Pepperoni Pizza from Frankie & Benny’s
Pepperoni Pizza from Frankie & Benny’s Review
What they say
San Francisco style sourdough with an Italian soul. Hand-stretched topped with Pepperoni and mozzarella
What we say
Simple pizzas can often be the best as long as the few toppings are of superior quality. Often loads of toppings can cancel and overpower others and it usually ends up with being the hottest / spiciest toppings taking the limelight. So the lads went back to basics and apart from a margherita the pepperoni is the simplest. So our mates at Frankies would have their chance to impress us.
First off it was hot and looked lovely, pepperoni is of course THE classic topping for good reason, its the perfect taste experience.
The sourdough base is thin and and best eaten with knife and fork. It was tasty and flavourful and edges were chewy and satisfying. The tomato sauce was generous and one of the better ones of the big pizza chains. Mozzarella cheese was not too thick but very toasted on top and not too stringy or gooey, taste was very acceptable. The pepperoni hits all the right notes: meaty, spicy, a little sour, and chewy, with a paprika bite and we felt it was a fine grind of cured pork and beef. Lush
The classic pizzas are the best and this rated highly in our opinion
A Thumbs up from The Pizza Lads…
Chicago Town Deep Dish Four Cheese Pizza from Sainsbury’s
Chicago Town Deep Dish Four Cheese Pizza from Sainsbury’s Review
What they say
A deep dish pizza base topped with tomato sauce, a blend of mozzarella, mature Cheddar, Monterey Jack and Emmental cheeses.
What we say
Now the lads thought we would review the infamous microwave pizzas from Chicago Town, now most people have had these at some point in their life but few would boost about it. They are cheap and quick to cook and seem a great idea! You can do these in the oven and we believe the results would be superior but in pizza lads style we used the traditional microwave method. The are small but as a quick snack fit the bill, so in the microwave they went for approx 2 mins or so. They no longer supply the special foil cooking thing you had to construct, yes a bit of origami thrown in the mix was always fun but never seemed to improve the cooking result much.
Okay they look and smell fairly acceptable and we suggest you let them cool a bit, as they will be hotter than the sun… The base as you might expect is a bit rubbery, this is the result of the cooking method mostly but the base is fairly thick anyway and quite doughy. The sauce is tomato and very rich, a goodly amount is put on which helps the base go down your neck at least. The cheeses are the usual 4 cheeses in a four cheese combo and in all fairness it’s quite tasty and fairly gooey with a reasonable depth.
They are good standby in freezer, but we being pizza connoisseurs (lol) would not recommend.. They are what they are!
Thumbs down from the pizza lads…
Rustica Jackfruit Italian Hot Pizza from Zizzi
Rustica Jackfruit Italian Hot Pizza from Zizzi Review
What they say
Vegan jackfruit pepperoni, spicy harissa, roquito chillis & vegan MozzaRisella cheese.
What we say
The lads had promised the wife’s that as soon as the restaurants were open again we would take them out for a pizza treat. Bills wife is a vegan so we decided to all follow suit on this occasion and have the same. She wanted to go to zizzi as they have a pizza that had been voted best Vegan Pizza at the PETA Vegan Food Awards 2019.
So off we all went. The restaurant was still fairly quiet as it was a mid week night. The pizzas duly arrived and they did look pretty fine with the signature oval shape. Now the toppings are obviously quite different to what we would normally have (the lads that is).
The base was fairly firm and not sloppy but perhaps this is down to the shape, tasty and with a nice edge although in places was not topped near to the edges. We think it had tomato sauce on but it was overpowered a bit. Now onto the oddly named Mozzarisella cheese ,it doesn’t have the gooey, stringy texture that you would normally expect from mozzarella but it melts well and is of course dairy free and organic, it was however very much like ordinary cheese and we had no complainants apart from it being a little overdone perhaps.Read Review >
The vegan jackfruit pepperoni tastes like pepperoni with a bold, smoky flavour and was quite acceptable but ted thought it was a bit overspiced. The spicy harissa is a chilli sauce typically made of dry red chillis and it provided the hot in the title for sure .. Very satisfying. The Roquito peppers are sweet, distinctly flavoured and full of crunch, with a bit of spice and sweet warmth.
