“ Type: Frozen Food „
So the other night I ended up not really being bothered about cooking for dinner, so thought as lazy as it might be I'll get myself a pizza - given that it was just for me was fine because it meant I could eat enough to be full and have the rest reheated the next day for work! Thing is though I love pizza, I'm happy to have almost any flavour of pizza so when I got to the supermarket deciding which one to buy was a real problem, and an annoying problem since my mum came to the supermarket with me and stood waiting for me to decide!
~*~ Goodfellas ~*~
Goodfellas make pizzas, they are owned by Northern Foods a company based up in Leeds, and have been producing foods for our supermarkets since the 1930's. They have many other brands on their company list. Goodfellas make many different pizzas, from thin ones to really deep pan ones, absolutely loaded with toppings. All coming in flavours ranging from Ham and Pineapple, out to Pepperoni, Margherita and Barbeque Chicken. Pick a flavour, and flavour and pop it in the oven! Find them in the pizza aisle, in Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury's and many other good food stockists.
~*~ Ham and Pineapple ~*~
When I unboxed this pizza I hate to say it but I was really disappointed by the size of it - I was really hoping for something a bit bigger. It's only really the size of a small plate, rather than the large dinner plate size I was expecting - so for the price the size really wasn't enough for me, but still I wanted to eat it regardless. I cut off the packaging, which doesn't rip unfortunately even though I did try - and slid the pizza out of the packaging and onto a pizza tray and into my nice and warm Gas Mark 5 oven, that had been nicely heated up while I'd been looking for a pizza tray. Once the oven was nicely heated, I placed my pizza on it's tray into my lovely warm oven - and set my timer for 23 minutes, it is recommended for 22-24 minutes so I decided to go in the middle. However by the time my timer went off, the pizza wasn't really cooked enough for me - so I put it back in the oven for another couple of minutes. Even at that point the colour on the top of the pizza was quite pale, I'm a big fan of dark cheese round the edges of my pizzas - and this one still had pale cheese, and even on the edges the ham had only gone dark where it was quite close to the back of the oven. So without setting fire to these small areas of pizza I had to take it out, the pizza however was cooked, it was hot all the way through and the pineapple on top was lovely and warm in the middle and I love that about Hawaiian pizza!
The only problem was the fact that the base was still quite soft even though it had been on a tray that gave extra heat exposure to the base, but I put up with it just have to make sure I paid a bit more attention to it when I picked up each slice just in case anything fell off my slices. The brilliant part being that there was tonnes of ham and pineapple on top - I love a pizza showered in toppings and considering that you are paying just less than £3 for the pizza you really do need to have a lot of toppings to make it worth the money. The ham has a great, slightly smokey taste to it and the pineapple is brilliantly juicy and makes your mouth water just biting into it and having a good combination of cheese, ham and pineapple, on a really thick spongy pizza base. The base is meant to be deep pan, and it definitely is - it's really thick and spongy and tastes lovely - as I said the base is a little soft but I can put up with that for a pizza that tastes amazing!
Calories however and general nutritional values well, that might put you off a bit!
A quarter of the pizza is 276 calories,
5g of sugar,
10g of fat,
4g of which saturates,
0.9g of salt.
So you're looking at a thousand calories per pizza, which is quite a high amount for one item of food - so remember to eat things like this in moderation. Even as tasty as it is, it's not worth risking a coronary, or high cholesterol to have a pizza like this regularly!
~*~ Price and Availability ~*~
It's available in all good supermarkets and stores with pizzas for sale, at the moment it's £2.89 a pizza in Tesco or two for £4.50, so they are quite expensive, but they are worth the money even with a bottom that's a little bit soft!
As a rule, Pizza's bought from supermarkets are "OK" in my opinion - I totally love Pizza Hut and Pizza Express, but frozen Pizza from the supermarket does not compare - alright as a snack, but certainly not as a treat.
My son is a pizza fan, and back from uni for the Christmas holidays, I stocked up on a few frozen things, one of them being the Fully Loaded, Deep Pan baked Meat Fest by Goodfella's - surprisingly after he went back to uni, the pizza's were still in the freezer - so hubby and I decided to have one for supper.
