A warning to all those who are into wood-fired, coal-fired, Neapolitan, and other types of pizzas that do not come frozen: Please look away. The folks over at Consumer Reports, who take their jobs very seriously, baked more than 100 frozen cheese pizzas to determine which brands best satisfied consumers.
According to a release:
In Consumer Reports frozen pizza taste test, cheese pies were the focus. They are one of the most popular types, according to the National Frozen Pizza Institute, a trade organization. Seven trained Consumer Reports sensory panelists tasted each brand three times in an order designed to eliminate bias. They didn’t know which pizza they tasted and all samples were coded with three-digit numbers. Testers graded crust, cheese, and sauce separately then also gave an overall impression of each pie.
So, which brands came out on top?
Let’s let Consumer Reports explain:
The best frozen pizzas, a trio of very different but very good pies, included the artisanal Amy’s Cornmeal Crust 3 Cheese, the priciest pie tested at $7.99. Amy’s won points for its combination of fresh tasting vegetables, herbs, and dollops of goat cheese over a flavorful cornmeal crust. The Chicago-style Home Run Inn Classic Cheese, $7.42, features a generous blanket of tasty cheese and abundant sauce over a pastry-style crust. The Italian-style DiGiorno Rising Crust Four Cheese, $6.47, has lots of cheese and sauce over a thick, chewy crust.
Nutrition was also factored into pizza assessments. “Top-rated Amy’s stood out as the lowest in saturated fat and among the lowest in sodium, while Red Baron Fire Baked scored Fair because it was among the highest in calories, total fat, and saturated fat.”