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Best Store-Bought Frozen Pizza: The Ultimate Taste Test

I love pizza, and over the years I have discovered several good store brands that satisfy my pizza crazing.

Oh, what a fun job. A pizza taste test!

Oh, what a fun job. A pizza taste test!

Comparison of Frozen Pizzas

These days, many frozen pizzas can rival those found at restaurants. Even if they don't always measure up, the store-bought pizzas are usually much cheaper than those from restaurants.

I love pizza, and over the years I have discovered several good store brands that satisfy my pizza crazing—many of which are as good as or better than expensive restaurant pizza. I recently tested several store-bought, mostly frozen, pizzas to compare. My evaluations are based on the number of ingredients as well as the price—but mostly, simply, the overall flavor.

For the purpose of equal comparisons, I tried the supreme version for all brands. Let's see the results!

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Totino's Pizza

Totino's offers an inexpensive, small pizza that packs a lot of flavor. When conducting my taste test, I went through the check-out line at Walmart with Totino's, Tony's, and Red Baron pizzas. The gal at the check-out said she just had to ask me if I was doing a comparison or if I just wanted different sized pizzas. When I told her I was doing a taste test, she asserted that Totino's was the best. Really, I asked? Totino's is pretty cheap, not much over a dollar, and the cheapest of the three pizzas I bought that day.

Her praise of Totino's was not off base. And later I remembered my sister-in-law's endorsement of Totino's, as well. This pizza, while not having lots of the "supreme" ingredients, had lots of cheese and plenty of sauce, with a flavor that kept me coming back for more. Thumbs up!

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Aldi's Pizza

The same night I tested Totino's, I also baked the cheapest Aldi pizza, simply called Classics. Again, I chose the supreme version, one that I had actually had before but not put through any taste test with other pizzas. My brother and I both tested this Aldi's pizza along with the Totino's pizza and came to the same conclusions. Both of these pizzas have crusts with just the right amount of crispiness. While Totino's had perhaps better flavor, and definitely more cheese, the Aldi pizza packed more toppings and still had a great flavor. Ever since I tried this little pizza quite some time ago, I have enjoyed it and continued to buy it from time to time. And it costs only about 89 cents.

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Tony's Pizza

The Tony's pizza, costing roughly $2.50, was a disappointment. The supreme had enough ingredients, I guess, but not enough sauce. The worst thing was the flavor, of which it had very little. In this brand's defense, I do remember in the past eating the Mexican style or the Four Cheese, and they seemed much better. I just don't think that I'd shell out much money on any other flavor unless it was majorly marked down. I have a Four Cheese pizza in the freezer that I'm going to give a chance soon, but I'm steering clear of the supreme version.

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Red Baron Pizza

The Red Baron pizza I bought was very good. Very tasty. It had a nice quality crust, enough ingredients of everything, but the best thing was just a very good flavor. I have had different kinds of Red Baron at my brother's house before, too, and was pleased then. The crust was just the right thickness—not too doughy and not too thin. There were more ingredients, including sauce and cheese, than the Freschetta and DiGiorno had. The Red Baron I bought cost about $3.50, but I have seen it often go on sale. Even at full price, it is a much better deal than either the Freschetta or the DiGiorno. We'll get to those.

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Tombstone Pizza

I had never had Tombstone pizza before until this pizza taste test. This supreme pizza did have a lot of ingredients and tasted good. The Tombstone and the Red Baron were two of the few pizzas that had black olives. I thought all supreme pizzas had them...? Although this pizza resembled the Red Baron, the ratio of ingredients to crust wasn't as good, as the crust was too thick for the toppings. This crust lacked the crispy freshness of the Red Baron's crust. At $3.99, the Tombstone pizza was a worse deal than the Red Baron, which was about 50 cents less.

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DiGiorno Pizza

DiGiorno was just how I remembered it from years past, as I hadn't tasted it in a while. I remember thinking that this pizza was really good as far as ingredients went, but the crust was pretty thick, much more than what I wanted. I would eat until the ends of the thick crust on the edge and then stop. It seems that at the time that Digiorno came out with this type of "it's not delivery; it's DiGiorno" pizza, there wasn't much competition.

Now, there is a thinner crust, so I thought I'd try that one. The pizza was pretty good but not for the money. For five bucks, the pizza wasn't loaded with ingredients. The lack of sufficient pepperoni was surprising. And, again, don't supreme pizzas have black olives? This one does not. The flavor was good, not outstanding, but there wasn't very much sauce or cheese. For $4.99, this pizza was a little disappointing.