Bright, eye catching box, advertising the pizza to have "New tasty meatballs" (something we always particularly liked at Pizza Hut) - this pizza was bought a couple weeks ago, just before Christmas, it was on special offer/promotion at Sainsburys for £1.50 -I think the usual price would be around £2.99
Pop it into the oven, after removing all packaging, direct onto the wire shelf, we have a fan assisted oven, 180 degrees for about 25 minutes.
I have to say that both hubby and I were really pleasantly suprised, this pizza was really nice.. the meaty toppings were generous, plenty of meatballs, pepperoni and ham, also very cheesy, mozzerella and cheddar - no vegetables of any sort, but that was actually a good thing. Meaty and Cheesy on a deep pan base.
The pizza was around 11 inches in size, perfect supper with the two of us having a couple slices each, it would make a nice lunch with some salad or a jacket potato... and of course the reason I bought it, pizza and chips!
Obviously the nutritional value isn't great, A quarter of a pizza is 312kcals and 12.5grammes of fat per 100 grammes - but with that said, when you eat something like this as a snack once in a while then it does no harm
414g - cost between £1.50 - £3.50 - Goodfella's is a brand that is often found on special offer - next time it is I will pick up a couple of them to put them in the freezer.
In conclusion I would give this pizza ten out of ten for frozen pizza, I think it would be hard to beat this one.
A wedge of wet slimy dough with a thin topping. It's not the topping that is deep, it's the dough, and as for being "fully loaded" - well I am lost for words! It looks and sounds great on the package, but a real disappointment on the plate and the tongue. I counted ten small pieces of chicken, but the worst part is I bought two, so I plan to give the second one away. I think I will stay with the local guy who spins the dough in the little back-street pizzeria!
I like to buy different varieties of pizza like most people. I like to get a pizza that suits the mood I am in. I have tried many brands over the years from stores own to Goodfellas, and I have to say first off I have not had a Goodfellas pizza for over a year now, just because I thought prices were extortionate. However, upon a recent shopping trip I decided to purchase a deep pan cheese pizza as it was on offer in my local Morrison's for just £1.00. A few days after my shopping trip, I went on to consume the pizza. Upon opening the box for the pizza this is for me where the disappointment began. At first glance you could see gaps where there was no cheese, and on further inspection you could clearly see that there was not a very good coating of cheese, which I felt was poor for saying the pizza was called "Loaded Cheese". The pizza took just a bit over 20 minutes to cook which I was happy with as on the back of the packet the guideline says 22-25 minutes at 190.
Once the pizza was out of the oven, cooked and ready to cut up I couldn't help but notice at how small it actually was and how much it had shrunk while being cooked. Let's just say, it ended up looking more like a value pizza than a Goodfellas pizza. After this disappointment, I cut the pizza up ready. Upon consuming the pizza I was disappointed once again, this time by the lack of taste. I was honestly expecting a cheese overload especially as that is what it is called, however during consumption I have to admit that I could taste a bit of cheese, but no where near enough. I could taste more tomato then anything. The pizza served 4, but the portions were very small, and not ideal if you have a large appetite. Overall I have only given this pizza one star, simply because it was on offer and was cheap. If it was full price I would definitely not buy it, as I feel that the packaging is more exciting than the pizza itself.
When it comes to pizza, although I know that they're not good for my hips I do occasionally like to indulge myself with one which is why the other day when I spotted this Goodfella's spicy chicken deep pan pizza on offer in Asda for a £1.00 I couldn't resist treating myself!
Square box with a picture of the pizza on the front and I am told that it is Goodfella's deep Spicy Chicken 'Panbaked base topped with our signature tomato sauce, fine mozzarella, Cajun chicken, red peppers & pan fried onions...Bellissimo!' and there is an at a glance nutritional chart displayed along with little pictures of chefs on there. On the back of the box other information listed includes being told a bit about the product, ingredients and allergy advice is given, I'm told how to cook the pizza and nutritional information, storage details and the size is stated (407g) and contact details for Green Isle Foods Ltd (the manufacturer of the product) are also given. Nice informative box this is and inside the pizza is tightly sealed in a see-through plastic wrapper.
Well the pizza looks nice enough. Large and round and reasonably thick, it has visible light coloured cheese on there along with some red peppers, onions and slices of spicy looking chicken.
