Pizza is one of my favourite foods and if all the toppings I can have on one mushrooms have to be my favourite topping. Seeing this pizza on sale in Tesco today for only 75p meant I just had to try it.
Dr Oetker is a brand I have used before for baking supplies like food colourings but never ready meals. I did not know that they do pizza. My experience with their other products has always been good.
The pizza is intended to serve two and weighs 365g. The cardboard box it is in is recyclable but not the plastic wrapped around the pizza. The cooking instructions are on the back with big pictures accompanying. You don't have to search around the box to see how to cook it like with some brands. You can cook it in the oven in 11 to 14 minutes according to the instructions. Mine was perfectly cooked and crisp in 12 minutes. This was in an electric fan oven. Instructions are also given for gas and standard electric ovens.
There is a lot of mushroom on the top though each piece is thinly sliced. I was concerned the thinness would mean that there was not of my favourite mushroom flavour but I was wrong. There was an excellent mushrooms taste. I could also taste just subtly the garlic in the pizza and the oregano herb too. I wouldn't have known that parsley was also in it without reading the ingredients list. The cheese is a mixture of Edam and Mozzarella. I always prefer another cheese mixed with the traditional Mozzarella because it has a great melty texture but not loads of flavour and I do like a good taste of cheese.
Half a pizza has a third of the salt limit for a day so you have to be a bit careful but u do recommend this pizza as tasty and crisp.
These pizzas are seriously delicious! I never thought I'd get such an authentic taste in a frozen pizza, bung it in the oven for around 10 mins and voila, it's better than most takeaways and as good as most restaurants!
And for parents of fussy eaters this is the answer! They come with a range of different toppings but I like to add a few veggies on top to up my kids' 5 a day! Draw a happy face on top with healthy toppings and everyone's a winner! Serve with juice for the kids and vino for mammy/daddy!
I do love pizza. I am also far too lazy when it comes to cooking and have a supermarket over the road. As Sainsbury's have these on offer at the moment at £1.40 and I also had a coupon burning a hole in my purse, buying one of these for lunch was a no-brainer.
Unlike many supermarket pizzas, the good Doctor Oetker's are a good size for a single person, even if they do give the serving size as a third of a pizza for calorie purposes. The toppings are spread out to the edge, avoiding the dried out overly crispy edge problem of some competing products.
Though I mostly get the Mozzarella flavour, I do also enjoy mushrooms on my pizza and was still too exhausted from the Head Cold From Hell to wash, chop and marinate my own, or do the long walk to Waitrose for their more expensive but yummier alternative. As a result, I went for the Doctor Oetker Funghi variety.
These are frozen rather than fresh pizzas and mine went from the shop, to being unpacked and popped into the pre-heated oven. My oven has delusions of grandeur for its size and to avoid eating burnt offerings, I always shave 1-3 minutes off the recommended cooking time. This pizza was no exception and as a result, I got to enjoy tasty pizza rather than a burnt to a frazzle travesty.
As a thin crust, it is more vulnerable to being over-cooked than thicker varieties and I would recommend keeping an eye out and not being afraid to whip it out of the oven once it is visibly cooked. Not having meat on makes this a safe option, as there is no meat to make sure that it is cooked through, lest the dessert be spent suffering food poisoning.
This pizza does have Mozzarella on top but the cheesy deliciousness is rather let down by the inclusion of Edam into the cheese mix on top. The mushrooms are also a little thin and tasteless compared to marinated alternatives. They do blend in well though with the tomato topping and thin base. They also stick together better than the big pieces of Mozzarella on its stable mate.
This is not the best pizza in the world. It is packed full of additives and there are definitely more flavoursome frozen and fresh pizzas out there on the market. It is also not a great choice for dieters, as one third of it will cost 290kcal, and you are most unlikely to stop at one third of a not large pizza.
What you do get though is a reliable lunch. One that slices up easily, tastes good and is not overly heavy on the stomach or too hard for the teeth and which does offer good value.
Especially when there is a deal on, like now.
