“ Brand: Chicago Town / Type: Other Ready Meals „
I was looking for a couple of pizzas to keep in the freezer for quick dinner emergencies! I came across these Chicago Town range in my local Tesco on special offer.
They normally sell at £4.29 each but at the moment they are 2 for £6 so just £3 each which I thought was really very reasonable.
Cooking is easily enough, remove the pizza from its cardboard box and cellophane wrapper and throw it in a pre heated. I put mine straight onto the shelf, not on a tray, at 180 for about 15 minutes.
The first thing I notice about this pizza is the amount of toppings on it - they certainly aren't stingy with the pieces of pepperoni or the cheese - Crikey! The second is the size of the pizza, it is quite big. Of course it is not as big as a "large" from a pizza parlour, the kind that are the size of a dust bin lid, but for a home pizza it is big.
I cut this pizza into 5 pieces just using a regular kitchen knife, not a pizza wheel or anything fancy. My technique is to kind of chop and then tear. I have 2 pieces of this with a few oven chips for my dinner and the other half has 3 and we were both full up after eating.
The thing that makes this pizza different is the crust. The crust is filled with a rich tomatoey sauce which is different.
The pizza itself is delicious. The base is unusual, but lovely. To me it has a kind of pastry like texture almost. The crust as I have already mentioned has a ring of sauce through it which is very very tomatoey. To me it was a little bit too much and my boyfriend ends up getting my pizza crusts as a result. He didn't complain though as he loved them!!
All in all this is a lovely pizza and I would say this is a suitable alternative on a Friday night to getting a proper take away pizza. And at £3 at the moment you'd save yourself well over £10 doing just that!
I love the snuggled up evenings in with my boyfriend, munching pizza and watching a film from my awful collection. I'm not a big fan of sauces, but Takeaway do some tasty varieties that are very filling and that little bit more special so it's something I'd recommend if you're a fan of pizza.
Chicago Town are one of the bigger names when it comes to pizza and they now have quite a wide range of American influenced pizzas to suit various appetites and taste preferences. The Takeaway Stuffed Crust comes in a few different varieties, including Limited Edition ones (such as for the X-Factor), Four Cheese and pepperoni. It stands out from the crowd in part because it's quite big, but mostly because of the stuffed crust. I know that other producers have since jumped on the bandwagon, probably most recently the 'hot dog stuffed pizza'
This review is predominantly for the pepperoni version. This is topped with mozzarella and pepperoni circle slices and comes with a tomato sauce stuffed crust. Looking at it when taking it from the box, it does look quite large and you can see just the right amount of pepperoni slices. What I often find with cheaper pizzas is that the one thing they claim makes the pizza, such as BBQ chicken, is lacking, with only a few bits of chicken to be seen sparsely over the pizza.
To cook, simply remove all packaging, pop on a tray and then in to the oven. It depends whether you have a fan or conventional oven, but it takes roughly 25 minutes at 190°C (375°F or gas mark 5). I tend to put this on a baking tray lined with tin foil as I find pizzas can get quite messy and this saves scrubbing away at baked on gunk afterwards. I also turn the pizza quite often to make sure all the sides are done, and often take it out just before it's ready and cut it, then pop it back in. This is just to make sure it's hot all the way through the centre, but that's just what I often do now with pizzas. The 'proper' way of doing it just to wait until it's done, take it out and let it stand for 2 minutes, then cut. Takeaway pizzas can often look well done on the outside, on the stuffed crust, without the rest of it being done, so it's a good idea to keep an eye on it throughout cooking.
This should come out of the oven with the cheese looking melted and the outer crust a golden brown. It smells lovely and although it's a bit messy it's fairly straightforward to cook and serve, as are most pizzas which is the beauty of them! The base of Chicago Town Takeaway pizzas isn't pre-coked so when you put it in the oven it rises freshly. That's one thing I'd say about this pizza is that it does taste like it's made from fresh, good quality ingredients. It's quite soft rather than crunchy, and the slices aren't deep pan but they're not too thin either thanks to a generous layer of cheese. The stuffed crust is well stuffed with tomato sauce, which is a good amount to mix up the texture appeal when eating. Thanks to the sauce and cheese, it's not too dry to eat either, and the blend of textures and flavours all go together very well.