To cook it you simply pop it in the oven for 22-25 minutes and thats it. When cooked in that time the cheese of course melts and the pizza looks nice enough and gives off a slight garlic smell.
Taste wise though this pizza fails to excite me. The base is thick and made of bread and it goes crunchy and its hard to eat. The tomato sauce is thick and tasty though and topped with not too much cheese which is mozzarella and therefore a bit bland and there is only 13% cheese in total which isn't alot at all. The red peppers and onions are nice enough though but again there isn't a lot and there is a small hint of garlic and herbs running through it. The chicken though is tasty and chunky though again there wasn't much of it on the pizza but what there was, was tasty and succulent enough to be fair. It had a spicy seasoning on it again of garlic and paprika and a hint of chilli though it wasn't blow your brains out hot or anything like that.
All in all I felt this was an economy tasting pizza. I didn't like the bread base for starters and would have appreciated a bit more flavoursome cheese on it though like I say the chicken was nice enough but I wouldn't refer to this as a loaded pizza...it simply wasn't. I wouldn't go out of my way to repurchase this again in the future sadly as it simply isn't worth eating all those calories for!
Nutritional Information Per 1/4 Pizza:
Available in all good supermarkets and if not on offer will cost about £1.50 a pizza and other varieties from this range are available.
Let's start with the truth - frozen pizzas never live up to their restaurant/take-away ordered counterparts. This is understandable as the base has to be cooked in advance and then frozen so a few months down the line you can whack them into your oven and (re)cook the lot. They are never going to live up to the freshly prepared and baked alternative you get in a pizza parlour. However, as everyone likes pizza, you are well advised to have one in the freezer - as such it is important you make a good choice, and Goodfella's frozen pizzas are big contenders for that spot in your freezer.
First of all - the toppings. They don't skimp on them, but fortunatley they don't do the opposite either. It is annoying to buy a pizza and to open it and realise that you are going to have to put some other food on it as the toppings are so sparse, it is also not good to have toppings pilled sky high so some bits of pepperoni get charred, whilst others sit under a mass of peppers barely getting heated. Goodfella's get it just right - you may need to reorganise the toppings when you take the pizza out the box, but every bite will have lovely pepperoni/chicken (or whatever you have chosen) flavour.
The base - I go for deep pan pizza's - and this base is around 1"-1.5" think, which is just about right - you want to be able to feel the texture of the base without it overwheling, or indeed being overwhelmed by, the toppings. Also it is important that the crusts go slightly crisp, but not to almost dangerously hard levels of some other frozen pizzas, unfortunatley, the crusts on these tend to get a bit too hard, but they manage to stay some way off the extent at which they become inedible.
Then the price - these are always on deal somewhere - you can generally pick them up for around a pound if you shop around - which means with a side salad or chips, you can feed two people for next to nothing. Happy days!
Health wise - these are a massive no no. But it's pizza - what did you expect?!!
Overall I give these 4/5 - I have taken one point off as although they are nice, I feel they can and will get better soon with regards to the crust
Friday night in our house is pizza night. Now I'm not a particularly big fan of pizza, but Mr B. is, and he has this annoying ritual of eating pizza and garlic bread together... yes all those carbs and calories I know..., washed down with red wine (rather a lot of red wine it has to be said) and this is every Friday night. In 2009, the only Friday this ritual was missed was Christmas Day.
So it being Friday today, I undertook my wifely duties and popped into our local Morrisons store to pick up two of their pizzas on half price offer this week which happened to be Goodfellas Deep Pan Pizzas which are found in the freezer section.
For me, I chose the 'Deep Margherita'. It promised a panbaked base topped with their signature tomato sauce, fine mozzarella and other select cheese'. I don't know about you, but the promise of 'other select cheese' got me intrigued so into the basket it popped. For Mr B., i chose Pepperoni; for Mr B. it has to be Pepperoni... always.
The pizzas are packaged in a cardboard box with the word 'Goodfella's' clearly identifiable across the top of the box. A picture of the cooked pizza tempts you from the front of the box and the finer detail of the horrific calorie and fat content of the pizza does little to tempt one from the back.
