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      07.10.2013 20:13
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      Not for mine or my mans tum!

      Pizza is not something that I eat very often unless it's from a takeaway like Domino's or a meal out with family and/or friends or something. I always think a frozen pizza is a bit of a sad thing and never that great however the other night my boyfriend had been working late, I had been on my feet and out all day and I really didn't feel like cooking so off I went to my local Nisa store to peruse what I could get for us and in the end I bought this for just a pound (it is currently on offer) and it looked really nice on the photograph that is on the box and I bought it along with a nice, fresh and crisp salad. Just a quick heads up before I get stuck into writing this review though. This is not a Tesco branded product and is widely available from lots of decent supermarkets and convenience stores alike.

      The Packaging:

      The pizza comes in a see-through plastic covering and in a square box which is mainly red and white in colour and we are clearly told on there that it is San Marco 'Pepperoni' and we are told that it costs £1 and there is an at a glance nutritional chart shown then on the back of the box other information listed includes being told how to cook it, the ingredients and nutritional chart is stated, the size is given which is 251g (and the only size I have seen this to purchase in incidentally) and contact details for the manufacturer are also clearly given. Nice, informative packaging this is.
      The Pizza Itself:

      As soon as I opened this pizza up I was faced with disappointment. I knew by the size of the box that this wasn't a huge pizza but it was smaller than the box suggested. Round in shape and with a thick bread base and minimal toppings I cooked this for 16 minutes in a pre heated oven and it cooked well in this time and went slightly brown in colour but gave off no fragrance.

      So I cut it in half and served it up hoping that this rather sad looking pizza tasted better than it looked but we really didn't like this one bit. We are told on the back of the box that this is meant to be a thin and crispy based pizza well we beg to differ on that statement. The base was plain bread flavoured in taste, thick and really rather flavourless ta boot. The topping is minimal tomato puree which looks piped on and then over that you get a small amount of finely grated, mozzarella cheese which melted ok but really was again very mild in flavour and actually quite bland and there really wasn't very much of it at all. The only thing that did give the pizza a bit of flavour was the pepperoni. You only get about 6 slices of it and they are wafer thin but if it wasn't for that it really wouldn't have a lot of flavour to it and that's only because its salty and oddly enough there were no herbs used on this and just according to the ingredient list garlic within it, again though we couldn't find that flavouring at all.

      All in all this is a sad offering of a pizza. I hated the hard and too crunchy bland bread base and it really was lacking in cheese and all in all this isn't worth the consumption of 301 calories per half pizza and/or 4.5g Saturated Fat it provides cos it is so bland!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        28.06.2010 16:42
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        Avoid at all costs

        Since buying a house last year Saturday nights are now often pizza and a DVD. I sometimes make my own but feeling lazy I popped into Netto for a frozen one. I got a San Marco Margherita Pizza for £1.29. It was 345g and would make two nice servings.
        The box has a picture of the pizza on the front and describes it as a "deep pan margherita". It also gives the daily GDA's which are for half the pizza:-

        Calories 408
        Sugars 4.2g
        Fat 12.1g
        Saturates 6.19g
        Salt 2.5g

        On the back of the box there is a list of ingredients and the cooking instructions, all pretty standard really.

        I got the pizza out of the box and put it on a baking tray, popped it in the oven and waited the required 25 minuets. As the pizza began to cook I could smell the aroma and it smelt delicious. By the time it was cooked I was starving and was really looking forward to it, as the box describes it as, " the real taste of Italy" I got the pizza out and was surprised to see that none of the cheese had dribbled over the edge, in fact there wasn't even enough topping to reach the edge! I hadn't noticed that when I got it out of the box.

        I sliced the pizza and we tucked in. The base was quite thick and crispy on the bottom. The topping was thin and sparse with no flavour at all, in fact if someone had given me the topping and not told me what I was eating I would have never have known I was eating pizza!!! It was totally and utterly tasteless. There was no after taste except for a mild spicy hotness, no herb flavours at all.
        I have never had such a disgusting slice of tasteless pizza in all my life. In fact if San Marco Pizzas are the "real taste of Italy" then I feel sorry for them.

        I would never ever recommend this pizza, I would advise anyone to avoid it at all costs! I would give it no stars if I could.

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          02.12.2009 21:58

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          SAN MARCO "A TASTE OF ITATLY"...MY A--E!! THEY ARE MADE IN GRIMSBY! ALSO LOOK AT THE LABEL..IT HAS NO CHEESE ON THE PIZZA at all it has cheese flavour which is an anolouge concoction made to taste like cheese. these pizzas are just so so bad for you!! the cheapest ingredients tons of salt n fat...then again you would think folks would realise this when there only 99p..A THIN CRUST HEART ATTACK

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          06.11.2009 18:45
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          Buy some! :-P

          I love pizza!!