A serving is considered to be ¼ of a pizza, which contains 446 calories and 19g of fat. So, taking on board that my boyfriend scoffs a whole one each time, that's quite a lot of fat/cals per meal! I think half a pizza would suffice most people, like myself, as this is very filling. It should be noted for those with allergies that the pizza does contain barley, wheat, gluten and milk.
Overall, I would recommend the stuffed crust takeaway pizzas. They're tasty, fresh and a lovely treat, which is just as well considering they're quite pricey at £3.99. My boyfriend actually says that one of these is often better than a real takeaway pizza, but that could be partly because he wants to make me feel good about my oven cooking abilities!
Sells for around £3.99
Chicago Town's Takeaway Sauce Stuffed Crust pizza claims on its box to be better than Dominos and Pizza Hut. Both those brands produce pretty great pizzas, so that's quite a claim for the product to live up to. I was dubious at first, but got my hands on one of these for only £1.50 when they first went on sale in my local Asda. At that price, I was happy to give it a go and see how good it was. I like the other pizzas from the Chigaco Town range, so I doubted I'd dislike it, even if I didn't think it was better than other leading brands.
Surprisingly, I did easily agree that this is better than both Dominos and Pizza Hut pizzas are! For a full retail price of only £3.44 per pizza (current Tesco price), I really wasn't expecting to like this as much as I did. I've had this pizza several times now, and every time I have been equally pleased. The stuffed crust is absolutely gorgeous, and the pizza sauce it's stuffed with is rich, thick and extremely moreish. It really makes eating every last bite a treat. The cheese is rich, creamy and multi-textured - not just a bog standard dollop of cheddar. The toppings are all high quality, and make the price tag on this (which is about £1 - £2 more than seemingly similar products) well worth paying.
What's more, this pizza is super convenient. It makes sense that they draw a parrellel between this and the takeaway pizzas, having made the effort to make this as easy and quick as possible to prepare. Inside the outer box, there's a baking tray included underneath the pizza. Just take off the shrinkwrap, and put the pizza straight into a cold oven on the included baking tray. There's no neat to wait for the oven to heat up, and no washing up to do afterwards either. Once cooked, you can serve the pizza up and chuck the baking tray into the dustbin.
I have to give this a full five stars. It's not worth getting a pizza delivered since they bought these out, we just keep one of these in the freezer. With a choice of four cheese, pepperoni and chicken, there's something to suit most tastes. These pizzas are reasonably priced, excellent quality, super tasty and really convenient. They take less effort to cook than phoning for take out would - and cost a lot less too. Highly recommended by me, I think these really are something new and different in the frozen home pizza department.
Having totted up how much my family spends on takeaways over the course of a year I felt I needed to find a cheaper alternative to our weekend treat.
It's easy to cook, just take it out of the wrapper and put it in the oven on the 'bake and serve' tray that comes with it. It only takes about 20 minutes and its ready.
I saw these on offer in the freezer section of my local asda for £3 and bought the Four Cheese and Pepperoni versions to feed my family of four. The 2 pizzas were plenty for us. There is plenty of toppings on both varieties and lots of yummy, crisp cheese. The crust is really crisp and stuffed with a tangy tomato paste.
The box says its better than Dominoes - I was a bit sceptical but since I found these we haven't been back to Dominoes. These Chicago Town pizzas are so tasty that they are much better than Dominos and they are loads cheaper.
I'm not sure they're too good for the waistline though - I haven't dared look at the calorie content!
I have been buying the Chicago town pizzas since they were launched, my partner is a big pizza fan but I find take away pizza's far too expensive to be ordering on a regular basis. This pizza tastes fantastic and is a great alternative to take away pizza's from the leading companies for a fraction of the cost.
The takeaway style pizza's come in recyclable cardboard box with a black, yellow and red colour theme. On the back of the box you can find cooking instructions, ingredients listings and detailed nutritional information. Inside the box you will find the pizza on a black thick card oven ready pan, enabling you to cook the pizza on the pan without using a baking tray and this is also recyclable. The pan and pizza is wrapped in a thin plastic film to hold the pizza together.