Inside the box, the pizza comes wrapped in clear plastic cellophane which fits closely around the pizza to keep the topping in place. The pizzas were generously topped with cheese and pepperoni, most of which was attached to the pizza rather than left in the wrapper which is always an added bonus when dealing with frozen pizzas.
The pizzas are cooked by placing them onto the middle shelf of a pre-heated oven at 190 degrees celcius or gas mark 5. They take about 22-25 minutes to cook, and are ready when the cheese has turned a golden brown and the middle is piping hot.
The pizzas look really rather delicious when they are removed from the oven, and although no-one is going to mistake them for home cooked pizza or takeaway pizza, they look pretty good for a frozen pizza, and certainly topped adequately with plenty of melted cheese to dig one's chops into.
Once taken out of the oven, I sliced the pizzas into quarters. The bases were easy to cut and not too crunchy so first impressions were good. The middle was hot and doughy, and the cheese and tomato was oozing slightly after cutting, which I think is always a good sign of a well topped pizza.
After leaving to cool for a few minutes, the pizza is safe to eat and I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised by the flavour of these pizzas. The tomato sauce especially was really delicious and it had a good texture with lots of 'bitey' bits of tomato in it, and there was plenty of it. I even liked the base on the pizza which is the part of a pizza that I find just a bit too monotomous when chewing and probably one of the main reasons I'm not that keen on pizza. I have a particularly dislike for overly crunchy pizzas or ones that taste like cardboard which is a category that I find many frozen pizzas fall into, but rather surprisingly, I found these pizza bases to be crispy rather than crunchy and very slightly greasy but in a good way, as the fat adds to the pizza base taste and I guess is the 'panbaked' effect.
The cheese topping although generous, was not particularly flavoursome and that 'select' cheese turned out to be cheddar and a very mild one at that which was a little disappointing. Despite the lack of cheesiness to the taste, the tomato flavour was strong and the panbaked base really was a delight to eat. I do have to confess that I didn't manage the crusts on the pizza as these babies weren't stuffed ones, and the crusts weren't as crispy as the rest of the base - a bit more crunchy with less flavour... not quite cardboard, just alot to chew on without the delight of the sauce and cheese but I think the crusts were okay really, I'm just a bit fussy at times.
I picked up these pizzas today on a half price offer at £1.24 each which I personally think is a bargain. I don't think they beat home made pizzas or takeway pizzas, but they're not that far off takeaway pizza and so I was impressed. I'm slightly less impressed by the nutritional information, having learnt that one Margharita Pizza is 996 calories and 33.2g of fat, but thankfully i've been jogging tonight so can afford the calories this once!
Overall, I've been impressed with these pizzas and am going to award them 4 stars.
I hope you liked my review and thanks for reading :-)
Competitively priced and great tasting it is no wonder that Goodfellas pizzas are so popular.
These pizzas are easy to cook with well detailed instructions on the back of the box. Just remove all of the pizza's packaging, re-arrange toppings if you wish and then place it in the oven for about 20-25mins and they'll be done (it suggests pre-heating the oven but I just put the pizza straight in and adjust cooking time accordingly). Once cooked the base has gone a golden brown and the cheese has melted with the toppings nicely stuck in place and you having no mess whatsoever to clean up from the oven.
Cutting the pizza is easy and then the taste is as good as home pizzas get. A crunchy but not 'rock-hard' base compliments the softer upper layer with a generous serving of toppings. Just the right size (a bit bigger than 9"), these pizzas are filling but the taste will have you wishing for more. Not to forget that they are frozen so they'll last for years (literally).
If you like pizzas then these are definitely worth the money and the effort of preparing them isn't even worth considering because it is that easy. 10/10
I have pizza a few times a month and one of my faves at the minute is the deep pan one that Goodfellas make. You can get it in pepperoni or cheese and tomato and I think there are others but them are the only 2 I've tried.
Tonight I shared their cheese and tomato one with my mate and it was delish, even better than I remember it being actually so maybe they've changed the recipe.
The base is thick and majorly soft, the crust goes a bit crunchy in the oven but that's fine because I just dip it in a bit of mayo or blue cheese sauce and that makes it go nice and soft again.
I love the tomato sauce on this pizza because it's smooth and delish, it's got a yummy herby flavour that goes proper nice with the cheese. I think it's deffo one of the best tomato sauces on a frozen pizza because of the herb flavour, careful when you bite into it though because when it comes out of the oven it's mega hot!
