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Oct 7, 2009 07:12 AM

Need Recommendation: Where can I buy good pizza shells (crust)?

We're having a pizza party and want to make our own but no time (or talent) to make the dough. Any recommendations for really good pre-made pizza shells? Downtown Baltimore or Baltimore County area.

Thanks, in advance, for any tips.

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  1. The frozen pizza dough at Trinacria is reasonably tasty and inexpensive.

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    1. re: chefdilettante

      The dough balls at Trinacria are fantastic. Let them thaw, lightly flour and hand toss = perfect pizza every time. Dust a pizza stone with cornmeal and you are good to go. I am ashamed to admit how much pizza I eat at home after I discovered Trinacria's dough balls.

      Trinacria also caries the pre-made shells. But why would you?

    2. Is dough that you have to roll out yourself okay, or do you want something already shaped and ready to go?

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      1. re: bmorecupcake

        I'd like a crust already cooked and ready to go but I'm going to stop by Trinacria tonight and try the dough ball. I'll also try their pre-made crusts. Thanks a lot for that tip!

        1. re: BaltimoreCooks

          BmoreCooks - Did you try the Trinacria shells and/or dough balls? I'd be interested in your opinion as to how they compare.

          1. re: KAZ

            The pre-made crusts were pretty bad. Really bad. I wish I had thought to buy some dough balls to try another time but didn't.

      2. If you want pizza crusts, go to the store and buy Boboli. Italian stores, pasta stores and pizza joints are your best bet to get dough-that's a ball of dough that you portion out and roll/shape yourself.
        Call around to see who sells it and keep in mind that if they stock dough to sell, it very well may be frozen and need time to thaw-another thing to ask.

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        1. re: monavano

          Some Three Brothers' restaurants have better raw dough balls than others. They have to be a few hours old, cannot have a crust forming on the top or it will never roll out and you will be picking bits of hard crust out of your pizza round later. Go to your favorite pizzeria, and it can't hurt to ask. If in downtown Baltimore, try Zella's near a really seedy market, whose name escapes me.........Hamden Market??? but call first.

          1. re: milhojas

            Zella's is near Hollins Market, in Sowebo.

        2. Whole Foods makes a decent pizza shell, but I've been using a pre-oiled brand of gyro bread. The name escapes me, but it makes a nice, crisp personal pizza. Better than regular pitas and almost as good as rectangular lavash bread. I've found most pre-made shells to be either expensive or often stale.

          1. We buy the dough balls at Trader Joe's for 99 cents. (white and whole wheat) They are really forgiving and not filled with unnecessary ingredients. You can even throw them in the freezer then just let them come to room temperature. We rarely get take-out. I'm from Chicago, and lived in NY so pizzas here just don't cut it, but the ones we make at home are awesome.