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Pizza is so good, and I expanded my knowledge of the great food by indulging in a Dr Oetker pizza recently, currently on offer at a big supermarket in my area. It’s made in Germany, so will it be good, or not so good? I’m about to find out.
Measuring 10 inches across and weighing 325g, this pizza is available in a leading UK supermarket for £1.98 nearby, although I managed to take advantage of a 2-for-£3 deal in the frozen food section. Pre-heating the oven to a roasting 230 degrees C, this is ready in just ten minutes, or less if the pizza is not frozen at the time.
This is pizza at its most basic. No meat, no extras, just cheese, tomato and a few herbs. Not even a deep base. As soon as I remove this from the oven, I can smell the cheese, which is mozzarella and edam, and the herbs, basil and parsley. There is also spinach, not usual but it adds something different. I really sense the freshness, and the smell is pleasant, with mostly the cheese standing out. The cheese is represented with seven disc-shaped slices, with six in a circle on the outside and one in the middle of the pizza, which melt nicely to give a good, equal covering. The tomato is nicely apportioned too, going right to the edge of the pizza and ensuring a great taste with every bite.
What makes this pizza different from others? Well, for starters, it’s German. Famous for cars over there, but pizza? Moving on, it is really quick to cook in the oven, so you won’t be waiting for unacceptable amounts of time for your dinner. Also, the base. It is really thin, and so is not an over-bearing part of the pizza like in some cases. This is obviously a matter of personal preference, but I think sometimes there can be too much base on a pizza – not here though. It is light, quite similar to the Freschetta pizza, although not so deep, and will therefore be easier to fit in your mouth, and more pleasurable to eat.
This pizza should be cooked at 230 degrees, so please be careful when using the oven at this temperature – we don’t want any accidents in the kitchen, especially just before meal time. There is no meat at all, so vegetarians can enjoy this as well as all you carnivores, a big bonus. This pizza tries to be quite sophisticated, and succeeds, it would look the part at a house party, a dinner party, or even a birthday party because of its versatility. Being ready in the fraction of the time it takes for pizza delivery, this is certainly a strong contender.
There are instructions and ingredients in nine languages on the reverse side of the box, which is white and square, with (would you believe it) a really appetising picture on the front of the pizza. The red Dr. Oetker logo is at the top left, just to check you have the right pizza. Ristorante Pizza Mozzarella, it says on the front. So now you know how to identify a box of this pizza, what are my conclusions?
This pizza tastes great. Fact. Due to the thin base, there are no crusts as such, and you can eat the whole thing – great value. On the financial side of things, it is obviously better value when these are on offer, but if I want a delicious crispy pizza, I wouldn’t mind paying £1.98 for one – much better value than delivery. This filled me up reasonably well, but not completely and may be better suited to a starter to share or as an accompaniment, unless you are dieting. It tastes great, especially when hungry, and I would be happy if I was given this when visiting a friend (I wish!).
Availability is obviously a negative point, due to this brand not being stocked in some supermarket chains, although the biggest ones definitely do, but this has no bearing on the fact that this pizza tastes great and I will definitely be buying it again. Recommended – despite the lack of meat.
CONTACT DETAILS Dr Oetker UK Ltd 1265 Century Way Thorpe Park Leeds LS15 8ZB www.oetker.de