The cheese is wicked, it's a mix of cheddar and mozzerella so you get the stretchy texture of the Italian cheese but the cheddar gives it a lovely rich flavour that mixes nice with the tomato sauce. The cheese doesn't go greasy like on a lot of pizza, well it does I suppose but it's a yummy greasy flavour that makes it taste like proper take away pizza.
I reckon this pizza is deffo one of the best supermarket pizzas you can get and the best thing is that it's ALWAYS on special offer in at least one of the shops by me so I can enjoy it at a brill price. The best offer I've seen is when they was on buy 1 get 2 free in Morrisons before Xmas, actually I think this is the last out of the ones I stocked up on when it was on that offer.
Recommended.... nearly like take away pizza but loads cheaper!!!
I do like a good pizza, but often find them disappointing, having to add extra toppings when the pizza wasn't cheap to start with, I first tried this pizza when it was on offer and have since bought the product a number of times and have always been really impressed with it.
Price: I first brought this pizza for £2 when it was on offer at Sainsburys, however the normal price is from about £2.80 to £3.20 which I don't think is too bad for a pizza as it probably serves about 2 people, 3 if it's just a snack.
Cooking Instructions: You cook this pizza in a pre- heated oven at 190 degrees/ gas mark 5, you have to spread the topping out abit to get it all even, you cook it on the top shelf, they recommend no baking tray and this works really well, I think it stops the base getting to tough, you then cook it for 20- 25 minutes til it's golden, leave to cool slightly if you can resist!
Taste and Appearance: This pizza both looks and smells amazing! It's advised you leave it to cool slightly when you take it out of the oven but I never can, I often have the pepperoni pizza and this really smells good, the taste doesn't disappoint either! It's really cheesy, which lets alot of pizzas down and the pepperoni is nice a spicy, it gives you just enough heat without making you need a drink. The pizza base is nice and thick which I like and it stays nice and soft which I like, but it still manages to be nice and crispy but it really easy to cut through so you don't get in a mess. Goodfella's are really generous with the toppings on this pizza which makes it well worth the money.
Nutrition: There's 526kcal in half the pizza which is quite high but not too bad if you're having it for your main meal, it also contains 17.1g of fat and 2.3g of salt which isn't too bad again if you're having it for your main meal. Not the healthiest thing to have but great for a treat on a night in.
Overall: Well worth the buy, I don't think this pizza is too expensive when you look at other pizza's and is definately the best one I've tried in a while, even compared to Domino's! It has a really lovely flavour to it and plenty of topping, which often lets alot of people down. Worth the money at full price, even better on offer!
Im always keeping an eye out for a cheaper way to do things. One of my weaknesses is takeaway pizza, and juts pizza in general. So in an attempt to save money I went to the supermarket to look for a pizza that would be a treat, yet not cost too much money, well as much as our local dominoes came to anyway.
I went to Tescos for a tasty looking pizza that looked above and beyond the normal meals we buy and I saw the Goodfella pizza with a garuntee that it would be better than Dominoes and Pizza hut or else they would give you your money back. This seemed like an offer not to be refused, so I snapped it up and eagerly bought it home for the taste test.
The pizza comes in a cardboard box (which is great as it is recyclable) and some plastic wrapping within that. It also comes on its own tray to put in the oven which makes cooking and cleaning up after much easier, so even more like a takeaway!
The pizza doesnt take long to cook, and while it is cooking seems to fill the kitchen with a delicious smell. It also looks great when you take it out of the oven and not as greasy as some takeaway brands.
The pizza itself tastes great. They have the balance of the tomato and the cheese just right and the tomato part tastes classy and expensive, not like they have scrimped to save money.
The pizza, although deep pan is not that thick, but that is just right for me, but you may be disappointed if you were hoping for something much deeper.
In the cheese you can really taste the emmential cheese, which I love, but this is a warning just incase you dont!
I loved this pizza, have bought it again since, and certainly wont be asking for my money back!
Being fond of Pizza I have already reviewed a few on Dooyoo with mixed feelings towards them. I have had good and bad experiences with them on the whole but always try different varieties to find ones that represent good value for money as well as providing a tasty meal.
