Advantages Tasty, quick and easy
Disadvantages Not quite as nice as home made, and more expensive if it's full price.
Normally - when I'm coping well with everything and not feeling run ragged I make my own pizza from scratch (well the breadmaker does the dough bit but you know what I mean). There are times however, when I'm too tired to do this and the first time I tried Oetkers was one of these occasions. Having been given a couple of coupons for £1 off these pizzas AND then noticing them in Tesco on 2 for £4 while I still had the coupons in my purse I cheated and bought some pizzas!For me most frozen pizzas are a bit bland, but I was actually quite impressed with these. The base is thin and crispy without being cardboard like, and the pizza cooks well in the oven. I'm not very trusting of what they say on cooking instructions so gave this about 5 mins more than suggested and it was absolutely perfect - done to a T, and although not like the home cooked thick crust ones I do, they were very tasty.
I had 4 coupons, so with them on 2 for £4 I bought 4 pizzas and spent £4. Obviously we didn't eat them all at once, but I did 2 of them for the 2 of us which was about right for a dinner as we didn't have anything else with them. I think you could probably manage on half a pizza if you had some salad or garlic bread with it maybe, but otherwise I think you'd want a little more, though we may be a tad greedier than some eating a whole one each. ;)This was the first of the selection we tried, and of all those we bought, we thought it really tasty and probably our favourite. The flavours aren't overwhelming, but you have defined flavours of mozzerella rather than just 'cheese', and the tomato on this is nice and chunky not just a paste meaning you get a great texture too. The 'greenary my husband found a bit off putting, but I quite liked it. It's a mixture of spinach, basil and parsley according to the ingredients, and added an extra fresh taste to this pizza, and the flavours weren't over powering at all.
As I'vesaid we did find that we needed about an extra five minutes in the oven over the times they suggested (on pretty much the whole range), but overall we were very pleased with these. This one we felt was the nicest, and our second favourite was probably the mushroom (funghi).I don't know if I'd buy them at their normal price, which is over £2 each, but on special offer and with coupons it was definitely worth it, and I'll certainly be remembering them as a good pizza if I want something to slice and serve at a party or barbecue for example.
Overall I'd definitely say that as basic cheese and tomato pizzas go, this one is far superior to many that are out there, although it's not really up to the same standards as you get in a restaurant. One thing I would say to watch out for is inferior competition! Iceland do a pizza which comes in a veeeery similar box which I'm guessing they've kind of done on purpose, and I have to own up that I did nearly pick up theirs once by mistake when going for one of these!
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