The Chicago town take away pizza is a real leap forward for freezer food and I was thoroughly impressed with this considering it is a frozen pizza!
It is not too often we buy pizzas and junk food in, but everyone knows what its like when you finish work and simply do not have the time to cook anything! This was one of those days, so we popped into our local shop before we went home and saw this takeaway pizza which looked good.
The box looks very professional, like a box you would get from a pizza shop only better looking, and the pizza was a great price considering the size of it at 12". It only cost us a fiver for two of them which I thought was good value. There was a margarita pizza available, but we opted for the pepperoni pizza instead just for our taste.
The pizza, unlike most of the frozen pizza ranges, had a stuffed tomato crust, which I was very impressed with, I didn't even know they did frozen pizza with stuffed crust until i saw this one!
The pizza took around twenty minutes to cook, which is about average, just put into the oven at 200 degrees and leave it it was as easy as that, which gave use time to change before we ate!
Upon serving, the pizza smelt fabulous, it made a change because it smelled like a fresh pizza! I have to say this really is a fully loaded pizza too, it was filled to the brim with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni slices which was great, as we all know that you can get these pizzas and they have barely any topping on them, so ten out of ten for that!
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this pizza, as a treat of course because they are really bad for you! If your having a lazy day, or just fancy some nice pizza without spending a fortune on a take away, I urge you to give this one a go, you will not be disappointed!
==Chicago town takeaway pizza - Pepperoni==
==Reason for purchase==
Me and my husband both love pizza and pasta and although we have pasta a lot during the week, we perhaps have pizza once a fortnight, this is only because my husband has to eat a lot of healthy food to maintain his fitness at work, so we therefore class it as a treat. The local take aways to us do not deliver directly to our door, so when we seen these pizzas in our local supermarket I was willing to give them a go. We have had many of the other Chicago town pizzas before but we have never tried this specific type. The only type in this product range that we are able to purchase is the pepperoni one. There are others such as Cheese and Tomato, New Yorker (ham, bacon, pepperoni and mushroom), Sloppy Joe (spicy beef, green peppers and red onion), Cheese, Chicken and Bacon Melt (chicken, bacon, mozzarella and cheddar). If I was able to get hold of the other pizzas I would definitely try the Sloppy Joe, New Yorker and Chicken and Bacon melt as they all sound delicious. Some of the pizzas in the range come with stuffed crust these are; New Yorker, Pepperoni, Sloppy Joe and Cheese. The other pizzas have traditional crust which is just plain crusts without a filling. The fillings of the crust are all the same it is a rich tomato sauce which nicely fills the crust the whole way round the pizza.
This products packaging covers similar bases as the rest of the Chicago town pizzas and it is easy to distinguish in the freezer aisle at your chosen supermarket. The packaging reflects the size of the pizza brilliantly, there is no shock when you open up the box and get a pizza half the box's size. The company's logo is on the front alongside a picture of a slice of the pizza, this picture is accurate in comparison to some advertising used by other companies, and it shows the filling in the crust as well. On the rear of the box you can find the usual useful information such as: cooking time, ingredients, product description and how to contact the company should you wish too. The pizza itself comes in a protective plastic layer which is easy to open and does not require a knife or scissors to gain entry to the lovely pizza. An excellent addition to the packaging is that the pizza comes on a disposable oven pan that goes straight into the oven. Not only does this minimise washing and keeps your oven clean, it is also recyclable too. The pizza comes with a great amount of cheese and pepperoni, sometimes you may have to rearrange the pepperoni to get even coverage but this is more than likely because it hasn't remain upright all of the time.