When I saw Goodfella's Deeply Delicious pizza on offer at Morrison's recently (buy one get two free) I decided to give these a try as the offer was just too good to miss. Available with different toppings this review is going to be based on the Pepperoni variety.
Contained in a flat square box in a deep red colour a picture of the cooked pizza is displayed on the top. You are informed that it is a "satisfying, tasty pizza that's loaded on top" and I must admit the picture does look appetising. Nutritional information is provided and advises that a half pizza serving will contain:
22.8g fat / 12.0g saturates
Cooking instructions advise you to spread out the topping on the pizza, pop onto the top shelf of your oven and bake for approximately 25 minutes until golden brown. Taking the pizza out of the box and you are met with the pleasant sight of what looks like a hand prepared pizza. There is plenty of topping including lots of cheese, pepperoni and strips of red and green pepper. The base is about an inch thick and the whole pizza does look very impressive. Certainly a lot better than some other brands I have seen.
Once in the oven the pizza bakes through and ends up a lovely golden brown in colour, being pepperoni there is a spicy smell that you notice straight away and the base cuts through easily. Biting into the pizza greets your taste buds with a cheesy, spicy taste and is slightly hot like pepperoni should be, the thickness of the base doesn't detract from the topping and the two balance themselves out well. Not being a huge pizza anyway (probably about 6-8 inches round) the manufacturers have gone for quality rather than quantity and the pizza itself tasted delicious. I found there to be plenty of topping, the tomato sauce was rich and full of flavour and on the whole it made for a really nice meal. Half of it served with a side salad made for a filling, tasty lunch and I really enjoyed it.
It is definitely one of the better pizza's I have had in recent times and goes a long way towards being comparable to a delivered one, I could find no faults with it whatsoever and being such a bargain buy made it all the more enjoyable.
Allergy information warns that the pizza contains Milk, Wheat, and Gluten and may contain traces of nut so those who have concerns in these areas be aware.
In conclusion then, I would definitely recommend this pizza to anyone fond of pepperoni; it is generously topped and tasted delicious. I think it is no longer on the B1G2F offer at Morrison's but seems to be available for two for £4.00 at Asda. Normally retails for around £2.40 it certainly is worth the money on its own anyway. 5/5 Dooyoo stars from me, one of the best frozen pizza's I have had and would definitely have it again.
I am not really a big lover of pizza but if I do buy pizza I like to buy it from a renowned manufacturer rather than the shops own brand. Over the years I have tried many shops own brand pizza and the majority of them are really bad. If I'm honest I don't think any pizza you buy from the shop will even come close to the delicious pizza's you get from places like pizza hut.
I bought Goodfellas Deep Pan Pizza last week when I saw it on offer in Morrisons. The offer was simply too good to resist, buy one pizza and get two free. It's great when shops have offers like that on, I thought even if the pizza was bad we good still give the free ones away and still not be any worse off. The cost of the pizza was £2.38.
There were three different types to choose from in Morrisons; Loaded Cheese, Pepperoni and Meat Feast. I went for the Meat Feast.
The pizza needs to be cooked from frozen in the oven. You need to take off all the packaging and place on the top shelf of the oven. It takes between 22 and 25 minutes.
When the pizza comes out of the oven it smells and looks totally delicious. It says on the packaging 'satisfying tasty pizza that's loaded on top' and I must admit there is load of topping on the pizza. When I tasted the pizza it was very nice but maybe a little spicey. It was very crunchy though and I really enjoyed it.
The pizza weighs 415g and the nutritional information is given per 100g and per half of pizza. In half a pizza there is 490 calories and 14.9g of fat. I think everyone knows that pizza's are really bad for you but every once in a while is ok.
I was pleasantly surprised by how good these pizza's were, as I said pizza's from a shop are never as nice as the ones you get from a pizza shop but this pizza is probably the nearest to it I have ever tasted. A quality pizza and at buy one get two free it is an offer too good to miss.
I have a shocking confession to make: I don't much care for Itallian food in general and in particular I have a bit of a life-long aversion to pizza.
