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Does "Good" Frozen Pizza Exist?

Does "Good" Frozen Pizza Exist?
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  • Post #211 - November 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am
    Post #211 - November 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am Post #211 - November 23rd, 2020, 8:04 am
    boudreaulicious wrote:My college-age stepson LOVES Jacks pepperoni. Best thing I can say for it is that it’s very thin and plastic wrapped so I can fit a bunch of them in the freezer w/o taking up much real estate.


    Back in college I wasn't especially discriminating (pre-"foodie" era, NOBODY was that discriminating). I'm pretty sure I went through a 6-month period eating a Tombstone pizza every day (back when I could do that and not gain an ounce).
  • Post #212 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:33 am
    Post #212 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:33 am Post #212 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:33 am
    Eastside Pizza Cafe out of Warrenville makes the best frozen pizza I have had, bar none. I read about them in a Tribune article a few months back when Old Town Ale House determined if they were able to serve frozen pizza, the COVID-19 restrictions/laws (at least at that time) would allow them to re-open. The selected Eastside Pizza Cafe as their supplier.

    It is really, really good. High quality ingredients, lots of different toppings included a couple white pizzas, and everything crisps up super well in the oven with no special steps or hitting it with a broiler before serving. So far, the only problem is that they are $9 each at Whole Foods. I've read online that they might also be sold at Woodmans and/or Sunset, but I haven't confirmed it either way. I also called Eastside directly hoping they might have a factory store or something where the pizzas are more reasonably priced...but no reply from them yet.

    Next time I am in the vicinity of Warrenville, I'm definitely going to scout it out and see for myself.

    For now, I've loaded up from when Whole Foods had all frozen pizzas 50% off a couple weeks ago...that'll hold me for a bit!
  • Post #213 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:52 am
    Post #213 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:52 am Post #213 - November 23rd, 2020, 10:52 am
    [quote="DClose"]Eastside Pizza Cafe out of Warrenville makes the best frozen pizza I have had, bar none. I read about them in a Tribune article a few months back when Old Town Ale House determined if they were able to serve frozen pizza, the COVID-19 restrictions/laws (at least at that time) would allow them to re-open. The selected Eastside Pizza Cafe as their supplier.

    It is really, really good. High quality ingredients, lots of different toppings included a couple white pizzas, and everything crisps up super well in the oven with no special steps or hitting it with a broiler before serving. So far, the only problem is that they are $9 each at Whole Foods.[/quote]

    Eastside Pizza's are good. But better is Bill's Pizza and Pub in Mundelein. The frozen ones are only available at the store and a couple of Whole Foods and Sunset markets. They are $14+ at Whole Foods. My wife and son love the double crust cheese.
  • Post #214 - December 10th, 2020, 4:26 pm
    Post #214 - December 10th, 2020, 4:26 pm Post #214 - December 10th, 2020, 4:26 pm
    PizzaHolic67 wrote:Memory is everything....sometimes things aren't as good as we remember.
    I made Appian Way a few years ago (not frozen, I know) , but it was horrible. Then I got Kraft Pizza Set from Canada, and it was EXACTLY as I remembered(when it was available in the US in the 70's).

    My Mother and her brother made Appian Way pizza at home during the 1950s. It was so prized, there would be bitter fights to make sure they each received the same amount of pizza.

    Back in the late 1960s, my Mom bought Appian Way pizza to revisit her memories. I recall the kit consisted of a flour mixture to make the dough, pizza sauce and cheese to sprinkle on. I don't recall it being very good.

    My Mom can really sell the idea of these highly prized memories of Appian Way Pizza. Apparently these memories were shared with someone at Culinary Historians, who brought a kit to a meeting. I took it home waiting for the day to make Appian Way Pizza.

    Today was the day, when I spied it in the pantry taking up space it did not deserve. I made this pizza with more care than it deserved. I added water to the flour mixture, stirred until it came together, then carefully pressed it into a thin layer of a 12-inch pizza pan. Instead of applying sauce to the dough, I laid out half the pepperoni, slivered peppers and onions. I spread out the mozzarella (there was no cheese in the kit), then laid out the other half of pepperoni, slivered peppers and onions. I then carefully dropped little blobs of pizza sauce all over the surface. My assembly was influenced by Detroit style pizzas.

    This baked for 20 minutes in a 450 degree oven, though in retrospect it should have come out earlier. The pizza was brown around the edges and bubbly throughout, it looked far better than it tasted.

    This may be first time a crisp pizza may have been too crisp. Mom took a few bites, then pushed her plate away. She then began examining the box wondering out loud how old could this mix be. My Dad finished her portion, then he and I split the last piece.

    Lunch was rescued by a large salad, otherwise it was a dud.

    I think we have reached the point where there is no more need to buy any more Appian Way Pizza to refresh our memories. I can just read this account back to my Mom instead.

    Regards,
    Cathy2
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #215 - December 10th, 2020, 6:39 pm
    Post #215 - December 10th, 2020, 6:39 pm Post #215 - December 10th, 2020, 6:39 pm
    Edwardo's has a pretty good frozen pizza. Butera has been putting them on sale as of late for 2 for $8.88. The size varies from 24oz to 31oz depending on cheese, cheese/sausage, cheese/sausage/pepperoni. Home run inn's thin crust in the same sizes/price has also been offered.
  • Post #216 - December 13th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Post #216 - December 13th, 2020, 2:48 pm Post #216 - December 13th, 2020, 2:48 pm
    Had our first Home Run Inn pizza the other week and thought it was very good.
    Pithy quote here.

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