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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 6 - How good is Freshchetta?

By Mike Thayer

Pizza - Perhaps the greatest food invention ever and I don't know about you, but I don't know anybody that does NOT like pizza.....

So who makes the best of the cheap frozen variety?  How will your preferred brand stack up?

I like pepperoni, it's my go-to for a pizza topping and my favorite pizza combo is a thin crust, pepperoni, mushroom, onion, with extra cheese.  You won't find that combo in grocery stores, so with that in mind, part of this review/evaluation of pizzas is the ability to doctor it, as in add your favorite ingredients.  Lord knows the bargain basement brands don't exactly get crazy with copious amounts of meat and cheese.  A lot of folks 'doctor' pizzas before placement in the oven and I'm here to assist with that.  No, that doesn't mean I'm a pizza nurse...  Don't go there..... 

Freschetta Pepperoni Pizza
Freschetta Brick Oven Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Six of the challenge and today I'm reviewing Freschetta, a relative newcomer to the frozen pizza game.  I purchased my Freschetta Pepperoni on a Brick Oven Crust Pizza for $5.49 and the pie weighed in at 22.7 ounces, on the high end of bargain brand pizza weight.

So how was it? 

Freschetta rocks!  First and foremost, the crust was perfect, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside just like the box promo claims and it handled the additional ingredients I piled on.  I did have to add 2 more minutes to the baking time but no matter, the crust was perfect.  Freschetta uses real cheese and I can overlook the fake pepperoni.  Even though it includes chicken as an ingredient, it was tasty.  And never mind the disorientation of the meat as a result of shipping, the portion was as advertised on the box.  The sauce was a perfect balance to all the other ingredients, very flavorful, hitting all the classic pizza sauce notes.  This was one excellent pizza bite!  Yes, YUM!  Freschetta pizza is definitely a repeat buy! 

The 'Doctored' pizza out of the oven, and the crust rocks!

The Freschetta Brick Oven Crust Pepperoni Pizza is the best pizza tasted so far in this challenge.  The only knock I've got is the lack of authentic pepperoni, but to be fair it was good tasting pepperoni nonetheless.  In sampling these bargain range frozen pizzas, only one pizza brand so far has kept chicken OUT of their pepperoni recipe.  With that in mind, Freschetta gets four out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The real cheese, the savory sauce, the excellent crust makes this pizza a repeat buy, and no doctoring required!   With authentic pepperoni, it would be a 5 star pizza.

4 stars

Stay tuned for more frozen pizza reviews, with a complete ranking of worst to best to wrap up the challenge.

Spend Wisely My Friends.....


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