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I stopped buying pizza a few years ago as I was never impressed with store bought pizza's they always seemed tasteless and doughy so I started to make my own, but a couple of months ago when I was short on time and fancied a pizza for lunch, I saw some nice looking fresh pizza's in Tesco on the refrigerated pizza shelf and started buying them again. My favourite at the moment is Tesco Italian Pepperoni Pizza; it has a great taste and is not skimpy on the topping. I hate it when you buy a pizza and have to start putting more stuff on in my opinion Pizza's are not exactly cheap for a decent one so the least you can expect it to have sufficient topping already on it when you buy it. It has a nice crispy light base when cooked and is not soggy, and is topped with a tomato sauce, grated mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil, black pepper and lashings of pepperoni, and tastes absolutely divine when cooked. The pizza must not be cooked in any of the packaging, all must be removed and I usually cook mine on a piece of tin foil which is suitable for use in the oven. It only takes approximately 13 minutes to cook in the oven, but must be cooked in a conventional oven as this pizza is not suitable for cooking in the microwave. The pizza must be kept in the refrigerator and eaten before the use by date which is shown on the pack, but can be frozen on the day of purchase and used within 1 month, when it can be cooked from frozen for around 18 minutes. This pizza contains 260 calories, 11.1g fat and 4.4g saturates per 100g not very healthy if you were to gobble down the whole pizza which weighs 327g in total but we all know that if we are on any kind of diet then pizza would not be a healthy option anyway. At the moment Tesco has an offer 2 for £5.00 until 18/05/2010 or the normal price for 1 is £3.50 so not a bad saving as you can buy 2 save £2.00 and pop one in the freezer. Only two days left though so you need to be quick to get the offer.
I now generally have one of these in the fridge for snack time. I have always liked pizza, but in recent months I had kind of gone off them. Maybe because I eat so many of the blighters. The normal price of these, off the top of my head is about £3.00. I never buy them at that price; Tesco always seem to be doing some sort of offer on them, and they generally seem to hover around about the £1.50 to £2.00 mark. Whilst I think food these days is ourageously expensive, I don't think these are bad value when Tesco put them on offer. I have always been a little fussy on the pizza base. This one is neither too thin or too thick and it claims on the packet that it is aerated, which I asssume to mean they use fizzy water to make the dough. What this means is that you get a pizza that puffs up a bit at the edges resulting in a crust that is not tough, but quite light and breaks easy in the mouth. The topping ingredients are essentially mozarella cheese, tomato puree and slices of pepperoni. There is also a little basil and oregano, which you can't really blatantly taste, but is there, it adds to the whole thing. This isn't going to sound nice, but what I like most about this pizza is that it is swimming in tasty fat. This is what I feel gives it flavour. The meat, and the cheese to a lesser extent, give off quite a bit of fat which mixes in with the tomato puree, making this pizza juicy. The base doesn't collapse under this juiciness and can be quite easily eaten using the hands rather than a knife and fork - frankly a pizza should never be eaten with a knife and fork. There is plenty of topping: a good spreading of tomato puree, the cheese is quite thick, but not overloaded and there are quite a few pepperoni slices, enough to more or less cover the pizza. Very, very tasty and I highly recommend these, unless it is the last one on the shelf, in which case I am having it.
*Price & Availability* This pizza is available for the Tesco 'Italian' range instore and online at www.tesco.com. The regular price tag is £3.20, although I purchased mine for £1.74. *Nutritional Bits* Half of the 372g pizza brings with it the following values: 480 Calories 21.2g protein 52.1g Carbs 20.6g fat 1.8g salt. *What I Think* Well, I have a love hate relationship with pizza. I love an authentic one. I hate the price tag and I hate that they are so huge in calories. This thin based Pepperoni Pizza was actually quite pleasant. Once cooked for around 12 minutes I found that the cheese had melted and bubbled nicely, turning a golden colour. The pepperoni had crispened up nicely and oozed fat! I found that the tomato sauce on the thin pizza base was rather tasty and moistened the pizza dough nicely. The mozzarella cheese melts well and is stringy and delicious. The pepperoni is nice and spicy and adds a great kick to this pizza. The base is nice and crispy. It's quite a decent pizza considering we are not in Rome. I am overall impressed... although not with the regualr price tag. I think £3.20 would be too much to pay for this, but I would happily buy it again for half price! It is definitely worth a try if you like a pepperoni pizza.
I would say that Pizza is probably one of my favourite fast foods. We tend to have 1 at the weekend, and although I could probably eat 1 most nights and not get bored, it is just nice to have the treat now and again. Then again since Pizza isn't exactly good for you, then there is that factor as well. This Pizza is in the chiller section of Tesco. I don't tend to buy chilled Pizza that often. I find they can be quite expensive, and the frozen ones seem just as good when they are cooked. I think the normal price of this was around £3.20 for the 10", but I picked it up last when it was on offer for £1.75. I don't think it is really worth the £3.20 price tag, perhaps £2.50 would be more like it!. The weight of the Pizza is only 464g. The packaging for this is alright. It sits on a thin polystyrene base and the whole thing is wrapped in cellophane. There is a cardboard strip sitting over the Pizza with all the information on it, so it's pretty packaging friendly. Also you can see all the toppings on the Pizza. This Pizza base was quite thin, which I like thin bases. It crisped up well, and had a sort of flour-y taste to it as well, which was nice. There was enough Pepperoni topping to it as well. I hate when you get a Pizza and it has a little scattering of Pepperoni. The whole Pizza area was covered in it. This only takes about 20 minutes in a 200o oven. Per half Pizza this has 484 calories and 16.2g of fat. I can nearly eat the whole thing myself with some Garlic Bread, so really not that healthy for you! This is lovely when it is cooked. As I mentioned the base is nice and crisp, the Cheese isn't overpowering and there only seems a good amount for the Pizza, so it isn't overloaded. The Pepperoni is nice and Meaty, and although with Pepperoni it will give a bit grease out of it, it isn't that bad, and it soaks into the Pizza well. The Tomato base is just a nice scraping and it is slightly herb-y. All in all a really nice Pizza, but just wished it was a bit cheaper normally as I would perhaps buy more of it.
