Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Ristorante Pizza Review - a sponsored post




I LOVE frozen pizza.

Seriously.  It's one of my favorite things.  It's one of the only foods I like to eat when I'm pregnant (you know, during those frequent food aversion phases).  

I'm equal-opportunity when it comes to frozen pizza.  I like the fancy stuff.  I like the cheap stuff.  Brand name.  Store brand.  ANYTHING.  I love it all!!!

But I mostly don't buy frozen pizza anymore - I prefer to make it from scratch, since it's so easy just to make the dough & sauce myself, and I like being able to customize the toppings.  Plus frozen pizza really takes up a lot of room in the freezer, and freezer space is at a premium at our house.


So when BzzAgent contacted me to try out Ristorante by Dr. Oetker for free, I was pretty excited.  Did I mention that I love frozen pizza?  Andrew chose Pizza Speciale, a pepperoni and ham-topped pizza.  I chose Pizza Vegetale, with onions, peppers, tomatoes, and a sour cream/chili sauce (the sauce might have turned me off if I had paid attention, but it was actually very good).  


Andrew and I were pretty confused that the pizza is #1 in Italy, and yet is made in Germany...  Apparently the Germans know how to make frozen food!  We cooked the pizzas directly on the oven racks, but I stuck some cookie sheets underneath to catch any drips because I hate cleaning the oven.  Cooking directly on the rack resulted in some kind of weird-smelling smoke, but it kept the crust crispy.


Here's the Pizza Speciale out of the oven - plenty of toppings on there, but definitely on the small side.  At our local Giant they sell for $5 and were on sale for $4/each.


We each had a salad with our pizzas and were plenty full, and the kids ate a total of 2 pieces and wanted more!  Andrew's pizza tasted pretty average to me, but I'm not a huge pepperoni fan.  


And here's my Pizza Vegetale - lots of veggies!  I REALLY love veggies on pizza.  Also, I love frozen pizza.  Did I tell you?  It was pretty good - the chili sauce added just a little bit of a bite without being overly spicy.  


John Paul and Cecilia LOVED both pizzas.  Normally when I make pizza they don't want to eat the crust, so I've started making their pizzas on tortillas because that way the crust is super-thin.  They loved the thin-ness and crispiness of this crust.

All in all, I think we'll definitely use a couple of our coupons to try out some more flavors - I'm particularly curious about the Pizza Mozzarella.  And if it goes on good sale, we may stock up.  It's definitely a good easy dinner to have on hand for the kids for those nights when Andrew and I are going out after bedtime and don't feel like cooking a real meal for the kids.  And I'm likely to start craving this whenever I get pregnant again...

Definitely a welcome addition to the frozen pizza world!

*I received these products for free as a participant in the BzzAgent social marketing program.  Let me know if you would like coupons for $1.50 off a pizza!

4 comments :

  1. Where did you get it? I'm part of this campaign, too, but I'm not sure I can find it here.

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    1. They have a list of stores where it's available on their website. We got ours at Giant.

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    2. Of course, you can always use your coupons whenever you're up here next and we can taste test a couple new flavors...

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  2. Darn it, I saw that a while ago. But we don't have any of those stores here, as far as I know. We'll have to try it when I'm next at your house!

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