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Aug 12, 2013 07:17 AM

Frozen pizzas in restaurant gets rave reviews until leak

It's probably a marketing ploy but seeing regular foodies getting duped like that just is too hilarious. The article doesn't say if any of those "VIPs" were professional critics.

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  1. I loved this. You might consider more descriptive thread titles though. I skipped over it several times because I had no idea who those people were.

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    1. re: JonParker

      yeah i probably should have had a littlemore content in my post.

      >who those people were.

      Well no one might know who Gary Newborough is but Dr. Oetker is quite a famous brand, at least where I am and according to this German roommate I had once. I hope nobody's thinking that this has anything to do with medicine or an actual doctor.

      Anyways it reminds me of them authentic pasta tray Pizza Hut ads they had about 5-7 years ago. I'm not sure if that PIzza Hut thing was mentionned in the papers. This recent Pizza occurence sure seems to have more authenticity and credibility because it is being talked about on major tabloids and newspapers.

      I just find it a litle hard to believe that nobody noticed that they were eating Dr. Oetkers sooner. I mean there were logos plastered on walls, and Dr.Oetkers is quite known and even praised by foodies for being a decent frozen pizza I believe.

      There's no mention of anyone recognizable by the general public to be involved in the testing of those pizzas, and no mention of Dr.Oetker's marketing being officially in the mix of this stunt in any of the mainstream media articles I've read so far.

      Is there a way for me to edit the post title?

      1. re: Ghostquatre

        Use the flag under the post and ask the mods to edit it for you.

    2. I will say this: if I have to dine on frozen pizza, Dr. Oeteker's is probably the best.
      Pretty funny stuff, though!

      1. Funny, these are decent, but I would not rave about them. But for that price I could not complain

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        1. re: youareabunny

          I had never heard of Dr Oetker's until this thread, and then I heard of them twice in one day -- here and on another thread I started asking for decent frozen dinners. Sadly, until I move back home, there's no place I can buy them locally.

          1. re: JonParker

            My bf buys them for a few euros at the Carrefour market in France. I used to eat them with him til I got tired of his bachelor food.

            Crust is on the thin and crispy side. Cheese is of the frozen variety (melts and burns a bit but not too stretchy), sauce is... Well I don't know, it just tastes frozen lol.

            1. re: youareabunny

              I got started on them when I was living in Europe years ago.
              I was really surprised to see it in a grocery store in Pennsylvania last year, but they can't be found here in Arizona. Maybe it's just a northeast US thing.

              1. re: alliegator

                They are available in Canada as well. Indeed they have (somewhat annoying) TV ads as well.

        2. Just by way of preserving my street cred on this board.....may I confirm that (1) Manchester is the city at the centre of my metro area and (2) I was not one of the local foodies invited to the restaurant's launch.

          And (3) if I do buy a ready made pizza then it's a Pizza Express one , not Dr O.

          By the by, it's disappointing to see that Gary Newborough has obviously closed his rather excellent Market Restaurant and reopened as a pizza place. No accounting for taste. Mercifully, it's only a pop-up restaurant -

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          1. re: Harters

            Your street cred was never in doubt ;)
            Thanks for sharing the article, the whole thing is quite interesting.

            1. re: Harters

              hehe that writer for manchesterconfidential sounds quite buttflustered.

              I reread that article and I realized it might have been misleading (no surprises there since it is from the Daily Mail).
              Readers are kinda lead to believe that Gary really trolled foodies in a spectacular fashion, but nothing is said about how long it took until the word was out during launch night and also there aren't any quotes from the attendees who were supposedly "waxing lyrical"

              I'm flabbergasted that he's gonna continue serving Dr. Oetker's until September 7th though. I wonder how sales are going.

              1. re: Harters

                Harters I don't think the Market Reso has closed, the pizza resto is above the Market.

                1. re: davidne1

                  Must have misread the report. It was certainly shut a few weeks back when I walked past - place looked like a building site.

              2. that is so funny.
                My Uncle loves to flaunt his wine knowledge he had a bottle of expensive something or other... opened and "breathing " on the kitchen counter..I took it and poured it into a decanter and filled it with the Texas Beckers my parents had brought... He never noticed