The large style takeaway pizzas can be found in the frozen section of most supermarkets for around £3.45 each but are often on offer. I picked up our last takeaway pizza from Asda for £2.00 a week ago. The pizzas weigh around 630g-660g depending upon the flavour, they currently come with the following toppings:
-X Factor limited addition
The pizza's also come in a personnel size, which are perfect if you are eating alone or you prefer a different topping to others.
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The pizzas are frozen and therefore are advised to be cooked from frozen. The pizzas are also cooked on the specially designed cooking pan that they are packaged on so no need for an extra baking tray, this also stops the cheese dropping onto the oven shelve or bottom.
It is suggested to start cooking the pizza in a cold oven and not to preheat first as this helps the pizza to rise. The pizza does take around 25-30 minutes to cook at 190C/375F/Gas Mark 5. The pizza can also be cut and served on the baking pan. I find this is a perfect cooking time for how I like my pizza as it gives a nice golden colour to the cheese and crust and ensures the pizza is thoroughly hot.
As with any pizza it is more of a treat than an everyday meal due to the high proportions of fat and calories involved. The nutritional information for one quarter of a large four cheese pizza is as follows:
Calories (kcal) - 398 (19.9% daily guideline amount)
Protein - 18.9g (42% daily guideline amount)
Fat - 15.1g (21.6% daily guideline amount)
Salt - 2.0g (33.3% daily guideline amount)
I do love these pizzas they are great value as they can easily serve three people as they are quite large and very filling. They are also very tasty, my favourite is the four cheese, which has a tangy tomato base with a good helping of cheese on top. The crusts are filled with more of the tomato sauce making them much tastier than plain ones. The pizza's claim to have been voted better than Domino's and Pizza Hut, I think that they are not quite as nice but for the price I think they are an excellent alternative especially for anyone like myself trying to economise. All in all a very tasty pizza that makes a great treat without the price tag of a takeaway.
Chicago Town Takeaway Sauce Stuffed Crust
This pizza is a frozen pizza created by Chicago Town and is available in most super markets, I have seen two different variety's in flavour that have the sauce stuffed crust, one being cheese and the other being pepperoni.
Both Pizzas are quite big and would easily feed two people. They tend to retail for around £3.50 but some times you can find them on offer for around about £3.00. Its still quite dear for a frozen pizza however it is the biggest and the tastiest frozen pizza i have ever eaten.
The pizzas are not shy on toppings either, there is always loads of cheese , and if you buy the pepperoni one there's loads of that too. Plus there's a lot of sauce in the stuffed crust which is tomato based and mega tasty.
The box that the pizza comes in is mainly black and displays all of the Chicago town logos as well as telling you its a take away pizza!
My personal opinion is that this pizza is both bigger, tastier and cheaper than the majority of take away pizzas out there so ditch the restaurant and spend the extra cash you've saved on a film and some wine.
My husband loves this Pizza, but I think it is only alright. It is nice enough, but not that special and I don't think it is worth the price tag.
Found in the freezer section of shops, this Pizza will set you back about £3.50. I've seen the odd offer on this, but often it is just down to £3, which is still a bit expensive for a frozen Pizza in my view.
The packaging for this is alright. The pizza is on a thin black tray and wrapped in cellophane. The box is quite large, and they could have reduced the cardboard slightly. The main colouring on the box is black and it has the Chicago Town branding on the front and a nice picture of a Slice of Pizza there as well. It states that this is better than a Takeaway Pizza due to various consumer tests, and I'm not sure if they are still doing the promotion that if you don't find this Pizza better than Domino's and Pizza Hut, then you can claim your money back.
I've only seen this in 2 different kinds, Pepperoni and Chicken Supreme. The Pepperoni one has large discs of Pepperoni on it. Not too many of them, but enough for the Pizza. The Chicken Supreme is just chunks of Chicken, albeit not that many, and a healthy scattering of mixed Peppers.
You cook this in on the black tray that comes with this. This is meant to crisp the base up. I've never cooked this without the tray, so cannot say if it does that or not.
You have to put this in a cold oven and then cook it from there. It says that this makes the Pizza rise, but again I've never cooked this in a hot oven.
The stuffed crust part is alright, it is just a folded over bit at the end with has a generous enough scraping of Tomato Sauce in it.
The whole Pizza is nice enough tasting. The Sauce is rich and tangy, the Cheese is Creamy and has a slight tang to it, and the Pepperoni has a little bit spice to it, but I just don't think it is quite worth the price of this.
