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Pizza Challenge: Who makes the best bargain brand (a.k.a., cheap) frozen pizza? Day 5 - Is it DiGiorno?

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..... 

DiGiorno Original Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza
DiGiorno Original Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza

It's Day Five of the challenge and after reviewing the #2 frozen pizza maker based on sales (Red Baron) yesterday, today I'm reviewing the #1 frozen pizza maker on the sales chart, DiGiorno.     My DiGiorno Original Thin Crust Pepperoni cost me $5.49 and weighed in at 22.1 ounces.  That price is on the higher end of 'bargain' pizzas and the first thing I notice is that DiGiorno uses the same not real pepperoni as the cheaper brands that includes chicken as an ingredient.  It's listed plainly on the outside of the box.  Strike one.

So how was the pizza?  The crust is a giant cracker, the kind of crust that gives frozen pizza a bad name.  Strike Two.  The crust was almost too hard to bite into, had no flavor whatsoever and while it did hold up to the adding of extra ingredients, it was indeed the stereotypical cardboard frozen pizza crust.  For $5.49, I expected far better.  About the only saving grace on this pizza was the cheese (and my added ingredients), a generous portion of real cheese.  The sauce was unremarkable, Strike Three.  Considering DiGiorno is on the higher end of pricing in the bargain brand range, you have to wonder how they got to be #1 in sales.  It wasn't because of their thin crust pizza.  Kudos to their marketing department and perhaps their "Rising Crust" versions of pizza, but the original thin crust is NOT a repeat buy. 

20180616_182058The 'Doctored' pizza out of the oven, and a giant cracker crust

The DiGiorno Original Thin Crust Pepperoni Pizza was over-priced and of the pizzas I've sampled so far, has THE worst crust.  DiGiorno gets two out of five Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  The real cheese and sheer size of the pizza keeps them from getting just one star. 

2 stars


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

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