==The pizza itself==
The pizza is not precooked and the company proudly boost that it is quickly frozen as soon as it's constructed to allow for the freshest pizza once it's cooked. The pizza is a thin base but still has a nice amount of doughy goodness. Like I previously mentioned there is a good amount of topping and crust filling on the pizza. Once cooked the pizza looks, smells and more importantly tastes delicious. The pepperoni is of good quality alongside the reasonably stringy cheese topping. The tomato crust filling is thick, smooth and incredibly rich. The pizza would easily fill one man or someone with a good appetite or me and my husband will have two slices each and if we are particularly hungry we normally have a side of either fries or onion rings to make a proper meal for two. I personally am full after having the 2 slices as my stomach has somewhat shrunk after having my lovely little boy squish it for more a less my entire pregnancy. I look forward to the days where I can finish off a full pizza on my own even though my body won't thank me for it on the scales!
==Would I purchase this pizza again?==
Definatley, and if the opportunity to try the other flavours pops up I might have to treat us both to them as well. It's an easy meal ideal for the weekend as it takes between 18-30minutes to cook depending on your cooker type and tastes as though it has been freshly made. Yes, it may cost more than your normal frozen pizza but to get a great tasting pizza I think it's well worth the price difference.
Friday in my house is pizza Friday. And every week, this is the pizza we eat. Tastes great, cheap, what's not to love?
I love how with this pizza you can just put it in a cold oven, rather than having to wait for the oven to heat up. Also, you can just use the tray the pizza comes with, so there's no washing up of a tray. The pizza takes 25 minutes to cook, which may be longer than a lot of pizzas, however because there is no need to preheat the oven, it feels like it's quicker.
The pizza tastes great, there is plenty of pepperoni on the pizza, and I love the stuffed crust, it tastes great, however it would be nice with cheese in there instead. The pizza wasn't too dry, nor too sloppy, just right. The pizza is a good size too, there's enough for me and my brother, and we usually eat quite a lot, but I could eat more after eating half a pizza.
Overall a brilliant pizza, I've been eating these for about 2 years, and I think they're the best frozen pizzas you can get!
Chicago Town Take Away pepperoni pizza is a large pizza which is absolutely LOADED with cheese and pepperoni, and has a sauce stuffed crust.
Best cooked from frozen for 25 minutes at 190○C / 375○F / Gas Mark 5, this pizza also comes with a bake & serve pan to save on washing up - Genius!
The packaging for this product is quite easily recognizable. The box is black and has the chicago town logo, a picture to show how the pizza looks when cooked, and in large lettering is written "TAKE AWAY" on the front. Also to make the product stand out in a supermarket freezer it has written on the side of the box in large letters, the variety of the pizza, eg. PEPPERONI or CHEESE, etc.
The nutrition information is as follows;
Calories - 283
Protein - 125g
Carbohydrates - 30.9g
of which sugars - 2.2g
Fat - 12.2g
of which saturates - 5.9g
Fibre - 2.2g
Salt - 1.8g
So yes you guessed it, this pizza is hugely unhealthy. But it tastes so damn good that it doesnt seem to matter ... at first.
Final thing to point out about this product - it was voted tastier than Dominos and Pizza Hut. In my opinion, that is correct. If only they did a BBQ sauce base, that would be perfect.
Chicago Town Pizza
In independent blind taste tests, 91 out of 179 people preferred Chicago Town Takeaway Pizza to Domino's and Pizza Hut. Wow, I find that statistic quite interesting. I love pizza but I find that's it's so expensive to order it from a takeaway these days so looking in the frozen section of Sainsburys a few months ago I found a pizza that I like just as much as the takeaway's too!!
Chicago town do a great range of frozen pizzas in lots of different flavours and varieties which are tasty and cheap. In fact, on their website, they describe themselves as being interested in "your freezer and your oven." They go onto say, "We want to liberate them, to free them from the shackles of dull food, and to fill them full of our deliciously exciting pizzas, pastas and puddings." Sounds good to me!