Don't have the box to hand, but it is not the best for calories or fat. The Pizza weight is 450g, and I can eat about 3/4th of the Pizza without any trouble, so not great for you.
Perhaps worth a try, but one 1 only buy now and again.
Chicago Town Takeaway Sauce Stuffed Crust
Description: Manufacturer: Chicago Town / Type: Pizza / Crust stuffed with a thick layer of tomato sauce.
A 645g pizza costs around £3.60 which is quite expensive, however, I got one of these on offer so only paid half price for it - result! Having said that, it is still obviously a lot cheaper than a take away pizza, so on that basis, is probably worth the money.
It comes in a big, black box with a picture of the pizza on the front and is available from the freezer section of most shops. We had the pepperoni flavour, but there are a few different ones available.
All you have to do is preheat the oven, (the heat varies according to the oven so see the box for full instructions) and then put the pizza in and bake for around 25 minutes.
The pizza base is great, soft and fluffy on the inside and slightly crisped on the outside, just like a decent base should be. There is loads of topping too, heaps of mozzarella cheese and plenty of pepperoni. One of my biggest gripes with pepperoni pizza is that it often doesn't have enough pepperoni, but that is not the case with this one, it is spread liberally over the whole thing.
The following info is based on a quarter of a pizza (and let's face it, who manages to limit themselves to a quarter!)
18.4g fat (8.9g saturates)
So, this isn't very good for you, but then again, what do you expect with pepperoni pizza! It does taste absolutely delicious though, the sauce stuffed crust is great and adds a real tomato tang to what is normally plain dough. There is heaps of topping, with generous portions of tasty mozzarella and delicious cheese, all heaped on top of a mouth wateringly good tomato sauce. In fact, just thinking about this pizza makes me hungry!
This has to be the best frozen pizza that I have tried and I would even pay full price for it - high praise indeed! 5 stars from me, and I definitely recommend that you give this one a try. If it was only healthy, I would be in heaven - ah well, everything in moderation :-)
In the week I often have a Dominos takeaway session. In a bid to save money we decided to head to Tesco instead to pick up a pizza and some chips to see if we enjoyed it just as much and felt a bit richer for it too!
We browsed the pizza aisle to see what took our fancy and most resembled a takeawya pizza and this caught my eye for two reasons. One because it was in a black box which appeared to be like a takeaway box. The second reason is because on it it had a garuntee that you will like this pizza more than pizza hut or dominos and if not you get your money back! We quickly snapped it up and were pleased to see that the total of pizza and chips came out as less than five pounds, much cheaper than a takeaway.
The pizza comes in a cardboard box, which as a bonus is recyclable. In the box is the pizza wrapped in clear plastic to keep it fresh and it is also on a tray, which you can use instead of a baking tray. Another bonus that makes it equal to takeaway-you save on washing up!
On first appearances the pizza looks doughy and almost hand made, so very delicious. It is quite big and cooks quite quickly in the oven. It is covered in lovely cheese which browns in the oven. The smell whilst it is cooking fills the house and is delicious.
The real test is the taste test and it passes hands down. It is much nicer than Dominos. It has more cheese, and just tastes nicer. I am not keen on the crust, I dont like the tomato sauce in it, but that is not a problem as the rest of it is so yummy, it doesnt matter!
I had one of these Takeaway pizzas from Chicago Town and thought it was one of the best pizzas I've had out of the freezer. I got mine in Cooltrader and it was £2.00 but if you buy it from Sainsburys then it's nearly £3.50 and that's a bit of a rip off for a frozen pizza.
I got it because it said it was stuffed crust and I expected it to be cheese in the crust but it's not it's tomato sauce and tastes like the same one used on the top of the pizza. It's a wicked sauce and is a bit tangy because there are herbs in it and the tomato sauce is smooth and proper rich and it makes the boring crust more interesting than when it's plain because I didn't even need to get up and get the mayo out of the fridge to dip the dry crust in.
I had the 4 cheese pizza and the cheeses are mozzerella, emmental, cheddar and monteray jack. They all go proper good together and makes the cheese taste like one you've brought from Pizza Hut because the diffrent cheeses have melted together to be stringy and dead rich. The crust is thick but the bottom of the pizza is proper thin so that the taste of the cheese is strong but you can still taste the yummy dough and wicked tomato sauce through it.
