r1, I wonder if that is a local product because I have never heard of that brand.
R2, I live in Minneapolis and it's in all the stores here. There's a place on the website where you can put a zip code in and it shows the closest stores that carry it. It probably is only distributed to certain regions.
California Pizza Kitchen
Tombstone is the usual winner, I've been told.
By the very nature of dough, a frozen pizza will always be awful. What you are looking for is the least awful, but it will still be awful.
I would go with the French Bread Pizzas. Stouffers makes one, there are mini ones called Bagel bites, etc. The difference is that it's on bread instead of frozen pizza dough, but that makes all the difference.
Freschetta used to put out a pretty good one, especially the one with rising crust, but I haven't had it in quite a while now partly due to acid reflux and partly due to a stricter budget and higher frozen pizza prices. I also agree with r5 that Tombstone also was fairly good as in "mildly enjoyably" patatable.
Homerun is the most flavorful frozen pizza I've ever eaten and I've tried them all.
Freshcetta (however you spell it) has a signature pepperoni pizza that is completely addictive, but it has to be the worst thing for you. It sure is good, though.
Freschetta and California Pizza Kitchen.
Any other DiGiorno Spicy Chick Supreme fans here?
Staffer French Bread Pizza is "zee best!"
I haven't had Home Run Inn in ages (used to live in Chicago). It is unique for its crust, IIRC. I don't remember it well enough to describe it.
Wow. I just checked their website and Whole Foods, of all stores, carries it in California.
I like Paul Newman's Own Supreme Pizza. Pretty darn good stuff and I consider myself a picky pizza eater.
Thanks r1, I did a search and a market by me supposedly sells it so I will have to try it.
The California Pizza Kitchen thin crust frozen pizzas are like crack.
They all make my pussy stink.
California Pizza Kitchen is horrible, it tastes like a thin piece of card board. If your find California Pizza Kitchen tasty, it sounds as if you've never had real freshly made pizza!
DiGiorno and Sabatasso's are flavorful for frozen pizza. Sabatasso's makes small individual deep dish pies. I usually get them at Costco, but they haven't had them for months. Costco seems to be doing this a lot lately, they stop carrying items which are selling well.
Costco's own Kirkland pizza isn't very good, it's almost as bad as California Pizza Kitchen.
I used to love Freschetta's sauce stuffed cheese pizza but can never find the sauce stuffed ones anymore. Cheese stuffed crust is just vile.
The trick is to choose a thin crust pizza otherwise they're all fairly heavy. Then choose the toppings you like.
I like Amy's Spinach and Cheese pizza.
If this thread turns into a critique on the frozen salisbury steak, I'm outta here.
I used to love Stouffers French bread pizza. Not gourmet. Not quite good. But, oh so tasty.
[quote]The California Pizza Kitchen thin crust frozen pizzas are like crack.
Their thin crust is too thin. It always bakes up like a crispy cracker.
I don't like "designer pizzas" especially frozen ones like California Pizza. If I'm lazy and don't want to cook, Freschetta is the only one I'll buy. But if you have a local Papa Murphy's...Mmmmmmm, that is THE best!
Freschetta Rising Crust Pepperoni Pizza.
I also like Trader Joe's spinach Pizza and Paul Newman's thin crust White pizza.
I used to eat Stouffer's Lean Cuisine pizza and it was good. Now it tastes like a vat of chemicals.
Lean Cuisine seems to have gone full Asian and Mexican lately. Maybe it's just my local stores' choice, but I never buy them anymore. There's nothing worse than fake Asian food
I can't eat gluten. So my favorite is Against the Grain. I like it better than the regular pizzas I used to eat.
Can you buy California Pizza outside of California?
R33, assuming you are talking about California Pizza Kitchen, yes, it is distributed across the country. It's also a (small) chain of restaurants.
I like Home Run Pizza, even though it always gives me heartburn. The crust is really buttery (in a good way) and the sauce is surprisingly tasty. It's still a frozen pizza, but it's a damn good one.
I also enjoy Target's store brand. They make these hand-tossed crust pizzas that are excellent. The mushroom one and the feta cheese one are my favorites. They're also not anywhere near as greasy as most pizzas.
Thanks for the tip about Target's pizza. I don't eat frozen pizza very often, but I like to have one around in the freezer for a craving when I'm tired or lazy. I've had Archer Farm's (their store brand) coffee and some crackers that were surprisingly good.
[quote]Can you buy California Pizza outside of California?
Yes, they have them here (Kansas City) grocery stores. We have a California Pizza restaurant on the Plaza. Not really a fan of the place. But it's popular. I miss Houlihan's, a local restaurant that California Pizza replaced.
I don't like California Pizza. I like Chicago Pizza better.
I'm sure I'll get flamed for this but, the Poppin' Fresh pizza dough isn't half bad. We just tried the whole wheat crust and it was quite tasty.
It's better - and more fun - than frozen, and it's not difficult to put a pie together at all. I use a jarred organic sauce, mozzarella, and what ever veggies and meats I have on hand. A few snips of fresh herbs makes it taste like you slaved away at it.
My two favorites: Trader Joe's Mushroom & Black Truffle Flatbread, and HEB brand thin pastry style crust Chicken Club Pizza. The crust on the latter bakes up like phyllo dough. It's so amazing and since it's a store brand I'm sure just about anyone can get something similar.
I never understood the concept of a frozen pizza. Why not just order a regular one?
In any event, the few times that I bought one I always doctored it up with a drizzle of olive oil and some pecorino romano.
Doctoring it up is my favorite part of eating a frozen pizza.
Tried pepperoni Bagel Bites tonight. They were pretty good and less fattening than a regular pizza.