This pizza is my favourite of all time. If, like me, you dislike the stodge and fattiness of a pizza from a takeaway, or the bread overload of a frozen deep-pan, this is perfect for you.Being Italian, I have worked my way through a lot of pizza in my lifetime, and this truly is the finest. The base of the pizza is dense and thin at the same time, almost like a tight pastry mix. The mushroom topping is plentiful and holds amazing garlicy, herby flavours. The cheese portion is just enough, and should be cooked until melted, not brown. Just try not to eat the whole thing ;)
Peppers...ugh! There was a time when I would only have pizza freshly made at a parlour, where I could choose my own toppings to avoid the loathsome things. The ubiquitous pepper, in all its various colours and flavours, was probably the main reason why I had never quite taken to any particular frozen pizza. No matter which one you picked up with, you would find a fair sprinkling of them when you took it out of the packaging. That is until the day I picked up with a Dr Oetker Ristorante Pizza.
The initial attraction had been that the pizza was on offer, quite a common event with this range if you are patient and shop around a bit. I have maximum prices in mind for all goods and won't spend £2 or above for a frozen pizza. Although the standard price can be anything up to £2.50, they are sometimes available for as little as £1.25, as they were on the day I first tried them.
The 'Ristorante' range is available in seven varieties:
Mozzarella-----------------------------Mozzarella, Edam and tomatoes
Pollo------------------------------------Chicken, spinach, tomatoes and cheese
Funghi----------------------------------Mushrooms, tomatoes and Mozzarella cheese
Speciale--------------------------------Ham, salami and cheese
Vegetale Piccante--------------------Jalapenos, peppers, red onions and cheese
Hawaii----------------------------------Ham and pineapple
Quattro Formaggi--------------------Edam, Emmental, Gorgonzola and Mozzarella
The first one I actually tried was the 'Mozzarella', but my taste buds weren't fully engaged until they were introduced to the 'Funghi'. Although pleased that there wasn't a pepper in sight, I was still a little wary as I usually favour the soft, thick bases of the pizza parlour and these were contrastingly crispy and thin. So thin that the cooking time is half that of most pizzas and can easily be burnt by the unwary. I discovered that it only needed ten minutes in my fan assisted oven for it to be not too crispy for my tastes.
However bite into one and the taste infusion is orgasmic, a combination of garlic and herbs complementing a generous helping of mushrooms. There's isn't too much cheese either, so you're not fighting to pull in and chew string upon string of it. Contrast this with the 'Mozzarella', which has a similar flavour, but has large discs of cheese on it that can become too tough and get dragged off the pizza in full as you bite it. Who wants to fill up on crust when there is such tasty toppings as these to feast on.
Naturally, I haven't tried the pepper infested 'Vegetale Piccante' or the 'Hawaii', whose pineapple topping I find an equally abhorrent thought. I blame this aversion to what I call with a shudder 'cooked fruit', to being force fed home made gooseberry tarts by my grandma at a very young age. This means I have since avoided such things as apple pies, Christmas pudding and fruit cake. I also haven't seen the 'Quattro Formaggi' at the stores I shop at.
It is little wonder that we favour the 'Funghi' pizza the most, having something of a mushroom fetish in our family, which results in them getting added to many recipes where others probably wouldn't. A measure of how much we enjoy the pizza, is the lengths I will go to in order to keep stocked up with them. I have been known to log on to 'Mysupermarket.com' to look out for BOGOF offers and then go there to buy them by the dozen, much to the astonishment of the checkout staff. The state of our arteries doesn't bear thinking about!
Which takes me nicely onto the content analysis. The ingredients of the 'Funghi' pizza are:
24% tomato puree
16% cheese (firmed Mozzarella, Edam)
Hydrolysed soya protein
The whole pizza contains 43% of your recommended daily calorie intake and 64% of the fat, so beware if like me you need to eat it all to satisfy your appetite. It is also suitable for vegetarians.
Dr Oetker Funghi is one of the best frozen pizzas out there, it's a different slant on the pizza compared to other brands, I find that there is an attention to detail with their pizza; it's as if they are handmade due to the evenness of the topping and the different base. Despite Dr Oetker making all kinds of produce like yoghurts they seem to get it right when they come to doing pizzas. This is a great tasting pizza if you are vegetarian.
The pizza box I think does look a bit dated and could do with a re vamp but not really a criticism more an observation, The pizzas themselves always look like they have been put together for a supermarket photo shoot. On the packaging these are made to look like they are more of a restaurant type pizza as appose to take away, this maybe making the Ristorante that little bit classier. The pizzas have what I would say is an ultra thin base, compared to others. The topping is generous although they have slightly cut back the topping recently as have most companies as a cost cutting exercise I would imagine.