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Freschetta Pizza

I've only had Freschetta pizza once before, I think, and it was as I remembered. In this one, I also got a thinner crust pizza. Again, even though I got the supreme, there were no black olives, and the amount of ingredients equaled the DiGiorno. I couldn't find the regular supreme on this one, except for this one that had sea salt listed as well as the claim to be a "zesty Italian style." The Italian style and sea salt did give the pizza extra kick, and perhaps bumped it up over the DiGiorno, but the flavor might prove to be too much after a piece or two. The Freschetta was about the same price as the DiGiorno on sale, but at times it costs a dollar or so more. It wasn't worth the cost to me.

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Walmart Marketside Deli Pizza

And the winner is... Walmart's Marketside Pizza! Lots of folks have agreed with me on this one. I tried to purchase a supreme pizza for the purpose of this study, but Walmart was out of it, a testimony to this pizza's greatness. I've had the supreme before, though, and I remember its deliciousness. The crust is a happy medium—not too thick and not too thin, with the perfect amount of crispy. The sauce is tasty, the toppings are generous, as is the cheese. Basically, the pizza is loaded with ingredients as well as flavor.

Since Walmart was out of the supreme version, I tried a Hawaiian style with Canadian bacon, pineapple, and lots of cheese. It was divine. I've also tried the Tuscan Vegetable and their cheese sticks—all incredible tasting! You can buy these pizzas at Walmart or Sam's Club. The smaller size I got was about $5.00. Some are $6.00. Larger ones run around $8.00. These pizzas are more than worth the price.

Since Aldi had a great-tasting small pizza, I tried their deli-style pizza to compare with Walmart. It looked similar and had similar packaging, but it didn't compare in flavor or amount of ingredients.

Comparisons of Test Subjects

Pizza BrandPriceResults

Aldi Classics

$. 89

Tasty ingredients, recommended

Totino's

$1.25

Tasty, cheesy, recommended

Tony's

$2.50

Flavorless, not recommended

Red Baron

$3.50

Tasty, good crust, recommended

Tombstone

$3.99

Too thick crust, not enough toppings, not recommended

DiGiorno

$4.99

Insufficient ingredients, not recommended

Freschetta

$5.32

Same as DiGiorno

Walmart Marketside

$5.00

Tasty, good crust, the BEST!

The Winners: Best Store-Bought Pizza

I'm glad I did this taste test. I love pizza, and now I know what to get. If I'm in a cheap mood, the Aldi Classics and Totino's are tasty little choices. Mid-priced Red Baron is also a delectable alternative, but the number-one pizza overall is the Marketside pizza from the Walmart deli. I would recommend trying different types besides the supreme version. Yummy. This was a fun and tasty article to write.

Side-by-Side Comparison

Note how frozen DiGiorno and Freschetta look alike (two square pieces at top of photo) and how Red Baron and Tombstone (two bottom pieces) resemble each other. Bottom right is the Red Baron; you can see it has more ingredients than the others.

Note how frozen DiGiorno and Freschetta look alike (two square pieces at top of photo) and how Red Baron and Tombstone (two bottom pieces) resemble each other. Bottom right is the Red Baron; you can see it has more ingredients than the others.

Comments

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on May 01, 2015:

marciabrown--I like thin crust pizza, too! Aldi pizza is always good. They come out with several different kinds often, too! I like trying the different ones.

marciabrown on April 30, 2015:

I like thin crust pizza I like aldi pizza it just the way you cool it

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on October 08, 2012:

Alecia--It seems that DiGiornio was better when it first came out years ago, but, yeah, now it's too much crust. I wish you remembered your favorite brand; that's interesting! Glad you enjoyed this hub!

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on October 08, 2012:

I love pizza too and it is hard to know among store-bought what kind is the best. I haven't had store bought in a long time but I remember what some of these brands taste like. DiGornio has more crust than anything and Tombstone was just bad. I wasn't particular about Red Baron either but it had a decent appeal. My favorite brand has been out of the market for over ten years and if I remembered it I would right the parent company and ask them to bring it back.

This was a very interesting hub and I enjoyed reading it.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on September 09, 2012:

dennisdickson--I don't like to go to Walmart much, either, but their own made pizza is really good, as are some of the other items (like hummus) that you get in the deli section. Maybe you could just go for these special items. I would love to know what you think about the pizza!

dennisdickson on September 08, 2012:

Now I have to go buy a pizza tonight! Red Baron was always my absolute favorite, but I never knew Walmart had their own line. I try to avoid Walmart in general, but I'll have to try this! My friends have had some Walmart marketside hummus and salsa, both of which were awesome, so I'm getting excited.

If this pizza is indeed good, you just made my day! Thanks!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 24, 2012:

Davide, it's great to hear this endorsement from an Italian! I was amazed that Wal-Mart could make such awesome pizza. I've tried several different of them--the Supreme, Meat Lover's, Hawaiian, Tuscany Vegetable, and Cheese! I love them all! Thanks for your input. I really appreciate it!

