Product Type: Dr Oetker's Ready Meals
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Dr. Oekter I wish your pizzas tasted better!
Dr Oetker's Ristorante Mozzarella Pizza
Member Name: daniella2202
Dr Oetker's Ristorante Mozzarella Pizza
Advantages: A well priced pizza with very appealing Italian packaging
Disadvantages: Bland tasting and not so Italian inside the box
First and foremost Dr. Oetker's Ristorante pizzas are all thin based frozen pizzas and this already puts a downer on the pizzas for me. I love to buy fresh... I do love to make my own pizzas from scratch but being at university I just don't have the facilities and equipment to do this. My fridge space consists of one very tiny shelf and my kitchen utensils and pans literally consist of about 4 items. Therefore I usually buy readymade pizzas to put in the fridge.
However I came across this pizza in the small Amigos university shop. This shop literally has the basics of everything... well not everything just what only students are supposed to require. However one time I tried to buy rice for risotto they didn't stock it so I had to take a long trip to Tesco which was rather annoying.
But I wondered into Amigos on a Monday afternoon four weeks ago and I was in the middle of my exams so I was just buying something very quick and easy to shove in the oven and eat in my room. So they do not do fresh/fridge pizzas in Amigos so I had a look in the frozen section and this was the only pizza they stocked. I was debating on whether to get it or just get a really basic cottage pie from the fridge section. But whilst I was looking on the packaging of Dr. Oetker's pizza a lady said do me "I can see you're debating on whether to buy this pizza, if I can give you my opinion they are really yummy!" So I thought aww that was nice of her to give me an opinion and it tempted me to try it.
The packaging is really quite nice, it looks very Italian with the large 'Ristorante' title and the pizza on the front of the packaging looked like it had a nice amount of ingredients on. But once I got it back to my university kitchen and got it out of the packaging I was a little disappointed. The cheese looked particularly cheap and it had very few chopped up tomatoes on it. Since I prefer tomatoes to cheese this was rather off putting for me (but I know that most people prefer cheese to tomato).There was also some small pieces of basil and spinach on it which in my opinion was just to make the pizza look a little bit more upmarket or Italian.
***Instructions for cooking***
Very straightforward just like your regular pizzas, this goes in a pre heated oven. It takes approximately 10-12 minutes in a fan assisted oven and 8-10 minutes in an electric/gas oven.
***Once out of the oven***
It was just slightly crispy just how I like it. I got it to my room and started to cut into it, the cheese still looked a bit funny but I tried to keep an open mind. Once I had taken my first bite I thought it tasted a bit bland but as I got further into the middle of the pizza lots of flavours came out, I did end up picking off lots of the cheese though because I wasn't sure about it.
I ate pretty much three-quarters of the pizza because I was full so on marks out of 10 for fullness I would definitely give the pizza 10. However on marks of 10 for taste I would only give it a 6, I think I am perhaps too used to treating myself to the Pizza Express pizzas from the fridge section and these are just so full of flavour. However the price difference between these two pizzas is vast.
Dr. Oetker's Ristorante pizzas cost £2.58 which is a very reasonable price. But I would much rather pay a little bit more for a much more flavoursome and enjoyable pizza. I suppose I shouldn't really be too fussy since I am a student and students are known for buying cheapish meals or they are not supposed to care about what they eat because they are drunk most of the time (but that is not the case for me...I love food and meal times are really important to me and I really look forward to eating).
***A little bit of information about Dr.Oetker's pizzas***
They originate from Germany and are stocked in most supermarkets including Tescos, Sainsburys, Somerfield and Asda as well as your small shops like my university shop.
* Calories of this pizza = 441 (22% of your daily allowance) high
* Salt = 2.0g (33% of your daily allowance) high
* Sugar 3g (only 3% of your daily allowance) low
* Fats 23g (33% of your daily allowance) high
* Saturated fats 8g (40% of your daily allowance) very high
So overall it is not the healthiest pizza despite it trying to look it with its added spinach bits.
***Other pizzas from Dr. Oetker***
* Pollo = cheese, tomato, sweetcorn & chicken breast fillet
* Vegetale piccante = cheese, tomato, grilled peppers, jalapeno chillies & onions (spicy hot pizza)
* Funghi = cheese, tomato & mushrooms
* Hawaii = cheese, tomato, ham & pineapple
* Speciale = cheese, tomato, salami, mushrooms & ham
So I will grant Dr. Oekter that he has come up with a nice selection of pizza toppings here... if only I liked the margarita version then I'd try some of these... but sadly not.
This pizza is perfectly fine for somebody who doesn't want to spend too much on a pizza or who is trying to stock the freezer up for emergency type food. But if you are looking for a really great quality pizza then I wouldn't recommend this one. Perhaps Dr.Oetker's other pizzas may not be so bland but I will not be going back to try them. It is funny because most other reviews of Dr.Oekter's pizzas absolutely rave about them, so I am not quite sure how I have such an opposing view but there we go. I think I will stick to the regular fridge pizzas and leave the frozen ones alone.
Out of 5 stars I give it 3.
1 star = for its price
1 star = for its packaging
1 star = for its eatability factor (if there was such a word) the fact that it is edible
But by all means I urge you to make your own opinion on this pizza since others seem to love it so much. But if you are as particular as me or you love the pizza express pizzas too then you might find the same disappointments.
Sorry Dr. Oetker your Ristorante pizzas just didn't do it for me but I wish they did!
Summary: A £2.58 pizza - cheap but bland
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