Really tasty, as the base is thinner this makes the taste of the topping that more prominent. The cheese and mushroom is a fine balance, with a little bit of a herby tomato dressing underneath. It is like they have done their research and taste testing with this getting it just right. The cheese is not cheap tasting and is stringy when you take a bite.
These are healthy as far as a pizza goes, if you are on the weight watchers points diet then this is the one for you. 234 kcal per 100 grams of pizza, this puts the traffic light labelling as follows fat, sat fat and salt are all amber and sugar is green. The sat fat is 3.2 grams per 100 grams so is quite good.
These are priced a little higher than most brands but not ridiculously expensive at around £2.58 per pizza, these are often on offer though so may be worth snapping a few up and freezing them. Compared to other pizzas you really do get what you pay for here restaurant pizza at supermarket price
Great value, classy, fresh, look handmade
Ristorante Pizza - Funghi
I don't usually buy frozen pizza as they are really not as good as the take away pizzas from pizza hut! In my case they usually end up being completely tasteless or...burnt. But I thought I would try this as on the advert it looked quite good but one thing I don't get about this brand is that they say they it is like it is from an Italian pizzeria, but it is a German brand - Dr Oetker (Yeah I don't get it either).
But any way, I have just tried I and... I really really liked it! It was not burned (for once) and it was really yummy. At first when I opened it, it looked very disappointing as it looked like there was hardly any cheese/toppings but after only 11-13 minutes like the box says and it has suddenly exploded with all of this cheese.
Nutrition - per pizza (365g)
Yeah it does have a lot of fat in and it does have quite a lot of calories but it tastes really nice and it would be ok as a one off (this is my excuse anyway)!
**It tastes really nice, obviously of mushroom mainly as it is a mushroom pizza and it also contains various herbs such as parsley and it also contains quite a bit of garlic which are not very strong but you can tell that they are there - they not reallyoverpowering. It is also nice and cheesy and very 'mushroomy'! Which I like! Nice rich flavours. It good (not to the pizza hut standard) but for a frozen pizza its the best one I have tried!**
*Very quick to cook - 11-13 minutes in a 200 degree oven
*Very yummy - lots of flavour
*Thin crispy base
*Widely available and cheap, I bought this one today from Morrisons for I think it was like £1.99 or something like that
*44.8g of fat
*5.9g of sugar
But apart from that it is really great - high recommend from the mushroom freak!
Thank you for reading my review
Dr. Oetker is a Pizza range that is available to buy in most UK supermarkets, and is made by a German company although the TV adverts I have seen for it sell it as a traditional style Italian pizza range.
One of the pizzas in the range is the Funghi pizza. This is basically a pizza with mushrooms on it. It is a flat base pizza, and has a generous amount of cheese and mushroom topping on it. The pizza can bought from the freezer aisle, although it is one of the expensive pizzas that can be bought. It is usually bought for around £2.50, although Iceland are currently selling certain pizzas from the range for half price.
My Mum thinks these are very nice, and very moreish, I personally do not find this flavour so appealing. I do like mushrooms and I eat them in most meals, but on this pizza I found them to be a bit slimy and I ended up picking them off after eating the first slice, as I felt a bit sick biting into the sliminess of the food. The cheese is nice and thick, and the herbs on the pizza add a nice taste to it, so the cheese does not taste plain or boring.
All in all this is a nice enough pizza, but due to the sliminess of the Mushrooms, I won't be buying this particular flavour again, although my Mum and my boyfriend love this one. If you like slimish mushrooms on your pizza, then this one is for you, but I won't be recommending it.
I'm a big lover of Italian food, in particular Pizza's. I usually eat at Pizza Express as I love fresh, thin based Italian style pizza's. I'm not too keen on there frozen pizza's and find them expensive, so when shopping the other day I noticed the 'Ristorante funghi Pizza' on special offer for £1.29 which I thought was cheap enough to try and see what I thought.
The pizza itself takes 10-12 minutes in a pre-heated over at 180 degrees. I would recommend watching it though as often it looks undercooked or just right when then base it often very dry and crumbley. I always take it out when I think it isn't fully cooked, as its the only way of getting it just right. Its just a shame because the base always looks pale even when it is overcooked.
