Most of my friends know that I’m not very good at cooking. Luckily, I have a boyfriend who is an incredible cook. On the occasion that he’s not home, I have to fend for myself, and I end up eating a whole lot of instant noodles (more on that another time) or frozen pizzas. As such, I knew it was necessary for me to blog about the best frozen pizzas I can get my hot little hands on. Now I have yet to get through all the different frozen pizzas available in Sydney, but here’s a start. I’ll keep adding to the list as I try new ones.
1. Dr. Oetker Ristorante
Dr Oetker pizzas are a nostalgic thing for me, because I grew up on this stuff as a kid. I always loved the garlicky spinach pizza the most when I was a tiny child in Germany. Nowadays my favorite is the pepperoni pizza. The base is thin and crisp; the tomato sauce is very moreish; and even though there’s not even that much cheese on the pepperoni pizza – it weirdly works. Dr Oetker pizzas are the tastiest frozen pizzas out there, I say. But they’re also the most expensive, usually sitting somewhere between the $7.50 and $8.25 mark. I still have to try the mushroom and the bolognese. I’ll be looking out for those on my next grocery trip.
Price: around $7-8.25
Available flavors: Spinaci, Pepperoni/Salame, Mozzarella, Bolognese, Funghi, Hawaii, Quattro Formaggi
It’s a bit hit and miss with Dish’d frozen pizzas, but the mozzarella and pesto pizza is pretty great. The base is the closest you’ll get to what a fresh pizza base should be like. And it gets delivered to your door. Laziness at its finest! Perfect for someone like me who hates cooking and going to the shops.
Available flavors: Mozzarella and Pesto, Five Cheese, Spinach and Mascarpone, Mozzarella and Mushroom
3. Woolworths Select
When I try my first Woolworths Select pizza, I’m pleasantly surprised. Quattro Formaggi is decent in flavor, though hardly cheesy enough to be called ‘four cheeses’. And if you look in the ingredients list the majority is mozzarella. It’s also on the cheaper end of the spectrum, which is a plus.
Available flavors: Mozzarella & Tomato, Quattro Formaggi, Roasted Vegetable, Mushroom & Mozzarella
4. McCain Ultra Thin Crust Singles
I have a bit of a thing with calling pizza ‘ultra thin’ because the phrase reminds me of sanitary pads, but otherwise this is an alright pizza. The best thing about it is definitely how small it is. If you’re eating solo, this is actually just the right amount if you have a side salad or a post-pizza dessert (I recommend ice cream). The box comes with two singles. I tried the Italiano, which was topped with mildly spicy pepperoni, red capsicum, mushrooms, and black olives. The Ultra Thin range is also available in regular sized pizzas with different flavors, but I’m yet to try those.
Price: around $7-8 for 2 in a box
Available flavors: Italiano, Angus Beef, Peri Peri Chicken
5. Dr. Oetker Papa Giuseppi’s Bakehouse Crust
If you like deep pan pizza, this is the one for you. The thick crust is pillowy throughout and crispy on the bottom. My only qualm with the Papa Giuseppi’s BBQ meat lovers pizza is that the tomato sauce is on the sweet side.
Available: BBQ meat lovers, Hawaiian, Pepperoni, Roast Pumpkin Feta and Spinach
The ones that didn’t make the cut
- Aldi’s Casa Barelli woodfired pizza – I tried the mozzarella and rocket. The base isn’t great, the rocket is weirdly stuck to the pizza and the crust goes rock-hard in minutes. For $4 you’re better off with one of the other pizzas in that price range. I’m also not sure how it can be wood fired when it’s obviously going into your fan-forced oven at home.
- Dish’d five cheese pizza – even though I highly rate the mozzarella & pesto, the five cheese version left me pretty disappointed. For a five cheese pizza, it actually lacked a bit of flavor.
If you’ve got any frozen pizza favorites, let me know! I’ll keep to taste testing and adding to this post.