Davide Rolando Cofelice on July 24, 2012:

I agree 100% that Mal-Mart Marketside Deli Pizza is hands down the best store bought pizza I've had. It is hard to find sometimes at Wal-Mart because everyone likes it and they sell out of it quick! Take it from an Italian, it is the BEST!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 16, 2012:

Thanks, carol7777! Hope it helps!

carol stanley from Arizona on July 16, 2012:

You didn't miss much with this hub. For those out shopping for pizza will get the heads up here. Very good and comprehensive. Thumbs UP

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on July 15, 2012:

maheshpatwal--Pizza is readily available here--easy to cook up a frozen pizza really quick! Thanks for reading and commenting.

maheshpatwal from MUMBAI on July 15, 2012:

Wow pizza with lots of cheezeeee in it (Margarita) is my fav.Delicious and Mouthwatering... Frozen pizza it appears a new concept to me. In India frozen meat and vegetables and ready to cook food can be easily available but pizza....i think it will take some time for indian companies to come up with such a concept. Amazing hub.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 31, 2012:

amymarie--Glad to find someone who has "discovered" how good those chape Aldi's and Totino's pizzas are. Thanks for the read and the votes!

Amy DeMarco from Chicago on March 31, 2012:

I love Aldi's pizza and Totino's best. Glad my favorites made your list! They are super cheap too!! Rated up, useful and interesting!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 26, 2012:

CenterAll--That ten dollar pizza sounds good! I plan to branch out and try more as I find more brands. I love pizza!

CenterAll72 from New York on March 26, 2012:

I never had Marketside, Aldi's or Totinos. My favorite of the ones you wrote about is Freschetta. Seems to me they have the freshest ingredients before its frozen. There's also this Pizza called Tony's or Anthony's not sure which one. They're from a pizzeria in New York. That one was a Heavenly Artichioke Pizza. Cost about 10 Dollars though.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

Interesting, MizB! I may branch out and try even more pizzas. I had so much fun trying all of the ones I did! :-)

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 25, 2012:

Amy's is usually in health food stores or the health food section of grocery stores. I think the larger Kroger sells them. They make organic, veggie, and soy, to name a few.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

bdegiulio--Try pizza from the store. I bet you'll like it--AND--save money! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

Vellur--It really was a delicious experiment, one that will save other folks time in shopping! :-) Thanks so much!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 25, 2012:

MizBejabbers--The Sam's Club pizza is the same, I believe. It is so good. I have bought it at both Wal-Mart and Sam's. I've never seen Amy's Pizza. Sounds like that's a good option for you since you have dairy issues. Thanks for reading and commenting!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 24, 2012:

sam209--You may be right about that. PH and Domino's have been around so long! Even thought Papa John's has AWESOME pizza. Maybe down the line PJ will pass the others...? Interesting....Makes me hungry just talking about it!

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 24, 2012:

Victoria, what a great idea for a Hub. I love pizza but never really thought about getting it from a store. Guess I always figured a pizza shop would be better. Will have to give it a try. And who would have thought Walmart ? Go figure. Great job.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on March 23, 2012:

A delicious experiment to create this unique culinary hub. An excellent reference guide to buying great store-bought pizzas. Voted up as delicious and yummy.Awesome.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on March 23, 2012:

At home we like Tombstone, but when we shop at Sam's Club, we love their hot pizza in the store. I wonder if it is the same as the Wal-Mart pizza you mentioned. Sometimes we buy Red Baron on sale, but it is a little too sweet for our tastes. I am dairy challenged, so I always suffer when I eat regular pizza, though. I buy Amy's Soy Pizza for me at home when I can find it -- not as good and my husband won't touch it. At least I don't wheeze and run for my inhaler, and I have the whole pizza to myself.

sam209 on March 23, 2012:

I guess I should've known this before, but I didn't realize Papa John's is the 3rd largest pizza chain behind Pizza Hut and Domino's. I made the assumption they were no. 1 because of how delicious their pizza's are, but now that I think about it, Pizza Hut and Domino's have been around for too long to relinguish their top spots... At least for now! Within the next ten years I wonder who will be the no. 1 pizza take out/delivery chain?

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 23, 2012:

sam--I do love Papa John's. Maybe one day I'll do a comparison of different pizza from restaurants! I loooooooove pizza!

sam209 on March 23, 2012:

Last night I tried the new Papa John's Buffalo Chicken Pizza! It was delicious! Any hub on pizza will definitely catch my eye! As far as frozen pizza's, I'm a Red Baron man myself! DiGiorno's would run a close second!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Oh, prasetio! Wish I could send some pizza your way! Thanks for all the votes. Blessings to you, too.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on March 22, 2012:

I love pizza very much. Unfortunately, I live far away from USA. I wish I can taste one of these delicious pizzas. You make me hungry, Victoria. Thanks for share with us. Take care and rated up (useful, awesome, interesting). Cheers...