So it was different, off the wall for us lads and we thought it was just a bit too spicy which the ladies agreed with.
For a vegan pizza it’s a thumbs up
New York Giant Pizza from Frankie & Benny’s
New York Giant Pizza from Frankie & Benny’s Review
What they say
Tender and juicy pork & beef meatballs, chicken, bacon, ham, pepperoni, roasted red pepper, red onion and mozzarella on a BBQ base
What we say
The lads were finally free to go out and enjoy a pizza after the latest lockdown so we decided to visit Frankie and Bennys. Obviously things were not as straightforward as they used to be but the staff made things as hassle free as possible.
We had a look at the menu and the range was not too extensive at the moment but what they offered seemed enticing. The New York Giant seemed to be made for our tastes and so that was for us!
The chain only seems to offer the one base variety which is the San Francisco style sourdough and has that characteristically tangy flavour profile. To be honest we probably wouldn’t have chosen this by choice as Ted is not a sourdough fan but it was very acceptable with a definite hand stretched look and nicely browned edges, not too doughy and not sloppy. The overall presentation was mouthwatering and the toppings were liberally applied which pleases the lads. The bbq sauce was sweet and rich with a tinge of tanginess ,also it was applied generously. Mozzerella was pretty good, tasty and luxurious. The pork & beef meatballs were juicy and tender and hit the spot. The chicken was in fairly large chunks and were excellent.
The ham on the other hand seemed to be lost on our pizza , in evidence yes but not standing out. Pepperoni was spicy and deeply satisfying. Bills a big fan of roasted peppers and the roasted red pepper on this pizza was smooth and juicy. It was all topped off with a fair amount of red onion which provided a nice contrast to the meat toppings.
So after the delay in reviews due to the lockdown this was a perfect restart to our reviewing adventures.
A recommended pizza that we suggest you seek out and try. Thumbs up…
Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza from Sainsbury’s Review
Hand stretched wood-fired pizza base, topped with tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, chestnut mushrooms, cooked ham, mascarpone cheese, and Parmigiano Reggiano cheese with hand stretched sourdough A great pizza starts with a great base. So we make ours with slow-fermented sourdough for a distinctive savoury tang, and we hand stretch each one, so they stay light and airy. Then we flash bake them on lava stones in a wood-fired oven. We choose beechwood logs because they burn hot and evenly, giving us temperatures of up to 600˚C. It’s this combination of intense heat and porous lava stone that sets the dough in seconds, locking in all the taste. The result is the classic Neapolitan-style crust crisp, thin and full of flavour. We choose our toppings carefully too, and hand layer them, starting with a rich Italian tomato and fresh basil sauce and creamy shaved mozzarella. Then we add delicate slices of prosciutto cotto, meaty chestnut mushrooms sautéed with garlic and herbs, and spoonfuls of velvety mascarpone. Finished with a sprinkling of tangy Italian Parmigiano Reggiano for extra richness.
Prosciutto Mushroom & Mascarpone Pizza Review
The lads realised that that we had not reviewed a supermarket pizza for a while, so popping into our local Sainsbury’s we scanned the shelves and opted for one of the extra special type pizzas . Now all the big supermarkets do these big box oval pizzas these days and Ted reckons they are all from one factory.
Anyway we got it back home and cooked according to instructions. It looked fairly okay and was a good size for two people, the sourdough base was thin and crisply bubbled at the edges as it should be. It was quite tasty and not too hard, It was topped with a rich Italian tomato and basil sauce, the basil was a bit overpowering in our opinion but not nasty. The prosciutto cotto was not not very generous in helping size but was a decent texture ,sweet and full of flavour.
The mushrooms were delightfully garlicky and contrasted well with the creamy blobs of mascarpone which gave a superb texture contrast. It was finished with a sprinkling of tangy Italian Parmigiano Reggiano , but didn’t really add much to the proceedings.
So all in all for the price a reasonable offering, nothing to get excited about but definitely not dreadful either .
A thumbs up from The Pizza Lads