“ Brand: Goodfella's / Type: Pizza „
Pizza is probably my favourite junk food. It is bad for you in the best and most tasty way possible! I prefer plain-ish pizzas without too many toppings, and this Mozzarella and Pesto Drizzle pizza looked right up my street. I decided to stray away from my usual Goodfella's deep pan pizza and chose this Speciale Ciabatta pizza as it was on special offer at a reduced price. The RRP is £2.49 and this pizza can be bought from most supermarkets. There is also plenty of choice as there are other pizzas in this range with different toppings.
Goodfella's passion for pizza...
"For us... pizza is a passion. Our time honoured methods are closely guarded secrets. Like how we use special stones to freshly bake all our wonderfully light bases. Or the signature sauce we make from the succulent tomatoes we choose every harvest. Or how we blend freshly milled flours, or fabulous select cheeses... Everything we do is dedicated to your pizza pleasure."
This pizza comes packaged in a cardboard box with cooking instructions on the back and the pizza itself is wrapped in a plastic covering which must be removed before cooking. One particularly nice feature is that Goodfella's encourage you to recycle the box and include this as a step in the cooking instructions!
Product description: "Stone baked Ciabatta base topped with a rich tomato sauce, a delicious blend of fine mozzarella and drizzled with pesto oil."
Frozen pizzas are incredibly easy to prepare. For best results you should always cook from frozen. It takes just 16-18 minutes to bake this in the over at 190 degrees C / Gas Mark 5. This is perfect for a quick meal when you're pushed for time or lacking energy. I normally have pizzas stocked in the freezer ready for when I need a quick meal in between finishing work and going out later in the evening. After cooking when I removed my pizza from the oven the cheesy topping had a gorgeous melty appearance and was oozing and bubbling away.
The pizza weighs in at 410g, and the base is quite dense even though it is thin. I managed to munch my way through the entire pizza and thought it was really filling as a meal in itself. If I was being a bit healthier I might have half and some salad on the side, but sometimes you just want a nice pizza! The base felt crisp and crunchy and had a really nice texture to it. The ciabatta base was certainly different to an ordinary dough base and I really liked it.
The tomato sauce was hardly noticeable as the toppings spread over this had such strong flavours. The blend of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses was delicious, I absolutely love cheese and this tasted great. It had cooked through nicely in the oven and has a nice soft melted consistency without doing that annoying stringy thing when you bite into it. The pesto oil was really nice as well, I hadn't known what to expect as I didn't even really know what pesto is other than it is sometimes used in pasta dishes. This is a step up from your ordinary cheese topped pizza and had a lovely unusual flavour that I would definitely like to eat again.
I think this is a great tasting pizza that is a lovely change from plain cheese toppings without being too fussy. Great for a more interesting vegetarian offering and one that I would certainly recommend. I'll be buying this again in the future.
Ingredients: Wheatflour, Water, Mozzarella Cheese (18%) (with added Starch), Cheddar Cheese (8%), Tomatoes, Vegetable Oils, Pesto Oil (2%) (Vegetable Oil, Basil, Garlic Puree, Salt, Black Pepper), Yeast, Salt, Garlic Puree, Starch, Dextrose, Oregano, Basil, Sugar, Black Pepper, Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid.
My second favourite frozen pizza available in supermarkets is Goodfella's Speciale Creamy Mozzarella & Pesto Stonebaked Ciabatta. This pizza is often on offer in Tesco or Sainsbury's so usually I buy 2 for 4 pounds. The full price is 2.79 pounds. You can find it among the frozen foods where the other pizzas are.
I think this brand name sounds quite cool, anyway it is owned by Green Isle Foods Ltd and the pizzas are made in Ireland. The brand focuses on Italian flavours and they use typical Italian toppings on their pizzas.
The manufacturer says on the box that for them pizza is a passion and they are dedicated to our pizza pleasure. Well, they do it quite well I think...
What you get for your money?
The pizza comes in a dark green cardboard box showing a huge ready made pizza. When you make your own I think that looks even better than the one on the picture! There is an enormous Goodfella's logo right above the picture so you can't miss it. The guys around the pizza and the buildings in the background all remind me of Italy.
There are loads of details on the box like their mission, the cooking instructions, nutritional information, ingredients, storage instructions and allergy advice.
After opening the box the pizza is wrapped in a clear foil so you can see clearly the appetizing pizza. There is no plate below the pizza.
