I have been really busy lately. Between a billion term papers, a presentation, and registering for classes, I have barely had time to breathe! At least it’s Thanksgiving break! That gives me some time to get everything done, but definitely not enough! Anyway, I think I should start off this post by saying how much I hate frozen food. When I received an invitation to the Dr. Oetker Ristorante Pizza BzzCampaign, I was really skeptical. I decided to try it anyway, because I would hate to pass up a campaign!
I got my BzzKit in the mail a few days ago. I went shopping the next day and decided that I should pick up one of the Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizzas that I was supposed to review. I didn’t come into this experience expecting very much, I’m from the New Haven area, the famous Pepe’s Pizza is ten minutes away! I can easily get amazing pizza if I want to! However, I looked for Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizza in the grocery store and found it easily for never looking for it before. I settled on the “spinaci” variety. “Aww, how cute, they’re trying to be Italian.” I thought when I read the flavors. Spinaci (spinach), Funghi (mushroom), and Vegetale (vegetables) are some of those offered. Spinaci and funghi are definitely the Italian words for both of those pizza toppings, but my five years of Italian class make me think that verdure would have been the appropriate word for vegetable toppings on a pizza. Correct me if I’m mistaken.
Anyway, I got home and I was really hungry, so I decided that that would be the night to try this frozen pizza out. I looked at the nutrition facts- not terrible! The ingredient list was a little long for my liking, but what do you expect? It’s frozen pizza! There are 290 calories per serving, not bad! Only 2 sugars, whoa; but, 540mg of sodium, eek! I try to avoid sodium, but honestly, for a frozen meal, that isn’t the worst that it can get. Plus, all you have to do is pair one or two slices with a big salad for a filling meal, you don’t really need to eat 1/3 of the pizza if you don’t want to!
After my first bite, I wanted to. Like I said before, my geographical location pretty much means that I have grown up around the best pizza in the world (minus, Italy, I’m sure!) So I was pretty shocked when I bit into this pizza and found it delicious. I mean, really delicious.
New Haven is famous for thin crust pizza, so I was excited that Dr. Oetker Ristorante pizza is thin crust as well. In my experience, frozen pizza crusts tend to be too bready and chewy, not that I don’t appreciate a good chewy crust, but it’s usually too bready. This crust was thin and crispy and had a really nice flavor. It didn’t burn or get soggy. It got nice and golden in the oven, it was perfect!
The cheese tasted fresh and the spinach was delicious! The sauce actually tasted like tomatoes, which definitely surprised me. Frozen pizza sauce is usually overly sweet and disgusting, but not this sauce! I also noticed that Dr. Oetker pizza has less sauce than frozen pizzas usually have.
I honestly don’t have anything negative to say about this pizza, which is still surprising to me since I got the pizza expecting it to be like any other frozen pizza. Dr. Oetker suggests that people will never know that this pizza is frozen, which is a little bit of a stretch, but as far a frozen pizza goes, I wouldn’t really suspect that this was a frozen pizza! Honestly, it is better and more fresh tasting than some of the pizza from restaurants around me, but it will never beat my beloved Pepe’s. Then again, no pizza ever will! So, good job, Dr. Oetker, Ristorante pizza, for being the best frozen pizza that I have ever had!
**I recieved this product for free, but all opinions are my own!