          Its fab, tasty, easy to make and very filling so have been buying 'San Marco Pizza' in the Margherita flavour from Morrisons as they have been on offer for the past two weeks for only one pound :)

          Described as: Deep pan pizza topped with tomato sauce, analogue cheese flavour and mozzarella cheese' the pizza is made by Green Isle foods in the UK and is suitable for vegetarians...

          The makers says there is a real taste of Italy and is blended with the finest herbs for that authentic taste and so guarantee their product to be in perfect condition or your money back.

          For allergists there is milk, wheat and gluten and may contain traces of nuts as well.

          Pizza is really easy to cook in the oven, the instructions are on the back of the big cardboard box (recycle please!) but basically it is cook in the middle of the oven on Gas 5 for about 22-25 minutes until the cheese is golden brown and bubbling.

          Make sure it is cooked thoroughly as you cook this product straight from frozen!

          The pizza bread base is really light and fluffy and very filling; the tomato sauce is very juicy and full of flavour and the cheeses are just yummy!

          I really like this brand of San Marco pizza and think it is one of the best pizza names out there. The quality is always high and their pizzas are so tasty!

          The calories are high at 408 per half a pizza and the fat content is 12.1 g so pizza isn't classed as healthy so only good for an occasional treat. There is 4.2 g sugar also but it doesn't taste sweet to me really.

          The pizza weighs 345g and keeps in the freezer until Oct next year on mine box. 5 stars from me as its delicious!!

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            27.10.2009 20:24
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            Really nice tasting pizza

            As any regular reader of my reviews will know-I really like pizza! So when shopping in Tesco today I picked up a San Marco Margherita pizza at the bargain price of just £1. I would like to point out that the San Marco brand is not just available in Tesco as I have seen them in a number of other supermarkets. The pizza was in the freezer section and was in a square cardboard box. This was predominantly pale green in colour with a large San Marco logo to the top and a very appetising picture of the pizza on the front.

            Cooking the pizza was really simple, I just put it in the oven for 20 minutes at 180 degrees. After 20 minutes the cheese had turned a lovely golden brown colour and looked ready to eat. I found it easy to cut the pizza as none of the topping fell off and the pizza cutter went through quickly and easily meaning I didnt burn my fingers! I did notice the pizza was quite small, probably only about 10 inches so therefore would probably only serve 2 or 3 people.

            Biting into the pizza I immediately noticed the texture of the base. It was very crisp and crunchy on the outside but the inside was soft and squidgey and tasted very fresh. The other thing I noticed was the sauce. It was thick and creamy and although it did taste of tomato it was much more subtle and in my opinion easier to eat. The cheese tasted quite different to other cheeses on pizza, it was very flavoursome which was probably aided by the herbs alongside it. There wasnt a great deal of cheese on the pizza but this didnt matter as it was evenly covered and provided a nice taste. Together the ingredients tasted really nice and provided me with a different tasting pizza which I really enjoyed.

            Unfortunately I have thrown away the box and cannot find this pizza on either the Tesco or Asda website so cannot tell you the nutrition of this pizza.

            I really enjoyed this pizza and felt that it had a different taste to anything else on the market. It was a bargain for £1 and I will be buying them again.

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            11.06.2009 19:34
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            What you save in money you lose in flavour

            I was doing a quick shop in Asda after work and wanted to get something quick and easy to make with minimal washing up so before I knew it I was browsing the frozen pizzas. I picked up a Deep Pan Pepperoni as it was only £1 and looked like a satisfying dinner. As I was heating the pizza in the oven I read the nutritional info on the pack and decided it better be satisfying - half contains 438 calories and has 13.1g fat (5.9 saturated)!

            San Marco purport this to be the "real taste of Italy" and my heart sank immediately. I have dined in a pizzeria in Rome and had big doubts this little fella would come close to what I tasted there. Grandiose claims were just liable to make me more disappointed with the end product!

            When I got the pizza out I noticed it was mainly dough which is a more American style of making pizza. An oily slick on top of the pizza didn't look too nice either. When I bit into my first slice it was a bit crunchy and there was very little flavour. I could not taste the "special sauce" or "finest herbs" - just bread and tomato puree (which it does contain). There is a scattering of green and red peppers over the bland cheese product (worryingly called cheese flavour analogue...can I switch to digital?!!!) and some pepperoni (the pepperoni being the best bit of the whole pizza - I could taste something!).

            It filled me up when I was hungry but I won't be buying this product again... better to spend a little more money and enjoy eating your dinner than spend the rest of your life wondering what cheese flavour analogue was and if you should have ate it.

            Allergy advice: Contains Milk, Wheat, Gluten and may contain Nuts.

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              14.05.2009 21:05
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              Yum!

              First of all I'll start the review by saying that San Marco isn't a Tesco own brand, as I bought it in Asda lol
              I think there's been a mix up with the titles and what not, anyway moving on......

