What's the tastiest supermarket frozen pizza?
That history is hallucinogenic. The Tree Tavern pizza that was fantastic for an inexpensive frozen pie is a relic of the past. Current Tree Tavern pizza bears no resemblance whatsoever to its former, toothsome, rolled-edge crust self that lent itself beautifully to personal customization before baking. In fact it and current Shop Rite branded pizzas are one and the same visually if not literally.
Which makes me sad. :(
One of the fun things our social group did in California was to hold blind taste tests of all sorts of products and cuisine. We taste tested 12 different brands of frozen pizza - out of the "national" brands Freschetta was the crowd favorite receiving the highest average rating. Digiorno's came in close to the top but some of their pies were lackluster (spinach Garlic by Digiorno was a favorite)
For non-national pizza American Flatbread was the clear winner so if you have them in your area check that out.
A oddball that stood out was Stouffer's French Bread Pizza.
Other pizzas that on average did very well were:
Pizzas that didn't fare very well were
California Pizza Kitchen got very mixed reviews - some people loved them and some didn't like them, however almost everyone agreed that the BBQ chicken pizza was very good.
As a teenager I practically lived on Stouffers french bread pepperoni pizza. But I also LOVED Tony's pizza, for it's like, flaky crust. Funny, because back then I loved Sicilian crust pizza. Ugh, that stuff would kill me now!
I wouldn't and couldn't eat either one these days, but I loved that stuff back in the day. Today, I will sometimes by Digiorno's thin crust pizza. It's eh, but aren't they all?
There have been a few other threads about this on CH. Generally, like "real" pizza, it really depends on what you consider a good pizza, which as variable as scrambled egg preferences. Just keep trying different kinds til you find one you want. Most of them are serviceable enough.
I am still planning on grilling my own pizza here soon, but until then, I like the DiGiorno Cheese Stuffed Crust pizza. I get the plain pepperoni and then add my toppings du jour. Takes a little longer to cook and using a pizza stone is kinda a must as the extra toppings don't allow the crust to brown as well without it.
If we're talking about taste, I really like Home Run Inn sausage pizza. The quality of the sausage is better than that found in many actual pizzerias. The crust is sort of like a pastry dough so it's a bit denser and flakier than others, so if you you prefer an airier, more breadlike crust you may not like Home Run Inn.
If we're talking about nostalgia, the $1 Totino's Party Pizza cannot be beat. Smells and tastes like undergrad.
Home Run Inn makes very good frozen pizzas as does Vito & Nick (both Chicago-based). HRI's now-discontinued plum tomato frozen pizza was possibly one of the best frozen pizza varieties ever. For those outside the Chicago area you can get frozen Lou Malnati's overnighted anywhere in the US - not quite as good as the real experience, but a damn good frozen pizza.
I agree: Home Run Inn is about the best regular frozen pizza I've tasted. I'm not sure how widely distributed it is, though. We live near Chicago and can buy easily 6-8 different varieties of Home Run Inn. They're all good.
California Pizza Kitchen can also be quite good, although their pies are much lighter in weight than Home Run Inn and therefore rather costly when you factor in what it takes to fill people up.