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Jul 24, 2016

Pizza Casbah - My favorite New York slice in Colorado

For some time now, my absolute favorite New York style slice is from Pizza Casbah in Fort Collins Colorado.  Behold..

A beautiful XL 24" Pepperoni and Cream Cheese NY style pie.  On this particular day, the pizza was actually a bit big for its box.

This is what I love in a pizza slice

I've been known to eat an unholy amount of slices at one sitting, but it's all I can do to polish off two of these behemoth slices!  I've enjoyed many a beautiful slice like this at Pizza Casbah, and look forward to the many more I'll surely enjoy in the years to come.

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Jul 11, 2016

Review - DiGiorno Garlic Bread Pizza

From the get go, I was hoping this pizza wouldn't be Chewy.

OK, now that my bad joke is out of the way, here's a quick review on DiGiorno's Garlic Bread Pizza.. 

I must admit I haven't eaten a DiGiono pizza in at least fifteen years.  I never much cared for them, as I didn't like the taste of the crust.  It always tasted overly artificial to me for reasons I couldn't quite put my finger on.  After eating a couple of them back in the day, I didn't have any desire to delve into the reason why they tasted off to me, and haven't eaten another one until now.

Since starting this blog, I have branched out to eating more varieties of frozen pizza to review for the masses, rather than simply covering regional pizza places in Colorado.  While looking for unique varieties of pie to sample, this pizza caught my eye.  The box clearly read that it was preservative free, and was of the garlic bread variety.  I decided to once again give DiGiorno a try, and am now happy I did so.

First off, you are instructed to cook the pizza directly on the oven rack and without a pan. That in itself made for a nice crispy bottom crust, and probably helps to cook it faster and more evenly.

As for the taste, I really couldn't complain.  The crust didn't taste like frozen pizza crust, the 100% real cheese tasted great and browned up nicely around the edges, and the garlic marinara was pretty flavorful and not too sweet.  It wasn't what I've come to expect in regards to garlic bread flavor however.  I am happy that the crust was not chewy and heavy, but it was far from light.  It was nice and crisp, definitely had some garlic flavor to it, but did not remind me of garlic bread at all. 

Our rating..
3 out of 5 slices

As far as frozen pizza goes, this style of DiGiorno pie rates pretty high on my list of better frozen pizzas on the market.  I wouldn't call it a Garlic Bread pizza per say, but rather a Garlic Crust, or Garlic Seasoned pizza.

I honestly didn't expect this pie to taste like a garlic bread pizza I would craft at home, and really wouldn't ever expect anyone to successfully pull off a frozen version.  That being said, it is still a great tasting pizza, and a bargain at under $7.00.  One thing is for sure, this pie restored my faith in the DiGiono line of pies.  Stay tuned for more DiGiorno reviews to come in the near future.

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Jul 5, 2016

Review - "Supremus Maximus" from Screamin' Sicilian Pizza Co.

There are some great things happening in the world of frozen pizza.  Consumers are demanding higher quality and healthier options, and companies are listening.  Pizza's made with all natural ingredients and no preservatives are becoming ever more available, and I for one am loving it!

Enter Screamin' Sicilian pizza.  I've sang their praises before in a recent post, and am going to do so again.  So without any further delay, here's my review on the wonder that is the "Supremus Maximus".

Our rating..
5 out of 5 slices!

Screamin' Sicilian's Supremus Maximus is a Supreme pizza made with incredible whole milk mozzarella cheese from Wisconsin, heaping piles of rough-chopped pepperoni, enormous orbs of Italian sausage, strips of fire-roasted onions and red & green bell peppers, and black olives.

Before I cooked this pizza, I had to snap an up close picture of the toppings.  I knew this was going to be a special pie when I took a gander at the roasted peppers and onions you see above!

As soon as I pulled this beauty from the oven, I sampled a few of the roasted peppers and onions.  I was shocked to find how crispy the onions were, and how incredibly sweet the peppers tasted. 

The rough-chopped pepperoni was of the utmost quality, and I can't say enough good things about the sweet Italian sausage! Not only were the pieces huge, but the sausage is steeped with seasonings and spices that make it incredibly delicious.  I'd even go as far to say that the sausage is better than many pizzeria's out there.  No surprise, as a multitude of pizzerias use mass produced sausage bought from food distributors.  The Zesty Italian tomato sauce played against the Wisconsin whole milk mozzarella perfectly, and was laid on in perfect proportion.

What really continues to impresses me about Screamin' Sicilian frozen pizza's however, is how much they do not taste like frozen pizzas. This is largely in part because of the crust, which is usually a dead giveaway that a pizza is of the frozen variety.  Made from individually rolled dough balls made of wheat, water, olive oil & yeast, it represents a nice stone baked crust that reminds me of past homemade pies I've crafted over the years.

What more can I say?  The Supremus Maximus was a hit with my family, and once again had me ecstatic that I can dine on a frozen pizza that tastes nothing like a frozen pizza.  I have went ahead and bought a few more varieties of these pies, and will review each one as I cook them up, so keep an eye out for the reviews!

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