              Everybody loves pizza, it's simple to cook and good to eat. It's just a safe meal, no fuss and no faffing around in the kitchen. A lot of us like to order out, as do I, I absolutely love ordering from Domino's but when money's tight, and by god it's tighter than ever at the moment, these San Marco pizza's are perfect.

              As we all know pizza's aren't really good for us, with high calories, carbohydrates and basically high everything, they taste so good and they're simple to cook, which is why everybody loves pizza. Great comfort food.

              - Packaging -

              The outer packaging is your usual cardboard box, with a lovely picture of the pizza on the front, unfortunately nobody's pizza ever looks that perfect, but still it's a bit of a mouth-watering picture. The bold San Marco logo is on the front along with the Deep pan and whatever flavour pizza it is. In my case its Pepperoni.
              The basic nutritional information is clearly stated on the front of the box and the ingredients, cooking instructions and the other nutritional information is clearly stated on the back of the box.

              - Price -

              They're currently on offer at Asda for £1.00 which is a bargain. Unfortunately there are only 2 flavours so there isn't much to choose from, but still you can't go wrong with paying a quid really.

              - Ingredients -

              Wheat flour , Water , Cheese Flavour Analogue(14%)(Water, Vegetable Oil, Milk Proteins, Starch, Salt, Emulsifying Salts: Sodium Citrates , Sodium Phosphates, Colour: Beta Carotene) , Pepperoni(5%)(Pork, Pork fat, Salt, Spices, Dextrose, Spice Extract, Antioxidants: Ascorbic Acid , Sodium Ascobate; Preservative: Sodium Nitrite) , Red and Green Peppers(4%) , Tomato Puree , Vegetable Oil , Yeast , Starch , Dextrose , Salt , Basil , Sugar , Garlic Purée , Cheese Powder , Black Pepper , Flour Treatment Agent: Ascorbic Acid .

              - Cooking Instructions -

              Remove all packaging and cook in a pre heated oven at 190.c / Gas mark 5 for 22-25mins. Making sure that the cheese is fully melted and the crust is a golden brown.

              - Nutritional Value -

              Per ½ Pizza ;

              Energy : 1846kJ/438kcal
              Protein : 14.6g
              Carbohydrate : 71.0g (of which sugars = 3.9g)
              Fat : 13.1g (of which saturates = 5.9g)
              Fibre : 5.7g
              Salt : 2.6g

              - Overall -

              The taste of the pizza was fantastic. After around 25minutes in the oven it came out piping hot and delicious.

              The base was crunchy, as was the deep pan crust but nice and soft inside. The toppings were fresh and juicy tasting, with the pepperoni adding a little kick to the pizza. The pizza sauce is infused with herbs to give it a lovely italian flavour, and the cheese oozed off the top of the pizza. It was lovely!

              Ok so the fat content and calories aren't good, but no pizza is good for us. It was simple to cook but tasted great, and for £1 there's simply no questioning that it's an absolute bargain. There is also a Margherita flavour available, and it taste's just as nice as the Pepperoni.

              Thanks for reading! :)

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                14.03.2009 22:34
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                Grab these while they are cheap!

                I had never heard of the brand San Marco until I bought a pizza from Tesco. The pizza was in the frozen section on the end of a row on offer. tThe offer was a 345g box with one pizza for £1 I thought £1 was amazingly cheap for a pizza. I choose a margherita pizza and took it home.

                A few days later my daughter asked for pizza for tea so I took it our and read the instruction the pizza required 20-25 minutes in the oven on 190 degrees or gas mark 5. I cooked the pizza from frozen. I removed it from the box and ripped of the cling film surrounding it the base was the thickest I have ever seen. The topping looked very tomatoes and there was not very much cheese but for £1, I can add more cheese!

                I cooked the pizza in the oven and after 25 minutes, the pizza was piping hot and cooked to perfection. I popped in on a board and cut into sections then allowed it to cool. The pizza smelt amazing and made me feel really hungry. The cooked pizza looked very tasty and I was looking forward to eating it.

                The pizza tasted great the crust was very thick and fluffy. I tend to choose thin bases as I find deep bases are usually doughy and greasy but this was not the case this pizza base was light and fluffy and really crunchy. I think the pizza could do with a little bit more cheese but I am happy to add a sprinkle. The pizza is a good size me and my daughter who is 7 years old and a light eater shared the pizza. This pizza is in a green box with white writting. The picture shows a lovely cheese pizza with green herbs. The pizza has a good year on the best before so i am going to stock up on these.

                Overall, I would highly recommend grabbing some of these for the freezer while they are on offer. The pizza is very tasty and the base is the best I have every tasted. The pizza was very filling, it looked and smelt lovely and we were not disappointed at all. I cannot think of any negatives for this product other than it might be expensive when it is not on offer.

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                Tesco San Marco Pizza.