“ Brand: Iceland / Type: Pizza „
In our home we love a nice pizza and the Iceland range is generally quite good with pizzas starting from just £1.00 for a decent size pizza. Pepperoni is one of my favourite pizza toppings and I am always keen to try any pizza that has pepperoni on the top so I picked this one up recently to try out one night when I was home alone.
This pizza comes in standard packaging; wrapped, sealed and placed in a recyclable cardboard box. The packaging in the thin & crispy range is all similar with a green colour and a photograph of the pizza underneath.
This base is thin and crispy, there is a generous smearing of tomato based pizza sauce and then the pizza is topped with mozzarella and small and large pepperoni pieces. This can be cooked in around 15-20 minutes depending on how crispy you want the pizza and I like mine quite well done. This means that the base is incredibly crispy, almost a little too much, but the mozzarella has melted and gone a wonderful golden brown. Because this is a thin and crispy pizza just a few too many minutes in the oven can make this base almost inedible and ruin the whole pizza.
I have tried quite a few of the thin & crispy pizzas and buy them quite regularly, however, this one has been a little disappointing as it does not hold up as well as some of the others. The base can be a little bit soggy in the middle, even after 20+ minutes in the oven, and this is a real let down for me. The two different types of pepperoni do give a nice bite to the pizza but there is quite a lot of grease released from the pepperoni and this is probably what caused the pizza to be soggy.
Overall I would have to say that this pizza is average. The base is nice, where it is not soggy, the mozzarella melts wonderfully, is chewy and tastes yummy and the pepperoni is lightly spiced throughout. The sauce is quite thick and rich and is well spread on the base. The real downside to this pizza is the parts where it goes soggy as this is a real let down and is the sole reason why I don't really think I will be buying this pizza again.
As I've mentioned in a couple of reviews already, I'm currently working my way through a freezer full of pizzas at the moment. The Iceland thin and crispy range - of which there are 7 varieties.
This particular pizza is the third I've reviewed so far in the range, and it's the double pepperoni one. Having enjoyed the first two very much, I was looking forward to this one as pepperoni and in fact all spicy meat is something I really like. Unfortunately for the first time this range, Iceland has let me down a little.
The pizza is 380g and for £1 that's pretty good going no matter what flavour it is. The base is covered in the usual tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, and then two different sorts of pepperoni. The first is very small rounds about 12mm across, and the second much larger pieces around 45mm across of a different pepperoni. The cooking time given is the same as for the others in this range 16-18 minutes, but I have to say we didn't find this quite long enough for this pizza, and gave it an extra couple of minutes in the oven.
The thin base is the same as is used for all the others in this range, however somehow with this mix of ingredients on it, it doesn't taste as good. The bottom wasn't as crispy as the first two we'd tried, and it didn't really have a crunch to it when you bit into it. In fact, as you held up your triangle piece of cut pizza, it sort of sagged in a way that wasn't too promising.
The two different pepperoni were ok in flavour, the smaller one is quite mild, while the larger is more spicy tasting. More like a German salami than a pepperoni to be honest. The biggest problem here was that pepperoni is a very greasy thing to put on a pizza, so if it's not done right, you end up with something that by the time it's cooked has little puddles of grease all over the surface, and to be honest with you that's exactly what we experienced here. I think it was probably this grease that seeps into the base and stops that from becoming nice and crispy too somehow.
I think if I could have tasted this without the little pools of grease I might have enjoyed it more, but the combination of soggy base, and greasy topping just didn't really do anything for me, and this is the first of this range which I can honestly say that I won't be buying again. It's a shame because the price is very much right, but I just didn't enjoy it very much. I'm crossing my fingers that the rest will all be tasty, and I'll let you know as we try them.