4 out of 5 slices
I hadn't eaten a DiGiorno frozen pizza in quite some time, but heard some good things about their new Crispy Pan Pizza. I must admit that I was never a real big fan of DiGiorno's pizza over the years. I did however take a gamble a while back on trying their Garlic Bread Pizza and was pleasantly surprised, which in turn created a gateway for me to try this one. I always like to keep some frozen pizza on hand for emergencies, so I figured I would pick one up so I could give it a try next time a late night craving hit.
This three meat pizza comes laden with pepperoni, sausage, beef, and loads of Mozzarella. The pie comes with its own single use pan which I must say, did an excellent job of crisping up the pizza from edge to edge. The cheese actually creeps over the edges and helps in creating a crispy and caramelized crust.
I was doubtful that DiGiorno could pull off a crispy pan pie, but they proved me wrong. The edges and underside of this pizza were nice and crispy, with the interior of the 1+ inch of crust being soft, airy and tender on the inside. I wouldn't quite say it's the same as a homemade or fresh baked pie, but it most definitely tastes closer to homemade than frozen! More pepperoni and a better sauce to bread ratio would have garnered a higher rating from me, but the pizza was by no means unenjoyable to eat.
I baked the pie at 22 minutes and really should have rotated it once, because I have a hot spot in my oven. Totally my fault, but I could definitely see cooking these pizzas at 24 minutes plus, being too much for these pies. Every oven is different, so I would start checking on it at around the 20 minute mark.
As for size, I'd say three to four adults could dine off of these pies (depending on their appetites). If you're feeding a family of four or five, make sure to buy two of them. Cutting it up into slightly smaller pieces would make it ideal to put out for party snacks.
All in all.. definitely a bargain for under seven bucks, and I can honestly say that it beats the heck out of anything Papa's, The Hut, or Domino's cranks out. And THAT my friends, is no small feat for a frozen pizza company to pull off! DiGiorno's made this Crispy Pan work, and I hope they keep putting the research and development into new products they release.
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