Despite not really liking it, I do buy frozen / chilled pizza from the supermarket on occasion as it's a cheap convenience food which the sprog will eat when all else fails. I usually opt for whatever variety is selling on special offer as whether you pay a quid for it, or four times as much, it's all one to me really.
Last week Tesco were selling a frozen deep-pan 'Goodfellas' pizza for a quid - which is half price - so that's what we had that day for lunch. You could get a four-cheese variety, or pepperoni. Frozen thinly sliced meat products are more often than not a disaster to eat once they've thawed / been re-cooked, I find, so I chose the 'four cheese' variety.
And what were those four cheeses? Gourmet Itallian treats such Ricotta? Or Parmesan? Gorgnzola? Dolcellate? Even bog-standard old Mozarella? Well, there was something annato-bright-orange coloured and something pale yellow in grated flakes on top of the pizza but it was nothing Itallian, I shouldn't think. After cooking I struggled to discern four types of anything on top of the Goodfellas pizza - and that includes the tomato topping, quite frankly, as everything cooked down to a uniform shade of sludge-brown.
I now see that 'Goodfellas' pizza is made by an Irish company called Green Isle foods - which seems in terms of the brand's fake Itallian credentials as singularly apt as when I found out that disgusting Sara Lee frozen 'gateaux' are in fact made by a company that also specializes in manufacturing household chemicals (including disgusting, repulsive 'Ambi Pur' air freshener, Sanex anti-bacterial body-wash, and Kiwi shoe polish.)
So the Goodfellas pizza quite shocked me as when it came out of the packet as I'd never had one before. It was this enormously thick round wodge of dough, thinly skimmed with the tomatoey stuff, and the (alleged) four cheeses. This 'pizza topping' sat on the incredibly substantial 'deep pan' matrix of - basically bread - much in the manner of the thin surface layer of 'green scuzz' coating the continental plates that we live on, on this our planet Earth's crust. The packaging stated that the pizza would take about 25 minutes to cook on account of its being a deep-pan one. This is twice as long as it takes a regular, or non-deep-pan pizza to bake.
In the event, in our unreliable Ikea fan oven (that may or may not actually be the grill setting after all) it cooked to the aforementioned uniform nut-brown all over in about 15 minutes. It wasn't all that awful - since I've experienced the dreadful frame of reference of having eaten budget chilled pizzas from 'Spar' type convenience shops in the 1980s, after all (and in Scotland, in the 1970s, they used to make what they called 'pizza' out of squeezy tomato paste mixed with raw sliced onions, all sitting on a square slab of raw scone dough - scone dough! I kid you not!) but it wasn't all that great either. The tomato stuff on the Goodfellas pizza had soaked into the deep-pan big slice of bread quite a bit which didn't really help the texture.
Despite not liking pizza, about 20 years ago I did have a very memorably nice one once. It was on a thin crust, the lightly tomatoey topping swimming with delicious olive oil and there was not too much cheese, and more importantly, only one variety of it.
The Goodfellas four cheese pizza was nothing, absolutely NOTHING like that.
Having forgotten to take anything out of the freezer the previous night, myself and the other half decided to have a frozen pizza. At just over £2.00 from Morrisons, this seemed a bargain as I usually like pizza and of those, pepperoni is always my favourite.
Got home, stuck it in the oven (took about half an hour, which is about average for a deep pan pizza) and then the other half served it.
To my amazement, on this pepperoni pizza, there were peppers! Green and red peppers all over it. Now, I don't like peppers and I don't expect to see them on a pepperoni pizza. However, it was obviously my fault for not looking at either the picture or the ingredients properly.
Peppers picked off, it was time to tuck into the pizza itself. This was where the real disappointment kicked in. Deep pan? Yes. Cooked the same all over? No.
The pizza was sloppy in the middle and had too much tomato sauce, and quite dry on the edges where there just wasn't quite enough cheese, and the crust, rather than being crispy, was at that stage of hardness where it splinters if you try to cut it with a knife. The crusts needed bbq sauce in order to be vaguely palatable.
There were some good points about the pizza though: the pepperoni pieces were very tasty, quite strong in flavour and easy to cut. The cheese, where there was cheese, was nice in texture and tasted like real cheese.
I like other pizzas in the Goodfellas range but I certainly won't be trying this one again.
Delicious pizza from the renowned Irish mnaufacturer.