You have to watch because the sauce inside the crust gets proper hot and I burned my mouth on the first bite because I hadn't thought about how hot it would get when it was cooking. I love the sauce that's used on the top of the pizza because the herbs in it make it taste proper Italian and I reckon it's got to be basil, garlic and somthing else even though them aren't specifically listed in the ingrediants.
We shared this between 3 of us and all got 2 slices each and the slices were big enough and not thin little bits either. There's 400 calouries in a quarter of the pizza and thats a mega amount but that's because of all the cheese because this isn't a pizza that's madly greasy like the pepperoni one in the Chicago Town range and that one is dead sickly.
I think these do taste a bit like a take away pizza but you can still tell it's a frozen one like you can with any of them because there's something about take away pizza that can't be put into one brought in the shop and cooked at home.
*This is a review of the pepperoni version of this pizza*
As I'm sure you all probably know I'm a massive fan of pizza and recently I've just been eating more and more of it! So when in Tescos the other day my partner grabbed this, currently on offer at £2.50 from £3.45 (only until 27th September!) I remember having one of these before in the cheese variety and thinking how lovely it was so I wasn't going to say no! The pizza is quite large and weighs 645g. On the box it says it was voted tastier than both Dominos and Pizza Hut (and a lot cheaper too!).
As I said, the box is huge and I had trouble fitting it into a carrier bag. It is mainly black in colour and is designed to look like a takeaway box. Half of the box is taken up by a Chicago Town Takeaway logo. The other half has a picture of the pizza. The pizza is frozen and although I usually opt for chilled pizzas I was very keen to buy this. Being frozen, it takes a little longer to cook than chilled pizzas. You need to bake it at 190 degrees for about 25 minutes. Sure enough, after 25 minutes the cheese was bubbling and it looked ready to devour!
The pizza is absolutely covered in pepperoni, of both a small and larger size. I found the smaller ones to be more spicy and each one was cooked to perfection, there were no burned edges and no pink bits (which puts me off a lot!) The pepperoni had 'leaked' a bit and there was a bit of liquid on the pizza. I usually find this tastes awful and affects the pizza but this was not a problem and could not be noticed. The cheese used on the pizza is mozerella and there is plenty of it on there. It has a strong flavour and complements the pepperoni really well. The base was one of the things that makes this pizza different from other frozen options. In my opinion, it tasted very similar to Dominos base, where it is made from fresh dough and it is very soft and tastes lovely! Inside the dough it is very soft and smooth however on the outside it is a bit bumpy and more crisp, giving it a real authentic taste. The crust is stuffed with tomato sauce. Usually, I prefer cheese in the crust but this tasted really nice. Although there was a lot of the sauce and it did have a good flavour, it was not overbearing and instead made the crust much more interesting. I usually leave the crust but I was keen to devour this!
This is not a pizza for your waistline! A quarter of the pizza contains 428 calories, 3.1g sugars, 18.4g fat (8.9g saturates) and 2.5g salt. The salt I found to be very high as it is almost half of an adults recommended amount, therefore if you eat half the pizza thats almost all of your RDA of salt. However, the taste makes it all worthwhile!
I would recommend this pizza to absolutely everyone. Especially those who spend an awful lot on takeaways and are looking to save a bit of money. I appreciate £3.45 is expensive for a frozen pizza but compare it to £13.99 for a large Dominos and your saving a substantial amount. One thing I will say about this pizza is that it is very messy and toppings often fall off onto the plate, therefore if feeding to young children, make sure they are wearing a bib! This is a fab pizza, but of course should only be enjoyed in moderation due to it being quite unhealthy.
The Chicago Town Takeaway range are pizza's with various different toppings with the added bonus of having extra pizza sauce hidden inside the crusts. They are roughly 12" in size and cost around £3.50 from any supermarket.
I find that these pizzas actually taste better than those that I have had from local takeaway places the tomato flavour is especially better. My favourite one from the takeaway range is the cheese and tomato one. It is true that sometimes there isn't all that much cheese on the top but that is something that can easily be solved at home providing you have some sort of cheese in your fridge. In terms of value for money I think the Chicago Town Takeaway range is far superior than what you would get from your actual local takeaway when you consider what you are getting for your money, I don't think it would be possible to get a 12" pizza from my local takeaway for £3.50! Another thing I like about this range is that you do not need to wait around for 5 minutes or so to pre-heat the oven, meaning that within 20 minutes or so a piping hot pizza is ready to be eaten!
