“ Type: Frozen Food „
I have to admit to being quite a big fan of Pizza. Its tasty and more importantly its quick and easy to cook and easily does me for an evening meal. When doing my weekly shop at Tesco, I came across their Margarita Pizza and decided to buy one and since then, it has become a regular item on my shopping list.
This pizza comes in your bog standard pizza cardboard box which is primarily green with a large picture of the pizza on the front which looks delicious! Tesco Pizzeria Margherita is written across the front on the box in green and white writing. On the back is all the usual information such as ingredients and a customer care and comments address and phone number.
These pizza are one of Tesco's long term buy one get one free offers which means that you can buy 2 pizza's for £3 which I think is a very good price really compared to some of the brand named pizzas.
This is a normal size pizza which weighs 460 grams according to the box. This pizza is from the stone baked range at Tesco which means it is thin and crispy which is great for people (like me) who don't like doughy pizza bases. This stone baked pizza is topped with tomato sauce, cherry tomatoes, Emmental, mozzarella, Cheddar and red Cheddar cheeses!
The box states that for best results, always cook from frozen. Place the pizza directly on the top shelf of a pre-heated oven for 14-16 minutes. It does state that times need to be adjusted according to your oven thought.
What Does It Taste Like?
This is one of my favourite pizzas. I am not a very big fan of tomatoes but the little cherry tomatoes on this pizza are very scrummy and contrast well with the variety of cheeses. The base is thin and crispy although I do find that sometimes the middle of the pizza can go a little bit soggy with all the cheese and tomato sauces on the top but it still tastes just as yummy to me!
I always find that with some cheese pizzas, there hardly seems to be much cheese on the pizza and this is another reason why I like this pizza, it isn't stingy with its portion of cheese and once cooked, you have a large amount of gorgeous flavoured cheese to much your way through.
I think this pizza is extremely good value for money. It is nice and tasty and has the advantage of a nice crispy base rather than a thick doughy one. It is great to just pop it in the oven and basically 20 mins later, have a meal so is excellent convenience food although not particularly healthy!
I love pizza!! It really is one of my favourite foods and has been every since I was a child and we used to take family holidays in Italy. Even when I was small I used to order a full sized pizza and manage to polish off the lot. They used to taste so amazing and the flavours were fantastic. I was always a little disappointed when we had pizza when we were back at home, they always tasted a little bland and the texture was all wrong.
If we ever eat out at and Italian restaurant, my husband is always faced with the whole pizza/pasta dilema. This is not a problem for me, I just head to the pizza section of the menu straight away. I am not a massive fan of supermarket pizzas, mainly because I am not a meat eater and the selection of vegetarian pizzas available is not all that great in my eyes. There seems to be loads of varieties available for meat eaters but often the only choice that is meat free is a margherita.
Having said that I do tend to buy the odd one now and again when I need to eat something quick and easy and this Tesco's margherita is one that I tend to buy the most. I believe it costs £2 but I think it is often on some kind of multi buy offer. I think this is quite a reasonable price and certainly much more affordable that the pizza express pizza's that you can also buy in the supermarket.
Now you simply pop these pizza's in the oven and be sure to keep a close eye on the cooking time. These thin stonebaked pizzas cook very quickly and leaving them in a couple of minutes too long can leave them dried out and over cooked. I have burned several pizzas in my time and there is nothing as frustrating than being faced with a charred dried out solid slab when you are looking forward to a moist and slightly crunchy pizza.
This pizza has a good combination of flavours, you get a real flavour of italian herbs mixed in with the cheese and tomato and the base has a fantastic crunchy texture. What I tend to do is pimp up my pizza a little, I add on my favourite toppings such as mushroom, pineapple, pepper and sweetcorn and this makes it a whole lot more interesting.
To sum up, while this is certainly not up to restaurant quality is is a perfectly acceptable supermarket effort
For dinner this evening I decided that we would have something that was quick and simple and when I saw two particular Tesco pizzas on offer (2 for £3.50) I decided to pick up this margherita one along with a stonebaked meat one.
The pizza comes in a square cardboard box and is wrapped in celophane, simply remove this and then place in the oven on 200 degrees for around 15-20 minutes.
This particular pizza has a stone baked thin and crispy base and is topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella, cheddar, emmental and some sliced cherry tomatoes. The pizza cooks very well and the cheese will melt all in to one delicious gooey mess and even though there was a large amount of cheese on top of the pizza I did not find that the base was soggy in any place and the whole thing was nice and evenly cooked in the oven.
The tomatoes were very juicy and tasted nice when I sampled one alone. The cheeses complimented each other very well and melted and cooked very nicely. The tomato base was rich and there was just enough to stop the base from being dry. The whole pizza worked very well for me and I actually enjoyed it more than the meat feast one that we had.
Margherita pizza is not my usual favourite but tonight I really fancied a change from the norm and was very pleased with my choice. There is around 500 calories for half of this pizza and it was really crisp and luxurious and it was worth every single calorie!
I would recommend keeping your eye on this pizza around the 15 minute mark as it could easily begin to burn and blacken around the edges although I found our one took around 25 minutes on the bottom shelf of the oven (the meaty pizza was cooking on the top!).
I am going to rate this 5/5 as I did not have a single bad thing to say about this pizza. It's usual price is £2.19 which I think is very reasonable for 420g of pizza (enough for two adults with medium appetites!) and I will be purchasing this again (even when it's not on special offer).