My new favourite variety is their Takeaway Pepperoni Pizza. In my opinion pepperoni is always a winner but this pizza also has the added advantage of having a stuffed crust. Inside the crust of this pizza is a lovely tomato sauce. The crust is nice and fat and when you bite in to it you get a really nice big helping of lovely tomato sauce which gives the pizza an extra dimension. The pepperoni is lovely and spicy tasting and very meaty and you do get a lot of pepperoni on the pizza which is nice. I find sometimes with frozen pizza's that you do not get much meat but this has a lot which is nice. Their slogan is that the pizzas are "big on taste from brim to base" and that it needs a deep dish base just to hold all the toppings on. The cheese is mozzarella and is lovely and stringy and fresh.
I think the best thing about these pizzas is you can stick them in your freezer at home and then cook from frozen so you always have one if you need a quick, tasty meal. This makes them convenient and cheap. What's nice about this variety to is that the pizza is already in a ready bake pan so you don't even need to find another pan to bake it in, you just shove it in the oven and it's done, perfect. For those of you worried about the environment, the pan is recyclable so that is good too. The pizza takes 25 minutes to cook which is not too long to wait in my opinion.
The pizza is 645g. Now per 1/4 of a pizza there are 428 calories. I would say that one pizza serves two so you are eating half which means about 856 calories which is quite high but for a main meal with some salad I don't think it's too bad. At the moment Sainsburys are selling two pizzas for £6 or otherwise they are £3.49 each.
Overall, the taste is great, the price is great so with Chicagotown you can't go wrong.
Overall, I'm a big fan of Chicago towns pizza's and this one is no exception. Its a cook from frozen pizza, with tomato and herb sauce, cheese and two types of pepperoni. The difference from your standard pepperoni pizza though comes in the form of the crust.
Instead of just bland dough, Chicago town have filled the crust with their 'takeaway sauce' which adds a surprisingly large amount of flavor to an otherwise fairly standard pizza. It crisps up nicely in the oven and unlike other stuffed crust pizza's doesnt leak! My recommendation would be to ensure you cook it from frozen in a pre-heated oven though. Otherwise it does have a slight tendancy to sag a bit :(
The pepperoni is good too, as stated it comes in two different types, with the smaller being a more intense flavor, and the larger flatter pieces being more 'meaty'. It contrasts nicely with the tangy tomato sauce and the stringy cheese to make eating this pizza a very pleasant experience. i would heartily recommend it.
This flavoursome pizza is another in the range from Chicago town. This time from the Takeaway personal range. It has a generous amount of topping and has two types of pepperoni. One large and a smaller more intense variety. There is of course the fabulous tomato base which is thick and fruity and so packed full of flavour it makes your mouth water and then you have the cheese sprinked over the top.
This cooks in about 12 to 20 minutes in an oven from cold of 190degrees or 375 f or gas mark 5 and they suggest you let it rest for a minute before serving as it is very hot when it comes out of the oven.
The dough base is very light and is of the deeppan variety and so tasty, the whole thing makes a great combination.
I love the aroma that comes from the oven while it is being cooked and sometimes find it hard to wait for the finished product to come out of the oven.
The taste is very delicious and mouth watering. Full of tomato and pepperoni goodness with a hint of cheesyness. A little more spicy than most other pizzas I have had but not as intense as the Inferno pizza in this range. Which I have written about in another review.
There is also a four cheese variety in this range too.
I found out about these pizzas while wandering around my local Farmfood shop but I expect they are available elsewhere too.
I think these individual pizzas are just right at £1 a piece and are about 7 to 8" around.
This packaging is mainly black with the usual slice of pizza on the front and takeaway in White this time the usual blue chicago town logo is at the head of this box and there is a fresh dough symbol on the right side of the packaging.
The details of how to store and cook pizza is on the back and the box and contents weigh in at 280g.
I would reccomend this pizza not only for its intense flavours but because in this time of resession at £1 a pop it is a wonderfully cheap snack or main meal as you could add chips or salad or both and maybe even garlic bread to finish off.
There are larger pizzas in this range too at around £2 to £3. Easily shared with the rest of the family should you want too.