Now for the taste. The pizza has a very thin base similar to Italian style pizzas. It is light and the tomatoe base it tasty. There is enough cheese on it and plenty mushrooms. It is quite tasty but only has one overall taste and would benefit from black pepper as it can get quite bland. I prefer fresh pizzas with a mixture of toppings and tastes and this only seems to have one taste.
For the price it is cheap enough to store in your freezer as an emergency meal or if your running late. It was worth the price but I wouldn't pay full price which is about £2.79. I would also recommend having it with a fresh salas and maybe some homemade chips too just to give it a bit of variety.
I have only been eating frozen pizzas for a few years as I used to get an allergic reaction to something in them that would cause little blisters on the inside of my mouth however either they ingredients have changed or I have grown out of my allergy.
After a very enjoyable and unusual pizza by Dr Oetker. I decided to purchase another while they are on offer at Morrison's. They are currently £1.15 per pizza.
I purchased the Ristorante Funghi pizza. We had it for tea and my son had a main meal at nursery and then had been to soft play in the afternoon so not a great time for getting a big meal inside him.
I followed the cooking instructions that require me to cook it at 200◦C in my fan assisted oven for 12 minutes. It came out the oven piping hot and I sliced it up and served. It did appear to be browned nicely and was covered in mushrooms.
The last pizza I bought from Dr Oetker was very spicy despite this not been mentioned in the description so I was expecting a spicy mushroom pizza that tasted of garlic to bring out the flavour of the mushrooms. The description of this product is "richly topped with tomatoes, mushroom and cheese"
This pizza contains 856kcals and 44.8g of fat !
When I tasted the pizza I actually found it quite bland and lacking in cheese and could barely even taste the cheese. It does state in the ingredients list that mozzarella and Edam cheese were used which as these are not very strong tasting cheese may of contributed to the blandness The worst part for me was the mushrooms that were covering the pizza ruined it. I am not a fan of frozen mushrooms but do love fresh mushrooms. I found these were very lacking in taste but worst of all the juices had watered and seeped into the tomato sauce base. The base already seemed to lack taste. This combination did not did not work well. The pizza base was thin and crunchy and this was perfect but sadly not much use without a decent topping.
My son however is a huge pizza fan and did eat his way through not only his but also part of mine as I thought it tasted so awful I actually left most of it. After eating part of this pizza I do have an aftertaste which is not pleasant despite eating a fairy cake for pudding.
This is one I shall avoid in the future and do not recommend even when on offer.
I have no idea, who exactly came up with the idea of pizza, and even from there who decided they could be frozen, and enjoyed at the consumers convenience, but 'boy' they need a pat on the back!
Pizza's are avaiable in all sorts of flavours nowadays, and in all sorts of forms, from short crust to Pizza Pie!!
There are many different Brands and makes of pizza available in todays supermarkets, but this is my opinion of one of the less known makes, Dr Oetker.
Dr Oetker's is a German family firm, founded in 1891. They began selling frozen pizzas in Germany in 1970 and brought the Ristorante range to the UK in 2002.
The fact that these Pizza'a are German, and most definately not English is pretty evident from the packaging, as there is very little English on the box, just a huge picture of the pizza on the front, and the ingreients and cooking times on the back, displayed in 15 different languages.
Even the Flavour of each pizza is a little confusing, as it is not in English!
Dr Oetker's Pizza'a are available in the following flavours:
Speciale (Ham and Salami)
Hawaii (Ham and pineapple)
Quatro Formaggi (four cheese)
Prosciutto (prociutto ham)
Dr Oetkers pizza's are available from most supermarkets, from the fozen section.
They are reasonably priced, compared to other well known pizza brands such as chicago town, and Godd fella's. Priced at 1 pound 89 pence in my supermarket, and often available on an offer of 2 for 3 pound, they are very good value, and taste great.
The Pizza's are big and round, but very thin, and contain a great tasty topping. Due to the thickness ( or lack of it ), the pizza's cook very quickly in the oven, taking just 11-13 minutes in a pre heated oven at 200 C.
As Im sure most people are aware, Pizza is not a healthy food, but the thin crust type, like Dr Oetker produces, are generally the healthiest.