How to store it?
You buy these pizzas frozen and most of the cases it is still frozen by the time you arrive home. As I have a very small freezer I put the pizzas in the fridge and bake them within a day. The other option is to keep it in the freezer. That is the better option I think.
I found that when you keep it in the fridge you can still wrap it out easily and place it on a pizza plate to cook it. Unlike other pizzas this can be handled easily even when it is not frozen.
The appetizing pizza
The base is somewhere between deep pan and thin regarding its thickness and texture too. It is crusty but not entirely. It really reminds me to ciabatta. There is a tomato sauce on the top of the base then grated cheddar cheese and 4 round slices of mozzarella. There are green pesto spots on the top of the pizza which look like real pesto but are actually pesto oil so when you put it in the oven it melts and spices your pizza all over.
How to cook it?
Remove all the packaging and put your pizza on the top shelf of the preheated oven. I use a pizza plate because I don't like to clean burnt cheese from the oven. The manufacturer recommends 190 C/Gas Mark 5 or 180 C for fan assisted ovens. I have the latest, so I set my oven to 180 C. The pizza is ready in 16-18 minutes if you can resist that long for the delicious pesto smell...
The pizza in the box is 400 g which means 1060 kcal energy. It is about half of the recommended daily amount for women. Usually I share a pizza with the kids but still loads of calories. It is rich in carbohydrate and fat too.
This pizza is suitable for vegetarians. It contains wheat, gluten, milk and may contain also traces of nuts.
The ingredients are: Wheatflour, Water, Mozzarella Cheese (18%) (with added Starch), Cheddar Cheese (8%), Tomatoes, Vegetable Oils, Pesto Oil (2%) (Vegetable Oil, Basil, Garlic Puree, Salt, Black Pepper), Yeast, Salt, Garlic Puree, Starch, Dextrose, Oregano, Basil, Sugar, Black Pepper, Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid.
I think the baked pizza looks really appetizing; it contains enough cheese for cheese lovers. The base is crusty but not dry at all. The tomato sauce is not over-spiced so the real taste of tomato can be felt and it is in perfect harmony with the garlic, pesto and mozzarella cheese. I like that there is some pepper added to the pesto oil, it really makes difference.
I think this is a really delicious pizza which is absolutely up to my expectations. Occasionally I add some extra pesto when I want to improve the taste a bit. If you like pesto and cheese in general than I really recommend trying this pizza. It is very delicious, one of my favourites.
I brought one of these new Goodfella's Speciale pizzas in Tesco because I was craving pizza yesterday and knew my cousin was coming over so could share it with him and look like the perfect host. It's on special offer at the minute because of it being a new pizza so cost me £2.00, the normal price is £2.79 and it's still worth that because it's sooooooo yummy!
The pizza took about 20 mins to cook and smelled gorgeous while it was in the oven. The smell of the pesto comes through big time and it made the kitchen smell lovely, my mouth was nearly watering by the time the pizza was cooked and my cousin was on about eating it half raw! lol
The base is kind of inbetween deep pan and thin base, it's got a wicked doughy taste but has got a lovely soft texture that is dead easy to eat. The tomato sauce goes nearly all the way to the edge but even the very edge that hasn't got any sauce on hasn't gone hard or too crispy.
The tomato sauce is lovely, it's got herbs in it but isn't majorly tangy like on some pizzas. I was glad about that because I think if the tomato sauce had been spicy it would have spoilt the flavour of the pesto and made the rest of the toppings lose their interest.
The cheese is a thin layer of grated cheddar with thick discs of mozzarella on the top. That's wicked and means you've got the best of both worlds because the cheddar has got a nice rich flavour and then it's the mozzarella that makes it taste like a real pizza.
The pesto is pesto oil that has been drizzled on top of the pizza, I had a pizza from Waitrose the other week and it come with a little bottle of pesto oil to sprinkle on yourself but this one is actually better because it saves you the bother of doing it yourself! lol The pesto is perfect as well, it's just strong enough to taste good over the cheese but doesn't over power the other flavours in the pizza.
I deffo recommend this delish pizza from Goodfella's, it's as good as the Waitrose one I was telling you about and LOADS cheaper! It's mega filling and I could only eat 2 slices, my cousin loved it as much as me though and he polished the rest off AND ate most of the cheesy garlic bread!!!