Blessing,

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Try it, REAL! Yeah, I really like the Totinos, too. Thanks for the votes!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Try it, CC! It's so delicious!!! Thanks for the vote!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

teaches--I might try some different kinds of Freschetta and others to see if they are better. Chinese food! Good idea! The possibilities are endless!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Susan, I've never heard of Oetker. I do like trying different kinds. I may branch out even further. Thanks for reading! :-)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Cardisa, I can't live without pizza. :-) Just fixed some tonight, actually! Get that oven!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on March 22, 2012:

I've seen the Walmart Pizza and I do think I'll give it a try! I always keep a few of the Totinos in the freezer - the kids love them and it's a great alternative if they hate what I cooked for dinner:) lol. Up and everything!

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on March 22, 2012:

Hmm...I've tried many of these brands. Never tried Wal-Mart, though. I might have to venture over there sometime and give it a try. Voted up!

Dianna Mendez on March 22, 2012:

Oh, this is too much for me! Now, I am going to the store to get a frozen pizza for tonight's TV game viewing. I love Freschetta Pizza because the taste is fresh but your review on Walmart is pretty good, so I'll give it a try. Love the table of comparisons. How about a hub on frozen chinese food? Thanks for sharing and voted up.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on March 22, 2012:

We've been trying a lot of different brands and finally found one called Oetker that is really good. I'm not familiar with any of the brands you have listed but thought that this was such a great idea for a hub.

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on March 22, 2012:

Vicky, I am now hungry! I love pizza! The truth is I haven't had pizza in a while. I have had a few of those on the list. I am getting a new oven soon so will be able to make pizza.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Well, thanks, Debby! I still have some pizza in the deep freeze. I cut off pieces to cook of each. Couldn't eat it all at once. hahaha. Glad you liked how the hub was presented. Cool!

Debby Bruck on March 22, 2012:

Hi Victoria ~ What a super pizza idea! Good thing you like to eat pizza every day in order to carry out this taste test. I liked the way you presented each type, the analysis of crust, cheese, taste, texture and price. Great Hub! Debby

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Oh, Sunshine, the Walmart pizza is gooooooood. I do like Pizza Hut, but I also like to eat pizza a lot AND save money! Slice of heaven--I like!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Natashalh--I think I've seen Palermo's. I'm not sure. I'll have to check and see. Thanks for the input!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Yeah, Ardie, have the hubby check this out. Frozen pizza saves money. Buy it for the hubby and kids, and yours from the pizza shop. LOL. Everybody wins!

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

I hear ya, Swetankraj! Ordering in is easy.I just like to save money, so having frozen pizza on hand instead of ordering it is one way. Thanks for sharing the hub!

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on March 22, 2012:

Never would have thought Walmart pizza. I'd still never eat it. It's just something about WM and food that doesn't sound appealing to me. I'm a Pizza Hut kinda girl. Your hub was a "slice of heaven!" :)

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

Yes, emilybee, it was fun! Sometimes I get cheese pizzas, too, and add a few veggies. Pizza is fun! :-)

Natasha from Hawaii on March 22, 2012:

I don't know if they are available everywhere, but Palermo's thin crust pizzas are amazing. They have one with spicy pepperoni that's the best! I would agree that Red Barron is surprisingly tasty and that DiGorno usually feels like a let down, especially since it costs as much as ordering a pizza.

Victoria Lynn (author) from Arkansas, USA on March 22, 2012:

ho-hum, billybuc! ha! This was sure a fun hub to do. Took some time with eating all that pizza, though. :-)

Sondra from Neverland on March 22, 2012:

Very interesting! I love your side by side comparisons of the pizzas. My husband will have to take a look at this Hub when he gets home tonight. He is all about buying store pizzas any time over the pizza shop. I don't get it since I prefer the pizza shop. And the kids? They'll eat anything!!!

Swetank Raj from India on March 22, 2012:

As a writer and prefer to sit more in home and create web articles my first choice for hunger times is pizza. Definitely one call and it is all at your doorstep. This guide seriously helps me to do a better choice. Though few brands are not available in my area but great list! Voted up and shared socially.

emilybee on March 22, 2012:

I agree, I love Walmart pizzas. I sometimes get the plain cheese and add some onions and mushrooms to it. What fun trying out a variety of frozen pizzas! Voted up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 22, 2012:

I'm a pizza lover from way back before you were born. Proud to say I have had all of these. Great hub and I'm sure it will be number one soon...ho-hum! :)