A lot of Pizza Brands have the Nutrional Values displayed on the packing as 'half a pizza contains', or '1 quarter of this pizza contains'...... However, Dr Oetker get straight to the point, and display their nutritional figures 'Per Pizza', which is as follows for the Pizza Funghi (mushroom)
Sugars 5.9 grams
Fat 44.8 grams
Saturates 11.5 grams
Sodium 1.81 grams
All in all, this is a very tasty pizza, the funghi (mushroom) pizza contains a thin and crispy base, covered in cheese and tomatoes, and topped with a generous portion of Mushroom.
These are very convenient if you are in a rush, and reasonably priced, as each pizza easily serves 2 people.
I always stock up on a few of these when they are on offer.
Thanks for reading
© l500589 2010
Pizzas are always something which I like to have a stock of in the freezer for the days when we cant be bothered to cook a meal, and instead just want to chuck something in the oven. So when these were on offer, we just had to give this one a go, more out of curiosity than anything. Afterall, a mushroom pizza...what are people thinking?!
The funghi pizza is basically a mushroom pizza, with lots of mushrooms on a cheese base. So its fair to say if you don't like mushrooms, stay well clear. I must say the name 'Funghi' doesn't exactly get your taste buds watering at the thought, but it turned out to be a very nice enjoyable pizza.
Te box is quite big, with a picture of the pizza on it, although the picture doesn't really inspire me too much either, as there is not much colour other than brown and yellows.
Admittedly I normally like some meat on my pizza, but I was very surprised at how well the mushrooms worked along with the mozzarella on the pizza. It gives off a nice strong taste, and overpowers the base, which is what I like in a pizza. Afterall, who wants to be able to taste the base and not the topping.
For a pizza, I found this had more than the average amount of topping on it, which made it look quite impressive. A downside I had to this pizza was that the base is very thin, and we have found that it tends to go too crispy before the top is ready.
The only other downside to this pizza is the nutritional values. A whole pizza comes in at just short of 900 calories! That's a lot of calories to be having from just this pizza, and in my opinion, whilst this was a nice pizza, I would rather have something nicer for the amount of calories.
Over Xmas we seem to have been eating a lot of pizzas. We've all been madly busy and pizza is usually the only thing we can all agree on when we're eating out of the freezer instead of cooking a proper meal.
One pizza I've realised I LOVE is this Ristorante Funghi one, it's basically a mushroom pizza and if you don't like mushrooms then I deffo recommend you give this one a miss because it's got loads of them on and some of them are sliced quite thick. I wouldn't say I love mushrooms but they are cooked so nice on this pizza and go so good with the cheese and tomato that I've deffo fallen in love with it.
The base of the pizza is mega thin. I love Ristorante pizzas for that because the thin base is very different from most frozen pizzas, on the tv ad you see them eating the pizza with a knife and fork and I think that's a dead nice way to eat these pizzas. The Funghi one tastes like a very special pizza to eat, it's not one of them you just bung in the oven to slice up and dig into. Eating it off a plate with salad and garlic bread turns it into a wicked meal that I want to sit down and enjoy instead of wolfing it down.
I love the tomato sauce on the pizza because it's proper rich and tangy, I can deffo taste the garlic in the sauce and think it goes wicked with the mushrooms. The mushrooms surprised me the first time I had this pizza because I was expecting them to be slimey and not have much taste, when it's cooked though they have got a lovely fresh mushroom taste and have got quite a natural texture. I don't know what mushrooms they've used but they taste nicer than boring closed cup, probably chestnut mushrooms or something like that.... but don't quote me on it! Lol
There's quite a bit of mozzarella cheese on this pizza but when I looked at the ingredients list they've used exactly the same amount of cheese and mushrooms. That is why the pizza has got such a balanced taste I think because the way the mozzarella goes stringy goes wicked with the soft mushrooms.
I love everything about this pizza from the way the toppings reach nearly to the edge of the crust to how yummy and crispy the base is. I'd never have tried mushroom pizza but am glad I've had this one because it's become a fave straight away, careful though because not everyone will like it even if they like mushrooms. My dad can take or leave mushrooms and loves this pizza but my mum who could live off mushrooms and eats them most days can't stand it, it's weird because she doesn't even like the smell of it cooking even though it doesn't reek of mushrooms! Lol
It cost £2.59 but is quite often on special offer in Tesco for £1.29.