Overall I would say these are very good pizzas but can be quite expensive when you compare them to supermarkets own brand pizzas which for the fraction of the price are quite satisfactory, but when you compare them to your own takeaway in my opinion there is only one winner.
Usually I stay away from the large frozen pizzas as they just aren't any good compared with the fresh ones and takeway ones. However, I am a fan of the little Chicago Town Deep Dish Pizzas so I thought I would give this a shot. Well, I was pleasantly surprised when I tucked into this baby.
I have only had the pepperoni so far, but this pizza carries over my favourite ingredient from it's little cousins, namely the tangy tomato sauce that only Chicago Town seem to make. But this pizza goes one step further and includes the sauce in the crust! Mmmmmmmm......I'm in heaven!
Don't get me wrong, this has to be an occasional indulgence. At 2,000 calories per pizza this isn't something you eat every day! However, it is nonetheless very enjoyable and definately recommended, just just because of the great sauce, but also this, frankly, cooks a lot better than most frozen pizzas.
Don't get me wrong, this isn't a substitute for fresh or takeaway pizzas (well most takeaway pizzas anyhow) but is nonetheless a great substitute when you consider the £2.99 asking price.
I'm a 20 something year old male who lives in a flat share, and I'm not much of a chef. Therefore anything that comes in a box and I can throw in the oven regularly appears in my shopping basket.
By chance I happened to stumble accross the Chicago Town takeaway pizza which claims to be so good that its better than any takeaway you've ever had.
First things first is the price. As with most of the "branded" pizzas, its a little more expensive than the local supermarket version, however I must size its a bit bigger than your average sized supermarket pizza, so you get a bit more for your money. I bought it for £3.50, however this was from an express supermarket in a city, so maybe its a bit cheaper elsewhere.
Another advantage of this pizza it that it comes with its own little tray to cook the pizza in, so a bit less washing up, which is always good, and a tick in the plus column.
This pizza has a stuffed crust as well, which keeps it interesting even when you get to the crust which as everyone knows is the worst bit of the pizza. As opposed to the cheese option, which I find tastes good for the first 5 minutes and then goes all wrong, they've gone for a the tomato pizza sauce which I quite enjoy. Be warned, its gets pretty darn hot stuffed away in that dough, you are probably going to burn yourself unless you're very careful. I was not careful.
So now to the main point, how does it taste and is it better than a takeaway? Well in short, no its not. You still get a better takeaway from the pizza (a good takeaway that is), and a frozen pizza is always going to struggle to match that. However it terms of value for money this pizza is better than a takeaway, at 1/3 of the cost, and definitely worth a go
I had been thinking for a couple of weeks about these Chicago town take away pizzas, I have seen the advert and got a little bit roped in and was eager to test out the theory that these were indeed tastier than a take away pizza.
I had a look at them and relised they were £3 a pizza. I was thinking this is pretty steep in price compared to the other pizza but cheaper than a take away pizza so if the pizza is actually as good then the price shouldn't be an issue.
My luck was in though. I saw a four cheese Chicago town take away pizza in a slightly damaged box reduced to £1.50. I snapped it up and had been so excited all afternoon to try it for dinner.
The pizza comes in a big black box. With a picture of the pizza on and in big written saying 'voted tastier than dominos and pizza hut'. The packaging is very entising
The pizza takes about 25 minutes to cook in the oven. The cheese melts well and the crust browns up and crisps nicely with a tomato puree type stuffed crust.
The taste of the pizza is very nice but better than a take away? Not even close! I wouldn't even say it was the best frozen pizza I have had! The pizza was cheesy which is a plus for a four cheese pizza but it was still a bit bland. I had to get put ketchup on it as after one slice it started to get boring. The tomatoe stuffed crust was very nice though.
If I had paid £3 for this I would find that money not very well spent. Its cheaper than a take away but more expensive than other brands of pizza which some are nicer.
After spending most of the day excited about my dinner, now I have eaten I feel a bit disappointed
Crust stuffed with tomato sauce