“ Brand: Trattoria Verdi / Type: Pizza „
Pizza is probably my favourite junk food. It is bad for you in the best and most tasty way possible! I prefer plain-ish pizzas without too many toppings, and this Pepperoni Pizza looked right up my street. It's made by a brand called Trattoria Verdi, who I have not heard of before, but at the cost of just £1.00 I thought it had to be worth a try. I found this in the freezer section at Tesco's and haven't spotted it in any other local supermarkets.
For your measly £1.00 you get a 350g pizza, and from the looks of the box it seemed to be just as appetising as any other similar product. This comes packaged in a cardboard box with cooking instructions on the back and the pizza itself is wrapped in a plastic covering which must be removed before cooking.
Trattoria Verdi say: "A pizza base topped with tomato sauce, pepperoni, red Cheddar, Gourda and Edam cheese."
Upon first appearances after unwrapping my pizza I thought it looked good and there was a reasonable amount of pepperoni topping it. It takes 12-14 minutes in the oven so is perfect for a quick meal when you're pushed for time or lacking energy. Afterwards when I removed it from the oven the cheese had a lovely golden colour and the pepperoni had gone crisp around the edges which was just lovely.
The taste test went well, and I actually ate the whole thing to myself! I really liked the stone baked base, it was firm and crunchy but not dry or doughy. The tomato sauce was average, nothing special and it stayed very hot, hot enough to burn the roof of my mouth and leave it feeling irritated. The cheese was nice and it gave that gorgeous gooey stringy effect when I was taking bites which makes for a good pizza eating experience! The blend of three cheeses works well together. The pepperoni had a lovely flavour and added a rich spiced taste to the rather plain pizza base.
I think this is a great pizza by any standards. It's easy to prepare, cooks quickly, and the simple topping works well for anyone who is a fussy eater. I really enjoyed it and would definitely buy it again. This may become a cheaper replacement for my usual Goodfella's...
Nutritional values per half pizza:
Energy 1805kj 430 calories
Carbohydrate 49.5g -of which sugars 5.6g
Fat 17.6g -of which saturates 7.2g
Sodium 0.9g -salt equivalent 2.2g
We had this pizza the other week. I tend to shy away from frozen pizzas as I dont think they tend to taste as nice as chilled ones or freshly made ones by myself. However, I was in a rush and there were no good deals on in the chilled section so I decided to have a quick look at what was available in the freezer section in Tescos.
As I am currently trying to save money I was looking to spend as little as possible, therefore when I spotted this for just £1 I thought I would give it a go, after all if it was rubbish it was only £1 wasted. The pizza weighs 350g. It is worth noting this pizza is only available from Tesco as it is part of their discount brands range.
The brand also do a deep dish pepperoni (with peppers), both deep pan and thin crust cheese pizzas and deep pan ham and mushroom (frozen) aswell as thin crust cheese and tomato, ham and pineapple and pepperoni chilled versions. The chilled pizzas retail at £1.70 whilst all of the frozen ones cost just £1.
Getting the pizza out of the packaging I was pleased to see that there was a decent amount of pepperoni and cheese on the top. The pizza takes just 12-14 minutes to cook at 200 degrees which I thought was a great time for a frozen pizza. After 12 minutes the cheese had turned golden and was bubbling nicely and the pizza was ready to serve.
Slicing through the pizza was easy, none of the topping fell off or got stuck to the cutter (which I hate!) Tucking in, I was really impressed with the taste of the pizza. The pepperoni had a spicy taste, was cooked through so was soft and had a nice texture on the tongue. The cheese had a nice flavour and there was plenty of it, it was quite string (which I like on a pizza!) and melted in the mouth. There was a decent amount of tomato sauce on the pizza which had a delicate flavour and was quite creamy. The base was very impressive, it was quite chewy but also soft and was cooked thoroughly. Together, the ingredients worked really well, the pizza had a lovely flavour and texture and was not too spicy or too subtle, in my opinion it was just right.
The pizza weighs 350g and Tescos website states that per serving (which I am assuming is half the pizza judging by my quick maths skills) contains 430 calories, 5.6g sugars, 17.6g fat (7.2g saturates) and 2.2g salt. Now, pizza is never going to be good for you but for a whole half of a pizza (which is enough for a meal) the calories and fat isnt TOO bad (I've seen worse!) However, it is worth noting that the salt content is very high - over a third of your daily allowance.
Overall, I really liked this pizza and think that it represented fantastic quality for money. It tasted very good and was great value for just £1. However, it is worth noting that it contains an awful lot of salt so should only be enjoyed occasionally.