Archive for the ‘Pizza’ Category

FoodIRL, Mexicano Edition

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

As you might have noticed, I’ve been on vacation for the better part of the last week. My family and I were on a Caribbean cruise, but that doesn’t mean I stopped working for you.

As we were walking through a quaint Mexican village, we stumbled across a little-known restaurante called “Pizza Hut.” We ordered the very Latino-sounding “Cheesy Pops Pizza:”

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Pizza Hut Cheesy Pops Pizza

No formal ratings on this one, as I’m still shaking off my vacation-induced laziness, but it tasted exactly like an American Pizza Hut pizza.

Two other pictures for you from my travels abroad:

Big Whiskey

Whiskey – now in adult-sized bottles. (My thumbs-up is in the picture solely to provide a sense of scale, not to pass any judgment on drinking such a large bottle of delicious, thirst-quenching nectar.)

Chocolate Buffet

How many different kinds of chocolate cake can one cruise ship come up? The answer is 29. They were all delicious.

DiGiorno 200 Calorie Portions

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

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Digiorno 200 Calorie Portions

Looks: They didn’t add enough cheese for it to melt all the way to the edges, the tomato sauce more closely resembles a thin sheet of red paint, and the green peppers by far outnumber the chicken bits. (It’s called “Chicken with Peppers”, not “Peppers with Chicken.”) 3.5 out of 5

Taste: The crust is chewy right out of the microwave, but it becomes crackery if you let it cool. The chicken, cheese, and sauce were all passable (on the high end for microwave pizza), but I definitely would have appreciated more of them. (Although then I suppose they’d have trouble calling it a “200 calorie portion.”

One word of warning: don’t take the “recommended cooking instructions” at face value. There are two 200-calorie portions in each box, and for the first one, I cooked it exactly how long the box recommended I cook it based on my microwave’s wattage (2 minutes). For the second portion, I left it in the microwave for only 1:20. Can you guess which is which?

Digiorno 200 Calorie Portions - Comparison

So if you cook it under close supervision and stop the microwave when the cheese melts, you’ll be ok. 3.5 out of 5

Tony’s Crispy Crust Cheese Pizza

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

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Tony's Crispy Crust Cheese Pizza

Looks: Like most frozen pizzas, this pizza isn’t cheesed adequately enough to ever have melty cheese string from piece to piece. Apart from that, the shape and color are appropriately depicted on the box. 4 out of 5

Taste: I present to you two facts:

  1. This pizza is “Tony’s Crispy Crust Pizza.”
  2. I’ve never eaten a less crispy pizza in my life.

It was very bready, and very chewy. If I ignore the fact that it was supposed to be crispy, it wasn’t too bad for a $1 grocery store pizza, but I have to score it low though due to the missing advertised crispiness. 2 out of 5

Red Baron 4-Cheese Pizza

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Red Baron 4-Cheese Pizza

Looks: I still can’t get these pizzas to brown properly, even after following different advice I’ve gotten from readers: “Move it under the broiler”; “don’t preheat the oven”; “use a blow-torch.” None of it works. 4 out of 5

Taste: There is a definite quality scale of frozen pizzas: it starts with your Lunchables mini pizzas (ketchup and bread), then you have your Jack’s/Jeno’s/Totino’s, then up on the high end, you have your Digiorno’s and Freschettas – the “pizzeria-style” pizzas (if you believe their commercials). I would place this Red Baron above Digiorno, but below Freschetta. The cheese is thick, the sauce is zesty, and the crust is nice and chewy, but not as nice as Freschetta’s. This pizza has a good collection of herbs mixed in the cheese as well, and I think that is what really sets it apart from the Jack’s and Jeno’s. 4 out of 5