I cant believe the cost of pizza these days. I appreciate that branded products are often considerably more than stores own versions however when you consider what is actually in a pizza I think that the price is often quite ridiculous. Anyway ranting put to one side its not something we tend to eat a lot of in our household however from time to time we buy a few of these with some salad and garlic bread usually on a Friday or Saturday evening when neither myself or my husband can be bothered cooking. I took advantage of a recent Tesco offer where they were doing three pizzas for £6 which considering that they were a reasonable size I thought was good value for money. We purchased three different varieties one of which was an Italian Pepperoni Feast a firm family favourite. The beauty of this product was that it did not come in an oversized cardboard box. Setting aside the issues of recycling and the environment I was more concerned with being able to see the topping through the cellophane wrapping which I am pleased to report was generous. I have lost count of the number of times I have purchased a pizza in a box only to be disappointed with the paltry number of pepperoni slices which don't actually cover your pizza at all and you end up adding extra ingredients from the fridge to compensate for this. The only cardboard on this product was a thin strip which told you the name of the product in this case Tesco Italian Pepperoni Feast. The reverse listed nutritional information how to cook and allergy advice. The main pizza was covered in plastic wrapping and was presented on a black polystyrene base. This particular pizza was loaded with topping and had an extremely thick crusty base which was covered in generous amounts of tomato sauce. Its main ingredients consisted of mozzarella cheese, ham and pepperoni slices. Each pizza weighs in at approximately 464g. We always pop a couple in the oven to ensure that there is sufficient for all of us. Bearing in mind we also add garlic bread and salad too. Cooking this is a dream as you really don't have to do much at all apart from remove the wrapping and turn the oven on to 200 degrees. You then pop it into the middle shelf and cook for around 18 minutes. My kind of cooking. Ensure once ready that it is piping hot throughout and serve immediately. If the product has been frozen then allow an additional five minutes cooking time to ensure that it is ready. I tend to watch the oven from around the fifteen minute mark as sometimes these type of products tend to cook quicker than expected and there is nothing worse than charred pizza. Lovely cooking smells fill the kitchen with this pizza and I noticed that the dough rises very quickly with this particular product. Once removed from the oven it really does look absolutely mouth-watering. There is no greasy residue either and the base is golden brown with the mozarella melting deliciously over the other ingredients. I cut it into slices and we all tucked in. It really tasted delicious and would be a rival for some of the far more expensive versions of the product available on the market. Full of flavour and the best bit loaded with delicious pepperoni topping. Overall I would say a lovely pizza which wont cost the earth which is great value for money. A welcome change from cooking and highly recommended. Half a Pizza Contains Calories 484 Sugar 8.6g Fat 16.2g Saturates 6.3g Salt 2.2g I would suggest checking the allergy advice on the back of the pack as this product is not suitable for everyone. It contains milk, wheat and gluten. Although the product contains no nuts the manufacturer cannot guarantee that it will be nut-free as it is not manufactured in a nut-free zone. The product should be kept refrigerated or frozen on the day of purchase.
THis is one of the best chilled pizzas in any of the supermarkets and when it's on offer we always buy a few of them to put in the freezer because we all like them big time in our house. All the Tesco Italian pizzas are wicked but this Pepperoni one is the best out of all of them I reckon because the taste of the pepperoni is nice and strong and goes wicked with the cheese and tomato. The base is thin and goes crispy in the oven and whether you've frozen it or not it cooks exactly the same and that's good because sometimes if you freeze a chilled pizza and then cook it from frozen it goes a bit hard or rubbery. There are loads of slices of pepperoni on top of the pizza and they all taste proper fresh and have a wicked spicy flavour. They get the usual pools of oil on top of them but pizza isn't the healthiest meal anyway so that;s to be expected but this one is no worse than any other pepperoni pizza. There's just the right amount of cheese on it and when it melts it goes nice and stringy. It's all mozzerella cheese and that's good because a lot of the supermarkets use a mix of mozzerella and cheddar and I think that makes it taste more like cheese on toast than pizza. The tomato sauce on the pizza is wicked and has a bit of a spicy and herby flavour that goes wicked with the cheese and pizza base. We always cut these pizzas into 6 big slices and that gives the 3 of us who eat pizza 2 slices eat and that makes a proper filling meal especially if we have it with chips and a salad because that's our fave way of serving pizza. At the minute it's half price and only costs £1.74 but usually it's over £3.00 and that's still proper good value for such a wicked pizza.
A light Italian style base topped with mozzarella cheese and pepperoni.