“ Brand: Morrisons / Type: Pizza „
I prefer to make pizza by hand but it does take a while to prepare - the dough has to be made, then left to rise which can take an hour or so, then rolled into shape (I cannot get the hang of twirling the pizza dough and throwing it into the air to stretch it and make it into a nice round shape), toppings added then cooked. Sometimes I don't have the time to do this and so resort to either having pizza delivered, which costs the earth as we live in a rural area, or popping into Morrisons on the way home. Morrisons have a range of hand-made pizzas which they claim are prepared in store, but I must admit that I have never seen them being made in the store where I shop. However, they are always fresh and do look appetizing. All the take-away food used to be placed near the vegetable counters near the entrance so that you could just grab a pizza and go to the checkouts. Now, in my store at least, they are ensconced in the far corner of the store which is very clever marketing on the part of Morrisons as you have to walk past a lot of other tempting offers, including the always deliciously-smelling baking section where lots of tempting breads and buns are displayed. When you eventually find the fresh pizzas, you are presented with an array of different toppings and sizes which you can buy in either deep pan or thin base. We usually prefer the deep pan varieties and for two people the 10 inch size is adequate. Morrisons do make three sizes, however, 10 inch, 12, inch and 14 inch to accommodate larger families, but the 10 inch size has more choice in deep pan than the larger ones. They do seem to have some toppings only in certain sizes, with the least choice being the 14 inch range. The 10 inch size includes Barbecue Chicken, Ham and Pineapple, Double Pepperoni , Meat Feast, Spicy Chicken, Cheese Feast, Vegetable Supreme, American Hot pizza and Ham and Mushroom. These are all available in the deep pan and thin crust varieties. The amount of toppings on the pizzas is quite acceptable - tonight we had the 10 inch meat feast on which there were 9 slices of small-sized pepperoni , a similar amount of meat balls which had been cut in half and were about half an inch in diameter, a scattering of small pieces of bacon, a generous amount of grated cheese and a tomato and herb sauce. The label on the pizzas advise that they contain antioxidants, flavourings and preservatives. The pizzas can be frozen provided that they are defrosted thoroughly before cooking and used within 1 month of freezing and I can vouch for the fact that they do freeze well. Cooking is very easy - just preheat the oven to 200 deg, centigrade, gas mark 6, put the pizza on a baking tray (after having removed the plastic wrapper and cardboard base) and cook it for 8 to 12 minutes. I have found that you do need to keep an eye on the pizza because it can quickly start to get burnt if you leave it to its own devices, so I usually set the timer for 8 minutes and then check to see how it's doing. Then it's just a simple matter of slicing and enjoying. In my opinion, Morrisons' pizzas are superior to those of other supermarkets, but that is my own personal taste. I have to admit that they don't taste as good as one of our local pizza takeaways but then again the Morrison ones are bigger and a third of the price of the takeaway ones. The price of Morrisons' fresh pizzas are £2.50 for 10 inch (as we only buy the 10" size I cannot be 100% sure of the cost of the larger ones, but I seem to recall that the 12 inch are around £3.00 whereas the 14 inch are £3.50). The 10 inch variety, however, are currently on offer at 2 for £4.00. The pizzas do have quite a short shelf-life, so I would recommend checking the sell-by date, particularly if you are not going to eat the pizza for a few days. If you want a meal that is quick to prepare and cheap then you can't go far wrong with one of these Morrisons' 'Prepared In Store' Pizzas.
Recently I had my brother and his family as house guests. Being a Saterday night I ordered from a very well known national pizza delivery company. For 4 adults and 3 kids I spent over £50 and the pizza's weren't even that nice! Had I the foresight, I would have visited Morrison's beforehand. Morrison's, in my opinion, create and stock the best fresh pizza. Far superior than any take away pizza company. Part of their 'Market Street' Morrison's fresh Pizza usually appear as you first walk into a Morrison's store., next to the fresh salad selection. Their Pizza, freshly made that day, if not in the last couple of hours, comes in Deep Pan and Thin and Crispy varieties. They have an extensive range of toppings, to suit any taste. Whether it's spicy chicken, meat feast, vegetable supreme or a plain old cheese and tomato all tastes are catered for here. A 10" pizza will set you back around £2.49 while a 14" will cost around £3.20. However, I live not 5 minutes walk away from Morrison's so, it has become my corner shop so to speak. I have noticed that Morrison's reduce it's fresh produce at around 6.30pm. I have picked up a fresh pizza at this time for under £1.50. Morrison's fresh Pizza's are freezable, so even if you don't plan on eating it soon it's a bargain! Morrison's fresh Pizza's as mentioned above, come in a wide range of flavour's. They take about 12 minutes to cook in the oven (half the time of a delivery) and are extremely high quality. The dough is perfect, floury and crisp at the same time. There's just the right amount of sauce, so they are not to dry but aren't overwhelmingly tomato ketchup tasting. Whatever topping you opt for, it's very generous. My favourite is the veggie pizza, which is loaded with red onions, peppers and mushrooms. However the meat versions are equally as generous. I've never seen so much meat on a delivery pizza! My personal opinion is that Morrison's fresh pizzas far outweigh delivery company pizza's both on taste and value for money. Even if your swayed by convenience, these pizzas cook in 12-15 minutes and require nothing more than the removal of the cellophane and popping into the oven. Morrison's fresh pizzas won the Pizza Retailer Of The Year Award 2008 from The Pizza Pasta and Italian Food Association (PAPA). A well deserved award in my opinion.