg Mar 20, 2009 12:45 PM

                                                Does anyone remember the Toaster pizza from the '70's?
                                                I can't remember the name now ...but it was a round disk with a creamy tomato sauce inside (sauce and cheese - the cheese would melt to create a creamy red sauce)
                                                God they were good!
                                                They had a really disticnt taste which I can remember so well...I haven't seen them for years! I miss them soooo much!

                                                Oh - I just googled it - and found this http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/370788
                                                so I guess I am not alone!

                                                1. OCAnn RE: wetdawg Mar 20, 2009 04:28 PM

                                                  No. Usually, we go to Buca di Beppo and do their pizza take-out. If you like thin crust, we enjoy it more than CPK's take-out.

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