BOSTON (CBS) – On this week’s Phantom Gourmet, they have the results of a frozen pizza taste test.
Phantom recently purchased four frozen pepperoni pizzas at a local supermarket. The convenient contenders were DiGiorno, Freschetta, Newman’s Own and Red Baron.
While most of these pizzas can’t hold a candle to anything you would get from a restaurant, one brand did end up at the top of the food chain.
DiGiorno finished in last place.
The picture on the box looks delicious but what came out of Phantom’s oven was pure disappointment.
This ‘rising crust’ contender bakes up so thick and puffy, that the ridiculous amounts of flavorless dough completely overwhelm the pizza. This brand is famous for their slogan: “It’s not delivery, it’s DiGiorno” but Phantom says: “It’s not pizza, it’s terrible.”
A step up from there is Newman’s Own.
Ultra thin and extra crispy, the multigrain crust on the pizza had lots of crunch. What it didn’t have, was very much sauce, cheese or flavor.
On the upside, there was plenty of meaty uncured pepperoni.
Plus, this thin disk cooks up in half the time of the other competitors. So, if you care more about speed than satisfaction, Newman’s Own is your kind of pie.
The runner-up is Red Baron.
Finally, a brand that makes a halfway decent pizza.
The crust is a not too thin, not too thick canvas for hearty amounts of cheese, sauce and shockingly spicy pepperoni.
The box boasts an “awesome new recipe,” and while awesome may be a bit of an overstatement, Phantom thought this pizza was not half bad.
At the top of the food chain is Freschetta.
The pizza most closely resembles something you might find at a sub par pizzeria. The cornmeal dusted crust tastes almost fresh-baked. The cheese is a generous blend of mozzarella and provolone. And the sweet sauce is a nice contract to the meaty pepperoni.
When it comes to frozen pizza, this is one brand that actually delivers.
That’s why Freschetta Signature Pepperoni Pizza is at the top of the food chain.
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