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

BaltimoreCooks Oct 7, 2009 07:12 AM

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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    Warthog Dec 1, 2009 07:35 AM

    You might also try any pizza place that you like that offers a "bake your own" option. Ask them if you could by just the crusts. I know Iggie's does a "take and bake" option, and if you asked them nicely, I'd bet they might be willing to do a crust-only. By asking at a pizza place whose crust you already know you like, you would increase the possibility of getting a "make your own" result you'll like. Your odds also improve greatly if you've got an oven that gets sufficiently hot and a good pizza stone or equivalent.

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      BaltimoreCooks Nov 30, 2009 12:57 PM

      I bought the pre-made crusts from Trinicria. Should have bought the pizza dough but I didn't think I had enought time. The pre-made crusts are not very good. Boboli crusts are much better! I also bought a frozen ziti (with sauce, cheese, etc.) which was delicious. And a jar of their puttanesca sauce and that was the best I've ever had.

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        cocoagirl Nov 4, 2009 05:02 AM

        The frozen indian bread (Naan) at traders joes makes great personal pizza's and they come in garlic and plain...

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          ivysmom Nov 30, 2009 02:39 PM

          OK, I almost hesitate to mention this but someone recommended the Pillsbury tube - thin crust pizza dough. I think the thin crust version is relatively new. Anyway - tried it this weekend and you know what, it is not bad. I mean it's at least in there with Boboli, pitas or TJ's naan for when you're tired and just want something easy to make. I did not notice that characteristic Pillsbury flavor so many of their tube doughs seem to have, maybe the sauce hid it.

          Generally, my bread machine makes good no-fuss pizza dough though.

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          wayne keyser Nov 3, 2009 08:05 PM

          Boboli is good but awfully expensive, I think.

          I have great results with pocketless gyro pitas (Kontos or some other puffy brand, not King of Pita). They make small pizzas, but what the heck, you can make a bunch. I put them under the broiler (but not too close) and watch them very carefully.

          Ps - a pizza screen works much better for this than a pizza pan or tile.

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          1. re: wayne keyser
            monkeyrotica Dec 1, 2009 03:57 AM

            I also think Boboli is expensive for what you get. And I use the Kontos pitas to teach my kids how to put pizzas together. I usually bake them at 425 for around 10 minutes instead of broil them. The pita gets nice and crispy. Also, some Middle Eastern markets sell rectangual lavash bread that also works well as a pizza skin.

            Sun of Italy sells pizza kits that are just alright, so long as they're fresh. I tried one that had been on the shelf too long and it was like cardboard.

          2. Dennis S Nov 3, 2009 04:40 PM

            Apparently not at Kyro?

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            1. re: Dennis S
              KAZ Nov 4, 2009 06:15 AM

              Ha. Dennis, was this was meant as a comment on my short lived post about Kyro?

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              BontheC Oct 9, 2009 01:26 PM

              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.

              1. monkeyrotica Oct 9, 2009 10:18 AM

                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. monavano Oct 7, 2009 07:28 AM

                  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
                    milhojas Oct 8, 2009 01:09 PM

                    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
                      Hal Laurent Oct 9, 2009 10:01 AM

                      Zella's is near Hollins Market, in Sowebo.

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                    bmorecupcake Oct 7, 2009 07:21 AM

                    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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                      BaltimoreCooks Oct 7, 2009 07:43 AM

                      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!

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                        KAZ Oct 9, 2009 08:57 AM

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

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                          BaltimoreCooks Nov 30, 2009 12:59 PM

                          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.

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                      chefdilettante Oct 7, 2009 07:17 AM

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

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                      1. re: chefdilettante
                        KAZ Oct 7, 2009 07:34 AM

                        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?

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